East Mitcham Basketball Festival Yr 5/6


St Marks Academy

Acacia Road Mitcham CR4 1SF

Competition date

4th Mar 2024 @ 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Year 5/6
  • Mixed gender event
  • At least 1 girl on court at all times 
  • Squad size: Max of 6. Min of 3
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East Mitcham Cluster

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals


  • This is an East Mitcham Cluster based event.
  • Priority booking is available only to schools in this cluster on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm.
  • Booking will then be open to all schools in other clusters on:
  • Monday 18th September 2023.
  • If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
  • MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.

Event Eligibility

  • This is a Cluster Festival event.
  • The intent and principles of the festival have been designed to support pupils learning of the different activities and not be restricted by enforcement of the rules.
  • We anticipate that many children may not have attended one of our sports events before and aim for children to learn more about the sports and skills throughout the day.

Team Requirements & Eligibility 

  • Age: Year 5/6 
  • Mixed gender event
  • There must be at least 1 girl on court at all times 
  • Squad size: Maximum of 6, minimum of 3 in a squad

Kit & Equipment 

  • Match ball: Molten, size 5  
  • Please provide own warm up basketball. 
  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass. 
  • Staff will be asked to keep score during the games. 

Staffing and Spectators 

  • Spectators will not be permitted entry to the school/private sports facilities.
  • Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.   
  • All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school.
  • DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school. 


  • 3 players on court at all times. Minimum 1 boy + 1 girl. 
  • Coaches are permitted rolling substitutions and this should be as quickly as possible. 
  • Games will be played on half a court into one hoop. 
  • Ball must be dribbled when moving. Player cannot walk or run with the ball. 
  • Ball can only be dribbled with one hand. 
  • The ball can be stolen/snatched from the offensive team but any contact will be penalised with a foul. 
  • Persistent contact fouls will result in the player being removed from play with no substitute. 
  • There are no jump balls. 
  • Declaring a winner: the first team to reach 15 points with at least a two-point margin (e.g.15-13 or 19-17) will win the game. However, if the clock expires and there is no two-point margin then the leading team at that time shall be the winner. 
  • The ball will change possession after a successful basket. 
  • The ball MUST be checked by an offensive and defensive player after a basket is scored. 
  • Whenever a ball is brought back into play, this shall be done from the top of the key. 
  • There is no defence whilst the ball is being taken back to the top of the key. 
  • Should a change in possession occur during play (steal, pass interception, gaining a defensive rebound, etc) then the ball must be ‘taken back’ to the top of the key in front of the basket and continue to play. 
  • Should a team score a basket after failing to ‘take the ball back’ then the basket will not count & possession of the ball shall go over to the opposition, who will “take the ball back”. 
  • On all fouls (except a shooting foul) the team not committing the foul will be rewarded the ball from the top of the key. 
  • Unsportsmanlike fouls shall be penalised by one free throw plus possession of the ball whether or not the free throw is scored. 
  • Shooting fouls shall be penalised as follows: 
  • 1) If the basket is made, one additional free throw is awarded to the shooter. Worth 1 point. 
  • 2) In ALL instances, the ball is retained by the shooting/attacking team who will check the ball at the top of the key 
  • There is no line up for any free throws. 
  • All baskets scored are worth 2 points. Foul shots will be one shot for 2 points on a missed basket. One additional basket worth 1 point on a scored basket. 

Competition Format 

Draw Format  

  • First stage is round robin groups.
  • All teams will progress to a second stage of groups to play like-placed teams for the remainder of the festival. 


  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate 
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants. 


  • There will be no results or scores being recorded at this event.

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

Social Media 

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.  


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First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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