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UPDATED JAN 7: Basketball Tournaments in Manitoba Prohibited & Spectator Numbers Down to 50%; Max of 250 Under Extended Health Orders to Feb 1

IMPORTANT: The below information will be updated as additional details are received by Basketball Manitoba from Sport Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba.  

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In light of the news announced on Friday, January 7, 2022, and remaining in place until at least Tuesday, February 1, 2022, by the Province of Manitoba tied to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the current Public Health Orders are being extended as is as last announced in late December.  They include...

    • NO CHANGE: SPECTATORS: The number of spectators at an indoor or outdoor sporting or recreational facility must not exceed 50% to a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lesser, of the usual spectator capacity of the facility. Indoor or outdoor facilities also reserve the right to admit or not admit spectators at the moment.   (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording)
    • NO CHANGE: TOURNAMENTS: All basketball tournaments scheduled to operate within these new health order timelines are not to operate at any indoor sporting facility in Manitoba.  (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording) 
    • NO CHANGE: VACCINE REQUIREMENTS:  All people AGES 12 AND UP (players, coaches, officials, volunteers, spectators, staff, etc.)  must be able to provide proof of their full vaccination status along with other identification (see below for the acceptable forms of identification) to gain entry to any indoor sporting facility in Manitoba, including a basketball gymnasium.  
      • AGES 12-17: Those currently ages 12-17 can also produce documented proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 (SAMPLE), OR a time-stamped documented proof of a negative Antigen COVID-19 Test (SAMPLE) within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by an authorized pharmacist or staff at a nursing station on a First Nation This information is to be presented upon entry to an indoor basketball facility.  
      • Personal health information from individuals of any age is not to be collected by member clubs, teams or leagues in advance.  
      • These changes will affect all levels of basketball in Manitoba including those at the club, community centre and school levels. More school details can be found on the MHSAA website.  (See below Public Health Orders for exact wording)
    • NO CHANGE: PARTICIPANT NUMBERS: Allowance with no maximum participant number restrictions for indoor basketball to gather for games, practices, training and camps. 
    • NO CHANGE: EQUIPMENT AND HAND SNAITIZATION:  All equipment including basketballs and hands are to be properly sanitized before and after all training sessions.  
      • Sanitizer Notes: 
        • A liquid form of hand sanitizer with 70%+ alcohol content in a spray bottle works well-cleaning basketballs and other equipment with a clean rag and on hands at the same time.  
        • The cleaner dries fast and leaves no residue or smell on the basketball or hands and shows no damaging effects to rubber or synthetic basketball.  
        • The liquid sanitizer and empty spray bottles can be purchased at home repair and department stores including Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowe's, Home Hardware, Walmart and many other locations including many online retailers.  
    • NO CHANGE: MOUTH GUARDS: Players who choose to wear a mouth guard during a basketball game or practice are to keep the appliance in their mouth at all times while active on the court. Players who remove or adjust the guard while on the court will be required to sanitize their hands again with hand sanitizer provided by the facility or a personal supply before continuing to play/practice. 
    • NO CHANGE: CLARIFIED PARTICIPANT DEFINITION CONNECTED TO MASKS: Indoor sports facilities in Manitoba will be requiring the use of non-medical masks however the "participant" has the option to remove the mask while active on the court.  (see below definition).  Facilities do reserve the right to request that masks remain on at all times and that user groups should communicate with the facility manager to know what is required and are asked to follow that requirement.   Masks are to remain on for everyone (including spectators) while off the court including in the hallways, washrooms, change rooms and spectator areas of the facility.   
      • DEFINITIONBasketball Manitoba is defining a "participant" at a basketball game or practice in Manitoba as a registered Basketball Manitoba member (including directly and through a member league, organization or club) as a...
        • Player (both on the court or on the bench as a substitute)
        • Head Coach, Assistant Coach and/or Manager
        • Assigned Official 
    • NO CHANGE: POSTGAME HANDSHAKING: Basketball Manitoba is advising all member leagues, clubs and teams that the act of all game participants (players, coaches, officials) shaking hands/fist-bumping following a game will remain on pause.  Teams can do a cheer for the other team and a wave following a game to minimize unnecessary contact.  This move was added very early in the pandemic prior to the mass shutdowns of mid-March 2020 and now with games returning, it will remain in place until further notice.  
    • NO CHANGE: SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing (2m) is to be maintained at all times between players, coaches and officials when not active on the court and are expected to follow all other restrictions imposed by a facility when using change rooms/washrooms.  
    • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The wording of current Public Health Orders affecting sports in Manitoba are included below.  The full Basketball Manitoba Return to Play Guidelines with the above exceptions remain in place can be found HERE.  


