In memory of David Rout

In memory of David Rout

It is with respect that the basketball community pay respect to the memory of David Rout, who passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day surrounded by family.

He will fondly be remembered as someone who contributed greatly to our sport. This was noted by FIBA when David was a made Member of Honour of FIBA Oceania, for his or outstanding service in the FIBA Oceania Zone.

He was also a Life Member of Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Otago, with which he devoted a great deal of time and effort to the growth of both organisations.

He served the New Zealand Basketball Federation from 1986 to 1990. The majority of this tenure was served as President. During this time, along with his friend Cedric Cudby, he introduced Miniball to New Zealand – a form of basketball adapted to suit junior players, which continues to be loved by young Kiwis today. 

David also spent a great deal of time devoting himself to coaching, particularly at the secondary school and junior level in Lower Hutt, Mid Canterbury and Otago.

David was awarded the Basketball New Zealand Sir Lance Cross Memorial Award for outstanding services to New Zealand basketball. He was also one of the first members of the New Zealand Basketball Foundation.

In 2016 he was inducted into the Basketball New Zealand Hall of Fame.

With his wife Becky, David was also a great supporter of Tall Blacks. Together they travelled around the world to watch New Zealand compete.

Our respects go out to wife Becky, and David’s friends and family.

Death Notice – published in the New Zealand papers on 6 Jan, 2018

ROUT, David McDonald. Peacefully at the Otago Hospice surrounded by his family on the 1st of January 2018, aged 86. Dearly loved husband of Beckie (Janet) for 64 years. Much loved and respected father of Neil Rout and Jan Simpson, and father- in-law to Chris, Jill and Peter. Dearly loved granddad of Gemma and Howie, Felicity and Steve, Emma and Matthew, Laura and Bonar, and Libby and Jake. Very special great granddad to Ashton, Ryder, Cooper, Otto and Fergus. Dearly loved brother of John (deceased) and Jan, Judith and Gerald, Trish and Keith (and the late John). A much loved uncle to all his nieces and nephews. Thank you to all the health care services and Frances Hodgkins Rest Home, who helped to care for David in recent months. Special thanks to the wonderful team at the Otago Community Hospice for the exceptional care given to David and his family. Jesus said "Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) At David's request, a private cremation has been held. Messages to 45 Cliffs Rd, St Clair, Dunedin 9012, or leave a tribute at

Basketball Chronology – David Rout

1945 – 1949: Introduced to the game at High School (SBHS)

1950 – 1952: Attended Dunedin Teachers College where he also played basketball in a local competition.

1954 – 1955: Attended sports coaching clinics at Loughborough Teachers College, England. Played rugby for the Barnet Rugby Club. He later wrote, “After a third case of concussion, on the advice of a Doctor in London, I decided on my return to New Zealand to stop playing rugby and became more involved in basketball.”

1956 – 1958: Naenae College Lower Hutt where he spent time coaching school teams. The school gym was used by the Hutt Valley Association and David was seconded onto the Hutt Valley Executive.

1959 – 1967: Member Mid Canterbury Basketball Association. Played Club basketball for the Gannets team. Became a Player/Coach of the Mid Canterbury Senior men’s team. Coached secondary school teams, and regularly entered local competitions and regional tournaments. He was the Association delegate on the Ashburton Sports Hall Management Committee, where he became more interested and involved in the refereeing of the game.

1968 onwards: Dunedin – Approached to become a member of the Otago Men’s Basketball Association (OMBA). David later said he wanted space to settle into a new teaching position and agreed to join the following year in 1969. He served two terms as President of the OMBA, and also spent time coaching Kaikorai Valley College teams. He also played for the school’s social staff basketball team.

It was around this time that David qualified as a national referee and refereed ‘A’ Grade and National Tournaments.

1974: Elected to the Executive of the New Zealand Men’s Basketball Federation

1975: The New Zealand Men’s and Women’s Basketball Federations amalgamated to become the New Zealand Basketball Federation. He was a member of the Federation for fifteen years.

At the time, Secondary School basketball was becoming very popular and entries for the Boys and Girls National Championships reflected this as the National tournament struggled to meet demand. David undertook the task of revising the tournaments’ structure. This revision was published in a booklet he wrote, which also provided coaching drills, suggested draws for local competitions and other information to help grow the game and enable volunteers to better provide playing opportunities for young Kiwis. The new structure divided New Zealand into a number of geographical regions with Associations running regional qualifying tournaments to select teams for the National boys and girls tournaments. A similar structure is still run today.

In the same year, David also volunteered as Manager of Secondary School Boys’ and Girls’ National teams that toured to New Caledonia and Fiji. The teams returned undefeated. 

At a FIBA level he attended a number of Oceania Congress meetings from 1985 to 1993 at various Pacific Islands. He also ran coaching clinics and administration seminars on behalf of FIBA Oceania in Fiji and The Cook Islands.

In 1986 Rout was appointed by the Oceania Confederation as their delegate to the FIBA committee for Minibasketball (CIM). Vice President 1999 – 2003. During this time he travelled to attend yearly meetings in England or Asia, or Europe and four yearly CIM Congress meetings, held at the same time and venue as the FIBA Congress, and Men’s World Championships.