MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA FAQ

 

General FAQs

Player FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

Mentoring Session Facilitator FAQs

 

GENERAL FAQs

Who is Midnight Basketball Australia and what is Midnight Basketball?

There is extensive information on the About page. If there is anything else you would like to know please give us a call at Midnight Basketball Australia - we would love to hear from you.

Who can attend?

Everyone aged 12-18 looking for positive, fun activity to enjoy while building skills and confidence are welcome.

How does each Tournament night run?

Every night of each Tournament includes dinner, motivational workshops, competition basketball games and a bus home. Please visit the About page for more information about the Tournament and structure of the nights.

What is provided?

All participants are provided with a nutritious dinner, team uniforms (player singlets) and bus home - all dropped to their front door at night’s end (or collected by an authorised Parent/Guardian).

Where does it run?

In local communities, approved by Midnight Basketball Australia.

Can it run in my location?

If you’d like to see Midnight Basketball in your location, please go to the Start New Location page and follow the instructions or call us if you have any questions.

Why basketball?

The most common question and a good one. Basketball is a fast and inclusionary game. Being true believers in the benefits of organised sport for providing life learnings for teenagers, we know the actual sport is not important per se. We choose basketball as the best sport to cater for all our requirements and align with our values that drive 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 teenagers, is played on basketball courts (which are small enough to house indoors) so can be held inside which is important from a safety, climate and enjoyment (think rain, darkness v dry, lit, safe) perspective - given it involves around 60-80 youth till midnight these are all important to creating our happy, inclusive, high energy and safe environments.

Why Midnight?

The second most asked question and also a good one. We are serious about wanting to change our cultural attachment to binge drinking and other harmful and unhealthy activities. We want teenagers to develop life-long healthy habits and a developing brain not affected by alcohol and substance abuse. Everyone is involved in this change including the teenagers. While thoroughly enjoying and benefitting from this fun social period of the week. Every week.

Midnight Basketball is proactively changing this culture to one of prosocial, high energy, exercise and life lessons wrapped up in a fun late-night activity. It does need some extra support to provide late night activities and we have taken this into account as we developed the Midnight Basketball Tournament Model to make it easier to run this kind of activity safely, effectively and professionally. Having run over 250 tournaments around the country over 10 years, we understand this period of the week and what it takes. We are so happy to have teenagers out late on weekend nights, then tired out and in bed to get some unaffected important sleep in preparation for the upcoming weekend.

Teenagers don’t want to be lectured about building healthy habits and avoiding unhealthy substances and activities while we continue to not provide alternative activities. We want to walk the talk and promote Midnight Basketball and many other activities that are fun and healthy as a proactive way to build a new weekend culture.

Our experience is that the teenage participants of Midnight Basketball go home exhausted and happy, after catching up with existing and new friends, and go to sleep. This is a benefit to all the teenagers and the local community. The new healthy way to enjoy late weekend nights.

Why only Friday and Saturday nights?

These are the weekend nights. To support the development of good, regular sleep patterns to be ready for school five days a week, Midnight Basketball would not make sense on other pre-weekday nights.

 

Can spectators come and watch?

If you would like, please welcome your parents or guardians to come along, join us for dinner and watch the games. Please read the Tournament Night Rules as these are strictly implemented for everyone attending (ie, including spectators) so we have the same rules for everyone in the stadium.

Can I give you ideas?

We not only love to hear your thoughts and feedback and new ideas - they are vital to our success. Please email (see your community contacts page) if you have any suggestions, ideas for improvement or other feedback or questions – or let someone know on Tournament Night.

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PLAYER FAQs

How do I register as a Player?

If Midnight Basketball has been approved to run in your community, everyone aged 12-18 is welcome to join and it costs nothing to enter. Selection your location from the dropdown one the top bar, and go to the Players page. Once registrations are open, you can register online. If they are not open, select your local Contact us page and find out who to contact locally.

If you would like to get Midnight Basketball in your town or suburb, contact us yourself or get someone you know to contact us.

Does it cost anything to join?

No, Midnight Basketball is free for all participants.

Do I need to know how to play basketball?

No, you do not need sporting or basketball skills but do need to be able bodied (contact us if not sure).

What do I wear?

You will be given a team singlet each night on arrival, which must be handed back to your Coach after the best & fairest presentation at the end of the night. Please wear suitable clothes to play basketball in such as sports shoes (must be covered shoes – no thongs or sandals) and shorts. No caps, hats or jewelry can be worn during the games so are best left at home. Girls and anyone else who wishes to wear a singlet top under their basketball singlet as the sleeves are quite low.

How do I get home?

Buses will take all players home unless your parent / guardian is there to sign you out (pre-organised). All other players must depart on the buses after their final match of the night. The aim is to get everyone home by Midnight.

