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Mini-Basketball League Teaches Fundamentals, Character

The Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence is accepting first through fifth graders for a new league.

The Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence teaches teamwork.

The Marvin Harvey Basketball School of
Excellence teaches teamwork.

Dec. 11, 2013 (TAMPA, FL) – Elementary school children will have a chance to learn basketball from experienced coaches in a positive environment through a mini-basketball league at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS.

Corbett Prep and the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence are accepting children in first through fifth grade for a second session with the basketball league, which will play on Saturdays in January and February.

Children will be grouped by age, with first and second graders (ages 6-7) playing together and third through fifth graders (ages 8-10) on their own teams. The program can accept as many as 60 children in each of the two age groups to form teams of 10 players each.

The league will start with an instructional class on Jan. 11. Coaches will assess players ages 6-7 at 9 a.m. and ages 8-10 at 10:15 a.m. Parents should arrive at least 15 minutes before the instructional class to receive their child’s jersey.

Games will take place once a week on Saturdays in the Corbett Prep Middle School gym, beginning on Jan. 18 and concluding Feb. 22. The 6 and 7 year olds will practice once a week before each game, and the older children will practice on Monday or Wednesday evenings.

Mini-basketball is a great introduction to the fundamentals of basketball, adapted for children’s mental and physical development. The ball is 27.5 inches and the basket 8.5 feet tall, and the focus is on player development rather than winning. Games are divided into four quarters of 8 minutes each, with a 2- minute break between quarters and a 5-minute break at halftime. Each player must play two quarters.

The mini-basketball league also strives to teach and model honesty, work ethic and teamwork – traits that benefit players on the courts, classrooms and throughout their lives. The program is based on internationally acclaimed Coach Marvin Harvey’s philosophies found in his books Winning Within Reason and Seven Principles for Teaching Basketball.

The cost is $135 per child, or $65 for children who are part of the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence for Session 3 of the 2013-14 school year. For more information, please contact Program Director Ivan Romero,, or 813-961-3087, ext. 312.


Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.