BNZ 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.
BNZ Kiwi Hoops is based on modified games and activities that provide fun and success for everyone. It’s designed to meet the needs of young players while keeping the essence of the game.
The programme aims to introduce basketball to young Kiwis, helping them to foster a love for the game, develop skills and access pathways for continued development in the sport. Since its launch in 2015, the programme has reached 125,000 children over the last eight years – including a record 26,000 participants in 2022.
It provides coaches, teachers, parents, volunteers and administrators with a systematic and consistent approach to the development of players. Most importantly, it is great fun for everyone!
BNZ Kiwi Hoops has four stages aligned to the following school years:
- Bounce: ages 5 to 7 or Year 1 and 2
- Mini: ages 7 to 9 or Year 3 and 4
- Pro: ages 9 to 11 or Year 5 and 6
- All Star: ages 11 to 13 or Year 7 and 8
The structure, focus and format changes at each stage based on the developmental needs of the players.
For more information please download the BNZ Kiwi Hoops Summary here.
Associations regularly conduct BNZ Kiwi Hoops sessions and training for teachers, parents and volunteers to become accredited BNZ Kiwi Hoops Coaches. To see if there’s a course happening near you please contact your local association here, or visit our Course Finder page.