First time for Beach Basket

Friday, 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.





9 Comments

  1. Truly Bball Lover says:

    18 players?? Comsidering at least 5 clubs with 50 players each….. Wow what a sucsess….!!!

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    karmnu Reply:

    ghadek tmaqdar kollox truly bball lover!! Wow nahseb kont hemm fix-xemx int tghinhom hux lol!

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    What i mean is… IF it was organized properly why clubs didnt parttecipate?

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    Ruben Baldacchino Reply:

    First of all, it was a first time, a new concept and most important the kids who attended had a great day. The smile on their faces is enough to analyse the success of the event. Secondly it was organized in the best way possible with all the limitations that we had. Participation from the clubs will increase eventually, you only need some patience, hard work and more people like you, that throw mud and hide behind a nickname. These people give me more strength to go forward as I know our work is being noticed and people like you are jealous….

  2. Nick says:

    The way Beach Basketball is described seems to be more a game of beach Rugby or beach Handball if no dribbling is involved.

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    Ivan Riolo Reply:

    Hi Nick,

    The best way to teach the basketball game to young participants is actually a game which needs no dribble. Kids do love to dribble however by doing so they are constantly sidelining the more important skills of passing and finding empty spaces on the field of play. Adapting the game to passing and moving only helps develop the passing and moving skills. The weaknesses experienced in local team games even at senior levels are evident in the lack of space awareness and supporting offence through appropriate use of space. By encouraging no dribbling, children would automatically be induced and challenged in looking for the quick pass, moving to receive the ball and thus makes game quicker, easier and more challenging. Obviously dribbling is an essential skill which does need to come in but children have to learn that passing and moving without the ball are skills which are more important. Careful in matching to rugby and handball. Ruby involves much more body contact which in basketball is a no no, whereas in handball the execution of the final phase of offence (the shot) is a combination of agility and power..In basketball the final execution is more attached to agility and fine motor movements…All three nice creative games!

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    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    Agree on everything Ivan, excpet that basketball is a non contact game… it is known that recently bball fans and lovers are realizing that basketball is more contact game than we used to think …

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    Ivan Riolo Reply:

    Definitely…contact is unavoidable in invasion games! but in some games it is encouraged and included much more (rugby and Handball)

    Truly Bball Lover Reply:

    Cant disagree with a maltese hall of fame… !!

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