WELCOME TO MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA
Midnight Basketball is a national social inclusion programme to help 'at risk' youth identify and embrace positive opportunities.
Dinner, compulsory life skills workshops and tournament basketball games are run in stadiums on Friday or Saturday nights from 7.30pm till midnight, followed by a bus home, providing a safe and motivating environment.
Our first Midnight Basketball program was in Redfern Sydney in 2007 and due to its success the program now runs across the country.
Midnight Basketball is open to youth aged 12 to 18 years.
HOW A MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL NIGHT RUNS
Every night of each 8 Week tournament includes:
Volunteer Briefing Tournament Manager briefs all volunteers and youth workers, professional referees, security, police, bus drivers, workshop facilitators and others (around 15 volunteers a night).
Dinner Players arrive at 7:30pm and are fed a hot, nutritious meal in order to stay focused and energetic for the night ahead.
Workshop 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 loud and hard our Midnight Basketballers’ commitment to voluntarily participating in the whole program, including the workshops.
Basketball Players participate in at least 3 matches of tournament basketball a night with qualified referees.
Basketball is crucial to success due to its unique 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 think it is cool.
Safely Home Finally, at the end of the night, a bus takes the players safely home.
For current locations, refer Locations Home Page.
ENROL AS A PLAYER OR VOLUNTEER IN A TOURNAMENT
Player registration is open to all local 12 to 18 year olds and costs nothing to enter. Volunteer positions are open to anyone over the age of 18. If you are interested visit the location you are interested in via Locations drop down list above.
Current tournaments listed on our Locations Page. This is updated as Tournament start dates are confirmed each term.
MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL IN YOUR COMMUNITY
If you’d like to see Midnight Basketball in your community, please call us (see Contact Us page for details).
Midnight Basketball Australia is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia's leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO's to support the "Racism. It stops with me" campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
We have committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activites over the next three years in support of the campaign.
"Midnight Basketball is a social inclusion program and we are committed to the importance, principles and exciting outcomes at every level, in our community programs in metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia. Every day we experience the positives of social inclusion and are very proud to be part of this Campaign." Tess White, CEO Midnight Basketball Australia
We are supporting volunteers to prepare for volunteering at Midnight Basketball by 'Giving Up the Smokes'.
Keep in mind Midnight Basketball is strictly a non-smoking environment and we are proud to support this important part of the Code of Conduct and Rules of Midnight Basketball given the high numbers of young people still taking up smoking.
You will find the players look up to you and by not bringing cigarettes or smoking during the night you are helping them in their efforts to give up smoking permanently and helping us to reinforce this important health message by walking the talk.
Visit the Quitline Website for information to reinforce the dangers ... as if you needed it .. but also sources of practical and professional help.
Support our youth by supporting yourself.
Ring us if you need a hand.
As always, thanks for volunteering.
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