New Brunswick

Basketball New Brunswick seeking interest in women's league

Basketball New Brunswick is looking for women to make up a provincial women’s basketball league. Brad Janes is the vice president for Basketball New Brunswick. He says this would be a place for former players to continue their basketball career.

BNB wants to make a league for women to continue their playing career after university or high school

Basketball New Brunswick wants to provide a competitive league for women in the province. (CBC)

Basketball New Brunswick is looking for women to make up a provincial women's basketball league. That would give players like Lindy MacDonald a chance to play competitive basketball again. 

"I find the leagues right now are good but they aren't quite as competitive as a lot former [players] would like, so I'm definitely looking forward to it if it happens," said MacDonald. 

MacDonald was an All-Canadian while playing for the Holland College basketball team, and helped the St. Thomas Tommies win a national silver medal. But it's been two years since she played competitive basketball, and she is looking forward to the prospect of playing. 

Brad Janes is the vice president for Basketball New Brunswick. He says this would be a place for former players to continue their basketball career. 

I find the leagues right now are good but they aren't quite as competitive as a lot former [players] would like.- Lindy MacDonald

"I've always been puzzled why female basketball players, after their high school or collegiate careers, didn't have a league to play. There's senior hockey, there's senior football, there's senior many sports," said Janes. 

"Just because their college eligibility is up doesn't mean that their competitive desires are gone."

The league would take place after the regular basketball season, in April and July. That's because many of the players who would want to play would be coaching during the regular basketball months from November to May. 

"What we are looking at initially is a four league team and right now we actually have four centres that are interested," said Janes. 

Competitive league from 4 areas

Janes wants to start slow. He says there seems to be enough of an interest to place a team in Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, and Carleton County. 

Janes says it would be a competitive league, with referees and scorekeepers. They would meet at one of the four areas once a week, and have that be their game day.

It would only be a six game season to start, but Janes says they just want to get it up and running before they start expanding the league.   

"People say, well that's not very long to attract sponsors or anything like this but you have to crawl before you walk and before you run," said Janes. 

"We're not going to into this and say we want 24 teams across the province and play a 16 game schedule. That's just not possible. So we have to kind of start very slow."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Drost is a reporter with the CBC.

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