BBNZ Key Dates for 2023

Key Dates for 2023

2023 is shaping up to be a huge year for basketball in New Zealand, both domestically and on the world stage. Let’s check out some key dates in the basketball calendar for 2023:

Senior National Teams

  • On 24 Feb, the Tall Blacks take on Saudi Arabia in a World Cup Qualifier game @ Christchurch Arena. Get your tickets here.
  • On 27 Feb, the Tall Blacks head to Wellington’s TSB Arena to face Lebanon, in their last World Cup Qualifier game before the FIBA World Cup. Get your tickets here.
  • From 25 Mar – 4 Apr, The 3×3 Tall Blacks and 3×3 Tall Ferns will travel to Singapore for the Asia Cup.
  • The Tall Blacks travel to the FIBA World Cup from 25 Aug – 10 Sep, which is co-hosted by Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines (see venues here). Schedule is currently TBC. Find out more at
  • The Sky Sport Tall Ferns travel to the FIBA Asia Cup in 2023, which serves as a Qualifier event for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Date and location currently TBC.

Age Group National Teams

  • U16 & U17 Regional Selection Camps in February: 11 Feb – Rangiora, 18 Feb – Wellington, 25 Feb – Tauranga, 26 Feb – Auckland
    • U16 & U17 National Camp Window, 9 – 16 April
  • From 23 Sep – 30 Sep, the U17 Junior Tall Blacks and Junior Tall Ferns will be traveling to Papua New Guinea to participate in the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships.
  • The U16 Men’s National team will be participating in the FIBA U16 Men’s Asian Championships. Dates TBC.
  • The U16 Women’s National team will be participating in the FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championships. Dates TBC.

Domestic Leagues

  • Kicking off on the 6th Apr, the Sal’s NBL will tip off for its 42nd The Final 6 will take place from 20th July – 23rd July. More information here.
  • GJ Gardner Homes Tauihi – Start date TBA. More information here.
  • Rapid League – Start date TBA

Representative Tournaments

  • From 2 Jun – 5 Jun, North Canterbury will host for the second consecutive year the Aon U19 Nationals.
  • From 4 Jul – 7 Jul, Capital Basketball will take the reins of their first National Championship, hosting the Aon U17 Nationals in the Hutt Valley.
  • From 12 Jul – 15 Jul, Auckland’s Pulman Arena and Auckland Basketball Services will once again play host to the Aon U15 Nationals tournament.
  • From 15 Sep – 17 Sep, Cowles Stadium will host the Tertiary Championships for the first time since 2019.

Information on Representative tournaments can be found here.

The tournament specific calendar can be found here.

School Tournaments

  • 26 Aug – 29 Aug – Junior Secondary School Premierships
  • 30 Aug – 1 Sep – Cup Non-Qualifier Tournaments
  • 30 Aug – 2 Sep – ‘A’ North & South Island Premierships
  • 30 Aug – 2 Sep – ‘AA’ Zone Premierships
  • 25 Sep – 30 Sep – Secondary Schools National Championships

Information for all School tournaments can be found here.

3×3 – Domestic

  • Kickstarting again from 28 Jan, the NZ Pro 3×3 Quest will continue to move between Auckland an Christchurch. More information about the competition can be found here.
  • From 29 Mar to 1 Apr, after last year’s of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 3×3 NZ Secondary Schools Nationals for Juniors and Seniors will go ahead.
  • May 13 will see the top players from Tertiary institutions go head-to-head in the Tertiary 3×3 Championships. This will take place over two days at AUT North Shore in Auckland.

3×3 – Age Group National Teams

  • Oct, U17 3×3 Men and 3×3 Women travel away for the U17 3×3 Asia Cup. Date TBC.


Up to date tournament information can be found at Basketball New Zealand’s new What’s On page, which can be found here. The What’s On page will contain all information required, including where to find broadcasts/live streams if available. It’s the best place to find out about everything basketball.

Please note that we will update the What’s On page with the newest information and may not update this article.