FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Updated: 31-Aug-16


  1. My child has never played basketball before. Can he/she still join WILBA? more…
  2. What ages does WILBA offer programs for? more…
  3. What is Jr. NBA? more…
  4. What is the WILBA Academy? more…
  5. My child may have other activities. What is the time commitment for basketball? more…
  6. Can I choose my child’s practice night? more…
  7. Can my child play on the same team as his/her best friend or with a neighbour for carpool purposes? more…
  8. When does the basketball season start and finish? more…
  9. How many games are played? Are there playoffs? more…
  10. Besides the house league (recreational) program, does WILBA offer an intercity (competitive) program? more…
  11. How much does it cost to join? more…
  12. Are player evaluations necessary for the house league (recreational) program? more…
  13. Once the evaluations are completed in October, when will I be contacted? more…
  14. Are tryouts required for intercity (competitive) teams? more…
  15. What equipment does the league provide? more…
  16. Who are the coaches and assistant coaches? more…
  17. Are volunteers required to be screened by the police department? more…
  18. Where can I get more information about WILBA? more…

My child has never played basketball before. Can he/she still join WILBA?
Of course, we welcome first time players! Children make friends and have fun while gradually learning the game of basketball, developing their skills and understanding the value of teamwork in a safe and encouraging environment. Top


What ages does WILBA offer programs for?
WILBA offers basketball programs for girls and boys ages 5-25 (born 1991 – 2011)

Winter Programs (October – March)

Boys & Girls Mixed Programs
  • 5 year old boys & girls (born 2011) – Jr. NBA
  • 6-7 year old boys & girls (born 2009-2010) – WILBA Academy
Girls Only Programs
  • 8-11 year old girls (born 2005-2008) – Jr. Girls Division
  • 12-15 year old girls (born 2001-2004) – Girls Bantam/Midget Division
  • 16-18 year old girls (born 1998-2000) – Sr, Girls Division
  • 19+ women (born 1997 and before) – Women’s League
Boys Only Programs
  • 8-9 year old boys (born 2007-2008) – Novice Division
  • 10-11 year old boys (born 2005-2006) – Mini Division
  • 12-13 year old boys (born 2003-2004) – Bantam Division
  • 14-15 year old boys (born 2001-2002) – Midget Division
  • 16-18 year old boys (born 1998-2000) – Juvenile Division
  • 19-25 year old men (born 1991-1997) – Men’s Alumni League

Summer Programs (April –July)

  • WILBA Elite for 10-15 year old boys (born 2001-2006)
  • WILBA in the Park 8-18 year old boys & girls (1998-2008)
  • WILBA Summer Basketball Camp 8-18 year old boys & girls (1998-2008)
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What is Jr. NBA?
Jr. NBA is designed for very young boys and girls, and provides an entry-level basketball program by providing a fun, active and healthy learning environment. Cost is $100. NBA shirt, colourful size-appropriate basketball, tote bags and certificate of achievement are included in cost. Top

  • For children born 2011 exclusively, WILBA will offer a 12-week fall session on Sunday afternoons at John Rennie H.S. upper gym for 45 minutes beginning October 2016 (exact date to be announced). Registration is now open for the fall session on our website.

  • For children born 2011 and 2012 a winter session starting January 2017 will be offered. Registration for the winter session will open in December 2016.

For more details about Jr. NBA click here
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What is the WILBA Academy?
The WILBA Academy provides young players (6-7 year olds) with fun activities designed to teach fundamental movement skills that are necessary for basketball players. The focus is on the FUNdamental skills, but also includes a Modified Games phase in which basketball is learned here through modified games such as 1-on-1, 2-on-2, etc. The program will have two one-hour sessions per week from October to March – one hour on a weekday evening at St. John Fisher Senior School and one hour on Saturday mornings at John Rennie H.S.
The WILBA Academy is under the direction of WILBA’s technical director Mike Hickey and is based on the concepts espoused in Canada Sport for Life (CS4L) and Basketball Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). Top


What is new this year for the Boys Novice Division?
This year the October-December period will be consist of fun activities designed to teach fundamental movement skills that are necessary for basketball players. The January-March period will consist of Modified Games in which basketball is learned here through modified games such as 3-on-3, 4-on-4, etc. The season will end with a jamboree. Top


My child may have other activities. What is the time commitment for basketball?
Parents can expect a 1 hour practice and a 1 hour and 15 minute game per week. Practices are held Monday through Thursday at a local elementary or high school. Once teams are formed, each team will practice at the same day/time/location every week. All games are held on Saturdays at John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire. The exceptions are Midget Boys who also play on Saturday however at St-Thomas, Juvenile Boys who play on Sundays at St-Thomas and Senior Girls who play Sundays at John Rennie. Top


Can I choose my child’s practice night?
On the registration form, parents can request one evening which is not convenient for practice. WILBA will honour this request. Top


Can my child play on the same team as his/her best friend or with a neighbour for carpool purposes?
Parents can request, but there are no guarantees the league can accommodate such requests due to the size of our basketball programs. Top


When does the basketball season start and finish?
The basketball season runs from October to March. Top


How many games are played? Are there playoffs?
There are 16 regular season games followed by playoffs. Please note Jr. NBA and WILBA Academy do not have regular season games or playoffs. The novice division will start modified games in January 2017 and end the season with a jamboree in March 2017. Top


Besides the house league (recreational) program, does WILBA offer an intercity (competitive) program?
Yes. WILBA offers an intercity program for our Mini through Juvenile divisions. Please note, there is a greater time commitment required for practices and games for the intercity program. Top


How much does it cost to join?
$100 for Jr. NBA (kids born in 2011 only for fall 2016 session and kids born 2011 & 2012 for winter 2017 session) &, $225 for WILBA Academy (kids born 2009 & 2010), $260 for all other house league divisions, $480 for intercity players. Top


Are player evaluations necessary for the house league (recreational) program?


Yes. All registered players are required to attend 3 player evaluations:

  • 1st Evaluation – To determine initial skill level in pool. (Some divisions on Saturday October 8, 2016)

  • 2nd Evaluation – To determine team balance in the division. Team balancing adjustments (trades) are made at this time. (Saturday October 15, 2016)

  • 3rd Evaluation – To determine team balance and make any final adjustments. (Saturday October 22, 2016)

Once registered, families can expect a telephone call advising of the date, time and location. The purpose is to balance the skill level across all teams.
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Once the evaluations are completed in October, when will I be contacted?
Expect a telephone call before Friday October 29, 2016 to inform you what team you are on and what night your practices will be. Top


Are tryouts required for intercity (competitive) teams?
Yes. There will be a series of tryouts schedule in September. Those interested must register for the intercity program. Top


What equipment does the league provide?
All house league (recreational) players receive a uniform which they keep. The youngest players (Jr. NBA, WILBA Academy players and Junior girls) also receive a basketball. (Please note the definition of uniform consists of a shirt and shorts for WILBA Academy, Junior Girls, Novice Boys and Mini Boys and a shirt only for Bantam division and older.) Top


Who are the coaches and assistant coaches?
WILBA relies on volunteers to serve as coaches, assistant coaches, division managers and administrators. Volunteers include parents, grandparents, relatives, older siblings, former players. We encourage you to be involved! The time commitment is minimal and WILBA provides training at the beginning and throughout the season. Top


Are volunteers required to be screened by the police department?
Yes. The City of Pointe-Claire requires all its volunteers to undergo a police screening. Before the start of each season, WILBA organizes a day and time for all its volunteers to be screened. Top


Where can I get more information about WILBA?
If you should have any additional questions, we’ll be glad to help! Just send us an Email at info@wilba.net Top