The University of Waikato Basketball Club

Newly formed in 2016, The University of Waikato Basketball club was established to enhance the basketball opportunities for students at the University of Waikato. Now open to both students and community members, the club is quickly growing in numbers.

Catering for both competitive and social players, the club entered seven teams into the Waikato Basketball Men’s and Mixed Leagues in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 2020 and 2021 have been very different years. We have mens and women's programmes.

We hold trials at the beginning of the academic year and we form as many teams as possible. You do not need to be a student at Waikato to join a team but because of the league rules you must be aged 15 years or older. Our women’s team/s are then entered into a Waikato women’s social league which holds its games on a Thursday night at St Johns College, Hillcrest. Training times differ each year but there are generally 2-3 trainings per week that we try to arrange around the players schedules (generally night trainings or on a Saturday morning). Fees also fluctuate each year.

All teams have their weekly training sessions at the Faculty of Education (FOE) Gym or UniRec Sports Hall.


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For draws and results: Waikato Basketball Council


Tauranga City Basketball

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UTSNZ Events

UTSNZ National Tertiary 3x3 Basketball Championships

University of Waikato students have the opportunity to represent Team Waikato at the University and Tertiary Sport NZ (UTSNZ) National Tertiary 3x3 Basketball Championships held in April each year. This event is a pathway tournament to the World University 3x3 Championship League.

Register on the 2024 UTSNZ National Tertiary 3x3 Basketball Championship Information page.

UTSNZ National Tertiary 5x5 Basketball Championships

Join Team Waikato and represent the University of Waikato at the UTSNZ National Tertiary 5x5 Basketball Championships held in September each year.

Register on the 2024 UTSNZ National Tertiary Basketball Championship Information page.

Social Sport

Social Sport is one of Hamilton’s premier social competitions and takes place on campus at the University of Waikato. Offering a range of sports including Futsal, Basketball, Netball, Football and Touch, Social Sport caters for all levels of sporting ability.

The Social Sport Indoor Series takes place between March – October, with all games being played at UniRec (Gate 1, Knighton Road). Social Sport basketball follows this format:

  • Six weeks of games
  • Game days: Tuesdays 5.30pm-10.00pm
  • 30 minute games on Tuesdays
  • Mixed teams (at least one person of each gender on the court at all times)
  • five players on court (maximum of ten per team)
  • $200 per team

For more information, visit the Social Sport website.

Social Basketball

UniRec, the University of Waikato's on-campus fitness and recreation centre, offers free drop-in basketball each week. All equipment is provided - just drop in and play. Ask UniRec reception for more information.

Tauranga QEYC Drop-In Sport:

Drop-in sport at Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre (QEYC) in Tauranga. These sessions are free to all students. Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm during University semesters. All equipment is provided.

For more information about Tauranga, please email:

High Performance

The University of Waikato works in partnership with Waikato Basketball and Tauranga City Basketball to support talented basketball players. Find out how the University provides athlete support.

Parafed Waikato - Wheelchair Basketball

Parafed Waikato offers a range of sport opportunities for anyone with a physical disability and/or visual impairment.

Chris Harvey - Adaptive Basketball Manager