House League

The House League program is designed to teach basketball skills in a safe and fun environment.


Competitive League

We are competitive and strive to win. We do not however believe in winning at any cost.



In the Novice program we aim to build a solid foundation for future play and competition.


Small Ball

Small Ball is for 6-7 (born in 2010-2011) year old boys and girls who want to learn to play basketball and have fun.


House League

House league teams work on skill improvement and compete in games on a friendly basis. Our emphasis is on skills development, recreation and team play.

Online registration for house league teams will open the week of September 24th. House league spots are given on a first come first served basis. House league teams will be sorted and finalized the week of October 16th. A club fee of $375 will be collected online from the team members.

Practice Frequency: Approximately 1-2 times per week
Competition Frequency: Approximately 1 competitive game per week for four months and 1-2 tournaments/season.
Focus: Skill improvement, teamwork, fitness development and fun

Please read the FAQ sections below to learn more about House league including details about practice dates, times and locations.

If you require more information please contact the House League Director,

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the philosophy of your program?

Our program is designed to teach the skills of basketball in a safe and fun environment. Our emphasis is on skills development, recreation and team play. While winning can be rewarding, this is not the end goal of our house league program. Players wishing to compete at a higher level may participate in our competitive program.

What is the time commitment?

Teams have one, 60-90 minute practice and 1 game per week.

How long is the season?

The season runs from mid-October until the end of March with breaks over Christmas and March break. Practices begin the week of October 13th.

Are there tryouts for house league?

No, however, where we have multiple teams in a given age group, we may hold sort-out sessions to assess skill level (in order to create balanced teams).

Practice Dates, Times and Locations

House League Practice Dates

Girls Practice Dates

Practice times and locations to be determined.

Boys Practice Dates

Practice times and locations to be determined

Where are games played?

Games for teams competing in the Central Ottawa Basketball League generally take place at central locations while games for teams competing in the West End Basketball League mostly take place in the western and southern parts of the city. Game locations may vary from week to week during the season. Schedules are released towards the end of October.

What league do teams participate in?

Teams compete in either the Central Ottawa Basketball League that consists of teams from several centrally located Clubs or the West End Basketball League which includes teams from Ottawa South, Nepean, Kanata, Goulbourn and Almonte.

How many players are on a team?

To ensure ample participation, our house league teams are limited to a maximum 13 players.

Do players receive equal playing time?

Our coaches make every attempt to ensure equal playing time and equal playing time rules are enforced by the leagues we play in.

How do I register?

Monday September 24th – Midget, Junior, Juvenille
Tuesday September 25th – Bantam
Wednesday September 26th – Atom
Thursday September 27th – Novice
Friday September 28th- Small Ball

Does registering and paying guarantee a spot?

We do our best to accommodate all registrants however we cannot guarantee spots for all. To ensure fairness we assign spots based on date/time of registration and pay status (e.g. those who have paid the registration fee in full get priority). If, for some reason, we cannot accommodate your son or daughter we will notify you by email and will refund your registration fee in full.

What division will my son/daughter play in?

Players are assigned to divisions based on age as follows:

House League:

  • Small Ball – born 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Novice – U10: born 2007, 2008
  • Atom – U12: born 2005, 2006
  • Bantam – U14: born 2003, 2004
  • Midget – U16: born 2001, 2002
  • Junior – U18: born 1999, 2000

Competitive League:

  • Novice – U10: born 2007, 2008
  • Atom Minor – U11: born 2006
  • Atom Major – U12: born 2005
  • Bantam Minor – U13: born 2004
  • Bantam Major – U14: born 2003
  • Midget Minor – U15: born 2002
  • Midget Major – U16: born 2001

There are separate divisions for girls and boys in all age groups.

Do you have a program for young children?

Yes, we have a Novice program for boys and girls ages 7-9 and a Small Ball program for children 4 to 7 years old.

If my child does not make a competitive team will he/she be guaranteed a spot on a house league team?

We do not guarantee spots in house league for players who have been released from a Competitive team. To secure a spot in house league, you must send your request to the House League Convener indicating your interest. House league spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, cheque or credit card. You can also register with a credit card on our web site (preferred).

What is your refund policy?

Refunds are granted subject to the following:

  • Requests received prior to October 15 – Full refund less $25 admin fee
  • Requests received October 16-November 1 – Full refund less $50 admin fee
  • Requests received after November 1 – No refund

Requests must be sent to

Do players get a uniform?

Players receive a reversible jersey. Cost is included in the registration

What volunteer opportunities are there?

Yes, parents are expected to help out to ensure the success of the program. In our House league program you may volunteer as a coach, assistant coach, team manager or timekeeper/scorekeeper. For further information please contact our House league convenor.

Players with Quebec Addresses

Players with Quebec addresses will not be able to register or play for the Ottawa Shooting Stars.


Competitive League

Players at this level work on skills and compete in games for placement within the region as well as the province. We know that if we play our best as a team we win, regardless of the score.

Registration for competitive team try-outs is now CLOSED.

Practice Frequency: Approximately 2 times per week
Competition Frequency: Approximately 1 competitive game per week for four months and 4-8 tournaments/season.
Focus: Competition, skill improvement, teamwork, fitness development and performance on the court.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child does not make a competitive team are they guaranteed a spot on a house league team?

If you do not make the competitive team you are trying out for, and wish to play on an Ottawa Shooting Stars House League team, you must send an email to the House League convenor at to indicate your interest.  Note that registration for House League opens after Competitive team rosters have been finalized and spaces on House League teams are limited and will be made available on a first come first serve basis.

Do I have to buy a uniform?

Cost of uniforms is NOT included in the registration fees and is NOT covered by the club. Teams will  wear Under Armour custom uniforms for 2017-18 and players will keep the uniforms.

