Basketball Skills

North Shore YMCA Homeschool Basketball Coaching Programme

Basketball Skills Coaching Programme for homeschoolers, aged 5 years through high-school 

July 2013 071

The Homeschool Basketball Programme is run at the North Shore YMCA, 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote. This highly successful programme has been enjoyed by hundreds of home educated children over many years.

The great thing about the coaching programme is that it caters for players of all levels; from novice to junior international standard. Many of the intake from the programme’s earlier years have gone on to represent New Zealand teams at tournaments both at home and overseas. Others have graduated this programme to play representative basketball for North Harbour.

The two major components of the YMCA coaching programme are to teach individual skills and marry those into the needs of team play – important facets of sport and life! A side benefit of the programme is that many of the players gain part time employment (many as young as 12) as referees in the North Harbour competitions, or at the YMCA (from 16). A few of our graduates have had the honour of refereeing international matches.

Our junior homeschooled basketballers often go on to play in teams and compete against other schools in the North Shore YMCA basketball leagues. Over the years our teams have been highly successful. Our intermediate and senior players go on to compete in various North Harbour Basketball school competitions or rep teams which play at the North Shore Events Centre or AUT Akoranga or Albany campus’.

The success of the YMCA basketball skills coaching programme has been due in no small part to the quality of the coaches we have been able to identify and employ. These passionate people do a great job.

Programme benefits:ymca

  1. Development of individual ball skills and hand-eye coordination.
  2. Personal fitness
  3. Understanding and appreciating team play
  4. Making other Homeschool friends
  5. Joining Homeschool basketball teams if desired
  6. Learning the game and refereeing if desired

Last but not least, having FUN!!!

What: Basketball Skills Programme for Primary School aged students (5-10yrs), and High School & Intermediate aged students (11-18yrs), boys & girls

Where:  YMCA North Shore, 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

When:  Thursdays 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Courts 1&2 – please meet on Gymnasium court 1)

Term Dates:
Term 1 2020 – Thurs 13 Feb – Thurs 09 Apr (9 weeks)
Term 2 2020 – Thurs 30 Apr – Thurs 02 Jul (10 weeks)

Term 3 2020 – Thurs 23 Jul – Thurs 24 Sept (10 weeks)
Term 4 2020 – Thurs 15 Oct – Thurs 10 Dec (9 weeks)
* dates are subject to change

Term Fees: $75.00pp standard homeschool rate  /  $70.00pp HASCA member pricing *

Casual rate: $10 per session (pay on the day at reception)

HASCA Hub: Many other homeschool classes and activities run on Thursdays, please see HASCA HUB for details.

To register your child for the Homeschool Basketball Programme or for more information, please contact North Shore YMCA on 09 480 7099. Or email their helpful front-line crew at

Alternatively, you can register online with YMCA North Shore “KRP North Shore Recreation Centre”.

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*HASCA discounts are available at reception only. Sorry they cannot be applied to online bookings.
To assist with planning, please try to book in the last week of term for the new term, thank you.

andrew mackay

Meet the Coach! Andrew MacKay is the Head Coach of the Homeschool Basketball Skills Coaching Programme. Andrew has been coaching for many years and also runs ‘Get Better Basketball’ and has formed his own competitive teams GBBNZ. He has a real desire to see basketball grown in New Zealand. Andrew is passionate about basketball and helping others improve their skills! 

Participation and consistency is the key to children developing and improving their basketball skill base – a full (9 or 10 week) term enrollment is highly recommended.

ENROL TODAY!  We recommend enrolling before the first week (each term) as staffing levels are based on those enrolled for classes.

For more information about Homeschool Basketball Skills please contact North Shore YMCA on 09 480 7099 | 

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Websites & Links of Interest

◊ YMCA North Shore

◊ Swish Factory Albany

◊ Swish Factory on Facebook

◊ Harbour Basketball Association

◊ Harbour Basketball on Facebook

◊ Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ)

◊ Lacey Lowdown (blog by Mike Lacey)

◊ Lacey Lowdown on Facebook

◊ Get Better Basketball with Andrew MacKay

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