MWBA - Maritime Womens Basketball Association

FAQs

Oh, the Maritime Women’s Basketball Association knows you have questions!
And that’s great news. The interest in the MWBA is continuing to climb and with that, comes plenty of questions. This is a document in progress, so have a look and reach out if you need further answers.

Q: I am interested in owning a franchise in the MWBA. How does that happen?

A: Please contact info@mwba.ca for further information, but you will see below some of the key items that are required.

Q: Is there a chance of having increased numbers of teams due to high interest? If so, would a Truro franchise be considered?

A:  More teams? Possibly! But there are requirements and we need to approach cautiously. We want this league to be competitive, and we know not everyone who registered will make a roster. If we have too many franchises it becomes watered down. For franchises to join, they would have to meet the parameters we have in place – i.e., coaches, possible athletes/roster, facility, financial/sponsors. We know in NS with 7 university and colleges that it’s not unrealistic to have more options and Antigonish-Truro area would make sense.

Q: How many roster spots are you anticipating per team?

A: MWBA teams would anticipate 12-15 with all franchises having a player pool to call athletes up if necessary. For example, if a team is playing on a Thursday night, but three players on the original roster are working or unavailable, the coach can call up from their player pool to fill those spots. We do not want team showing up with less than 10 players. Again, flexibility is a priority.

Q: What facilities are you planning to use in NB and NS to host games?

A:  Facilities = university/college preferred (FIBA size court), but there could be some high schools we play out of the meet safety parameters. Facilities also must be aligned with our four pillars.

Q: What will a potential season schedule look like?

A: Tentative schedule would begin April 23  and end June 24-26, 2022 with a championship weekend. Everyone plays each other twice (one home, one away). Only one travel weekend + championship weekend. NS vs NS and NB vs. NB can have games mid-week, but NS vs. NB will be weekends only.

Q: How will try-outs work?

A: Tryouts might look different per franchise. We can get more details but encourage to talk to franchises directly

Q: What would the selection/tryout process look like? What might the typical time commitment be per week? (i.e., how many practices/games per week? How long are practices?)

A: Practices per week will vary per franchise, but we have emphasized flexibility to franchises (people have families, jobs, etc.). Practices will likely be 1.5-2 hours. Games could be 1-2 a week.

Q: What to be looking forward to?

A: We plan on living up to the hype!! There has been an overwhelming amount of support in the Maritimes and across Canada. Although it’s an amateur league we have every intention on running it professionally (proper uniforms, proper game timing, televised or live stream games, community engagement, player of the week awards, social media engagement, sponsorships, high quality competition, physio therapist/athletic therapy, women in leadership positions, social justice initiatives. A championship weekend that and is a celebration of women’s basketball. The league is for you!

Q: Will there be a team in Moncton?

A: That’s the plan! Right now, we are in communication with a few different franchise locations in NB

and NS. We will notify everyone ASAP. Keeping in mind, we know things will ebb and flow over the next year. Patience is key!

Q: Is there an international player limit? If so, how many international players are allowed one team?

 A: International player limit? Not sure yet. But it may be something we need to implement in the future. The purpose of the league is to carter to AUS/ACAA/USport/CCAA current and past players so we would prefer not to see an entire roster of international players. We want this to be as competitive as possible while not losing site of who the league was designed for. If there are international players that played university/college in Canada, we definitely want to have you in the mix!

Q: Are you allowing players that have a primary residence outside of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick play in the league?

A: Yes! We know some athletes playing in the AUS or ACAA don’t have permanent address here as they could be from other parts of Canada or even international.

Q: Is housing going to be provided for the athletes?

A: Right now, we are not in a place to provide this. However, our goal is to enhance what the league can offer in the future.

Q: Will practices be every day like university?

A:  Likely not, but this will depend on what the franchises and teams want. They will all look different, but franchises know we are working with a mature group and there will need to be flexibility

Q: Will the success of a three-month season help raise the conversation of having a professional women’s association in Canada?

A: Yes, absolutely! A lot of great discussions have been unfolding, but we have to start small. This is new, so we are taking baby steps in terms of the length of time the league runs, and we didn’t want to take up anyone’s summer (at least not for year I)

Q: If someone is interested in sponsoring, do I contact front office or the franchises? Tax receipts?

A:  If someone wants to sponsor a franchise that you might play for, direct them to that franchise owner. We do need to ensure franchises sponsors don’t impact front office sponsors.

