Program Details

Age Groups: Ages 8 to 18

The GCBA Wolverines Competitive has been and continues to be one of the top competitive programs in the Eastern Ontario region and across Ontario. It’s no coincidence our success is derived from the emphasis and effort put towards player development.

  • Our club participates in the EOBC (Eastern Ontario Basketball League) with boys’ and girls’ teams from U10 (8-9) to U19 (17-18).
  • We often also enter some teams in the OBL (Ontario Basketball League) – typically at U17 and/or U19. These teams play almost exclusively in and around the Greater Toronto Area so there are additional cost and time commitments involved.


  • Tryout Weekend #1: September 6th to 9th, 2024

  • Tryout Weekend #2: September 13th to 16th, 2024

Season length and timing varies by age group from October to June annually

Useful information

Each week – Two 1.5 to 2 hour practices

(weeknights to be determined by coach availability) plus games scheduled on some evenings and weekends each month.

Practice Gyms : Located in the east end of Ottawa (east of Blair Road and into Orleans).

All of the teams travel throughout Eastern Ontario and Gatineau, with some tournaments in different regions of Ontario and Quebec plus an end of season trip to the Ontario Cup (dates/locations vary team by team).

  • Tryout Fee: $30 [Non-refundable]

  • After being selected to a competitive team, additional team fees will be charged to cover competitive registrations, games, and tournaments. The team fees start at approximately $400 and rise from there. OBL team fees are significantly more.


The Wolverines program concentrates on developing basketball players who are interested in the sport at the competitive level. Teams travel to tournaments across Ontario and play other competitive teams from the Ottawa area.

Tryouts are open to anyone registered in the GCBA. If you are not a registered member of the GCBA, you will need to register ONLINE.

  • If you DO NOT make the competitive team you tryout for you will automatically be assigned to a House League Team and the opportunity to tryout for a Selects team for your age group (if there is one available) later in the season.

YES!!! The Wolverines program is designed so that there is only one mandatory practice during the high school season for both girls and boys, limiting the amount of tournaments during this time. Most of our players do both!

The Wolverines Basketball program is considered the priority sports commitment for our players. Playing two competitive sports in the same season is very difficult to do and manage where one will focus your limited time.

Gloucester Cumberland Basketball is a volunteer organization and family members of every Wolverines player are expected to commit to a volunteer effort to help the teams run. This commitment need not be more than a few hours on an occasional basis, but it is essential. Your Managers (who are also volunteers!) will outline the volunteer jobs during the first team meeting. In addition, the Wolverines host a major tournament every year, and family members are expected to help that weekend.

Every player is guaranteed two tryouts. Following the second tryout, some players will be released to House League. A third tryout will then take place, after which time teams are announced. All players are contacted by the coach and told of the outcome of their tryout.
All players at all levels are evaluated by a team of approximately 3-4 people. These are the two coaches at the level (where applicable), assistant coaches (IF they are non-parent coaches), former coaches, basketball experts from the community and the coaches from the level immediately above where your son or daughter wants to play. Players are evaluated on a combination of basketball skills appropriate to their level, as well as game situations (assessed through scrimmages). Evaluation forms are used by the evaluators to aid in assessing players to determine strengths and weaknesses.
The Wolverines program is a competitive basketball program. There are playing time rules for the Novice and Atom levels that require equal participation. At all other levels playing time is at the discretion of the coach. However, the GCBA encourages coaches to develop all the players they select to their teams.
Not at all! Basic skills, athletic capability, an understanding of the game and desire are all you need to try out.

The GCBA offers several options for players requiring financial assistance with their registration fees; including volunteer service in lieu of payment, and individualized installment plans. We also assist players with applications to the  Canadian Tire’s Jump Start Program and through our own GCBA Wolverines Benevolent Fund.  Please contact your coach or the registrar at [email protected] for more information.

All players must be REGISTERED with the GCBA to participate.

For more information, please email the GCBA office at
[email protected]