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Selkirk's Sarah Boitson Commits to Winnipeg Wesmen Women's Basketball for 2022-23 Season

You needn’t watch many clips of Sarah Boitson to recognize what makes her a coveted recruit to basketball coaches.

Despite having just five years of playing experience, Boitson has nevertheless garnered university attention and has now put her name in for the Class of 2022 for the Winnipeg Wesmen.

The 6-foot-2 product of Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School and TAP Basketball has officially committed to Tanya McKay’s Wesmen women’s basketball team as the first member of the ’22 recruiting class.

Boitson’s recruitment got an assist from Wesmen assistant coach Alyssa Cox, who coached her in last summer’s U17 provincial program.

“Right when I first started thinking about university, the U of W was always something I wanted to go into,” Boitson said. “So when Tanya reached out I kind of knew that was the direction I wanted to head.”

“… Just from there it kind of set off because she just made everything feel so welcomed and accepting already even before I chose the team and it just went from there.”

Boitson began playing in junior high and joined her first club team in Grade 8. Since then, she’s put herself among the tops in the province as a member of the provincial U17 team and in the TAP system.

Boitson, who will have five years of eligibility, said she will study Science with eyes on going into the medical field after her schooling.

Boitson played four years in the Winnipeg Wolves club system before transferring to TAP.

She made the varsity team at Selkirk in Grade 10, but had her Grade 11 year wiped out by COVID shutdowns. Also a member of Selkirk’s varsity volleyball team in Grade 12, Boitson is averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game early on in her senior year of high school. In a game against Glenlawn at the Pembina Trails tournament late in 2021, she scored 23 with 14 rebounds.

“Sarah is a great addition to next year’s team with size and potential,” McKay said. “Sarah works very hard on and off the court, she understands using her size in the paint and has the determination to get better every practice and every game. Plus, she’s academically focused in the classroom and driven to be an impact player at the U Sports level.”

Boitson’s high school coach, Amanda Hallson, said Boitson brings everything a coach could ask for.

“Sarah is the player that every coach wants on their team,” Hallson said. “Her skill, size, game IQ and work ethic make her one of the best posts in the province the season. Sarah is a great leader and role model for her teammates on and off the court and I have no doubt that she will be able to successfully make the jump to university basketball.”

Boitson is happy to be past the recruiting process and ready to make the move to UWinnipeg.

“I’m extremely excited, and it was a big relief,” she said. “I’m very happy with the decision I made, and it’s all excitement right now.

“… They have a very supportive system (on the team) and a lot of leadership there, and I believe I’ll be able to grow a lot with them.”



Sabado Basketball League Hosting Club Tourney March 31 to April 3 for Boys Born 2005 to 2008

The Sabado Basketball League has announced they will be hosting a club basketball tournament for boys born 2005 to 2008 to run from March 31 to April 3, 2022, at Canadian Mennonite University. The entry fee is $350 per team with a limit of only 6 teams per age category.  

To register or for inquiries, please email

Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that tournaments are currently not permitted under the Manitoba Public Health Orders that are in effect to at least February 1, 2022.  This event will only occur if the Health Orders at the time permit.  Attendance at or participation in this tournament will require all players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and spectators who are AGE 12+ to be able to prove their Covid-19 double vaccination status to gain entry to an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba until further notice.  People ages 12-17 can provide a 72 hour or newer negative Antigen test performed by a pharmacist or proof of a single shot of the Moderna / Pfizer vaccine.  Details can be found HERE...


REMINDER: Canada Basketball Hosting NCCP Train to Compete Coaching Courses Online Jan to Mar 2022

Canada Basketball has announced a series of new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) courses at the Train to Compete (old Level 3) that is targeted to coaches at the high school and higher level of basketball.  The courses will be offered from January to March 2022 and delivered 100% online.

Train to Compete: Planning
January 12-15, 2022
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Train to Compete: Skills
March 2-19, 2022
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Train to Compete: Strategies
March 16 - April 2, 2022

For more information and to register, please visit  

To view the clinic details, log in with your Game Plan credentials (or register with the website), then select the "Workshops" option from the top left menu area, set the Province to "National" and the Year to "2022".  


Manitoba Basketball Coaching Website Offering Free Resources

HOLIDAY TIME REMINDER: As the sport of basketball slowly starts seeing more and more activity come back, Basketball Manitoba is pleased to offer a new free-to-access coach education dedicated website to all Manitoba basketball coaches!  Whether you are a first-year coach or a long-time veteran, you’ll be able to find some new content and ideas in this collection that will make your team and your own experience even better.  This is your NEW starting portal for all your basketball coaching needs to view on both your desktop or mobile devices.  

On this Basketball Manitoba developed website, you can find FREE access to...

