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Dinner, compulsory life skills workshops and tournament basketball games run in stadiums Friday or Saturday nights from 7.30pm till midnight, followed by a bus safely home, providing a fun, safe and motivating high expectations environment.



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What is Midnight Basketball Australia?

Midnight Basketball Australia is a harm prevention charity that runs a national social inclusion programme to protect youth from harm and help identify and embrace positive opportunities.

Who can attend?

Midnight Basketball is open to male and female youth aged 12 to 18 years looking for positive activity to build skills and confidence.

How does each Tournament night run?

Every night of each 8 week Tournament includes: 

7:00pm Briefing

Tournament Manager briefs all volunteers and youth workers, professional referees, security, bus drivers, workshop facilitators and others (around 15 volunteers a night).

7:30pm Dinner Players arrive at 7:15pm and are fed a hot, nutritious meal in order to stay focused and energetic for the night ahead.

8:00pm Workshops
and Basketball
rounds commence

Two teams at a time attend a compulsory workshop which focuses on essential life skills, with topics that may cover:

  • Nutrition, Health, Wellbeing
  • Substance Misuse, Emotional, Physical Abuse, Self-Harm
  • Conflict Resolution, Impulse Control, Anger Management
  • Communication and Decision Making
  • Confidence, Self Esteem and Making Positive Choices
  • Personal Identity and Community Engagement Skills
  • Cultural Development and Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Job Readiness

In keeping with our motto NoWorkshop NoJumpshot® players must attend the workshop in order to play basketball. We applaud our Midnight Basketballers’ commitment to voluntarily participating in the whole program, including the workshops


Players participate in at least 3 matches of tournament basketball a night with qualified referees. Basketball has a unique combination of inclusionary qualities as a team sport, including the opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills, behavioural improvement, fitness and focus. Virtually anyone can play, is held indoors, and both males and females love it.

Midnight, Bus

Finally, at the end of the night, a bus takes the exhilarated and exhausted players safely home.

Where does it run? 

For current locations, refer Locations Home Page.

Can it run in my community?

If you’d like to see Midnight Basketball in your community, please complete this form and send to us. We will  reply straight back to you. (see Contact Us page for details).

How do I register as a Player?

Player registration is open to 12 to 18 year old male and female youth and costs nothing to enter. Visit the Locations page to see if Midnight Basketball runs in your community and go to the Players page.

How do I register as a Volunteer?

Visit our Volunteering & Support page for more information. Registrations are open to anyone 18 years or over.

Why basketball?

The most common question and a good one. Basketball is a fast and inclusionary game. While the actual sport is not important per se, Basketball is actually the only sport that caters for all our requirements and fits with our inclusionary culture: it caters to all areas of sporting ability (some sports require a high level of skill which would exclude some players), is a magnet to both genders and ages, provides great mentoring opportunities (the older players mentor the younger players in their team), is played on basketball courts (which are small enough to house indoors), and is held inside which is important from a safety and climate (eg, rain, darkness) perspective - given we are looking after 60-80 youth till midnight these are all important to creating our happy, high energy and safe environments.

Why Midnight?

The second most asked question and also a good one. Our experience is that the youth participants of Midnight Basketball go home exhausted and happy, and go to sleep. This is a benefit to all. If the program were held to finish earlier in the evening the youth may end up back out on the streets, benefiting no one.


Further questions?

Please contact us via our Contacts page and we will help with all your questions.





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