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Drills & Skills


NuStep Basketball Academy delivers programs in the downtown Toronto community that help to support the growth of Canadian basketball. NuStep is home to players at every level who seek to develop to their highest potential and transform into more skilled athletes and players.

Programs include beginner to advanced drills and skills training for youth ages 7 to 15 who are interested in learning the fundamentals of the game. NuStep's Rep/AAU program is geared toward providing advanced players with high level competitive play throughout the rep basketball season. Other programs include individual and group training sessions that deliver the highest level of player development. The training system includes on-court skills training, strength and conditioning and mental conditioning. Off-court programs include nutritional planning, academic support and life skills development.

Contact us for more information or to obtain a quote for private training.

NuStep works with a dedicated and knowledgeable team committed to supporting players of all ages and skill levels. On and off-court support consist of professional coaches, educators and varsity athletes. Instruction is led by Trainer and Coach Omar Nicholls who is also a basketball instructor at the Central YMCA in Toronto, a Head Coach for the Toronto French School and an Assistant Coach for Canada Basketball's Toronto region Center for Performance (CP-Prep) program.

To read more about NuStep's trainers and support group, Click here.

Youth Drills & Skills Basketball Program

NuStep's Youth Drills & Skills program is designed to acquaint children 7-14 years old to the fundamentals of basketball while participating in skill exercises, relays and game-like situations. Players run through drills and have fun together in a healthy, competitive environment with an emphasis on building confidence and self-esteem. Small groups ensures individual attention and personalized training for participants who will each receive performance evaluations and tips at the end of each session.

Session Info:

Fridays 6:00pm-8:00pm
2015 Winter Session Make Up Classes: February 5th & 19th, 2016
2016 Spring Session 1: February 26th-May 6th (no classes Mar 18th, Mar 25th & Apr 15th)
2016 Spring Session 2: May 13th-June 17th (no class June 10th)
Holy Name Catholic School - 690 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto







2016 Spring Session 1 (8 weeks)

2016 Spring Session 2 (5 weeks)

$200 (session 1)

$125 (session 2)

$300 (sessions 1&2)

$190 (session 1)

$115 (session 2)

$280 (sessions 1&2)

$180 (session 1)

$105 (session 2)

$260 (sessions 1&2)


NuStep Ballers Rep/AAU Program

In partnership with Durham City Basketball Association, NuStep has introduced two new Toronto expansion teams for the 2015/16 rep basketball season in the U12 Major Atom (11U in the United States) and U15 Midget (14U in the United States) boys divisions. NuStep Rep coaches and staff work with other coaches, parents and community support workers to provide atheletes with access to high level development and exposure through local and international competitive play. NuStep's Athletics and Academics program ensures players have access to elite training, health programs, academic support and more.


A number of NuStep's rep team players come from low-income families that require extra support. Donations will provide them with the opportunity to develop and excel in the sport they love, while showcasing their skills locally and internationally. If you would like to help, you can donate to NuStep's Rep/AAU Program using the PayPal button below or by sending an e-transfer to or a cheque payable to 'NuStep Basketball Academy' to:
NuStep Basketball Academy, 5 George St. South, Toronto, M5A 4B1.


We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities for businesses and groups insterested in reaching a large demographic of families with young children.

Click here for more information about NuStep's team sponsorship opportunities.


          Participant's First Name:      Participant's Last Name:          NuStep Basketball Academy

                       Toronto, ON Canada

          Age:            Gender:            Skill Level:                                 416-977-8633 |


          Name of Parent/Guardian (if applicable):                               Head Coach/Trainer:

                    Omar Nicholls -

          Email:                                   Phone Number:                         Administrative Assistant/Team Manager:

                         Elisha Romain -


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Toronto Star

In April 2014 NuStep's coach and trainer, Omar Nicholls, and his U10 novice boys OBA rep team the Durham City Bulldogs were featured in the Toronto Star and on

Read the article

The team was undefeated in the 2013/14 OBA season with a 29-0 record and won the gold medal in division 1 at the Ontario Cup Finals.

Read the article


U12 NuStep Ballers CYBL Session 1 highlights:


U12 NuStep Ballers CYBL Session 2 highlights:


In September 2015 NuStep member, Kailon, was cast in a commercial for the Bank of Montreal:


U15 NuStep Ballers CYBL Session 2 highlights:



Congratulations to NuStep U15 rep player, Athan, who won courtside seats to the Toronto Raptor's game as part of NuStep's Life Skills Program. His was selected as having the winning homework assignment by NuStep's Life Skills Coach, Jason Glover.

Congratulations to NuStep U15 rep player, Jaiden and his Northern Secondary School basketball team, for becoming the TDSSAA Boys Bantam 2015/16 champions.


Helping with Houselink and The Riverdale Housing Action Group's 2015 Holiday Events

Houselink Community Homes provides supportive housing and recovery for people living with persistent mental health challenges and addiction issues in Toronto.

NuStep's U15 rep team helped prepare, plate and serve food at Houselink's annual holiday party held on December 10th with over 200 guests.

Riverdale Housing Action Group (RHAG) works to build, acquire, renovate and manage buildings for persons with low to modest incomes; and provide tenants with safe, affordable housing and support services in Toronto.

NuStep's U15 and U12 teams fundraised and purchased gifts for 20 of RHAG's young male tenants and also wrapped gifts that were donated by the community for RHAG's annual holiday party held on December 17th.



Durham City Basketball Association


Concise Apparel

                     Berkley's Cafe

262 The Esplanade, Toronto

Bay Ridge Orchards Limited
158198 7th Line, Meaford

Jason Glover, Life Coach


Wally Tap & Grill
302 O'Connor Drive, Toronto

Peter Hanson
Hazel Romain
Clyde Ambrose
Betty Nicholls


The Jr. NBA, NBA, and NBA properties do not in any way control or operate the activities of any Jr. NBA league or team.


Canadian Tire's Jumpstart

Canadian Youth Basketball League

Super Kick Karate & MMA

Click here for more information about NuStep's team sponsorship opportunities.

Training Staff:

Head Coach/Trainer

Omar has played basketball for over 25 years and not only enjoys the game as a player but as a coach, instructor and trainer. As a basketball instructor at the Central YMCA in Toronto, he teaches basic fundamentals and game skills to children ages 3-12. He also manages the gym on teen nights and supervises organized games for the adult basketball programs.

Omar is also a Head Basketball Coach for the Toronto French School (TFS) and Assistant Coach for Canada Basketball's Toronto Region Centre for Performance (CP-Prep) program. His TFS U15 Junior Girls basketball team won gold in the 2014 finals and are poised to do the same this year.


Stephen Beatty
"[...] I want to offer some completely unsolicited feedback about the Thursday evening basketball program my son, [...], is involved with at Eastminster.

I can say, without hesitation, that [my son's] experience with basketball, and his experience with sports has been transformed by this amazing program and the fantastic coach Omar.


Nadia David
"Ever since my son joined the NuStep program he had improved tremendously in the sport that he loves. The program not only teaches my son how to become a good basketball player but also how to be a player with confidence and discipline.



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