SOCIA-Ball

SOCIA-BALL - Basketball for fun! #JustPlay

This programme is designed to to re-engage women and girls in our sport using a recreational, non-competitive model with a focus on fun and social outlet.
This programme provides a non-competitive #JustPlay opportunity for females to engage with the sport and being physically active. The emphasis is on fun, socializing and moving in a safe environment.  

We recommend that clubs run this in 6-8 week blocks (1hour per week) and this could be run multiple times per year. The programme is aimed at women aged 18+ who do not want to play competitive basketball.

We also encourage clubs to provide a social basketball programme for teenage girls aged 13-17 who may not want to play competitively but would like to come along for an hour a week to take part.

If your club is interested in starting a SOCIA-Ball team, please contact loloughlin@ireland.basketball for more information.  

SOCIA-Ball is all inclusive, it should welcome all those who do not currently play any form of competitive club basketball and would like to play. The player cannot be registered as a BI player with any BI club. However, past players are welcome so long as they are no longer actively playing club basketball. 

All SOCIA-Ball training sessions are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of our game, developing social skills and providing an opportunity for women and girls to be physically active. 

What do I need to take part - players:

Just bring yourself and some water. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in and above all else have fun and meet new people.

What do I need to take part - clubs:

If you are a club that would like to engage in the SOCIA-Ball programme, please email the Basketball Ireland Women in Sport Lead, Louise O'Loughlin - loloughlin@ireland.basketball

SOCIA-Ball Registration 

Basketball Ireland have launched a SOCIA-Ball registration which allows players participating in this programme to register with Basketball Ireland and be covered under the player injury insurance cover. The cost of registration is €13 per player. This membership only covers SOCIA-Ball activity and does not cover any other playing activity. 

In order to register as a SOCIA-Ball member, your club or SOCIA-Ball group must register their activity with loloughlin@ireland.basketball

REGISTER AS A SOCIA-Ball Member

Resources - Posters

Download SOCIA-Ball Poster - Women (template)

Download SOCIA-Ball Poster - Teens (template)

Below is a list of clubs who are already providing SOCIA-Ball for women

Cavan - Cavan Lakers Basketball Club

Following a successful SOCIA-Ball hub in Cavan Lakers in Nov/Dec 2021, a new programme has started and is open to new participants. 

Date: Thursday 27th January - Thursday 10th March 2022 

Time: 7pm-8pm each Thursday 

Venue: Cavan Sports Complex

Cost: €5 per player per night

Registration: Contact Clare O'Reilly - secretarycavanlakersbc@gmail.com 

Clare - Shannon (Shannon Jets)

Date: Begins Thursday, 14th October

Time: 8pm-9pm each Thursday - 10 weeks (14th October - 16 December)

Venue: Shannon Leisure Centre

Cost: €40 per player (to cover hall fees)

Registration: Contact Shannon Jets on Facebook / email shannonjetsbasketballclub@gmail.com

Cork - Mothers & Others Social Basketball Glanmire

Date: Runs Tuesday evenings

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm each Tuesday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Upper Glanmire Sportshall, Cork

Cost: €5 per player per night

Registration: Contact Mothers & Others Social Basketball Glanmire on Facebook 

Donegal - Mulroy Hoops

Date: Begins Friday 14th January 2022

Time: 8pm - 9pm each Friday

Venue: Ray Community Centre

Cost: €5 per night

Registration: Contact 086 0623032 or email mulroyhoops@gmail.com 

Dublin - Dublin Raiders

Date: Runs Monday evenings

Time: 8:30pm-9:30pm each Monday - ongoing throughout the season until the end of May 2022

Venue: St Joseph's Cluny, Secondary School Gym, Killiney

Registration: Email admin@dublinraidersbasketball.com 

Cost: €5 pay as you go

Dublin - Firhouse Basketball Club

Date: Runs Friday evenings

Time: 7pm-8pm each Friday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Firhouse Community Centre

Cost: €30 per player per month

Registration: Contact  firhousebasketball@gmail.com or Firhouse Ladies Basketball Facebook

Dublin - Nets Ladies Basketball Club, Whitehall

Dates: This programme will run as below
Monday May 9th; Monday May 16th; Monday May 23rd & Monday May 30th
Depending on popularity, we may extend it for a second month

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Venue: St Aidan’s CBS, Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9 D09 XT54

