The Dartmouth Lakers Basketball Club was established in 2004 in time to participate in the 2004-2005 season as a member of the Metro Basketball Association, Nova Scotia. The Dartmouth Lakers Basketball Club was formed as the result of a merger between two former clubs: the Banook Basketball Club and the Woodlawn Wildcats Basketball Club.



The Dartmouth Lakers Basketball Club offers several divisions for minor basketball players in grades 3 - 12, as well as the Junior Lakers program for players in Grades P - 2.

Divisional Play is for ages 8 to 17, and runs from U10 to U18 - all divided by Boys and Girls teams. Each division can have more than one level of play, which is determined at the start of each season. All games are played within the Metro Basketball Association.

Practices are generally ninety minutes in length, one evening per week, held in the Dartmouth area. Practice dates and times are not published until closer to the start of the season in mid-October as we get players registered, teams arranged and know how many teams we need to book in the gyms.

Games can be played in gyms and facilities throughout HRM. Schedules will be posted and kept updated through the MBANS website - please check their website regularly throughout the playing season.



Divisional registration fees cover one practice per week, MBA league fees, league games, referees’ fees, scorekeeper fees, league playoffs, and limited insurance. 

Junior Lakers fees cover a one-hour session per week for 8 weeks, a Junior Lakers T-shirt, a basketball, membership to Basketball Nova Scotia, and limited insurance coverage. 



A Uniform is required for divisional play (U10 - U18) and must be ordered separately from registration. View more on our Uniform Policy.


What division will your child play in?

  • Junior Lakers - Grades Primary - 2

  • U10  Age 8 & 9 (under the age of 10 on or before January 1st of the current season)

  • U12  Age 10 & 11 (under 12 on or before January 1st of the current season)

  • U14  Age 12 & 13 (under 14 on or before January 1st of the current season)

  • U16  Age 14 & 15 (under 16 on or before January 1st of the current season)

  • U18  Age 16 & 17 (under 18 on or before Oct.1 of the current season)


Junior Lakers Program

This program is offered to our youngest players (grades P-2) and offers a one-hour skills and practice session once a week. All groups are co-ed. This level does not play competitive games. It is intended to teach the basics of basketball to these young players new to the game.

The Junior Lakers program is offered in two sessions each year - Fall (October to December) and Winter (January to March). Each session is eight weeks long.

Each group will meet ONE night per week from 6-7 pm. Sessions will be held in various Dartmouth elementary school gyms.

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to place each child with the group that will best suit his/her development, we have allocated specific nights for the various levels of experience. Please consider carefully when choosing which night best suits your child’s abilities. Each group will be capped at 15 participants.


Experience Gauge:

BEGINNER: NO previous experience. This child is new to the sport of basketball regardless of grade.

INTERMEDIATE: Some previous experience. This child may or may not have previous experience in organized basketball, but should have a basic grasp of the fundamental skills of dribbling and passing.

ADVANCED: More previous experience. This child has participated in at least one session of organized basketball and/or has a good grasp of the basic skills of dribbling, passing and shooting.

The Fall session is not a prerequisite for the Winter session. 

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