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.
Midnight Basketball is open to male and female youth aged 12 to 18 years looking for positive activity to build skills and confidence.
Every night of each 8 week Tournament includes:
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.
Two teams at a time attend a compulsory workshop which focuses on essential life skills, with topics that may cover:
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.
Finally, at the end of the night, a bus takes the exhilarated and exhausted players safely home.
For current locations, refer Locations page.
If you’d like to see Midnight Basketball in your location, please complete the New Location Enquiry Form and email to us OR call us if you have any questions. (see Contact MB Australia page for Enquiry Form and contact details).
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.
Visit our Volunteering & Support page for more information. Registrations are open to anyone 18 years or over.
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.
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.
Please contact us via our Contact MB Australia page and we will help with all your questions.
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