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History of The West Island Lakers Basketball Association

The West Island Lakers Basketball Association (WILBA) is a non-profit organization which was started in the 1960’s. WILBA is committed in doing what is right for the players. Membership has grown to over 900 members, starting at pre-novice, 6 years of age, up through juvenile,18 years of age (house league). A girls league was started in 1999.
Coaches and assistant coaches receive training through clinics. The referees and minor official staff are developed from within the organization.

The association offers an excellent house league as well as a competitive intercity program. The house league season starts in October and goes through till the end of March with playoffs (except at the pre-novice level).

In the mid 1990’s, the association started the House League All Star Day to showcase the enormous talent in the league. Each year since the initial event, All Star day has become bigger and better as more parents, grandparents and friends coming out to watch this spectacle. At each level the league convenors and coaches select the top players from their teams (for a total of 20 players per level). Each team is represented by a minimum of 2 players. The convenors select 2 honorary coaches from their level who best represent the spirit of the league. Games are played with equal participation, so that all players have the same number of shifts. The quality of games and atmosphere during the tournament is superb.

In 2001, the West Island Lakers Basketball Association became affiliated with the Sian Bradwell Fund. 100% of the money raised from the All Star is donated to the Fund, which purchases medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital to provide better diagnosis and treatment for children with cancer. Funds are raised through the sale of refreshments at the canteen, a prize draws, and the collection of donations. The weekend ends with an extremely popular “CELEBRITY GAME” that attracts hundreds of spectators.

West Island Lakers Basketball Association
Code of Conduct

The purpose of this code is to provide our members a meaningful set of guidelines and expectations for their professional conduct. It outlines a philosophy to which we believe everyone should aspire.

Coaches

  • Coaches are expected to conform to ethical standards in a number of areas.
  • Coaches must place the emotional and physical well-being of all children ahead of their personal desire to win.
  • Coaches must lead by example in demonstrating sportsmanship and fair play to their players.
  • Coaches must address the officials politely and respect their decisions.

Officials

  • Officials (referees and table officials) must only be interested in the impartial and fair judging of the game. Game decisions which are slanted by personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.
  • Officials must act in a professional manner at all times out of personal character.

Players

  • Players must demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect toward fellow players, game officials, and coaches at all times.

Parents

  • Parents must behave responsibly and demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect toward all players, game officials, and coaches at all times.
  • Parents must place the emotional and physical well-being of all children ahead of their personal desire to win.
  • Parents must place the enjoyment of the sport as a priority and create a fun environment for their child.

Administrators & Volunteers

  • Administrators and volunteers must provide support, care, safety, and encouragement for all participants.

Let the coaches coach, let the referees ref, let the players play, and let the parents praise!