Age Group
List of Acceptable Proof
of Vaccination
Accepted Valid ID
0 - 11
12 - 17
One of the following:

  • Manitoba Immunization Card (either card or electronic)
  • Proof of single vaccination (print out or screenshot)
  • Pharmacy confirmed negative COVID test result within 72 hours of entering the facility for activity or event.
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • SIN #
  • Passport
  • Health Card
  • Student ID Card
One of the following:

  • Manitoba Immunization Card (either card or electronic)
  • National Defense Canada COVID-19 Vaccine Record / Card
  • Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Travel Vaccination Record
  • Canadian province/territory issued an official document containing information of COVID-19 vaccination history.
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • SIN #
  • Passport
  • Health Card
Ticketed Events

  • All spectators age 12 and over must provide valid proof of full vaccination and a corresponding valid ID. 
  • Spectators age 11 and under do not require proof of vaccination at this time but must be accompanied by a caregiver who is fully vaccinated.

FAQ for information on immunization cards can be found here:

FAQ for immunization screening, including information on acceptable immunization documents for visitors from other provinces, can be found here:

Exceptions for immunization screening:

  • Authenticated proof of exemption from the Province of Manitoba

The new Manitoba Public Health Orders that were formally released on December 20, 2021, and take effect on December 21, 2021, tied to sports specifically state... 


13 Outdoor sporting and recreational facilities must not open unless the operator of the facility ensures that 

  • (a) the number of spectators at the facility does not exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or 250 persons, whichever is lesser; and 
  • (b) no tournaments are held at the facility


14(1) Except for ticketed sporting events under Order 16, indoor sporting and recreational facilities, including dance schools and martial arts studios, must not operate unless the operator 

  • (a) ensures that the number of spectators at the facility does not exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or 250 persons, whichever is lesser; 
  • (b) restricts admission of members of the public to the facility to the following: 
    • (i) persons who produce proof of vaccination, 
    • (ii) persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, 
    • (iii) persons under 12 years of age, 
    • (iv) persons who are at least 12 years of age but who have not yet reached 18 years of age and who produce 
      • (A) proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, or 
      • (B) proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by a pharmacist or by staff at a nursing station on a First Nation; and
  • (c) ensures that no tournaments are held at the facility. 

14(2) For certainty, clause (1)(b) applies to spectators who are watching sporting or recreational activities at the facility.

14(3) Subsection (1) applies when gymnasiums and other indoor sporting facilities at a public or independent school are used for sporting activities that are not part of the school curriculum.

14(4) Subsection (1) does not apply when premises at an indoor sporting or recreational facility are used by a public or independent school for a compulsory or required course or an elective course that does not involve physical activity.


28(1) A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping.

28(2) The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.

28(3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of the following:
  • (a) a child who is under five years of age;
  • (b) a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, that prevents them from safely wearing a mask;
  • (c) a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • (d) a person who is swimming or engaged in other athletic activities, including referees and other game officials;
  • (e) a musician or other performer at licensed premises or at a performing arts venue or an announcer or broadcaster at a sporting event;

The sport of basketball in Manitoba will remain in this state until the new health orders are updated or changed by Manitoba Public Health.  


As you know, the current public health orders state that no tournaments are allowed. Today, we received clarification on what a tournament is, according to public health:  

Tournaments are defined as a single or multi-day gathering of three or more sport teams, who come together outside regular league play, but does not include; a gathering where team members compete on an individual basis against members of other teams.

The primary objective of the health orders and guidance from public health is to reduce the number and length of contact between people in indoor spaces. 

This includes the existing capacity restriction for indoor and outdoor events to 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is lesser.  This capacity only applies to spectators.

The current public health orders are extended orders until Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and more info can be found at

Our website has a designated COVID-19 blog dedicated to the most up-to-date guidelines for sport, you can refer to at any time:    

Thank you for your patience as we awaited this clarification.

Janet McMahon | President & CEO
Sport Manitoba



The following changes to public health orders are currently in effect and expire on Jan. 11, 2022. All updated guidelines for sport and the Sport Manitoba facility are available on our website: 

Indoor and Outdoor Sport

  • Spectator capacity is reduced to 50 per cent. 
  • While games and practices can continue, no tournaments will be permitted. 

We are working with public health to determine which events are considered tournaments, and we will provide clarification if/once we receive it. Please contact us if you need guidance on what is considered a tournament.

Indoor sport continues to be restricted to:

  • persons who produce proof of vaccination,
  • persons who produce proof from the Government of Manitoba that there is a medical reason for the person not to receive a vaccine for COVID-19,
  • persons under 12 years of age, 
  • persons who are at least 12 years of age but who have not yet reached 18 years of age and who produce
    • proof that they have received one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, or
    • proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test result within the previous 72 hours that is confirmed by a pharmacist or by staff at a nursing station on a First Nation

In an effort to limit the number of close contacts, we are following public health’s guidelines and encouraging you to share with your members that there should be no group activities outside of practice time or games, participants should come ready to play and limit group time indoors (e.g. in dressing rooms). 

Sport Manitoba Facility Update

Under these new orders and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling Game Day that was scheduled in our facility for January 8. If you have any event-related questions, please contact 

We appreciate your patience as we await further clarifications. Thank you for your cooperation,

Janet McMahon | President & CEO
Sport Manitoba


NOTE: If there is a discrepancy between any Basketball Manitoba statement to the actual Manitoba Public Health Orders, the public health orders will always take precedence. 

