There are opportunities around the region to play for all ages. Whether you are a competitive player or want to play socially, click on the appropriate link below to find out what is available for you.

Age 5-13

Kiwi Hoops is the Basketball New Zealand junior basketball programme. It uses basketball activities and games to provide fun and enjoyable learning and participation experiences for young people from 5 to 13 years of age.

Capital Basketball offers Kiwi Hoops coaching in schools. If you are interested in having a qualified coach deliver a Kiwi Hoops programme in your school, contact

There are various mini-ball leagues offered around the region for primary and intermediate school teams. The organisers differ between areas and competitions run at different times. If your primary or intermediate school is interested in participating in mini-ball, let us know and we will direct you to the league organiser.

U13 is the first year of representative basketball. Each Association in the region sends boys and girls teams to the U13 Central Regional Championships held in October each year. Associations will generally hold trials and trainings leading up to the tournament. Contact the Association near you to find out more.

Associations, various clubs and schools offer training opportunities for ages 5-13. If you are having trouble finding coaching for your child, let us know and we will try and direct you.

Training camps are often offered by Capital Basketball, Associations and Clubs during the school holidays. Training camps are excellent for developing new skills, meeting friends and having healthy fun during the school breaks.

If you are a new coach wanting to help your child’s basketball or run basketball in your school, contact us to find out how we can support you with coach education, coaching resource and mentoring.  

Age 13-18

Most secondary schools offer basketball teams and training opportunities during the winter terms. Secondary school competition in Wellington is run by College Sport Wellington and Sport Wellington-Wairarapa convene the Wairarapa college league. For more info on the college competitions click on the links.    College Sport Wellington           Sport Wellington-Wairarapa

Capital Basketball organise and run the Regional 3×3 Tournaments for Junior and Senior College grades in the summer months.

Regional and national tournaments are on offer for secondary school junior and senior teams. This includes the Junior and Senior Regional Zone 3 Premierships held during Winter Tournament Week in September. Senior teams have the opportunity to progress to the National Secondary School Tournament held during the Term 3 school holidays.

Basketball New Zealand run the 3×3 National Secondary School Tournament in Term 1 which is open to junior and senior school teams around the country.

Local Associations offer representative teams for the U13, U15, U17, U19 and U23 grades. Players will need to trial and attend trainings leading up to the national tournaments held between June and August. Contact your local Association directly for more information about rep basketball.

The 3×3 version of the game is generally played during the summer months and there are regional and national events offered. 3×3 basketball is a great game for skill development as it concentrates on playing around the basket, allows players more touches on the ball and more space to operate.

Capital Basketball run the Secondary School Regional 3×3 Tournaments. Associations sometimes run community 3×3 tournaments and Basketball New Zealand bring the Burger King 3×3 Quest Tour to Wellington every year which is always a highlight.

Wellington and Hutt Valley Basketball Associations both offer adult community competition held at the ASB Sports Centre and Walter Nash Centre. Victoria University run social leagues for university students and various clubs run their own leagues, including Morehu Basketball, Wellington Chinese Basketball and Tawa Basketball Club.

Basketball New Zealand deliver the National Basketball Leagues for Men (NBL) and Women (WBC) for elite players. The Wellington Saints (NBL) and The Capital Swish (WBC) are our elite Men’s and Women’s sides.

The National Basketball Champs (NBC) is the 2nd division national tournament offered in November and teams are usually entered under Associations.

There are many indoor and outdoor courts around the Capital Region open to shoot hoops and find pick-up games.

Indoor Community Court links:
Wellington Facilities – ASB Sports Centre, Walter Nash Centre, Te Rauparaha Arena, Karori Recreation Centre, Nairnville Recreation Centre, Tawa Recreation CentreVictoria UniversityParaparaumu College Community Gym

Wairarapa Facilities – Trust House Recreation Centre, YMCA Masterton,

Wellington Outdoor Community Courts Map

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