ABA Sanctioning Policy Update

Oct. 30, 2018



October 30, 2018

Alberta Basketball Association Sanctioning Policy Update

To the Alberta Basketball Community: 

On behalf of the Alberta Basketball Association Board of Directors, I want to share the details of the progress of the ABA Sanctioning Policy that was implemented on September 1, 2018. 

The ABA is pleased that many organizations have enthusiastically embraced the initiative. There is an understanding that unification and effective governance is a positive development for our sport. This update will ensure that everyone has the facts of this new and exciting program.  Please take a few minutes to review the following information: 

1) The ABA is the governing body for the sport of basketball in the Province of Alberta. Sport Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, Canada Basketball (the official Governing Body of basketball in Canada), the Province of Alberta, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), the Alberta Sport Connection, the Alberta Schools Athletic Association, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and the Alberta Basketball Officials Association all officially recognize ABA as the sport’s governing body.

2) The ABA's Sanctioning Program is designed to insure safe play and best practices in the sport of basketball across the province.

3) As per AGLC policy, in order to be eligible for any AGLC program such as casinos, a basketball organization must be a member in good standing of the sport's Provincial Governing Body. In basketball, that is the ABA. Any other explanation is simply inaccurate. Please refer to the AGLC link below for the details.

Sports Groups eligibility (1).pdf

4) Please follow the following links to review the details of the ABA Sanctioning Policy.

ABA Website - Sanctioning Information

ABA Sanctioning Policy

6) The ABA regularly posts and updates the list of all sanctioned organizations, leagues, clubs, tournaments and events on our website for you to refer to.

7) All basketball National Coaching Certification Programs (NCCP) are offered exclusively through the ABA and Canada Basketball. Please contact Reagan Wood at our office for details on how you can receive your certification through the NCCP. You can also refer to the Canada Basketball Game Plan website at www.gameplanbasketball.ca for up to date NCCP Coaching Clinics and registration details.

*Please note that some clinics are not certified by the NCCP. Only clinics set up through Gameplan, the ABA, Canada Basketball or the Coaching Association of Canada will be credited towards NCCP Certification or professional development points.

8) All basketball organizations in the Province of Alberta are welcome to become members of the ABA. Membership provides full Sanctioning Program services, Membership Card, insurance, access to all ABA events such as Youth Provincial Championships, programs, clinics and camps, Provincial Team tryout opportunities and much more.

9) The ABA offers many special events throughout the year. We work with our membership to identify and collaborate on opportunities in their regions. Please review the ABA website and contact us if you have an interest in an event in your area.

I hope this information provides clarity in helping you understand the details, intent and desired outcomes of the ABA’s Sanctioning Policy. If you have any questions on this or any ABA matter, please contact our staff at 780.427.9044.

The ABA will continue to ensure that factual information is readily available to all basketball organizations in Alberta.

The ABA looks forward to working together to help grow and make basketball 'A Game for Life' for everyone involved!




Bob Mitchell


Alberta Basketball Association Board of Directors


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