What is Pacers League?? It is a competition for kids who are between year 5 and year 8. It focuses purely on development and having fun. There are no finals. It is for those who have some basketball experience and is usually held on Friday nights during terms 1 and 4.

Pioneer club create the Pacer teams from registrations and are aimed to be as similar as possible. Coaches and managers are essential to this league as every team has one! There will be experienced and less experienced players in each team. This is an opportunity for leadership and game development for experienced players, but a confidence and skill growth for less experienced. After week 1 teams can change, but from week 2 teams will remain the same.

NEW IN 2022: 3X3 for 7/8 Boys

Instead of 5v5 we are introducing 3X3 for the Boys 7/8 We recognised and received feedback that players were not receiving the ball often during games. We have already been running 3x3 successfully for the 5/6 boys and girls grades.

We hope to get x24 year 5/6 girls and x24 yr 7/8 girls register to create 6 teams of each age group. For the yr 5/6 and 7/8 boys there will be a max of 48 players per age group.

For year 7&8 Boys there may be a Tier 1 grade (rep players, A grade and B grade wanting a challenge) and Tier 2 grade (players who have had basketball experience). This is subject to change as it depends on number of registrations.

Each week starts with 20 minutes of a game-like scenario drill led by our development officer. Players then go to a court and practice the skill with their team and coach. Games will commense after 15-20minutes of the skill. 3X3 games have one referee and are 7minute halves but play two games.

Pacers League - 2022 Term 4

Mouthguards will be compulsory: No mouthguard No game. These are for sale at Pioneer reception.

Dates Fridays; TBC

Times (TBC)

  • 4-5pm; Girls 3X3 year 5/6 & 7/8 
  • 5-6pm; Boys 3X3 year 5/6 
  • 6-7pm; Boys year 7/8 3x3 Teir 2
  • 7-8pm; Boys year 7/8 3x3 Teir 1 (dependent on numbers)

Cost - TBC

Where - 

  • Pioneer Stadium; 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield
  • St Thomas of Canterbury College; 67-69 Middlepark Road, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042

NOTE; we can not take requests for this competition for friends to be with friends, this competition is unique in this way.

Registrations for term 1 Pacers are now closed, we will release details for term 4 Pacers in mid term 3

Questions? Email