Hi there! My name is Jolene Hildebrand and I am the basketball convenor for Winakwa Community Center. This past year we were able to host an average of 3 teams in both the spring and fall sessions, making it a successful return of the sport to the club. I’d like to thank the volunteers, specifically Craig Harren and Brandon and Paul McQueen, who have consistently stepped up to coach teams each season. Without them we would have had a lot of kids without teams to play on. In order to continue growing the basketball program at Winakwa we would greatly appreciate anyone who is willing to volunteer to assist as a coach or manager.
Like many sports, basketball is a great option for children to play. The benefits of being part of a team, learning to work with others, making new friends and fitness that can turn into a sport they continue to play well into their adult life (also, no rain to play in or mosquitoes to swat!)
The age range for basketball is 8 – 17 year old boys and girls. The spring league runs from April to June. Games are played on the weekends (traditionally 12 and under play on Saturday and 13+ play on Sunday) with at least one practice during the week (days/times are dependent on coaches schedules and available gym times). Games are held in a variety of gyms in the city, community centers and/or schools. Beginners are always welcome!
Registration will begin in March and can be done online through the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) website. If you have any specific requests, (eg. Desire to play on a specific team or with a specific teammate) please note it in the comments on your registration and I will do my best to accommodate. If you have any questions, concerns or are interested in coaching please feel free to contact me directly.