In a country where Rugby is a national obsession, Basketball has always struggled to find a place in the sun. The continued success of Kiwi Steven Adams in the NBA, the increasing number of secondary school players gaining basketball scholorships to US universities and the success of our 3x3 & national teams overseas are all contributing to a surge in popularity. Young New Zealanders are inspired to not only to take up the sport but to aim high.
At Sacred Heart College we have over 110 students from Years 7 to13 playing Basketball each year. The development of the younger age groups, particularly Year 7 and 8 and Under 15, are seen as key in the development of the sport. Our aim is to develop team orientated players that are coachable, fundamentally well skilled and team focused.
With the recent appointment of New Zealand 3 X 3 star guard Karl Noyer as our Head Coach, former NBL player Jonathan Southey as our U15 Coach and Nick Croxford as Teacher in Charge, the Basketball programme at Sacred Heart is strong and focussed on the future for both our players and our coaches. We are also very fortunate to have a supportive and enthusiastic group of parents who help with administration duties.
The Year 7 and 8 teams play all year round on Thursday afternoons in the Auckland Mini Ball Competition. This gives the players a great opportunity to develop their fundamental skills like passing, dribbling, shooting and defence, as well as giving them lots of game time. Over the last two years we have had more boys selected to play Under 13 and Under 15 representative Basketball for both Auckland and Counties Manukau than previous years and we expect this to continue.
Since 2014 the Year 7 & 8 teams have had the benefit of a strong intermediate programme run by experienced coaches. The current U15 A team who are now ranked 3rd in Greater Auckland are the first of this Year 7 & 8 group to move into the U15 age grade & achieve significant success. As well as this, 6 players from the Junior Tournament team, who won the Rotorua Regional Tournament this year were also from this group.
For Basketball players in Years 9 to 13 we enter teams in the Central Auckland competition at Under 15, Under 17, Under 19 and Open levels.
School teams train in the College gymnasium and at other facilities in the area before and after school and in the evenings. Trials are held in early February, which although early for a winter sport, allows all our teams at least 8 weeks of pre-season training with particular emphasis on strength and conditioning, before the season starts at the beginning of May.
2016 was an extremely successful year for basketball at Sacred Heart. Along with the success of our U15A team in Greater Auckland, our U15C team finished in the top 8 of their grade, our U17A team won their Central Zone competition and the U16 Junior Tournament Team were undefeated when they won the Northern Regional Secondary Schools Tournament in Rotorua.
The Y9-13 basketball season runs from the beginning of Term 2 to mid August in Term 3. Depending on the success of a team, the season may extend to the end of August if competing in the Greater Auckland Championships and Age Group nationals. The intermediate competition runs every term.
Sacred Heart College enters two tournaments at the end of the basketball season. These are regional secondary school tournaments and are held at the end of August and the first week in September.
Teams are determined by age. Sacred Heart enters teams into the following age grades;
Intermediate (Year 7/8), Under 15, Under 17, Under 19 and Open.
The grade a player qualifies for is determined by the age they turn on their next birthday. For example: If a player turns 15 during the school year, even if it is on the 31st December, then they play in the U17 grade.
1st V : Play on Friday afternoon & evening at St. Peter’s College or Dilworth.
U19’s: Play on Friday afternoon at 4pm. Home and away. Home gym is Sacred Heart gym
U17’s: Play on Tuesday afternoons at the ASB stadium.
U15’s: Play on Wednesday afternoons at 4pm. Home & away. Home gym is Sacred Heart gym.
Intermediate (Y7/8): Play on Thursday afternoons at the ASB Stadium.
Registration & Trials
Registration day February 1st 2017 in the gym at lunchtime 1pm.
Trials begin February 2nd. Please check notices for dates & times for each age grade.
Training days & times (approximate until confirmed by Coaches mid-Feb)
Intermediate (Y7/8): Monday SHC gym 3.30-5.00pm
U15 A: Sunday Afternoon 1-2.30pm plus one off-site training & one training before school.
U15 B: Tuesday SHC gym 3.30-5pm
U17 A: Thursday evening off-site, Sunday afternoon, before school, times TBC
U17 B: Thursday SHC gym 3.30-5.00pm
1st V: Thursday evening off site, Sunday afternoon, before school, times TBC
2nd V: Sunday afternoon SHC gym 2.30-4pm