Nova Scotia Provincial Teams

Team Nova Scotia


Each year, Canada Basketball hosts a Nationwide competition for provincial and territorial U15 and U17 teams. Nova Scotia has been proud to field teams for the last 25 years. The provincial teams are made up of athletes from across the province and include our highest-performing athletes. Tryouts take place each year to select a team for each Summer. Our Provincial Teams are formed and trained through the Provincial Team Program (PTP).

The goal of the PTP is to provide a positive, welcoming and impactful basketball experience for athletes from U15 to U17, allowing them to gain quality training and exposure, at the same time helping to create a winning culture in Nova Scotia. The program is built on five (5) pillars:

  1. Accountability - Success and shortcomings of our Provincial programs are reported, tracked, evaluated and shared with our stakeholders, to foster an organization of thought leadership.
  2. Inclusion - Our groups are representative of the best athletes across the entire province, regardless of geography. ALL athletes feel like they belong, regardless of location, skill level, background, or experience. We intentionally target, recruit, and create opportunities for underrepresented groups in Nova Scotia.
  3. Integrity - We do what we say we’ll do.
  4. Respect - We treat each other as we would like to be treated, with dignity, understanding, and empathy.
  5. Trust - We live by our values.

Athlete Eligibility

Eligibility to play in the Under 15 age group  - An athlete must be 15 or Under as of Dec 31, 2024; born in 2009 or later.

Eligibility to play in the Under 17 age group - An athlete must be 17 or Under as of Dec 31, 2024; born in 2007 or later.


Timeline for 2024 season

February 5th Call for coach applications
February 23rd Deadline for applications
March 15th Coach selections
May 4th Open tryouts - Provincial Team Tryouts (see below for details on tryouts)
May 11th
Invite only - Provincial Team Tryouts
May 12th Invite only - Provincial Team Tryouts
Week of May 17th Team selections
June 21st - 22nd 1st training weekend / Media day
July 11th - 14th 2nd training weekend / Competition / Fund-raising weekend (BNS tournament)
July 28th - 31st Training camp
August 3rd Depart for National Championships
August 5th - 10th  National Championships: Girls in NFLD | Boys in ON


Tryout #1: Open

Saturday, May 4, 2024 (1 x 1 ½ hour session for each age group/gender)
Locations: Sackville High School, Sackville, NS & regional location (TBD)

  • Athletes from Central, Valley, and South Shore regions will attend the Central tryout at Sackville.
  • Athletes from Cape Breton, Highland, and Northern will attend the regional tryout.

Times: U15 boys -10-11:30 am; U15 girls - 11:30 am -1:00pm; U17 boys - 2:00-3:30pm; U17 girls - 3:30-5:00 pm.
NOTE: Cuts will be made after the 1st tryout session and those moving forward will be invited to the May 11 and May 12 tryout #2.

Tryout #2: Invite only

Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12 (2 - 1/ ½ hour sessions for each age group/gender)
Location: Canada Games Centre, Halifax

Date & Times:
Saturday, May 11: U15 age groups:
U15 girls - 10-11:30 am and 2:00-3:30 pm
U15 boys - 11:30 am-1:00 pm and 3:30-5:00 pm

Sunday, May 12: U17 age groups: 
U17 girls - 10:00-11:30 am and 2:00-3:30 pm
U17 boys - 11:30 am-1:00 pm and  3:30-5:00 pm


U16 Development Training Group

As we progress towards the 2025 Canada Summer Games and work to improve skill level across the board for our basketball programs throughout the province, the U16 Development Training Group (U16 DTG) will offer the opportunity to stay connected to the Provincial Team Program (PTP) through development sessions over the summer with BNS coaches. 

Selection process

Athletes for the U16 DTG will be selected from the final 2024 U15 and U17 tryouts. After the U15 and U17 teams have been selected, 14 athletes for both male and female groups will be selected to participate in the U16 DTG. Note: Participation in the U16 DTG does not guarantee a roster spot on future provincial teams.

What the program entails
The U16 DTG will not travel or participate in official games. There may be opportunities for inter-team competition or informal scrimmages. Sessions will be heavily focused on training and skill development that will focus on (but is not limited to), shooting, passing, decision-making, basketball IQ, defensive prowess.

Tentative timeline for training

May 24-25
June 8-9
June 22-23
July 6-7
July 20-21
August 3-4
(3 x 1.5 hour sessions per weekend)

Note: Most training sessions will happen in the HRM with the possibility of one or more outside of the HRM depending upon the geographical spread of the group/coaching staff.

Note: Athletes must commit to a minimum of four (4) training sessions to be eligible for the program.

Tentative fee for the program

Coaching Staff
Coaches will be selected through our Provincial Team Coach selection process.


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