On behalf of the CMBA Board of Directors,
CMBA would like to update our members on the status of the CMBA 2020/2021 season.
The CMBA office and our board members have been in constant contact with Alberta Basketball and Canada Basketball with a “Return to Play” strategy. The CMBA Executive and Board Association Members have been collaborating on these matters as well. Based on these collaborations and discussions, there are two major factors in play that help us with navigating a 2020/2021 season.
CMBA and our associations need access to city gymnasiums. Currently the City of Calgary is not allowing rentals of any of their school gymnasiums. They have set a date that the earliest these gymnasiums will be available to rent is October 13th, 2020. The city does not guarantee they will allow gym rentals on October 13th, they have simply put a “not before” date. This date is subject to change depending on several variables.
Although there are many private schools that are becoming available, there are not enough private facilities to accommodate all our teams.
Currently, Alberta is in Phase 2 when it comes to “Return to Play” protocols. This means that players must be placed in Cohorts of no more than 50 players. This makes it exceedingly difficult to have evaluations for players and to place them properly onto teams. It also makes it difficult for the league to create divisions for league play being restricted to only allowing a maximum of four teams in each Cohort.
CMBA is exploring ways to create teams and small leagues if Alberta remains in Phase 2 but will still need access to gymnasiums to do so.
We still encourage families to register with their association. This helps each association have an idea how many players are going to play. We appreciate your patience while we navigate through all the protocols and changing rules. The health and safety of our members is our top priority.
Calgary Minor Basketball Association
Calgary Minor Basketball Association is exploring all options to start our league again. Before we can explore any
opportunities, two things must occur which include Phase 3 opening and gym availability. When these occur, CMBA
will work diligently to try and get our league back running while always putting the health and safety of our players,
volunteers and families first.
The Alberta government and health services must open up Phase 3 before we can even do evaluations or tryouts.
Currently cohorts of 50 are allowed to play together. If the cohort rule is not lifted, it is impossible to have proper
evaluations. CMBA does not believe we can run a successful league if players and teams have to commit to cohorts.The launch of Phase 3 MAY relax the cohort rule.
Currently the City of Calgary has announced that no gym rentals will take place before October 13. This does not
guarantee that they are, they have just informed us no one will get in before that. All though our associations and
league do a good job getting access to private facilities, there are not enough for our 4500 players to practice during
the week and have games on Saturdays.
If the City of Calgary allows for gym rentals, Phase 3 opens up and the CMBA Board of Directors approves return to
play, below is the new timeline for the 2020/2021 season.
Diamond Prep League
For U18 Girls High School Girls - Diamond Prep League Tryouts September 13th at MRU 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Zone Evaluations and Practices
Starting the week of October 13 (after Thanksgiving)
JTT Referee Training Tournament
November 13th & 14th
Warm up for U11 Teams expected to play in Division 2 or higher and for U13 & U15 teams expected to play in
Division 3 and lower
MRU Calgary Cup Tourney
November 20th & 21st
Warm up for U13 & U15 teams expected to play in Division 2 or higher
Seeding Rounds - Fall 2020*
Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th
Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th
Friday, December 11th, and Saturday December 12th
Regular Season Schedule - Winter 2021*
Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th
Friday, January 15th and Saturday, January 16th
Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 23rd
Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th
Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th
No games February 12th - 13th (Family Day weekend)
Winter Playoffs - 2021
Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th
Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th
It is important that families check with their individual associations for registrations and dates. It is possible that some
associations may start earlier if they are able to access private facilities and social distance evaluations or offer some
type of training without cohorts.
* A modified schedule will include games on Friday and Saturday