House-League

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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Novice

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

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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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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 23rd. 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.

Junior – Juvenile age groups (2001-2003) open Monday September 23rd @ 9pm
Midget age groups (2004-2005) open Tuesday September 24th @ 9pm
Bantam age groups (2006-2007) open Wednesday September 25th @ 9pm
Atom age groups (2008-2009) open Thursday September 26th @ 9pm

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, directorhouseleague@ottawashootingstars.com

2019-2020 season registrations are now closed.

*Please refer to the dates above to determine when your child’s age group opens

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

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.

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.

2019-2020 season registrations are now closed.

Team Birthyear Tryout # Date Time Location
Atom Girls 2009 1 Mon Sep 16th 6-8pm Broadview PS
Atom Girls 2009 2 Sat Sep 21st 9-11am Sir Robert Borden HS (NEW)
Atom Boys 2009 1 Mon Sep 16th 6-8pm Glashan PS
Atom Boys 2009 2 Wed Sep 18th 6-7:30pm Lisgar HS
Atom Boys 2009 3 Fri Sep 20th 7-8:30pm Glebe HS
Major Atom Girls 2008 1 Mon Sep 16th 6-8pm Immaculata HS (Double Gym)
Major Atom Girls 2008 2 Sat Sep 21st 1-3pm Sir Robert Borden HS (NEW)
Major Atom Boys 2008 1 Mon Sep 16th 6-7:30pm St. Paul HS (151 Gym A)
Major Atom Boys 2008 2 Sat Sep 21st 3-5pm Sir Robert Borden HS (NEW)
Bantam Girls 2007 1 Wed Sep 18th 6-8pm Brookfield HS
Bantam Girls 2007 2 Sat Sep 21st 2-4pm Brookfield HS
Bantam Boys 2007 1 Wed Sep 18th 7:30-9pm Lisgar HS
Bantam Boys 2007 2 Thu Sep 19th 7:30-9pm De La Salle HS (303-305)
Bantam Boys 2007 3 Sat Sep 21st 10-12pm Nepean HS
Major Bantam Girls 2006 1 Mon Sep 16th 7-9pm Glebe HS
Major Bantam Girls 2006 2 Sat Sep 21st 10-12pm Brookfield HS
Major Bantam Boys 2006 1 Tue Sep 17th 6-8pm St. Pats HS (Double Gym)
Major Bantam Boys 2006 2 Sat Sep 21st 4-6pm Nepean HS
Midget Girls 2005 1 Wed Sep 18th 6-8pm Sir Guy Carleton SS
Midget Girls 2005 2 Sat Sep 21st 2-4pm Nepean HS
Midget Boys 2005 1 Tue Sep 10th 6-8pm St. Pats HS (Double Gym)
Midget Boys 2005 2 Wed Sep 11th 8-10pm St. Pats HS (Double Gym)
Major Midget Boys 2004 1 Mon Sep 9th 8-10pm Immaculata HS (Double Gym)
Major Midget Boys 2004 2 Fri Sep 13th 8-10pm Immaculata HS (Double Gym)
Juvenile Girls 2003 1 Tue Sep 10th 8-10pm Notre Dame (Wood)
Juvenile Girls 2003 2 Thu Sep 12th 8-10pm Notre Dame (Wood)
Junior Women 2001 1 Wed Sep 18th 8-9:30pm Brookfield HS
Junior Women 2001 2 Sat Sep 21st 4-6pm Brookfield HS

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.

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NOVICE PROGRAM: BOYS AND GIRLS: 8-9 YEARS OLD

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.

REGISTRATION FOR NOVICE PROGRAM: BOYS AND GIRLS: 8-9 YEARS OLD (as of Dec 31)

Registration for the Novice Program will open Thursday September 26th @ 8pm

NOVICE PRACTICE SCHEDULE: BOYS

Program begins Friday October 18th

2011 Boys:
Friday 6-7pm @ Broadview
Saturday 2:30-3:30pm @ Broadview

2010 Boys:
Friday 7-8pm @ Broadview
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm @ Broadview

NOVICE PRACTICE SCHEDULE: GIRLS

Program begins Friday October 18th

2011 Girls
Friday – 6-7pm @ St. George
Saturday 3:00-4pm @ Hopewell

2010 Girls
Friday – 7-8pm @ St. George
Saturday 4:30-5:30pm @ Hopewell

2019-2020 season registrations are now closed.

*Please refer to the dates above to determine when your child’s age group opens

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SMALL BALL PROGRAM BOYS AND GIRLS: 6-7 YEARS OLD (Born in 2012-2013)

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 for the Winter Small Ball Program will open Monday December 9th @ 8pm

Available Small Ball Dates (each evening is a separate program)

1) Starting Thursday January 9th; 6:30-7:30pm @ St. George’s (130 Keyworth Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 0E6)
2) Starting Saturday January 11th; 3:00-4:00pm @ Hopewell Public School (17 Hopewell Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2Y7)
3) Starting Saturday January 11th; 4:30-5:30pm @ Hopewell Public School (17 Hopewell Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2Y7)

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.

*Please refer to the dates above to determine when your child’s age group opens

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We are launching a Junior Referee Program in conjunction with Right Way Basketball

Cost: $80

Wednesday Nov 20th 6-7:30pm in class session @ Brookfield HS | 7:30-9:30pm in gym session @ Brookfield HS

Program mechanics

  • The course will be offered in the Fall. It will include one, 1.5 hour in-class session and a second, 2 hour on-court session.
  • Each participant will receive a training manual.
  • This session will be capped at 30 participants.
  • Covering topics ranging from leadership development and managing conflict to terminology and on court movements for two person mechanics.

Includes whistle, jersey, eligibility to get game invites to work through OSS

Questions? Email rwbballclinics@gmail.com

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