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Small Ball

Small Ball is for 6-7 year old boys and girls who want to learn to play basketball and have fun.

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Novice

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

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House League

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

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Competitive

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

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SMALL BALL PROGRAM

Small Ball (2014-2015 birth years)

Our introduction to the sport of basketball. Weekly 1 hour sessions teaching the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, and passing. This is a Co-ed program which will run for 8 weeks. After the conclusion of the 8 week program, a second 8 week program will be offered to finish out the year. Program will have the following options:

  • Saturday Mornings (11-12pm)
  • Sunday Evenings (5:30-6:30pm)

The first 8 week session will run from January through March, and the second running March through May. Cost for the season is $150 for one 8 week session.

Links for all programming will go live Dec 1st at 8pm EST under the “Register” tab above.

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NOVICE PROGRAM

Age classifications for the 2022 season are as follows:

Novice Boys & Girls (2012-2013 birth years)

1 hour sessions which build upon the skills learned in Small Ball. Great for the young players in your family who are beginning to show an interest in the sport but may not have any formal experience. Program will have two weekly sessions with the following options:

  • Novice Boys Evenings (6-7pm Saturday & 6-7pm Sunday)
  • Novice Boys Mornings (9-10am Saturday & 9-10am Sunday)
  • Novice Girls (10-11am Saturday & 10-11am Sunday)

The season will run from January through the end of May. Cost is $350 for the season for each program.

Links for all programming will go live Dec 1st at 8pm EST under the “Register” tab above.

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House League

Age classifications for the 2022 season are as follows:

  • 2012 birth years and younger see Novice & Small Ball programs below
  • U12 (2010-2011 birth years)
  • U14 (2008-2009 birth years)
  • U16 (2006-2007 birth years)
  • U19 (2004-2005 birth years)

Players will be sorted onto teams prior to the league kicking off, and will take part in a season running from January through May. House League programs will take place at a combination of private and public gyms, all centrally located in Ottawa. Our most Western gyms are located in the Bayshore area, while our most Eastern gyms are located near the Vanier Parkway.

Players will have two sessions weekly, falling on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday (times vary from week to week for their league games). As part of our goal to get kids back into meaningful basketball games following the extended layoff teams will alternate weekends of 2 games & no practice, followed by a weekend of 1 practice, 1 game.

Price for all House League programming from U12 to U19 is $400 for the year. After registration is completed, and payment is confirmed, you will have an opportunity to list up to 2 friend requests for the season. You will be contacted by the registrar prior to sort outs to finalize any friend requests. While we will do our best to accommodate as many requests as we can, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be accommodated.

Links for all programming will go live Dec 1st at 8pm EST under the “Register” tab above.

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.

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?

Registration will open in a staggered manner based on age groups. Please see the dates above for your specific age group and follow the link to complete registration. Please note, registration is not complete until payment has been received.

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?

Please see above for the appropriate age group for your child. Age groups are based off of birthyear for the upcoming season.

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 6 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 on House League teams for players released from the competitive stream. House League spots are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note however that House League registrations opens after competitive teams have been finalized, allowing players time to register for the House League stream if they so choose.

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:

  • For withdrawals prior to September 30, Full refund less $25 administration fee
  • For withdrawals between September 30 and October 31, Full refund less $50 administration fee
  • For any withdrawals after October 31, no refund will be provided.
  • Requests can be emailed to the registrar at info@ottawashootingstars.com
  • Requests must include the full name and date of birth of the player. Refunds will be processed as an e-transfer.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for your request to be processed.
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.

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Competitive Program

All 2021-22 competitive teams have now been formed. We would like to thank all the players and parents who came out for tryouts this year, and wish you the best of luck with your upcoming seasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

We do not guarantee spots on House League teams for players released from the competitive stream. House League spots are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note however that House League registrations opens after competitive teams have been finalized, allowing players time to register for the House League stream if they so choose.

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 2019-20 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 $25 administration fee
  • For withdrawals between September 30 and October 31, Full refund less $50 administration fee
  • For any withdrawals after October 31, no refund will be provided.
  • Requests can be emailed to the registrar at info@ottawashootingstars.com
  • Requests must include the full name and date of birth of the player. Refunds will be processed as an e-transfer.
  • 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.

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