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.



Location: Newcastle DRC 1780 Rudell Road

Dates: April 9 to June 18, 2017

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

Time/Ages: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (10-18 years)

Cost: $90 (9 Sessions)

Register in person at any Municipality of Clarington Recreation Facility

Register Online using barcode 403557 (Ages 7-9) or 403556 (Ages 10-18)



Location: Vincent Massey PS 211 Harmony Road North

Dates: April 3 to June 5, 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 (8 Weeks)



Location: Knox CS 410 N. Scugog Crt

Spring Dates: April 4 to May 30, 2017

Summer Dates: July 11 to August 29, 2017

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

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




Location: Knox CS 410 N. Scugog Crt

Spring Dates: April 5 to May 24, 2017

Summer Dates: July 12 to August 30, 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)


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.