Athletes between the ages of 10 and under-18 from each of the seven sport regions in the province, as defined by Sport Manitoba.
The focus of the Games is on the development of Manitoba athletes by providing them with skill development opportunities, and a multi-sport experience to help prepare them for higher levels of competition like the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, national, and international championships in their sport.
Provincial Sport Organizations apply to be in each set of Games and are measured against specific criteria. After evaluation, Sport Manitoba determines the sports that will be included in the next Games.
Age classifications for the Games are determined by the sport. Age categories must be within the minimum and maximum age ranges set by Sport Manitoba, and reflect the fit of the Games in the sport’s Long Term Athlete Development plan. Age categories and eligibility are outlined in the sport Technical Package (see individual sport pages).
Athlete selection varies by sport, either through existing competitions, a qualifying event or selection of regional all-star teams following a series of identification, training, skill-development and try-out camps. Requirements for each sport are outlined in the sport’s development and selection plans.
Coaches and managers are selected by the sport. Interested coaches can contact the Provincial Sport Organization for more information on selection procedures and certification requirements. Coach eligibility is also outlined in the sport Technical Package.
Athletes can expect to pay a registration fee that is determined by the sport for development or training camps/clinics, regional qualifying events, or selection camps. Once regional teams have been determined, additional fees may be required depending on the team’s Games preparation plans. When regional team selection is complete, athletes will pay a provincial registration fee set by the Sport Manitoba. The provincial registration fee will cover the cost of all meals, accommodations, transportation to and at the Games, and team uniforms. The only cost to the participant while at the Games will be for personal items and souvenirs.
Communities across the province bid to host the Games based on their ability to stage the sport competitions, accommodate and feed 1,800 participants, provide upwards of 1,000 volunteers, and generate the required financial resources to operate the Games. Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Games Council conduct bid and site evaluations and make recommendations to the Board of Sport Manitoba.