  • 48 youth basketball practice plans along with added curriculum specific to females, Phys Ed classes and more.
  • 275+ youth skills & drills videos (12+ hours of streaming content)
  • 10+ years of Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic videos (100+ hours of content)
  • 30+ hours of FIBA basketball officials and scorekeeper instructional videos
  • Dozens of printed coaches documents to help organize your team and program
  • Resources connected to concussions and sport parent education 
  • 600+ hours of full-length instructional streaming videos from the Basketball Manitoba DVD Library and other collections
  • A search feature (top right of this page) to find a specific skill or drill you are looking to add to your practices
  • More content is being added all the time!

In order to view the information, you must be a Manitoba-based basketball coach and request access to view it and have a Google-based email address to do so.   If you have already requested access, you can view the content by simply logging in to your Google account and begin browsing this site. 

Head over to to get started!  


Canada Basketball Accepting Nominees for the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Canada Basketball has announced that nominations for the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 are now being accepted.

The Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame recognizes, honours, immortalizes and enshrines the contributions of a diverse group of people to the development and advancement of basketball in Canada or internationally. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are awarded annually.

The deadline for nominations is February 6, 2022, with inductees being announced in the spring of 2022.

Subject to the nomination criteria, any person is eligible for election as an Honoured Member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame who has achieved an outstanding record of excellence, in the following categories:


Athletes are individuals who, while Canadian citizens, have participated as a player at an elite level and have achieved outstanding and extraordinary success as a player in the sport of basketball at the amateur and/or professional level.


Teams are made up of athletes who represent Canada, a province, a municipality or a Canadian organization or corporation that have accomplished outstanding or extraordinary results nationally and/or internationally that has brought prominence to the sport of basketball in Canada.


Coaches are individuals whose tireless efforts and expertise in the development and training of basketball athletes has made an outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the sport of basketball in Canada and/or internationally.


Officials are individuals who have exhibited outstanding and extraordinary skill and expertise as referees, as evidenced by their participation at an elite level of competition, nationally and/or internationally. Ideally, such individuals will also have contributed significantly to the training and development of basketball officials in Canada.


Builders are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions towards the promotion, development and advancement of basketball in Canada, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing may include administrators, officials, trainers, managers, coaches and doctors.  Such contribution should be national in scope.

Additional category-specific criteria can be found here.

Nominations will be accepted from the following:

  • Canada Basketball Board of Directors
  • Canada Basketball Class A or Class B members in good standing
  • Canada Basketball Hall of Fame Selection panel or Veterans Committee members
  • General public

All nominees must be a Canadian citizen, or a resident of Canada for a minimum of three years, or born in Canada, or made their distinguished contribution to the game of basketball in Canada.

Canada Basketball encourages nominations for all qualified individuals and teams. The organization is committed to equity and diversity and welcomes nominations for women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

The nomination form is available here. For more information and nomination requirements, click here.



Sport Manitoba Coaching Offering NCCP Courses Jan to Mar 2022

Sport Manitoba Coaching has announced a number of National Coaching Certificating Program (NCCP) coach education courses they are planning to offer in the coming months. 

    January 2022
      NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
          NCCP Prevention & Recovery (Comp-Dev) $75 | Online
              NCCP Planning a Practice (Comp-Intro) $50 | Online
                  NCCP Basic Mental Skills (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
                      NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
                          NCCP Managing Conflict (Comp-Dev) $60 | Online
                              NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program (Comp-Intro) $50 | Online

                                    February 2022
                                      NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities (Comp-Dev) $75 | Online
                                          NCCP Teaching & Learning (Comp-Intro) $50 | Online
                                              NCCP Psychology of Performance (Comp-Dev) $75 | Online
                                                  NCCP Advanced Practice Planning (Comp-Dev) $65 | Online
                                                      NCCP Coaching & Leading Effectively (Comp-Dev) $85 | Online
                                                          NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
                                                              NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (Comp-Intro) $40 | In-Person
                                                                  NCCP Manage a Sport Program (Comp-Dev) $50 | Online

                                                                        March/April 2022
                                                                          Basic Mental Skills (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
                                                                              NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (Comp-Intro) $40 | Online
                                                                                  NCCP Performance Planning (Comp-Dev) $100 | Online
                                                                                      NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program (Comp-Intro) $50 | Online
                                                                                          NCCP Prevention & Recovery (Comp-Dev) $75 | Online
                                                                                              NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (Comp-Intro) $40 | In-Person
                                                                                              • April 9, 2022
                                                                                              • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
                                                                                              • More TBA
                                                                                                NCCP Managing Conflict (Comp-Dev) $60 | Online
                                                                                                • March 2022 -  more TBA
                                                                                                NCCP Planning a Practice (Comp-Intro) $50 | Online
                                                                                                  • March 2022 - more TBA

                                                                                                  If you have any questions please contact Bree Langlais, Coach Education Coordinator, at

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