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VOLUNTEER FAQs

Midnight Basketball highly values its Volunteers and recognises that the volunteering experience must be one of mutual benefit. The contribution of Volunteers supports many great initiatives at Midnight Basketball as well as the program itself and provides support often not able to be provided otherwise.Midnight Basketball also provides Volunteers with an opportunity to role model appropriate behaviours and gives young people a contact point for connection to Community.

Why is volunteering so important?

To be sustainable this kind of program relies on volunteering. And there are all the extras you get when volunteers are involved. Deep caring engagement. Kindness. Understanding of local issues; who needs a hand; who has expertise in different areas. The list is endless and becomes more and more profound, beneficial, effective and sustainable over time. We believe that to build an inclusionary culture in this kind of community activity, volunteering has to be at its heart.

Why such a strong emphasis on being run by community.

The Midnight Basketball Tournament Model has inbuilt learnings from running tournaments across Australia over a long period from many, many communities and we have combined this with best practice research and best practice principles. Who is best to actually run it? We know that the best people to run local Midnight Basketball tournaments are the communities themselves. While Midnight Basketball Australia provide the Tournament System and Tournament Model and other national support, we are all proponents of communities supporting their own community. Communities know their own community best and will run it most effectively while ensuring that local issues are most effectively highlighted and addressed.

How do I register as a Volunteer?

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

As a Volunteer what can I offer?

As an adult you have developed many life skills either through family, study, work or being involved in your community. The ability for you to demonstrate what you have learnt by role modelling positive behaviours and providing opportunities for local youth to meet new people is an invaluable experience for the youth participants and also for yourself.

Do I have to be young to be a Volunteer?

No, not at all. All people across all ages, diversity, backgrounds and cultural groups are welcome and encouraged to be involved in Midnight Basketball.

What do I wear?

Comfortable, relaxed, neat clothing, with runners, flats or other enclosed shoes. No thongs are allowed.

Do I need to bring anything?

You do not need to bring anything with you. No money is required. Please do not bring lollies, soft drink, fast food, cigarettes or other harmful items into Midnight Basketball Tournaments. Water is provided.

Will I be required to drive anyone home?

No. The Midnight Basketball Program provides local buses and drivers to drive each Midnight Basketball player home to their doorstep at the end of the Tournament Night.

Is a meal provided?

Yes. A nutritious meal is provided to all Midnight Basketball Players and Volunteers. Midnight Basketball does not allow fast food, lollies or soft drinks to be part of the food provided or available on Tournament Nights. Midnight Basketball aims to create healthy environments that role model healthy behaviour for young people. Water is also provided. Please sit at team tables with the Players for dinner, even if you have eaten. It can feel uncomfortable to have people standing around watching you eat dinner, and it’s a great way to get to know each other.

Could my personal details be used for marketing purposes?

Absolutely not. Midnight Basketball maintains data about its Tournaments for reporting and analysis purposes only. No personal details are distributed to any third parties for any purpose.

Do I have to understand the rules of Basketball?

No, not at all. There are many people who will be able to assist you if you are required to help with the Tournament. There are also many other tasks/opportunities that are required to keep Midnight Basketball running smoothly, including help with dinner and setting up workshop rooms. Tournament organisers will match your skills and interests with the tasks on the night.

Does the Code of Conduct apply to everyone?

It is tremendously important to the ethic of the program that the Code of Conduct applies to everyone. We can hardly ask our youth to modify their behaviour if, as adults, we aren't prepared to also.  Examples include smoking, swearing, courtesy and other behaviours that appear on the Code of Conduct along with the Midnight Basketball Rules. By showing this leadership, you will be supporting the Tournament Night Manager, Youth Worker, Coaches and the rest of the Volunteers in implementing these positive behaviours and helping our youth learn by example.

Can I smoke?

Smoking is not permitted during Midnight Basketball Tournament nights (including breaks) by Players, Volunteers or spectators. Midnight Basketball aims to create healthy environments that role model healthy behaviour for young people, and as outlined above supports the Players’ Code of Conduct.

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. They appreciate the adults supporting their Code of Conduct. 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, we appreciate everything you bring to change the life trajectory of our amazing Midnight Basketballers.

What do I do if a young person raises a personal issue or an issue that may raise concern with me?

Each Tournament Night will have a professional Youth Worker in attendance. This is a requirement of the Midnight Basketball Program. The Youth Worker is qualified to address any issues that may arise and is able to provide support and information to the young person. You should discuss any issues with the Youth Worker.

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MENTORING SESSION FACILITATOR FAQs

Are the Session materials provided?

You or your organisation will more than likely have materials available that can be adapted to fit the Midnight Basketball mentoring session format. There are also packaged session materials available for the weeks 1 and 2 sessions. The Mentoring Sessions Manager can supply you with these.

Who will I be presenting to?

Teenagers (the Players) aged 12-18 years.

How many times will I present the Session?

You will present the session three times on the same night at approximately 8:05pm, 8:45pm and 9:20pm (These times are based on our optimum schedule and should be used as a guide only. Check with the Mentoring Sessions Manager for session times specific to your Tournament.)

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