slam jam CLubs 

Slam Jam is a brand new basketball programme for children aged 7-11 years old.

Run by clubs and in schools, Slam Jam gives children a great first experience of basketball in a fun and safe environment. 

 

What is Slam Jam?

Slam Jam is a six week programme that aims to get children aged between 7 and 11 to try basketball for the first time in a fun and safe environment.

Become a Slam Jam delivery provider

There are just a few simple steps to becoming a Slam Jam delivery provider. Read on to discover the benefits to your club, delivery provider requirements and how to sign up.

How your club will benefit

  • Engage more kids and feed your junior pathway
  • There’s little cost to the club – you’ll just pay for the activator and courts. Balls and participant t-shirts will be provided by Basketball England
  • Increase awareness of your club through our national marketing and PR campaign
  • Deliver a ready-made junior programme with support from Basketball England including activator training and promotion

Support from Basketball England

Our team will provide:

  • training for up to five staff on how to successfully deliver Slam Jam
  • access to our Slam Jam booking tool to add your programme and manage participants
  • a starter kit including coaching resources, activator kit and balls
  • marketing support including promotional materials that complement our wider national marketing campaign

Requirements

Every club that runs Slam Jam must:

  • have a Welfare Officer / Safeguarding lead in place
  • have a first-aider present at every session

How does it work?

Slam Jam sessions are to be conducted by Activators utilising a bespoke coaching resource consisting of six weeks worth of activity cards. Clubs should detail the qualifications their delivery staff possess when signing up before they are accredited as a delivery partner with the Slam Jam Activator course being made available to those wanting to deliver the programme with no previous experience of coaching basketball.

The programme allows significant flexibility so it can be shortened into a 6 week programme as well as an intensive week long camp depending on what your circumstances are.

Although Slam Jam is not about developing the next big star, all of the activity cards support the development of basketball skills. Each card has a session focus, however some children may struggle to master the skills set out in the activity cards so it is important to be flexible and prioritise fun and enjoyment over technical competence. Adopting the Slam Jam principles, each session will follow the format of - Movement Development (A cards), Game Introduction (B cards) and Game Development (C Cards). An example session card can be found here!

Cards are colour coded to give activators flexibility with activities; mixing cards up is fine as long as the same colour cards are used together. Sessions will last between 45 and 60 minutes and should aim to keep children engaged for most of the time. Cards can be delivered in  numerical order or in an order that suits the children's motivations.

The movement development section of the cards will support children to enhance their physical literacy skills and should always be delivered first to prepare the children for game-based activities.

The game element of the cards will provide players the opportunities to solve problem, work with others and experience the exciting parts of basketball. Games are not viewed as a reward for good behaviour, they are used as an essential learning tool that also supports Children's motivation.

Got a question?

Get in touch with Katie and Chloe at [email protected] or have a read of our FAQs below.

FAQs

Does it cost anything to become a Slam Jam delivery provider?

Yes. Our Slam Jam affiliation fee is £50 (introductory offer) and this is a one-time fee. For this you will receive activator training for up to five staff and all delivery resources including bespoke Slam Jam coaching resource, activator kit and 20 Slam Jam basketballs.

When a parent / guardian enrolls their child onto Slam Jam, they will pay £43 and receive a participant pack which includes a t-shirt, hoodie, ball and an award card. The pack will be sent straight to the child’s home address.

What support will my club receive?

All clubs delivering Slam Jam will receive full support from Basketball England including;

  • training for up to five staff on how to successfully deliver Slam Jam
  • access to our Slam Jam booking tool to add your programme and manage participants
  • a starter kit including coaching resources, activator kit and balls
  • marketing support including promotional materials that complement our wider national marketing campaign

How long is each Slam Jam programme?

Slam Jam is a six week programme (one session per week)

What do I need to deliver Slam Jam?

Activators will need to attend a Slam Jam activator course (included in the affiliation fee).

Additionally, they will also require an in-date DBS and Safeguarding Children qualification, as well as be emergency first aid trained.

What should I wear when leading the sessions?

Activators will be provided with a Slam Jam branded t-shirt and zip jacket, you can then wear comfortable and appropriate trousers / shorts and shoes.

What is the Slam Jam activator course?

The Slam Jam activator course is a mandatory training session all activators must complete prior to running the programme. The course is all online, takes no longer than two hours and can be completed in the learners own time.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • understand the elements of a Slam Jam programme and timeline for creating a course
  • develop knowledge of the skills required to deliver sessions on court
  • learn how to deliver sessions to engage and excite participants
  • familiarise yourself with the platform to develop and manage blocks of activity

How much should I charge participants for a place on my session?

We recommend charging participants a small fee in order to support the sustainability of your sessions. £4 per session is the recommended amount.