Q: If there’s a possible 1.5 practices, will there be available gym time to use outside of the hosted practices?

A: Depends on the franchise!

Q: How will travel work?

A: Each franchise will have one weekend trip to the opposite province + championship weekend. We want to limit travel because we know you just finished a season, have families, work jobs, and we want to keep cost down.

Q: How will you decide which players will go to which teams?

A: We encourage athletes to reach out to the franchises to learn more about  their plans as all of them will function independently. The front office won’t be selecting rosters. So, if you would play for all the franchises, write all of them! If you only want to play for one, write them and find out about any open gyms they may have. Don’t worry, we won’t be shipping you somewhere that you don’t want to play!

Q: Do you have tentative dates for when tryouts will be held?

A: This will depend on the franchises, but we will be working with them to finalize some timeline parameters. We know franchises might want to wait until the Usport/CCAA season is over because they will be able to see performance, stats of athletes. The challenge is, do we have tryouts in the fall and miss actually seeing Usport/CCAA players compete for the season? With that, we would anticipate late March… but don’t quote us on that! More details to come.

Q: When will rosters be finalized?

A: Roster we want to finalize ASAP after tryouts because we know everyone will want to plan their lives (family time, employment opportunities, etc.) More details to come.

How do I contact a team representative nearest to me?

If you are seeking team representatives to ask about tryouts, positions with the team or to volunteer, here is the list of the six franchises:

• Halifax Sirens – Mark Forward (mark.forward@msvu.ca)

• Halifax Thunder – Brandon Rafuse (brafuse@thunderselects.ca) or Parker Regan (parker.regan@ukings.ca)

• Windsor Edge – Marc Frrench (mffrench@kes.ns.ca)

• 506 Elite of Moncton – Andrew Trites (506trites@gmail.ca) or Nate Horsman (Nate_horsman@yahoo.com)

• Fredericton Freeze – Brad Janes (frederictonfreezemwba@outlook.com)

• Port City Fog of Saint John – Jillian Wilton (jillian.wilton@nbed.nb.ca) or Sara Hayward (sara.hayward@nbed.nb.ca)

• Commissioner Tasia McKenna (mckennatasia@gmail.ca)

How will teams be selected?

Most teams will sign players prior to the season, but tryouts will be available depending on each team’s approach. Please follow the website or contact the franchise nearest to you in order to find most of that information. Teams hosting open gyms will begin in February of 2022.

I want to get involved in the league or with a team in some capacity as a volunteer. How do I go about that?

You can contact Commissioner Tasia McKenna at mckennatasia@gmail.ca or reach out to the team nearest your location.

My company is interested in becoming a sponsor affiliate with the MWBA or an individual team. What is the process?

League naming rights, divisional sponsorships and other avenues are readily available for the MWBA. Please contact Lori Shea ( lkshea16@gmail.com ) the MWBA’s corporate sponsorship officer for further information. There are many budgetary options available.

Will players be paid to play?

The MWBA is strictly an amateur league, meaning players will not be paid to play.

What about potential COVID-19 restrictions?

The MWBA will comply to all COVID-19 related standards regarding return to play, attendance and other preparatory guidelines moving forward.

Will there be admission fees to MWBA games?

Yes, each team will have an admission gate to help defray costs of officials, gymnasium rentals and other costs associated with hosting a game. A league-wide admission fee will be announced when the schedule is released in February of 2022.

You have questions about player eligibility? Find out more here:

USPORT

https://usports.ca/uploads/hq/By_Laws-Policies-Procedures/2019/EN/Policy_40.10.1_to_40.10.6_Eligibility_Rules_%282019-2020%29.pdf

Article 40.10.6.2.1.2

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Page 9, Section 7

Outside Competition – Basketball.

a.            You are not eligible if, after you become a student-athlete, you participate in any organized basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition. Competing in the Olympic Games tryouts and competition and other specified national and international competition is permitted. [Bylaws 17.31.2]

b. It is permissible to participate as a member of a basketball team in an NCAA-sanctioned summer basketball league or event during the period between June 15 and August 31 or the institution’s opening day of classes, whichever comes earlier, provided the student-athlete has written permission from the institution’s Athletic Director.

No Prior Post-Secondary Playing Experience

Players did not have to play at the university or collegiate levels to be eligible to play for a team. Some teams will be hosting training camps and open gym tryouts closer to the 2022 launch.