Cost:
€5 per session
€20 for the 4 sessions
Payable in advance via Revolut or On the night

Registration: Contact Colin O’Brien, Nets Ladies Basketball, 0879090718

Meath - Ashbourne

Due to the success of the 2021 programme, SOCIA-Ball is back in Ashbourne for Women aged 17+

Date: Starting Wednesday 27th February 2022 - Wednesday 1st June 2022

Time: 6:45pm - 7:45pm each Wednesday: 

Venue: Ashbourne Community School

Registration & more information: Email Casey Tryon ctryon@ireland.basketball to get involved 

Cost: €20 for the programme

Meath - East Coast Cavaliers, Bettystown

New details for 2022 coming following the success of 2021 Sessions. 

Date: Starting Wednesday 19th January 2022 - for 6 weeks. (a 3rd term to commence in March 2022 details to follow)

Time: 7pm - 8pm each Wednesday: 6 weeks (19th Jan - 24th Feb 2022)

Venue: Colaiste na hInse

Registration: Contact East Coast Basketball Club at 0863490178 / eastcoastcavaliers.ie

Galway - Claregalway BC

Claregalway BC Logo

Date: Begins Monday, 8th November 

Terms:  8th Nov - 13th Dec 2021; 10th Jan - 14th Feb 2022; 28th Feb - 4th April 2022.

Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm each Monday 

Venue: Claregalway Community Centre

Cost: €20 per term or €60 for 3 blocks, contact directly for drop in options. 

Registration: Register HERE or email claregalwaybasketball@gmail.com  for more information

Galway - TUAM

Date: Begins Tuesday 17th May 2022

Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm each Tuesday

Venue: St Pats Hall 

Cost: tbc 

Registration: Contact Fiona Scally - 0871472417 

Kildare - North Kildare Basketball Club

Date: New TERM Starting from Saturday 6th Februrary 2022. 

Time: 11am-12noon each Saturday

Venue: Maynooth University Sports Centre

Cost: contact the club for cost

Registration: Contact northkildarebasketball@gmail.com or North Kildare Basketball Club on Facebook

All Welcome!! 

Laois - Clonsalee Basketball Club/Laois LSP

Date: Begins Wednesday 10th November - Wednesday 15th December

Time: 9pm - 10pm each Wednesday

Venue: Clonaslee Community Centre

Cost: €30 for 6 weeks, contact Eimear Bryant if interested in starting. 

Registration: ebryant@laoissports.ie 

Laois - Portlaoise Panthers Mothers & Others

Date: Runs Tuesday evenings

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm each Tuesday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Holy Family School Portlaoise 

Cost: €130 per season - drop in options available, contact the club directly for more information. 

New players always welcome

Registration:  HERE or contact Portlaoise Panthers via Facebook 

Longford - Longford Phoenix BC & Longford LSP

Date: Begins Friday 19th November - Friday 10th December (4 week programme) 

Time: 9pm - 10pm each Friday 

Venue: The Mall Longford

Cost: 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/social-basketball-for-women-longford-phoenix-basketball-club-socia-ball-tickets-211943056387 

Mayo - Westport Warriors

Date: Begins Friday 29th October 

Time: 7:15pm - 8:30pm each Friday- ongoing until end of March 2022

Venue: Sacred Heart School Gym, Westport 

Cost: Contact club to advise

Registration: Contact the club via Westport Warriors Facebook page

Offaly - Geashill Community Hall.

Date:  Begins Thursday 27th January 2022 

Time: Thursday 8-9 pm

 Venue: Geashill Community Hall, Offaly

Cost: €13 Player Insurance (valid until July 2022) and approx. €3 hall rent per night

 Registration: Contact Breege 089 4397220

Sligo - Sligo All-Stars

Date: Begins Thursday, 14th October 

Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm each Thursday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Mercy College Sligo

Cost: Contact club to advise

Registration: https://onlineregister.ie/sligo-allstars/   or contact Sligo All Stars Facebook

Tipperary - Tipp Talons

Date: Runs Thursday evenings

Time: 6pm-7pm each Thursday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

Cost: €4 per player per night

Registration: Contact Tipp Talons on Facebook 

Wexford - Sparks Basketball Club New Ross

Date: Begins Tuesday 16th November 2021

Time: 8pm - 9pm each Tuesday

Venue: St Mary's Sportshall New Ross

Cost: €3 per night

Registration: Contact the club via Sparks Basketball Club New Ross