Summer Session Schedule Change

Due to gym facilities not being available the week of August 28-September 1, 2017, we will be making a few adjustments to our locations and times for our final week of summer programs. Please note below.
Mini-Basket Summer 2017
  • GIRLS Bowmanville Tuesdays September 5th 7-8pm for ages 6-9yrs & 8-9pm for ages 10-14+yrs (St Stephens 300 Scugog St)
  • Bowmanville Wednesdays September 6th 7-8pm for ages 6-9yrs & 8-9pm for ages 10-14+yrs (St Stephens 300 Scugog St)
  • Bowmanville Wednesdays September 13th 6-7pm for ages 6-9yrs & 7-8pm for ages 10-14+yrs (Knox CS 410 N. Scugog Crt)

3v3, 4v4 and 5v5

Development Basketball Leagues

Newcastle Sundays

Boys and Girls Basketball League

Location: Newcastle DRC 1780 Rudell Rd

Sundays: October 1 to December 3, 2017

Time/Ages: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Ages 6-9)

Time/Ages: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Ages 10-14+)

Cost: $100/Season

Register Online Here Using Program Code 6360 (6-9yrs) or 6359 (10-13+yrs)

Or Register Onsite at Any Municipal Recreational Facility

Oshawa Mondays

Boys and Girls Basketball League

Location: Vincent Massey PS 211 Harmony Rd N.

Fall Dates: October 2 to November 27, 2017

Time/Ages: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Ages 6-9)

Time/Ages: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Ages 10-14+)

Cost: $125/Season (8 weeks)

Bowmanville Tuesdays

FREE Girls Basketball League

Location: St Stephen CSS 300 Scugog St

Fall Dates: September 26 to October 24, 2017

Time/Ages: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Ages 6-9)

Time/Ages: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Ages 10-14+)


Bowmanville Wednesdays

Boys and Girls Basketball League

Location: Knox CS 410 N. Scugog Crt

Fall Dates: October 11 to November 29, 2017

Time/Ages: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Ages 6-9)

Time/Ages: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Ages 10-14+)

Cost: $125/Season (8 weeks) or $250/Year (4  seasons)


The best way to produce development time through play, is to offer 3on3 and 4on4 competitive platforms for younger ages that can act as a transition from recreational to competitive 5on5 basketball. For our earlier age groups, we are applying the philosophies of Mini-Basket in conjunction with Basketball Canada and the Ontario Basketball Association.


Mini-Basket is designed for school, community or club basketball players and programs.  The philosophy of Mini-Basket is to allow children to play a game that is better suited to the development of their physical, mental and basketball skills by instituting long term athlete development (LTAD) modifications to the adult game.  With high repetitions and touches, it is player oriented with the emphasis is on skill development in combination with the teaching and loading of actions.

The aim of Mini-Basket is to provide a rich and high quality experience for youth basketball players.  In turn, a positive experience will help foster their passion as they grow with the sport.  The emphasis of Mini-Basket is on the quality of the experience and its appropriateness to the age and ability of the participant.

The adult game of basketball is played with a large ball, a full court and ten-foot hoops.  In Mini-Basket, the size of the ball, court size and number of players is reduced and the height of the hoop is lowered.  There are fewer rules that are gradually introduced as the player’s progress in their skill development and understanding of the game, keeping it developmentally appropriate.


Benefit 1: Increased Handling of the Ball

When youth play traditional 5 on 5 games, it is common for 1-2 players to rarely touch the ball. This is especially true when a team has 1-2 dominant players who are the best ball handlers or are early developers. Teammates tend to pass the ball to those players and those players tend to take the ball to the basket and sometimes coast to coast, failing to work on team and decision making skills. This results in other players not developing their skills. The dominant player is only working on a few skills, and the team isn’t developing as a whole.

Benefit 2: Better Spacing

Even with the smaller bodies of young players, 5 on 5 games are crowded. Youth basketball is not the right environment for players to practice dribbling through double teams or passing through multiple types of coverage – their skill package is underdeveloped to be successful in those areas.

Benefit 3: Focus on Basketball Skills & Actions

Mini-Basket emphasizes individual skills as well as 1, 2 and 3 player actions that are the foundation for successful 5 on 5 play. The focus is on concept development as opposed to being system and set oriented.

Benefit 4: More Directed Competition

Games in Mini-Basket competitions are shorter in duration but more frequent, allowing players to face multiple opponents in one competition day. The number of players is reduced, allowing for maximal competition experience and playing time during this developmental stage.

Have questions, comments or concerns about our program or basketball in general?  

Contact Coach Crowdis

Tel: 289-314-1152


Twitter: @coachcrowdis