Coal Bowl Classic 2018

Occurs February 5th, 2018 to February 10th, 2018


667 Eighth Street, New Waterford, B1H 3T4, Fleur-de-lis/Marconi/Metro CB


T: 9028626432


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I. Preamble & History

The New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic is a national invitational high school basketball week long tournament. Planning for the tournament was initiated by individuals from the school and community with a special interest in sports and more particularly, basketball.  The Coal Bowl Classic consists of ten (10) high school boy teams and two (2) high school girl teams.   

The Coal Bowl Classic is held at Breton Education Centre, New Waterford, Nova Scotia. Breton Education Centre is both a junior and senior high school which opened in 1970 with a student population in excess of 2200.

The Town of New Waterford is a former coal-mining community with the approximate population of 7695 situated twelve miles from the City of Sydney and from the town of Glace Bay.

Basketball has had a long tradition in the town and that tradition was exemplified and recognized during induction ceremonies of the N.S Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. At that time, four basketball teams were inducted into the Hall of Fame, three of which were from the Town of New Waterford. Those teams were:

  • St. Agnes Juvenile Team - 1932 - Canadian Title
  • Strands Intermediate Team - 1946-47-48 - Canadian Titles
  • Central School Juvenile Team - 1961 - Canadian Title
  • Acadia University - 1971 - Canadian Title - was the fourth team inducted.

The Strands Intermediate Team was honored during the Coal Bowl '82 Banquet and the St. Agnes Juvenile Team was honored in 1983. The Central Juvenile Team was honored during Coal Bowl '84.

New Waterford is a very historical town. It seems appropriate that this history should be reflected in our planning and preparation for this major tournament which has fast become a prestigious Canadian tournament.  The objectives of the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic are to recognize the close historical association between coal mining and basketball and to provide everlasting experiences for visiting teams, students and staff of Breton Education Centre.  This Canadian Basketball Tournament has an excellent following throughout the world as evidenced by some of the emails we have received from places such as: Hong Kong, Panama, California and Cuba.  2018 Coal Bowl Classic marks the 36th anniversary which is a very important accomplishment. 

The tournament is planned so that participating students will not only compete on the basketball court, but will participate in school-sponsored educational, social and cultural activities as well. The Board of Directors place great importance on the related activities of the tournament week. This week is much more than just competitive games.  It’s about providing a culturally enriched experience to all players, coaches and parents who attend the week-long event. 

Team members will participate in scheduled tours relating to the history of New Waterford. In addition, the tournament week will include the Coal Bowl Cultural Concert, Banquet and Socials.

The objectives of the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic are to recognize the close historical association within the town of New Waterford, and provide special educational, social, cultural, athletic and academic experiences for visiting teams, students and staff of Breton Education Centre.

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Admission: Admission will be sold by weekly tournament passes for students and adult passes. Possible individual game passes may be sold as well.