Sanctioning 101

The Alberta Basketball Association (ABA) is the governing body for the sport of basketball in Alberta.       

ABA is committed to providing a safe environment and fair competition for all of its members.  This policy provides guidelines  and regulations for groups running events, programs  and tournaments helping to ensure a safe and fair environment.

This policy applies to all basketball related activities,  events and tournaments participated in, organized by and run by ABA and its members.  

Purpose of Sanctioning

  • Ensures a commitment by the event organizer that the event will be conducted in accordance with ABA guidelines
  • Ensures that the event will be conducted in a fair and safe manner
  • Encourages the recognition of results
  • Ensures that the event meets a standard of quality required for sanctioning by ABA
  • Provides insurance for participants’ safety for those activities sanctioned by ABA



To be sanctioned; clubs, leagues, and other basketball organizations in the Province of Alberta must be affiliated with ABA. The annual affiliation fee is $100 dollars (Sept 1 - August 31 membership year)

Please go to the ABA Store on our website at to complete the online registration and pay the annual fee of $100.00.

*If your organization is already affiliated with ABA then proceed to Step Two.



Effective September 1, 2018, all players, coaches, board members and staff must purchase an annual ABA Membership at a cost of $17.00 per person. The membership year runs September 1 - August 31.

Membership can be purchased the following ways:

  1. Individuals can purchase a membership online and then print off a membership card - (click here)
  2. Teams and or leagues can complete a Organization Membership Form (click here) for each team and then submit the forms to ABA. ABA will verify those individuals that may already be members and then invoice the organization for those that require membership. Please complete as much of the information on the Organization Membership Form as possible - Information for Guardian 2 is not mandatory - Under Season fill in "ABA Membership 2018-19" for all members.



  1. Complete the Event Sanctioning Form - (click here)
  2. Return it to - at least 14 days prior to your event


If you have any additional questions please contact the ABA Office.  

Please refer to the ABA Sanctioning Policy on our website for complete details.


Below is a list of documents that pertain to ABA's Sanctioning Policy that comes into effect September 1st, 2018

Sanctioning Documents

Alberta Basketball Association Sanctioning Policy - Revised February 2019

Organization Membership Form - Revised February 2019

Event Sanctioning Form

Exemption Form

Code of Conduct - Players and Coaches

Code of Conduct - Parents

Alberta Basketball Discipline Policy

Best Practices

Q&A - Sanctioning





When does ABA’s Sanctioning Policy take effect?

  • Sanctioning is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2018.


How does ABA’s Sanctioning Policy affect me?

  • Grass Roots and Club: As of September 1, 2018, Membership will be $17.00 per player, coach, team managers, Boards of Directors and any other relevant party affiliated with your team or organization.

  • All participants must be members of ABA in order to be eligible for sanctioning approval.

  • An electronic membership card with a membership number will be provided for all ABA members.


What is ABA’s Membership Year?

  • ABA’s fiscal and membership year has been changed to September 1 - August 31. This change takes place in 2018.


Do tournaments have to be sanctioned?

  • Yes. All specific guidelines are provided in the Alberta Basketball Association Official Sanctioning Policy document.

  • There is a $100* sanctioning fee per tournament. There is NO additional cost per division.

  • *not in effect until 2019-20 Membership year


Why is ABA introducing sanctioning?

  • Alberta Basketball Association is the recognized governing body for the sport in Alberta by Sport Canada, Canada Basketball, the Province of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. It is in our mandate to sanction all aspects of the sport in our province.

  • Basketball in Alberta is out of alignment with all other sports in our province. Hockey, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis and baseball are examples of sports that have strict sanctioning policies in force. Not having official sanctioning programs in place leave all participants unnecessarily vulnerable to insurance actions and not meeting baseline standards of best practices.

  • The attached Sanctioning Program establishes and enforces proper and inclusive standards through effective governance to ensure all participants are protected and competing in safe environments with best practices in place.


What benefits does sanctioning provide?

  • Assurance that all on-court participants including players, coaches and officials, as well as all designated organization representatives, such as staff, board of directors, administrators and volunteers are covered with liability insurance protection.

  • Access to ABA approved officials for all sanctioned games, tournaments, and events.

  • The opportunity to be considered for funding opportunities with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) including access to casinos, bingos, raffles, 50/50 draws, etc. The details are outlined in Section Number 3.22 of the AGLC’s Charitable Gaming Policies under the Eligibility for Specific Groups Section.  To be considered as an eligible group you must be a member in good standing with ABA as the only recognized provincial sports governing body in the province. This policy also includes groups with existing AGLC programs; to remain eligible you must be a member in good standing with ABA.

  • Access to all ABA programs and values from sponsors.

  • Membership card that guarantees you are able to participate in sanctioned leagues, events and tournaments.


If I’m not a member of Alberta Basketball can I still participate in the sport?

  • All individuals participating in a sanctioned event (league or tournament) must be a member of Alberta Basketball.



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