Competitive Program

 Competitive Program

The Nepean Blue Devils have grown to be one of the most successful competitive programs in the province.  Nepean Blue Devil competitive teams often finish in the top 10 in their age group in provincial rankings. The Nepean Blue Devils offers a competitive boys and girls team at each age group (U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19).  A high level of commitment is expected from players selected for a Nepean Blue Devil competitive team. Players are expected to attend all practices, games and tournaments. 

If a sufficient number of players register, the club may choose to run multiple competitive teams for a given age group.  At times, the club may decide to combine a lower level age group (e.g. U13) with a higher-level age group (e.g U14) in order to field the additional competitive team(s). 

Players who are not chosen for a competitive team are encouraged to play in the Nepean recreational program.  The Nepean recreational program offers players at the U13 and higher level the opportunity to practice once a week and play in a regional recreational basketball league comprised of teams from other clubs in the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association. 

  • All competitive coaches have a wealth of experience and are NCCP certified (Level 1 for Atom, and Level 2 for Bantam, Midget and Junior).

  • NBBA coaches also participate in a number of coaching clinics throughout the year and are supported by the Club Technical Director.

  • Competitive teams participate in the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association (EOBA) League, as well as local and out-of-town tournaments throughout the season.

  • All competitive teams are given four hours of practice each week.

  • The cost of the Competitive Program is $765.00 (+ a $25 non-refundable tryout fee for all levels). The cost of the Novice Competitive Program is $465.00 (+ a $15 non-refundable tryout fee) The registration fee covers:

    • All EOBA and Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) registration fees for teams, coaches and players. 

    • Referee fees for 10 EOBA League games and the EOBA Championship tournament at the end of the season (up to a maximum of $300).

    • For U11 and above, $300 of the registration fee is designated for team fees, to cover the cost of three tournaments and the OBA Championships.

  • Teams must cover all other expenses through the collection of additional team fees. 

  • Families can expect to incur additional costs when participating in out-of-town tournaments (ie. hotel and food).

  • Transfer Fee: As outlined by Ontario Basketball, an OBA coach or player participating in a competitive rep program must complete a transfer should he/she want to join another OBA member club. The fee to transfer a coach/player within the terms of this policy is $50 payable to NBBA who will then forward to Ontario Basketball. The fee is administrative and will be split between OBA and the member club the player is leaving. The $25 received by OBA will be invested in grassroots, community-based basketball programming. The NBBA has agreed to waive this transfer fee for the 2019-20 season.

U10 Competitive

The U10 Competitive Program is geared towards players who are interested in playing competitive basketball at the U11 level, and usually have played at least one year of Developmental basketball or are above-average athletes.  

Each week the U10 Competitive group will work with their coaches in developing their basketball skills which will serve as a foundation in their development as a basketball player and an understanding of the game. The skill development will be taught in the context of a number of drills, individual work and games the players will participate in during each session, using regular (10-foot) rims. ​ The players will have 3 to 4 hours of practice sessions each week. The team will participate in the boys or girls U11/U12 House League and have games scheduled about every other Saturday.  The cost of the U10 Competitive Program is $465 (+ a $15 non-refundable tryout fee) The registration fee covers:10 EOBA League games (U10), as well as the EOBA Championship tournament at the end of the year. 

U10 Competitive Boys Practices

Monday evenings at St. Andrew Catholic School from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Thursday evenings at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School from 6:15 pm -7:45 pm

U10 Competitive Girls Practices 

Tuesday evenings from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm at Monsignor Paul Baxter Elementary School

Friday evenings from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

Participating in the U10 Competitive Program requires a high level of commitment from both the parents and players. Players (ages 8 and 9) who are not able to make this commitment are welcome in the Intermediate Development Program or in the U11/U12 Development Program (if the Intermediate Development Program is full).   


  • Tryouts will be held in mid September.
  • There is a $15 non-refundable tryout fee.
  • Coaches can select up to 15 players, and will refer any remaining players to the other programs.


    2020-21 Season

    The NBBA intends to field the following competitive teams for the 2020-21 basketball season:


    Head Coach

    U10 Girls


    U11 Girls


    U12 Girls


    U13 Girls


    U14 Girls #1


    U14 Girls #2


    U15 Girls


    U16 Girls 


    U16 Girls 


    U17 Girls 


    U19 Girls


    U19 Girls


    U10 Boys 


    U11 Boys 


    U12 Boys 


    U13 Boys 


    U14 Boys #1


    U14 Boys #2


    U15 Boys 


    U16 Boys 


    U16 Boys 


    U17 Boys  


    U17 Boys 


    U19 Boys



    Team Selections for the U11 - U19 Competitive Teams

    Team selections are held the beginning to mid-September. The season begins mid-October and runs through to May. In general, each competitive team will have two tryout dates. This could vary depending on the number of player registered for competitive tryouts. If a large number of players register for an age group three tryout dates may be held. If a low number of players register for an age group then the tryouts for multiple teams may be held at the same time.  Players wishing to play up an age group must consult with the VP competitive programs prior to the first tryout and follow the NBBA Playing up policy. 

    • The selection process is based on a number of factors, including shooting skills, dribbling and ball handling, rebounding, endurance, attitude, coach-ability, intensity, etc.

    • Based on the evaluation of the above criteria, the team’s coaching staff will select the 10 to 12 players. 

    • The selection process can commence after the first, second, or third tryout dates and is usually based on the number of players trying out.

    • Should a player not be selected for a competitve team, they will be released to the Recreational Program (if they have registered to secure their spot) and attend the sort-outs. 


    Questions about the Competitive Program can be emailed to Dragana Kobal, VP Competitive.  


      Financial Assistance

     Financial assistance for registration fees is available through charitable organizations, such     as Jumpstart and KidSport™

     For more information, please follow the Financial Assistance link under the Registration page at at the top of the Home Page.

     Families are required to apply for assistance from one of these funding sources before, or immediately after,   registering for a NBBA Program.