We run and participate in a number of tournaments throughout the season including Easter Tournament, Queens Birthday Tournament, Goodwill Games, Kapiti Hoop Club and Dragons Tournament. Main coaching contact is Grant Young
Our participation rates continue to be very strong with anywhere between 50-60 kids aged from 3-12 joining in our four group practices on Sundays. We welcome new players to come along and no you don't have to be Chinese to participate! We encourage "friends of the centre" memberships.
2016: our practice times are as follows
|Group||Age (at 31st Dec 2015)||Time||Coaches|
|Tini||Tini 5 - 7 yrs||9:30 to 10:30 am||Simon Young and Andrew Young (Tini)|
|Mini & Intermediate||Mini 8-10 yrs; Int School age||10:30am – 12 noon||Grant Young|
|U/18 Women and Men||Players from any grades who want to develop techniques & skills, including beginners.||2.30 - 4.30 pm||Fotis Liolis|
|Senior men and women||4.30 pm – 6.30 pm||Michael Loh|
Miniball is basketball for children between ages 4 to 12 years. Miniball is run by a committee of parents who actively plan and manage the events throughout the year.
The activities include:
- coaching about 50 - 60 kids every Sunday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm
- overnight "camp" stays at the Centre where the kids get up to minor mischief and then have breakfast at McDonalds the next morning
- hosting our own invitational miniball tournaments
- playing in tournaments organized by either other Chinese communities or external clubs and
- our annual Prize giving (swimming pool) evening.
Miniball is not only about basketball, as one of our objectives is to get the kids to mix socially, to build their confidence and to learn about our culture through mixing with other Chinese kids and parents.
Teams are mixed, and for the older age groups, the players are streamed according to their skill level. We teach individual ball skills and teamwork using fun drills (or press-ups for those that misbehave :) ). Practices are 1 to 1½ hrs long.
We welcome young Chinese people to attend our Sunday practice sessions and join one of our mid week WBA league teams.
Main coaching contact is Grant Young
College Basketball: Mens and Womens
Basketball follows on from intermediate age, and is split into two age groups - Under 18's for those attending College and Mens & Womens Open for players over the age of 18 years old.
Under 18 Boys & Girls
Practices are designed to help players solidify the fundamentals learnt at miniball level. Stepping up the level of awareness for the game, players also learn valuable on the court skills. For those players new to basketball at this level, we also help with the fundamental skill and rules of the game. Practices are run for 2 hours.
Many of our players who have come up through the miniball and Under 18 system play in their school or college teams. With some players reaching representative level for Wellington or even New Zealand.
Mens & Womens Open
Practices are open to those aged over 18 and are designed to help players improve and vary their skills.
We hold our own basketball tournament over Queens Birthday weekend for all age groups and enter other Tournaments run by various Chinese clubs and associations throughout the lower North Island throughout the year. We also enter teams into the Wellington Basketball Association's local mid week league.