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Mini-Basketball League Teaches Fundamentals, Character

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Children can get introduced to basketball in a positive environment.

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

Sept. 16, 2013 (TAMPA, FL) – Elementary school children will have a chance to learn basketball from experienced coaches in a positive environment when they join a new 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 new basketball league that will play on Saturdays throughout the fall. 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 on Oct. 5 with tryouts and an instructional camp. Games will take place once a week on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Practice will occur once a week at 6 or 7 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays.

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 keeping score. Games are divided into four quarters of 10 minutes each, with a 2-minute break between quarters and a 5-minute break at halftime. Each player must play two quarters.

The Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence

The Marvin Harvey Basketball School
of Excellence teaches teamwork.

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 $125 per child, or $55 if your child is part of the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence for 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.