Development Squad

The Hawthorn Magic Development Squad is for junior basketball players ages 7-13 who want to improve their skills. Hawthorn Magic EDJBA players are encouraged to join, but domestic players from anywhere are welcome. 

Our expert Magic coaches design sessions that target key skills, which will help our Development Squad players score more points, and make smarter plays in their games. The most important skills for young basketball players are:
  • Layups 
  • Dribbling (at speed and against defenders)
  • Game sense (when do I pass, when do I shoot, when do I dribble)?
  • On-ball defence
These skills make up the vast majority of time spent at our Development Squad.

Players who participate in our Development Squad have the opportunity to represent the Hawthorn Magic in long weekend basketball tournaments throughout the year. Players who enjoy our Development Squad sessions and want to take their basketball to the next level are encouraged to try out for our VJBL Championship teams in October.
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