How long is the season?

Tryouts usually are held from mid September to early October. Teams are formed by late October. The season ends in late March to early May, depending on the level.

Is regular attendance required at practices and games?

Yes, players need to attend regularly. In the case of illness, a player is excused. In the case of absence, it is important to notify the coach prior to the practice or game. In the case of injury, the player is usually required to attend to keep up with new plays, etc. Depending on the level of the player, those who have been absent from practices before games may be asked not to play in the next game.

How important is winning?

The position of the club has always been one of friendly competition. However each team and level within the club establishes its unique approach to winning, based on the players, seeding and competition levels.

What do fees cover?

Registration fees: Registration fees cover the cost of tournaments, game referees, gym rentals, equipment, uniforms and club insurance.

Season fees: Each team calculates a projected cost for the season based on the number of tournaments the coaches decide to participate in. The tournaments cost between $300 and $650 to play in. When coaches are not parents of players, the team pays for their accommodation and travel to tournaments. The fees also cover social activities. Each family pays an equal percentage of the total. If there is money remaining at the end of the season, each family will receive an equal portion of that amount.

Are any of the club’s members paid?

No, all members of the club volunteer their time.

How many trips are made out of town? What are the costs associated with these?

Each team participates in approximately 3 out of town tournaments. The costs associated with these are transportation (gas), hotel, and food. These vary with the location of the tournament.

How many games does a team have to play to participate in the provincials?

To qualify for the provincials you must play 2 teams from outside your region and 1 sanctioned tournament.

Are there sites, which I can visit that will explain how basketball leagues are organized in Ontario and in the Ottawa Region?
What is the Ottawa Shooting Stars refund policy?

Refunds are granted subject to the following:

  • For withdrawals prior to September 30, Full refund less $50 administration fee
  • For withdrawals between September 30 and October 16, Full refund less $100 administration fee
  • For any withdrawals after October 16, no refund will be provided.
  • Requests can be emailed to the registrar at or mailed to Ottawa Shooting Stars, PO Box 30061, Greenbank North, Ottawa, K2H 1A3
  • Requests must include the full name and date of birth of the player along with the name and address to which our refund cheque should be sent.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for your request to be processed.
How can I get a tax receipt?

The Ottawa Shooting Stars do not supply tax receipts. The Canada Revenue Agency accepts cancelled cheques as well as applying a $75.00 tax credit (for sports) for each dependent child.

Players with Quebec Addresses

Players with Quebec addresses will not be able to register or play for the Ottawa Shooting Stars.

OBA Transfer Policy

OBA Transfer Policy

The new OBA competitive player transfer policy is coming into effect for the 2015-2016 season. It is important that clubs, players and parents are informed about this new policy. The following is a brief summary of the policy. Everyone is encouraged to consult the OBA website for more details.

If a competitive player would like to change clubs they must obtain a release from their current club. In addition, the player or club they are transferring to is required to pay a $50 transfer fee to the OBA as well as a $250 transfer fee to the club the player was released from. For example, if a player from the Ottawa Shooting Stars transfers to the Nepean Blue Devils and makes a Nepean competitive team Nepean is required to pay a $50 transfer fee to the OBA and a $250 transfer fee to the Ottawa Shooting Stars. EOBA clubs can wave the club to club fee but the OBA fee must be paid. The OBA does offer exceptions to the transfer policy such as when players move outside of their geographic region or when a club no longer offers a program at a given age group. In these cases the player is automatically released and the club to club transfer fee is waived but the OBA transfer fee still applies.



The Ottawa Shooting Stars Novice program is designed with a focus on skill development and teaching players the fundamentals of the game (dribbling, passing, shooting and defending). We aim to build a solid foundation for future play and competition. The program is led by experienced coaches with have a high level of knowledge and enthusiasm. The program consists of weekly practice sessions and scrimmages with the goals of fun and physical fitness. The Novice program is open to boys and girls.

Children are supplied with a practice jersey and ball and should wear a good pair of indoor shoes. Practices start in mid-October and run through to the end of April. No prior basketball experience is necessary.

Competitive Novice Teams

Competitive Novice Teams for both girls and boys will be formed after the season starts. Players will be selected based on basketball interest and potential. Competitive Novice Teams will play games against other regional Novice teams. Additional practices and games will be organized for this group.


Practice schedule TBD


Practice schedule TBD


Registration for Ottawa Shooting Stars Novice Programs TBD



The Small Ball program emphasizes skill development and FUNdamentals such as dribbling, passing, shooting and footwork.

Small Ball offers three separate sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) to help teach the fundamentals of basketball to our youngest Shooting Stars players. Registration dates will be announced in early September.

What to bring:

  • Clean indoor running shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Shorts or athletic pants – no jeans
  • Shooting Stars Small Ball jersey (if they have participated in a previous session)

Parents please be prepared for a quick parent-coach meeting at the start of the first session.

Your coach will be in touch with you via email closer to the starting date of the season.

What Others Have to Say

  • "The Stars opened up an opportunity for me to be able to play at the highest level in Canada, and it has been an unbelievable experience so far."

    Kim Yeldon
    Kim Yeldon Laurier Golden Hawks, Ottawa Shooting Stars Alumni
  • "The lessons I have learned during the countless hours I’ve spent on the court have found a way to influence the other side of my life."

    Thomas Armstrong
    Thomas Armstrong Guelph Gryphons, Ottawa Shooting Stars Alumni
  • "The most important lesson a coach has ever taught me was to not be afraid of failure."

    Jen Stoqua
    Jen Stoqua Assistant Coach
  • "Our bodies and minds can stretch so much further than we ever imagined possible."

    Krista Van Slingerland
    Krista Van Slingerland Assistant Coach