First time for Beach BasketFriday, August 26, 2011, 10:42
For the first time beach basketball for junior players was organized in Malta by the Basketball Junior Commission. The event took place in the beach soccer pitch in Pretty Bay Birżebbuġa where sand was brought on purpose for sports activities of this type.
Beach basketball is interesting mainly because players can’t dribble, thus more teamwork is required as passing the ball more frequently. This involves all the players and thus helps to create that teamwork that sometimes lacks during normal basketball games.
There was an element of fun. Children from different clubs were mixed, thus creating a friendly atmosphere and eliminate the club antagonism. Participation was encouraging considering that there were 18 u/12 kids and 16 U/16 kids. Children enjoyed the time there, shooting hoops, making fancy passes in order to encourage their creativity in the game. There were no scores kept, and everyone was a winner, since they made new friends and learned a bit more about the game through the guidance of basketball coaches Ruben Baldacchino, Kristin Baldacchino, Matthew Cauchi, Shawn Pace, Tony Cassar and Silvio Cassar.
The U/16 had exercises related to agility and speed, ball possession and movement on court in a 3vs3 situation and later they played small sided matches. The activity finished around 11am although the older kids kept on playing as they really enjoyed the time there, being a first time experience to play basketball on the beach. The MBA Junior Commission is looking forward to add this event to the MBA’s calendar and is already looking forward for next year’s edition.