U8 and U10 Development

At the novice level, the Development Program introduces boys and girls ages 6-9 to the game of basketball, with an emphasis on skill development such as footwork, shooting, ball handling, dribbling, passing/receiving, movement and agility. There are separate divisions for boys and girls, each with two age groups:

  • U8 Beginner – generally for ages 6-7
  • U10 Intermediate – generally for ages 8-9

The Beginner and Intermediate players are divided into teams of eight players and assigned to a team coach/instructor.

Each week the Beginner and Intermediate groups will work with their instructor in developing skills which will serve as a foundation in their development as a basketball player. The skill development will be taught in the context of drills and modified games that the players participate in during each session. The players use 8-foot rims and a size 5 basketball.

Every five weeks, the players will participate in a 3-on-3 Festival which introduces the players to team play, where they will start to learn to put the skills they are acquiring in the context of a game.

Beginner and Intermediate programs are limited to 30 players per group, if demand is higher, attempts will be made to schedule additional groups (coaches and gym time permitting).

When establishing Recreational and Development Basketball teams, the NBBA has a policy of ensuring that teams are evenly balanced in calibre. This ensures the best playing experience for our athletes. This also allows our athletes to experience playing with different players from year to year further enriching their playing and social experience. The NBBA is therefore unable to take friend requests or playing time/location requests when forming development teams.

The Beginner and Intermediate programs are run out of Farley Mowat Public School (75 Waterbridge Drive) and Half Moon Bay Elementary School (3525 River Run Ave.).


Farley Mowat

Beginner Boys Saturday mornings 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Beginner Boys Saturday mornings 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Intermediate Boys Saturday afternoons 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Intermediate Boys Saturday afternoons 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Intermediate Boys Saturday afternoons 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Half Moon Bay

Beginner and Intermediate Girls Saturday mornings 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Beginner and Intermediate Girls Saturday mornings 11:00 am to 12:30 pm


Questions about the girls or boys U8 & U10 development program can be emailed to Susan Enns (VP Girls Development) or Jason Pickering (VP Boys Development).