Dublin schools Mini Basketball taking centre stage at NBA
November 21, 2017
The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght is the place to be for the coming week, as 35 finals of the Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball League will take place.
The games will run from November 21st to 28th (inclusive) and will see a novel approach taken to ensuring a child appropriate approach to primary school sport, with each school bringing two table officials with a child-friendly scoresheet provided in advance. In all, over 800 children will play across the week, with 70 children officiating.
All children will participate in two quarters, with no child playing more than two quarters and they will all be awarded with a League participation medal, while the winning schools will be presented with a trophy.
Over 1,500 supporters are expected to be in attendance, while the Dublin Officials Association will provide referees, with Commissioners overseeing the event each day.
This imaginative approach is in keeping with the ethos of the Primary Schools’ Mini-Basketball as outlined in the PSMNC brochure, which can be downloaded from www.basketballireland.ie Primary Schools.
This ethos is aimed at “enabling children to learn, play and enjoy basketball in a supportive environment” and emphasises the “importance of age appropriate fundamental movement and basketball skills development” while avoiding the “negative aspects of competition for children”.
Teaching videos, the Mini3on3 booklet, rules, scoresheet and guidelines – can be all downloaded on www.basketballireland.ie
You can see the full schedule for the week here: -Primary Schools Finals Schedule.docx