The Mel Young Easter Classic is the largest stop clock basketball tournament in New Zealand. The focus of the event is on development of players, coaches, managers, scorebench and referees. 138 teams from around the North Island will compete this year. This will see around 6000 people in Tauranga for the event.
Basketball Pacific, a registered charity and associate member of Basketball New Zealand has been running the event for the past 30 years. Basketball Pacific is made up of 12 BBNZ affiliated local associations. Basketball Pacific’s focus is on the development of participants be they players, coaches, managers, scorebench or referees. Tauranga is hosting the Mel Young Classic for the sixth time. The Classic has previously been hosted in Rotorua, North Harbour and South Auckland.
Easter is a great time to be in Tauranga. The weather is still pretty good (forecast is for fine weather all weekend!), so the beach and mount are obvious attractions. There are music events planned over the weekend, with the National Jazz Festival and the NZ Marley Allstars due in Tauranga. Participants at the Classic will get discounts to Baywave and the Mount Hot pools to have a soak or a bit of fun, as well as discounts to the Pizza Library and R-Line Electrolyte drink to aid in their recovery. On top of that there are all the other great restaurants, shops and other activities that Tauranga offers, like learning to surf, bush walks, blow carts and paint ball at the Arena, and of course lots of awesome basketball.
R-Line are kindly sponsoring this year’s event and fortunately they are based in Mount Maunganui and will attend for some of the time at Trustpower Arena. You will have a few options to purchase more concentrate over the weekend such as preorder and pickup at prearranged times, or when they are attending their stand. They have a really large range of flavours that will be available for sampling, and sell some accessories that come in handy.