About our Junior Representative Program
The Sutherland District Basketball Association aims to:
- Provide a quality program in order to develop and improve the skills of all players and coaches
- Provide a wide range of Sharks Development programs designed to encourage and inspire athletes
- Identify appropriate pathways for all players and coaches at both State and National level
- Develop an “Association” style of play to assist in the education of all players and coaches and to ease the transition for players and coaches between age groups
- Compete in Division One for all ages with a development group to compete in the next division
- To make sure players get the opportunity to reach their potential with an emphasis on learning and mastering the fundamentals of the game.
- To play hard with up tempo offence and pressure defence.
- To promote: unselfish play, good sportsmanship, pride in the uniform and enjoyment of the experience.
Number of Representative Teams
SDBA will enter a minimum of two teams in each age group and gender (U/12, U/14, U/16, and U/18 ), dependant upon player availability within age groups.
A team is made up of players and/or development players, and players must play in appropriate age groups.
When is the Representative season conducted?
- BNSW preseason will take place April/May
- The Waratah Metro Junior League season to commence mid May. Ten rounds home and away.
- All divisions in the MJL will consist of six teams.
- The Waratah Metro Junior League finals series to take place around August.
- The NSW State Championship is normally held over three days. Games start on the Friday at either a metropolitan or country venue. State Championship dates for 2021 are August 20th-22nd
- Teams may elect to participate in the National Junior Classic or similar events over the June Long weekend in Melbourne.
- Usually there are no games scheduled on the middle weekend of the school holidays for junior players
- Waratah Metro Junior Championship games are played on Sunday’s with game times ranging from 8am to 4pm. Games conducted are usually 90 minutes in duration, with players required to be at venues at least 30 minutes before the scheduled game time.
- Home games are played at Sutherland Basketball Stadium however away games may involve travel to any of the following competing clubs’ venues; Bankstown, Blue Mountains, North Sydney, Glebe, Hawkesbury, Hills, Hornsby, Liverpool, Manly, Macarthur, Parramatta, Penrith, Ryde and Sutherland.
- The team coach may also wish to enter the team into additional tournaments throughout the season, which may be played in country NSW or interstate. This will be done only after consideration by the Association, team staff and parents of the children in the team.
- Travel and accommodation arrangements for teams representing the association at State Championships or at tournaments within the state are at the discretion of the team coach and manager, with any additional costs for tournament/games being the responsibility of individual team members and their parents
- How many players will be selected?
- Junior teams will consist of a minimum of 10 players, with the coach having the option of selecting reserve players. A reserve player must practice twice a week with the team, and will only participate in games when required.
- How much practice is involved?
Junior teams usually train twice a week for 1½ hours beginning February through to August (practice through school holiday breaks is optional).
- How much does it cost?
The total cost of playing representative basketball is to be communicated to the parents and players, including, but not limited to:
- Representative Levy
- Representative Clothing uniform and warm up tops
- Travel Costs (estimated)
- Holiday Camps and other Representative Training Events
Representative fees in 2021 will be $675.00 for a team member, and $350.00 for a reserve. This GST inclusive fee covers all practice and games cost for Waratah Metro Junior League and State Championships, a team photograph and a ticket to presentation night for each player.
Players must purchase a team uniform and a warm up top if they do not already have one. Uniform extras such as training singlets and shorts ,hoodies and tracksuits can also be purchased from the association.
All players must be registered or affiliated with SDBA, and it is the responsibility of the player and/or their parents to ensure their registration is current. Registration/affiliation is not covered under representative fees and is an additional cost to participants.
What are the local competition commitments?
It is compulsory for all representative players to play in the SDBA domestic competitions during the calendar year unless granted exemption from the Board
All players are local competition players first and foremost, then a representative player.
- Players must play at least 55% of all scheduled games within each competition
- Are parents required to score games (bench duty)?
At games, parents will be required to complete allocated bench duties as rostered by their child’s team manager. A score bench course will be conducted prior to the commencement of the representative season.
Once rostered for score bench duty, parents unable to meet their commitment on a particular game must themselves coordinate a replacement, well prior to that particular game.
Failure to ensure complete allocated bench duty or arrange suitable replacements could see their child not play in that particular game.
How is movement between teams managed?
When a player is to be moved between teams, this will be done via consultation between both team coaches and the SDBA Representative Manager. Decisions made in these instances are final.
The player’s current coach will inform the player of the decision and the reason it was made, and the player’s new coach will inform the player of when the next practice/game is for the new team.
What fundraising commitments are required?
Players need to make themselves available for all fundraising activities run for and by their team.
As part of the Sharks Family, all players are obligated to participate in fund raising activities to support their team and the association.
Examples of activities undertaken can include: selling chocolates, raffles, barbecues and trivia nights.
- Any fundraising undertaken for a team or teams must be approved by the SDBA Representative Manager and Association Manager.