Basketball in Victoria – Soaring to New Heights

basketball vicGreat article from basketball Victoria on the growth of Basketball in Victoria

It i s8:00am on a Saturday morning, you enter any basketball stadium in suburban Melbourne or regional Victoria and the ‘sights and sounds’ are all too familiar.

 Basketball venues are a hive of activity as carloads of kids stream through the front doors; the squeak of shoes and bounce of the ball on the courts is drowned out by the buzz of the scoreboard and the referees blowing their whistles to get the game underway. There are kids in every corner of the stadium and the steady flow of foot traffic continues throughout the morning, spreading across the afternoon and does not ease until well into the evening.

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Mastermind Coach Seminar

Basketball Victoria is thrilled to be able to team up with Aus Elite Pty. Ltd. to present the 2015 Mastermind Coaching Seminar.

This interactive and insightful seminar will feature on-court demonstrations and tuition from some of Australia’s biggest basketball names. Coaches will be treated to an all-star presenting line-up, including Dean Vickerman (2015 NBL Championship winning Coach with the New Zealand Breakers), Brendan Joyce (current Opals Head Coach), Adam Caporn (CoE Head Coach and U19 National Men’s Head Coach), Trevor Gleeson (Perth Wildcats Head Coach) and Andrew Gaze (member of the FIBA Hall of Fame and five time Olympian), plus many more…

The Mastermind Coaching Seminar will be held at the State Basketball Centre on Friday 10th April and at the Nunawading Basketball Stadium on Saturday 11th April. Early-bird tickets are on sale until the 27th March so get in quick to take advantage of the special rate.

For more details, and to register, visit

Finals schedules and qualification lists

18324045-gold-trophy-cup-basketball-on-a-white-backgroundThe latest qualification lists are now published.
Please confirm your players eligibility for finals

The finals schedule has also been published although late changes may still occur

New WBA domestic club clearance rules

new-rulesWBA has introduced a new rule regarding domestic clearances, which will be very important as clubs begin to put their teams together for next season.

“To maintain the integrity of the competition, clubs will be granted permission to accept a maximum of two (2) players into any one team who have cleared from another club after having played with that club in the previous season.”

Players moving clubs will still be required to complete a clearance before they can be registered with their new club.


Open letter from Waverley

Hi Delegates7024018-basketball-court,

As most of you would be aware, we experienced significant problems with the Court 5 playing surface over the course of this weekend.

The court surface became slippery in parts as a result of servicing carried out on the backboards prior to the weekend. A series of measures were taken to bring the court up to a standard where it was safe for games to be played, however the condition of the court deteriorated during Friday Night games to the point where some VJBL games had to be cancelled.

WBA staff, stadium cleaners and professionals from the company which looks after our rings and backboards all spent time working on the court prior to and during Saturday Competition, however as the day progressed the surface again reached a point where it would be unsafe to continue games. The decision was made to abandon the remaining games on Court 5 after the 3:30pm game.

The court received further maintenance at the conclusion of the Saturday Competition and during the day on Sunday, and was used for Sunday Night competition.

The immediate nature of the situation made it difficult for WBA officials at the stadium to contact teams and clubs about cancelled games. We apologise for the inconvenience to teams who did not get to play their games on Saturday.

An official decision regarding the outcomes of cancelled games will be made early this week and clubs will be notified accordingly.

Thanks for your understanding with this unfortunate situation.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Kelly
Waverley Basketball Association

Basketball Victoria Shooting Camp

shotting campBasketball Victoria will be running the popular Specialist Shooting Camp over the upcoming school holidays.

Delivered by Master Coach Ian Stacker, the Camp aims to fine tune Players’ shooting technique and improve their overall game.

This Camp will also provide Players with some drills they can use in their practice sessions.

Tuesday 31st March
10am – 3pm

State Basketball Centre, 291 George St, Wantirna South

Who can attend:
Registrations are open to U12-U18 male and female athletes who are currently participating in representative competitions (VJBL and Vic Country).

Cost: $55 

Jump online to register, numbers are limited so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment – Register Now

For more information, contact:
Samantha Evans

In Memoriam – Jan Dowler

flowers on bballIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jan Dowler of the Waverley Basketball Association.

Jan was one of the founders of the Association and has for many years been the
co-ordinator of the junior competition that the Caulfield Malvern Basketball Club is part of.

Her role was an extremely important and responsible job which she performed exceptionally well; ensuring divisions, teams and gradings were structured in the fairest way possible, for all clubs.

Jan has also been involved in many (if not all) aspects of the administration of the Association, from  coach, team manager, canteen person, competition manager, general administration, door keeper and board member.

Piranhas would like to pass on our condolences to Jan’s family and the management team of the Waverley Basketball Association.

She was an extremely loved and respected person and her loss will be strongly felt.

2014 AGM – President’s Report

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This year for the first time the Club is recognizing our long serving members by awarding 100 game badges. In reviewing the membership records to determine our long serving players, I reflected on the history of our Club and my involvement which I would like to share with you.

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Upcoming Basketball Vic No Zone Clinics

Coaches Clinic

The following dates are when the upcoming no-zone clinics will be taking place:

Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm
State Basketball Centre

Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm Eltham High School

Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm Werribee Basketball Stadium

Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm
Box Hill Secondary College

In line with the push to increase skills Basketball Victoria banned zone defences in all under 12 representative competitions last year and has continued that regulation to include under 14 in the coming season. It is expected that the requirement to play man for man defence will filter through to the older age groups to some extent in the coming seasons.

It is widely accepted that children whose teams play zones during their formative years do not learn the defensive and offensive skills required to play at higher levels.

In practice, for our club, this means that children whose teams play zones in domestic competition and who try-out for representative programs are at a disadvantage compared with those who come from man for man teams.

I am aware that guarding the key type zones are very easy to teach and tend to solve the competitive defensive problem for beginner level teams. In the past I have used zones with domestic teams myself, partly for the simplicity in instruction, partly because zones do teach team attitudes and partly so I can focus on teaching offence. Then there are those occasions when we have the bare number of players on a hot summer afternoon.

However, now, with the increased focus on skill mastery all coaches are being asked to teach man for man, in the interests of their players development.

Preparing players for the possible demands of rep ball may seem a long way from the needs of a fun domestic team. However we have a duty to prepare our juniors as best as we can and especially, young teenagers from all levels are well known for deciding to put their hat in the rep ball ring. The present Falcons Under 18 and Under 20 teams include a number of children who played their early basketball in grades such as Under 10, 12 and 14 D Reserve.

Man for man can be played in various forms from aggressive trapping full-court defences to conservative back-court help and recover team defences. The commonality is that players have one on one responsibility as well as being taught how to help and are learning and applying the skills of individual and team defence. Those of us who see professional teams playing advanced zones know that the best zone players are those who have mastered man for man skills.

Our Club will be conducting sessions to assist our own coaches. Also, our more experienced coaches are always available to assist at training or in games.

The clinics conducted by Basketball Victoria as listed below are open to all coaches including domestic coaches, and are compulsory for rep coaches.

I encourage our Piranhas coaches to attend one of these sessions.

Patrick Doherty

The following dates are when the clinics will be taking place:

Sunday 9th November 2:30-4:00pm at State Basketball Centre
Monday 10th November 7:00-8:30pm at Eltham High School
Sunday 16th November 2:30-4:00pm at Werribee Basketball Stadium
Monday 17th November 7:00-8:30pm at Box Hill Secondary College