What we're about

A group for adults in the Manchester area interested in playing basketball in a non-coached, non-refereed setting. The group is open to all ages and genders. These are pickup basketball sessions and not designed for teaching the basics. If you're a true beginner please read the MBM Advice for True Beginners (https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/29913343/MBM_Advice_For_True_Beginners/?success=pages_add).

We try and run 3-4 sessions a week. These are usually at the National Basketball Centre at Belle Vue, but always (always) check the place and time of the session because sometimes they change even after initially being posted.

If you're not sure about attending or want a bit more information, get in touch with the organisers and we'll be happy to help.

More information:

We typically run two-hour sessions. The cost per attendee varies depending on the venue, but is usually around £4.50. The fees cover, in the first place, the cost of hiring the courts -- any extra is then put back into the group by covering Meetup site fees, buying bibs and balls etc. In the event any money is left over it will be used to go towards a round (or two) of drinks at one of our socials.

If you're new and attending your first session you likely will get a message asking you for your height and experience level, which helps us arrange somewhat balanced teams for the session. When you get to the court, you'll likely see a printed list of teams, directing you which colour bib to wear.

Here are the Specific Rules of Play for the MBM Games (https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/29758101/The_Basic_Rules_of_the_Basketball_Meetup/).

To make the running of the sessions as easy as possible and to keep quality high we have set out a few administrative rules and guidelines, as follows:

Two hour sessions are limited to 20 attendees (except for Two-Court Extravaganzas (https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/29674673/How_the_Two-Court_Extravaganza_Works/)). This is done to make sure that sessions aren't too crowded and that everyone gets decent playing time, sign-ups are first come first served.

On RSVPing to a session you will be asked to pay the fee for attending via Paypal, if you have to change your RSVP you will be refunded as long as it is done the day before the session. Cancellations less than 24 hours before a session will not have the fee refunded. This is done to give those on the waiting list adequate time to adjust their plans and/or RSVP response. If you don't have PayPal, you can send a message to an organiser, who can add you to the attendee list and you can pay cash at the session.

We also have a WhatsApp group, which you can request access to from one of the organisers.

See you soon!

Upcoming events (5)

Sunday Game - Belle Vue

Belle Vue

£4.85

NOTE FOR NEW BEGINNERS: Although we have players with a very wide range of experience, the sessions aren't designed as training sessions. There are no drills or coaching on the basics. If you are a true beginner, the session likely will be more than a bit overwhelming for you. Please read the MBM Advice For True Beginners (meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/[masked]/MBM_Advice_For_True_Beginners/). ***OUR SESSIONS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS FULLY SUBSCRIBED, SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE. IF YOU RSVP YES AND DON'T SHOW UP YOU WILL BE STOPPING SOMEONE ELSE FROM ATTENDING.*** This session is at the National Basketball Development Centre, which is the training centre for England Basketball -- so the courts are good. When you get to the centre go to reception and ask for the booking under "Dan Key", they will point you in the direction of the courts. Please turn up ready a few minutes before the session so that you have time to find out which team you've been assigned to, warm up, shoot a bit, and get loose. We don't do organised drills or warmups, so the games start as soon as enough people arrive.

Monday Evening Game

Belle Vue

£4.85

NOTE FOR NEW BEGINNERS: Although we have players with a very wide range of experience, the sessions aren't designed as training sessions. There are no drills or coaching on the basics. If you are a true beginner, the session likely will be more than a bit overwhelming for you. Please read the MBM Advice For True Beginners (meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/[masked]/MBM_Advice_For_True_Beginners/). ***OUR SESSIONS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS FULLY SUBSCRIBED, SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE. IF YOU RSVP YES AND DON'T SHOW UP YOU WILL BE STOPPING SOMEONE ELSE FROM ATTENDING.*** This session is at the National Basketball Development Centre, which is the training centre for England Basketball -- so the courts are good. When you get to the centre go to reception and ask for the booking under "Dan Key", they will point you in the direction of the courts. Please turn up ready a few minutes before the session so that you have time to find out which team you've been assigned to, warm up, shoot a bit, and get loose. We don't do organised drills or warmups, so the games start as soon as enough people arrive.

Tuesday Evening Game

Location visible to members

£4.85

NOTE FOR NEW BEGINNERS: Although we have players with a very wide range of experience, the sessions aren't designed as training sessions. There are no drills or coaching on the basics. If you are a true beginner, the session likely will be more than a bit overwhelming for you. Please read the MBM Advice For True Beginners (meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/[masked]/MBM_Advice_For_True_Beginners/). ***OUR SESSIONS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS FULLY SUBSCRIBED, SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE. IF YOU RSVP YES AND DON'T SHOW UP YOU WILL BE STOPPING SOMEONE ELSE FROM ATTENDING.*** This session is at the National Basketball Development Centre, which is the training centre for England Basketball -- so the courts are good. When you get to the centre go to reception and ask for the booking under "Dan Key", they will point you in the direction of the courts. Please turn up ready a few minutes before the session so that you have time to find out which team you've been assigned to, warm up, shoot a bit, and get loose. We don't do organised drills or warmups, so the games start as soon as enough people arrive.

Friday Evening Game (Extravaganza Format)

Location visible to members

£4.85

NOTE FOR NEW BEGINNERS: Although we have players with a very wide range of experience, the sessions aren't designed as training sessions. There are no drills or coaching on the basics. If you are a true beginner, the session likely will be more than a bit overwhelming for you. Please read the MBM Advice For True Beginners (meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/[masked]/MBM_Advice_For_True_Beginners/). ***OUR SESSIONS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS FULLY SUBSCRIBED, SO PLEASE KEEP YOUR RSVP UP TO DATE. IF YOU RSVP YES AND DON'T SHOW UP YOU WILL BE STOPPING SOMEONE ELSE FROM ATTENDING.*** This session is at the National Basketball Development Centre, which is the training centre for England Basketball -- so the courts are good. When you get to the centre go to reception and ask for the booking under "Dan Key", they will point you in the direction of the courts. Please turn up ready a few minutes before the session so that you have time to find out which team you've been assigned to, warm up, shoot a bit, and get loose. We don't do organised drills or warmups, so the games start as soon as enough people arrive. For the Friday 2-court Extravaganza (see link below for explanation), please be aware that we're limiting attendance to 30 to ensure that everyone gets enough playing time. Please do not attend unless you have been able to RSVP to the session. Address is: Belle Vue Sport Village, Kirkmanshulme Lane Manchester M12 4TF As for the Two-Court Extravaganza, read this: https://www.meetup.com/Manchester-Basketball-Meetup/pages/29674673/How_the_Two-Court_Extravaganza_Works/

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