3v3, 4v4 and 5v5

Development Basketball Leagues

Newcastle Sundays

Boys and Girls Basketball League

Location: Diane Hamre Rec Cplx 1780 Rudell Rd

Sundays: January 7, 2018 to March 4, 2018

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

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

Cost: $90 (9 Sessions)

Register Online Here Using Program Code 8366 (6-9yrs) or 8365 (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.

Winter Dates: January 8 to February 26, 2018

Mini-Basket: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Ages 8-10)

Mini-Basket: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Ages 11-13+)

Cost: $125 (Players Receive 8 Sessions, 1 Basketball and T-Shirt.)

Bowmanville Tuesdays

FREE Girls Basketball League

Location: St Stephen CSS 300 Scugog St

Winter Dates: January 9 to February 27, 2018

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

Winter Dates: January 10 to February 28, 2018

Mini-Basket: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Ages 8-10)

Mini-Basket: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Ages 11-13+)

Cost: $125 (Players Receive 8 Sessions, 1 Basketball and T-Shirt)

$250/Year (Players Receive 32 Sessions, 1 Basketball and T-Shirt)


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

Email: coachcrowdis@gmail.com

Twitter: @coachcrowdis