In an effort to expand the opportunities available for elite youth basketball players in Ontario and further competition for prep and high school basketball programs, the OSBA has announced two new avenues for prep and traditional high school participation for both male and female players.
OSBA Challenge Series will be run as an exhibition series of four weekend tournaments hosted by the OSBA where teams from the OSBA will have the opportunity to play against other prep or high school teams. Prep and traditional high school teams will be eligible for competition if all student-athletes attend the same high school.
Proposed OSBA Challenge and Junior Series Dates (subject to change)
Oct 25 – 27
Nov 8 – 10
Nov 29 – Dec 1
Jan 10 – 12
Championship Weekend: Feb 7 – 9
In March there will be an OSBA Challenge Series Cup to conclude the season where OSBA teams that did not qualify for the Final 8 tournament will have the opportunity to compete against the top two teams from outside the OSBA who participated in OSBA Challenge Series.
There will be no cap on the number of teams participating in OSBA Challenge Series events, though teams must play in at least two OSBA Challenge Series weekend events to be eligible for the OSBA Challenge Series Cup. Teams will be guaranteed three full-FIBA games over the course of each weekend to provide value to prep or high school programs who may travel from out-of-province.
The OSBA Junior Series is a natural extension of the OSBA league that caters to those student-athletes in Grades 10 and younger in Ontario schools only who play for their high school or prep teams and want to compete at an elite level. Teams are guaranteed three-game Series weekends with 4x8-minute quarters.
Teams containing student-athletes Grades 10 and lower who all attend the same school are eligible to participate in the OSBA Junior Series that will also culminate in a Championship weekend for teams that have participated in at least two Junior Series weekends.
OSBA Junior Series Registration
OSBA Challenge Series Registration
Results from OSBA Challenge Series and OSBA Junior Circuit will be available on ontariosba.ca
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