MiniBall 2017 Year 3 and 4 and Mixed teams of Year 3/4

Ashley School miniball term 4 starts on Tuesday 31 October and goes until the 5 December.  The venues for these games will either be at

Woodend Community Hall (3.45pm, 4.30pm or 5.15pm), Rangiora New Life gym (3.45pm, 4.30pm or 5.15pm).

You will be notified week by week as to where the games are and at what time.


Team tops will be supplied for the season and your child will need to wear blue or black shorts (depending on which team they are in).

MOUTHGUARDS are compulsory, your child must have one if they are going to be playing.

"Mini-Ball" is a programme for year 3 & 4 students to introduce them to the fundamentals of basketball as a team sport.  Each session mixes specific skills coaching with a game against another team using modified rules to encourage full team participation and create "space" on a court.  Coaches/referees explain rules and infringements during the game to ensure children are able to relate rules to various situations.

Skill sessions cover basics such as...






Modified game rules include...

Set number of passes required before shooting is allowed to encourage passing around more team members

Coloured bibs used to encourage a more structured man-on-man defense

The Mini-Ball programme runs for 6 weeks during terms 3 & 4 and is run by the MainPower Sports Coaches with assistance from North Canterbury Basketball.

The students involved in the mini-ball programme are better prepared to enter the NCBB's Friday Night Basketball competition for years 5-8.

Ashley Ballers

Sam Howarth, Joel Pulley, Izaac O'Connor, Sophia McAllister, Luci Elliott, Jorja-Rose Keast Parker, Cooper Blanken, Sione Lealiki Waldron, Emma Waldron.






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