Youngsters getting a charge out of Mini Bolts

MINI Bolts is taking off.

More than 50 young basketballers have been involved in the winter edition of the program.

Mini Bolts is a form of basketball specifically modified and designed for infant schoolchildren.

“This year we’ve signed up to the Aussie Hoops program,” Tamworth basketball administrator Peter McDonald said.

Aussie Hoops is the national introductory program and, as part of that, participants receive a pack including a basketball reversible singlet and bag.

Games are played of a Thursday afternoon on half-sized courts.

The rings are also lowered and balls smaller and lighter.

Most importantly it is non-competitive and all about having fun.

McDonald said interest seemed to be growing every year.

“We’ve averaged about 50 each week, which has been good,” McDonald said. 

Yesterday  was the last session for the winter program.

The summer program will commence on August 7 and run for 13 weeks, concluding on November 13.

The first two weeks are free, with fees to be paid by the  third week.

Cost for the summer season is $50 or existing players and $120 for new players, which includes registration and pack.

Both also include door fees.

Peel High School’s open girls’ basketball side plays its next round in the State Knockout at Tamworth Sports Dome on Tuesday.

As the smiles tell, these Mini Bolts have been having a ball. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 220514GOE01

As the smiles tell, these Mini Bolts have been having a ball. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 220514GOE01

The Louise Taylor-coached side tackles Dubbo Senior College in the round of 16 State KO game from noon on the Sports Dome’s Show Court.

PEEL HIGH: Jalamari Knox, Tshinta Knox, Sara Westman, Chantelle Lee, Rhiannon Berry, Kiata Knox, Dhalara Knox, Taylor Nean, Sheleaka O’Leary, Paris Knox.


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