Development Squad

The Malvern Tigers Development Squad is for boys and girls playng (or intending to play) U10 basketball in Winter or Summer 2018.  The Development Squad is open to both current and new players, and extends players aged 7 to 9 years of age beyond the basics learned in the U8 competition at Waverley Basketball Association and/or our Cubs Clinic.

Emphasis is placed upon developing technical basketball skills, particularly individual ball handling, footwork, passing, layups and shooting.  Players are introduced to key individual defensive and offensive techniques and tactics including through game simulation.  Unlike the Cubs Clinic and U8 competition which use 8 foot nets and size 5 balls, the Development Squad uses 10 foot nets and size 6 balls.

The Development Squad is coached by Nathan Ward, assisted by Scott Ward.  Nathan has played over 340 games for the Malvern Tigers and currently coaches U12 and U14 Juniors.  Scott has coached Junior basketball at the Malvern Tigers from U8 through U18 for over 10 years.  Both coaches are VJBL accredited and experienced in developing junior players.

The Development Squad runs across two sessions on Sunday afternoons (2-3pm and 3-4pm) during Schoo Terms (excluding the long weekends).  Numbers are strictly limited to 16 to provide an 8:1 player to coach ratio.  The cost of the 9 week program is $15 per 1 hour session, with net proceeds being contributed back into running the Club.  Participants should bring a ball (size 6, properly inflated) and water.
Registration for the Development Squad takes place in the 4 weeks before the end of the preceeding Term.  Registration is only via TryBooking.  Watch out for announcements on this website or by email.  For inquiries, please contact Nathan Ward (U10 Development Squad).

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