Girls Can Play, Fun, Fitness and Basketball

Updated Friday January 29, 2016 by Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association .

WMBA and ATHLETE INITIATIVE “Girls Can Play” Fun, Fitness and Basketball Athlete Initiative and the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) has partnered up to deliver a new program called “Girls Can Play” This program is targeted for girls from ages    7-10 years of age and is goal is to promote physical activity for females through fun, fitness and basketball participation.








  • Provide entry-level basketball program for young girls 7 to 10 years old
  • Provide a fun, active and healthy learning environment 




  • Weekly 1 hour and 15 minute practices for 10 weeks
  • Canadian Sport 4 Life/Long Term Athlete Development compliant
  • Aligned with Canada Basketball's Developmental Pathway
  • Curriculum will be the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program provided by Canada Basketball
  • Games will be modified to be age-appropriate, simple and fun



Cost and Timelines

  • Program timelines: 10 Weeks 1 time a week
  • SUNDAYS: APRIL 10th - JUNE 12th (NO session MAY 22ND)
  • Program Cost: $100
  • Lindenwoods Community Centre April 10th - June 12th 9:00am
  • Princess Margret School April 10th - June 12th 9:00am
  • Grant Park Jr High School Gym  April 10th - June 12th 12:00pm
  • Sinclair Park Community Centre  April 10th - June 12th 12:00pm

Equipment & Uniform

  • Program Steve Nash Youth Basketball reversible Jersey
  • Participants will receive a size-appropriate Molten Basketball
  • SNYB Wristband
  • Poster
  • Certificate of Participation





Basketball Manitoba is proud to partner with Canada Basketball to offer a fantastic youth basketball programming initiative to residents across Manitoba!  The Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program (SNYB) is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game for basketball. This grassroots initiative supports and empowers community-based recreational groups and facilities, schools and other institutions across Canada in an effort to positively influence youth through basketball. The goal of the program is to allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline, self-esteem and sportsmanship.
The model for Steve Nash Youth Basketball was established after extensive research of existing community basketball programs from across North America and follows the guidelines of Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). The program is flexible in nature to allow local organizers to adapt the program and implement it in their community while following the principles and philosophies of the program.



  1. Vision
  2. Philosophy
  3. Program Objectives
  4. Benefits of Program
  5. Program Integration
  6. Program Pricing
  7. Get Involved!
  8. Additional Information
  9. Who is Steve Nash? (video)
  10. Steve Nash Skills Videos
  11. Contact Us!


Program Vision

To create opportunities across Canada for all children and youth aged 5-13 to:
  • Participate in basketball,
  • Learn and play basketball, using qualified coaching and programming,
  • Learn to compete in a supportive and development-focused environment,
  • Improve the “Health of the Nation”.
Committed to the promotion and growth of basketball in Canada, Canada Basketball and Basketball Manitoba will assist community leaders in the delivery and execution of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program in their local communities through the League Operations manual, Coach’s manual, Official’s Manual, and Parent’s Guide.

The Steve Nash Youth Basketball Philosophy

  • The program is administered by members of the local community and allows for consideration of specific community needs
  • The program is designed as a participant-centered, resource supported program administered for youth
  • The program’s foundation is the teaching of basketball fundamentals in a fun, positive environment
  • The program is designed primarily for boys and girls 5-13. (Younger and older players can participate and modifications can be made at the local level)
  • All players receive equal playing and practice time (subject to attendance, discipline, etc.)
  • Weekly practice guidelines are no less than one practice for every game
  • Team parity is a goal for all leagues (local considerations may be a variable)
  • Scorekeeping and individual statistics are discouraged before the age of 10

Program Objectives

  • Introduce, provide opportunities, and encourage participation for children/youth aged 5 - 13 years old across Canada to be a part of Steve Nash Youth Basketball - developing young athletes, creating a passion, and exposing them to the values, qualities, and skills required to succeed in basketball and in life.
  • Address the need for young developing players to receive skill and developmental stage appropriate coaching following CS4L Long Term Athlete Development model; while educating parents of their role towards their children's development.
  • Create a developmental pathway for coaches and officials of Steve Nash Youth Basketball through introduction to New NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) module and officials training through the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials.
  • Further encourage children and youth with development potential to higher level performance by providing a consistent national development model that speaks to skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are required for participants/athletes to safely progress and achieve maximum development in the sport of basketball.
Character Building:
  • Allow participants to have the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline, self-esteem, and sportsmanship.

Benefits of Steve Nash Youth Basketball

  • Member of a philosophically sound, well researched program which addresses a 'Long Term Athlete Development' (LTAD) approach to basketball for children
  • Steve Nash reversible jersey for each participant 
  • Steve Nash basketball for each participant
  • SNYB Coaching manual
  • Annual free coaching clinic
  • Codes of conduct for all involved – “respecting the game”
  • National Membership into Canada Basketball
  • Basketball Manitoba membership including comprehensive accident & liability insurance coverage
  • Respect in Sport Coaching Program
  • Access to officials clinics and membership in MABO
  • Free access to Basketball Manitoba’s resource library
  • New features every year
  • FUN and MORE FUN!

Program Integration

The SNYB program is designed to compliment any new or existing youth basketball program in Manitoba as is perfect fit for a...
  • Local Community Club
  • YMCA
  • Recreation District
  • Parks & Rec Program
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • After-School Drop-In Programs
  • School-Based Intramurals
  • Church-Based Programs

This article has 1 Comment.
rodger salm commented on October 6, 2:54am
"my daughter was part of this at her school and loved it. she has now played her 3rd season at club level and will start with her school next when she reaches grade 7. i am sure she will be well versed and will help her school team immensely. a great program that i encourage anyone to participate in if your childs school announces it. if not request it yourself!"
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