The WMBA Community League is a city-wide league where teams compete against other teams from different areas in the city. Teams are formed based on Community Centre catchment areas. The WMBA adheres to a fair play and zero tolerance model to ensure young athletes are competing in a Fun and Safe environment. The WMBA operates a Fall/Winter League from October through March and a Spring League from April through June. We are now also offerring summer programming in partnership with Peg City Basketball Association.
Fall/Winter (October-March): WMBA Fall/Winter Community League (ages 7-18) - Registration Open August 15th, 2022.
Spring Indoor (April - June): WMBA Spring Community League (ages 7-18) - Registration opens February 27th. 2023.
Summer Outdoor (July-August): Peg City Outdoor 3x3 League (ages 7-18) - Registration opens June 1st, 2023.
More details are available below:
WMBA 2022-23 Fall/Winter Community League (Age 7-18)
The WMBA Community Centre League is a city-wide league where teams compete against other teams from different areas in the city. Players register online for their community centre and teams are formed based on those Community Centre catchment areas. The WMBA adheres to a fair play and zero tolerance model to ensure young athletes are competing in a Fun and Safe environment. See all the game modifications and fair play rules in the League Handbook.
Age 7-8 (Co-ed): Winnipeg Minor Basketball
WMBA city-wide program with 1-2 games/week (Saturdays), plus practices 3v3 Cross Court Games
Age 9-12: Winnipeg Minor Basketball WMBA city-wide program with 1-2 games/week (Saturdays), plus practices 9-10 Boys and 9-10 Girls - 4v4 Cross Court Games 11, 12 Boys and 11-12 Girls - 5v5 Full Court Games
Age 13-18: Winnipeg Minor Basketball WMBA city-wide program with 1-2 games/week (Sundays), plus practices 5v5 Full Court Games
Total League fees are made up of the WMBA league fees($285) + the individual Community Club fees. Community Club fees will vary from district to district.
*The WMBA relies heavily on community use school permits for team practices. We feel confident school permits will be granted to all Community Centres this season.
2022-23 Season Important Dates:
Registration Opens: Monday, August 15th, 2022
Registration Closes: Monday, September 12th, 2022
Team building and league administration: September 13th-27th, 2022
Practices begin: October 3rd-14th, 2022
Hoopfest and 25th anniversary celebration: October 15th-16th, 2022
Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic: October 21st-22nd, 2022
First league games: October 29th-30th, 2022
Holiday Break (re-alignment of divisions): December 19th, 2022 - January 6th, 2023 **No Games**
Season resumes: January 7th-8th, 2023
Louis Riel Holiday Weekend: February 18th-19th, 2023 **NO Games**
Final regular season games: March 4th-5th, 2023
Playoffs (Ages 11+): March 11th/12th, March 18th/19th
Peg City Outdoor Summer (July/August) 3x3 2022 (Ages 7-18)
The Summer outdoor program runs from July through September.
Ages 7-8 will receive 25-minute practice and 3 x 10-minute games for 4 weeks. Games will be 3v3 with modified courts and 8-foot hoops.
Ages 9-10 will receive 25-minute practice and 3 x 10-minute games for 4 weeks. Games will be 4v4 with modified courts and 9-foot hoops.
Ages 11+ will receive one 3x3 workshop/clinic with 3x3 Alliance (former pro and high-level 3x3 athletes) and 18 regular-season games plus playoffs.
2022 Important Dates:
June 13rd: Registration opens
June 28th: Registration closes
June 28th - July 9th: Administration, building teams, assigning teams, scheduling
July 10th: Clinic with 3x3 Alliance
July 10th- August 19th: 3x3 Competition (18 games)
August 19th-September 1st: Playoffs
The WMBA Foundation has built, in partnership with the community centres, a high-quality outdoor court in each of our six league areas.
Dakota Community Centre - 1188 Dakota St, Winnipeg, MB R2N 3H4
Whyte Ridge Community Centre -170 Fleetwood Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1R3
Kirkfield Westwood Community Centre - 165 Sansome Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3K 0N8
Corydon Community Centre - 1170 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3M 0Z1
Oxford Heights Community Centre - 359 Dowling Ave E, Winnipeg, MB R2C 3M4
Garden City Community Centre - 725 Kingsbury Ave, Winnipeg, MB R2V 3H9
Last season teams were formed by the community centres and coached by parents willing to volunteer. Most of these coaches come back the year after and have the option to invite the same players they coached in the previous season to play in the outdoor leagues. These coaches will register their team online and their players register specifically for that team via an invite code. We will also have a number of teams that we create from players that have never played before and do not have a specific team they want to play with. Generally, we will group players from the same area and create a team, then work to find a coach or manager for the team.
The program fee will be $225 per participant. Fees include:
3x3 Clinic/Workshop with 3x3 Alliance
Ages 7-10 will receive 8 weeks of practice and games.
Ages 11+ will receive 18 regular season matches plus playoff.
What is 3x3?
What used to be a simple half-court game of pick-up has now become an officially recognized sport. This summer, the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of 3x3 basketball as an official event in the 2021 Olympics to be held in Tokyo.
BENEFITS of playing 3x3:
More, more, more! On average, players get 40% more touches on the ball (i.e. shots, handling the ball, passes, rebounds, etc..) when compared to the conventional 5v5 game.
Everyone is a guard. Because the game requires the ball to be moved quickly, all players need to share in the handling of the ball. This requires that players learn how to dribble with their heads up and look to move the ball quickly.
You must defend. 3x3 is far more challenging to defend than 5v5. The nature of the game will force players to develop their individual and team defensive skills, particularly help side and ball containment.
Offensive movement. The basic principles of offence used in 5v5 basketball are essential to the 3x3 game - screen & cut, pass & cut, screening away, hard curls, drive, and dish.
Speed and quickness are of the essence. With the limitation of time and space, players are required to get the ball in play faster than the 5v5 game which provides for more shots, passes, rebounds, defending opportunities, etc.
The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association was established in 1997 with a vision to provide a structured basketball league for Winnipeg area children, open for all to participate. The league tipped off with 40 teams, based out of 12 Community Centers. The WMBA now supports over 200 teams and offers 6 leagues, spanning all age groups.