Rep basketball in Ontario refers to a type of competitive youth basketball that is organized by the Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) and other organizations. The OBA is the governing body for basketball in the province of Ontario, Canada and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels.
Rep basketball teams are formed at the club level and typically consist of players from a specific geographic area or community. The teams compete against other rep teams from across the province in a series of leagues, tournaments, and playoffs.
The purpose of rep basketball is to provide a higher level of competition for skilled and dedicated players, and to help them develop their skills.
REP is short for representative. REP teams represent their city or town. If you live in Maple, you may want to play for your local basketball team. Sometimes, player will join basketball teams in nearby cities such as Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Vaughn. REP basketball teams compete against other cities across their province.
Competitive rep teams usually practice two or three times per week. They then join leagues and tournaments throughout Ontario and sometimes throughout Canada and the United states.
Some of the local leagues in Ontario are YRBL, the Coalition league, OBL, CYBL, and many other leagues. There are many organizations that hold tournaments such as IEM, MUMBA, silver knights, hoop dome, just to name a few.
Teams are typically ranked A/AA/AAA. AAA being the highest, AA being in the middle, and A being the lowest division.
OBA ranks teams if you play sanctioned OBA games. Game results are sent to the OBA, they crunch this data, and then they report rankings. Teams are ranked and re-ranked several times per year. At the end of the year there is a large OBA tournament, and this tournament determines the championships for the year.