Basketball Manitoba will continue to monitor the current public health orders and make any updates or revisions as needed.  This article will be updated as further information on these impacts is known.  

More details on these changes can be found on the Province of Manitoba website.


UPDATED JAN 7: MHSAA Releases Update To Return To School Sport Plan For 2021-22 Season

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The Manitoba High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has updated its Return to Play documents tied to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic that will impact school basketball in January, including the following statement...


JANUARY 7, 2022 STATEMENT: There are many factors that school divisions, or independent school administrations, must navigate during this most recent Public Health order regarding remote learning. In the midst of the current state of affairs, the MHSAA will continue to support school sport through athletic and educational opportunities.

The guidance the MHSAA has received from Public Health and Manitoba Education is that current public health orders allow for extra-curricular school sport activities such as practices and exhibition/league games as an option. With this in mind, and to remain in line with the MHSAA’s Return to School Sport Plan, it is the perspective of MHSAA that school divisions, or independent school administrations, determine how they wish to proceed in terms of participation in school sport for the week of January 10-14, 2022.

As a reminder, public health orders currently prohibit tournaments. Current public health orders are scheduled to expire on January 11, 2022, and the MHSAA will send out additional guidance once new Public Health Orders have been released.


  • Tournaments: As per current Public Health Orders, tournaments are prohibited to take place until at least January 11, 2022. All tournaments scheduled to operate within these new health order timelines are not to operate at any indoor sporting facility in Manitoba.
  • Spectators: The number of spectators at an indoor facility cannot exceed 50% of the usual spectator capacity of the facility or to a maximum of 250 people, whichever is less.


COVID-19 Public Health Orders for Indoor Youth Sports: Schools Fact Sheet

School Roster Attestation Form



Canada Basketball Accepting Nominees from 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.



"Shooting Confidently": Elite Shooting & Mental Skills Camp for Ages 13-17 with Jon Giesbrecht Jan 21 & 22

Coach Jon Giesbrecht has announced he will be hosting a special basketball shooting camp on January 21 & 22 at the Sport Manitoba Courts.  Details include...


Jon will teach elite shooting concepts while integrating mental skills. Jon helps athletes play free — Being present to the moment, showing up with confidence by thinking less. 

Not only will athletes that attend camp receive 4 hours of on-court instruction with Jon, but athletes will also be able to book a 30 minute 1on1 zoom coaching call prior to camp. 

This camp is for athletes aged 13-17, specifically for those who want a high-performance experience with basketball. This is not for everyone, only athletes that are serious about their development should register — This is not for beginners.

Payment is accepted through eTransfer — Please use email 

The cost for admission is $75. 

The dates of the camp are January 21st and 22nd from 8pm to 10pm on both nights. Location is Sport for Life Centre. 


If you have any questions, please email Jon at


Coach bio:  Jon has worked with every level of athlete, from grassroots to professional basketball players. Jon has over 7 years of university coaching experience, working with men’s and women’s programs. Currently Jon is working with College Basket in Italy — He is the associate prep head coach, specifically responsible for integrating mindfulness and mental skills in player development. Jon has passionately coached over 1500 athletes through basketball camps as a lead instructor. 

Jon Giesbrecht coach and camp testimonials:

Coach Jon, I wish I was 15 years old so I could attend your basketball camp. I would receive excellent instruction and guidance from you.


Jon Giesbrecht is a forward thinking, innovative, thoughtful basketball mind who uses video in new and exciting ways to teach the game at a high level. His knowledge of the game and constant search to better himself and those around him will help him excel in the basketball industry and life for many years to come.

— MIKE SCHMIZT (Formerly DraftExpress, now ESPN).

Jon is one of the best skill development coaches I have worked with. His dedication to the game and his commitment to developing new ideas, training techniques and methods has put him on the cutting edge of basketball skills training.


Coach Giesbrecht is one of the brightest young coaches in our country.  His ability to break down complex concepts and make them simple for young players is unprecedented.  Anyone who has the opportunity to spend time in the gym with him will benefit greatly regardless of age or ability, he will flat out improve your game.

— Mike Raimbault (Current University of Winnipeg Head Men’s Basketball Coach)

I’ve had the opportunity to watch Jon grow and develop into one of Manitoba’s best young coaches over the past 5+ years and I would highly recommend his camps to any athletes seeking improvement and an opportunity to learn new skills and concepts. Jon does an exceptional job of teaching every little detail about fundamental skills and basketball specific concepts. 


Jon has an outstanding ability to breakdown skills and concepts where the athlete comes away with a great understanding. The energy and thought Jon puts into skill development is second to none. His passion and dedication creates a learning environment that is an excellent experience.


Coach Giesbrecht is one of the top coaches and skill trainers in Manitoba. His skill work and ability to work with film is the best I have seen in a long time. Over the years, he has proven this by developing and working with some of the best players to come out of this province and winning three provincial championships along the way. His camps are excellent and every player goes away with a better understanding of what advanced skill development looks like.


Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that attendance at or participation in this camp 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...

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