Basketball at A.B. Paterson College focuses on developing basic skills for the sport as early as possible, in order to develop a competitive advantage in the APS league. Training occurs once a week in Semester 2 for most players but, for those wishing to develop their skills to a more competitive club or representative level, additional training is offered once a week right from Term 1.
Basketball is a very popular sport at A.B. Paterson College. Games are played both at home and away against the other APS schools, with opportunities to play in non-APS competitions. Our programme caters for all levels of ability. The basketball programme is designed to be progressive, with each year building and developing the essential basketball skills, both individually, and as a team.
All teams have excellent coaching from either staff members or expert outside coaches to further their ability. Some teams are coached by A.B. Paterson College past students, with the aim of ensuring enjoyment at all levels of ability, and furthering our links with Old Collegians. All coaches attend the “in-house” coaching course at the beginning of the season, and are given the opportunity to complete Level 1 coaching and refereeing courses, to ensure they have current knowledge of the rules and the latest training drills.
Training takes place in age groups on Monday afternoons after school (3.30 – 5.00pm) under the constant supervision of the coaches. Each age group has the opportunity to train in the Dunlop Multi-Purpose Centre, which has been used by professional basketball teams, and is also regularly used by the Runaway Bay Seahawks Basketball Club.
A.B. Paterson Basketball Themes, Tradition and rules
The A.B. Paterson College basketball philosophy revolves around:
- Players who will never quit.
- Team mates who will apply themselves relentlessly.
- Playing as a team and for each other.