Social Basketball Leagues Christchurch NZ FAQ


Social Basketball League Christchurch is the largest provider of Mens & Mixed social basketball competitions and games in Christchurch.


We currently offer four nights of leagues that cater for over 150 teams, playing Mon-Thurs night 48 weeks of the year.

Find out what you need to know here …


What leagues are on offer for 2024?

Monday Night:


League 1: Monday Mens. Playing at Cathedral CollegeBishopdale YMCA, St Thomas College, Hillmorton High & Mairehau Gym.

League 2: Monday Mixed. Playing at Wharenui Gym & Hillmorton High.


Tuesday Night:


League 3: Tuesday Mens. Playing at Middleton Grange, St Thomas College & Graham Condon Centre & Hillmorton High.

League 4 Tuesday Mixed. Playing at Wharenui Gym.


Wednesday Night:


League 5 Wednesday Mens: Playing at Cathedral CollegeWharenui Gym, Hillmorton High & Mairehau Gym.


Thursday Night:


League 6: Thursday Mens. Playing at Wharenui GymGraham Condon Centre, & Hillmorton High. 


To enter a team, or for further information call Lisa now on 027 345 3552. Or email her on:

Can I enter a team at any time?


Leagues run right through the year from Monday January 15th 2024 through to the 2nd week of December. 

They are administered in 12 week blocks with a finals at the end of each round. 

Dates for 2024 for the four 12 week rounds are:

  • Round 1: The week of Monday January 15th to Monday April 1st 
  • Round 2: The week of Monday April 8th to Monday June 24th
  • Round 3: The week of Monday July 1st to Monday September 16th
  • Round 4: The week of Monday September 23rd to December 9th

Provided there is space in the night you are looking to enter we can fit you into a current draw.

  • Game times range from 6:15pm at the earliest until 9pm at the latest.
  • The competitions run in four 12 week blocks from mid January until mid December.

What is the cost?

The cost is $60 incl GST per team, per night.

This works out to approx $8-10 per person for a 40 minute game – which is cheaper than our biggest competitor, indoor netball, which is $11 per person for 28 minute games.


How do we pay?

Most teams pay week by week, on the night, before the game to the referee. 

Please collect the money from your individual team members and then pay the referee one amount for your team. 

Teams can pay weekly online or by lump sum in advance if they desire.

Payments can be made this bank acccount: 12 3148 0131887 02 (Please use Team name and Date of game as reference).


What times are the games played?

Games run in 45 minute time slots and consist of two twenty minute running clock halves.

Standard game times are 6:15pm, 7pm, 7:45pm and 8:30pm.


Can we request a specific venue at a specific time?

All teams are given the opportunity to request their venue and game time preferences.

When doing the draw we keep these in mind and will do our best to accommodate but we do not promise anything!

As a general rule teams prefer to play earlier game times so everyone has to take their turn at having later games.


Are there any special “social” rules in the mixed?

We have a few special rules in the mixed to maximise the sum total of everyone’s enjoyment:

  • Girls guard girls and guys guard guys.
  • There needs to be 3 guys and 2 girls on the court.
  • A guy cannot block the shot of a girl or steal the ball of her when she is dribbling. 
  • We make sure that rebounding is not overly aggressive.
  • In both men’s and mixed grades we don’t shoot free throws.
  • If you get fouled in the act of shooting the basket counts. The reason for this is two fold: it discourages fouling and players want the maximum amount of running up and down fitness – standing around watching one person shoot free throws every third or fourth possession is tedious!


Does my team need a uniform?


The majority of teams just choose a team colour and get their team members to wear a t-shirt or singlet in that colour.

If you have uniforms/matching tops that is ideal but not necessary.