The domestic competitions at the Southern Basketball Association have been our first preference for a several seasons now. The reasons for this are:
- Their main venue at Tulip Street is what I consider the best basketball venue in our region as it’s explicitly a basketball court. This will only be enhanced when they finish adding four more courts to this impressive four-court stadium.
- With eight courts under one roof, our teams will predominately be playing at the same venue week in and week out which is a big positive.
- The Southern Basketball Association also has some of the largest domestic competitions that allow us to enter and grade teams into appropriate levels of competition.
- As an added bonus the Association’s venues are located close to the best bays and scenic views in Melbourne. Families can make a great day of it before or after games. if they wish
The competition seasons at the Southern Basketball Association are an Autumn Season and a Spring Season.
Their Autumn season covers Term 1 and Term 2 of the School year, while their Spring Season covers Term 3 and Term 4 of the school year. This is a unique setup compared to other Associations and I think it’s a better and simpler arrangement for parents by keeping both seasons within the calendar and school year.
Both seasons run for about 15 rounds plus finals. The first three games of the season are used for grading before match points and ladders begin to be accumulated and compiled.
We currently have a U16 Boys team playing at the Association and their season will go for 17 rounds plus finals which is an unusually long season for domestic. The boys will have two byes this season so play a minimum of fifteen games. Our boys are in their first season at the Association and have been graded into a competition where they are both competing well and more importantly from our perspective developing strongly.
Their season finishes this year just before Xmas and a new one commences at the start of term one in 2023.
Currently, the Association plays their competitions out of several venues. These are:-
Sandringham Family Leisure Centre, 150 Tulip Street Cheltenham.
Mentone Grammar, Venice St, Mentone.
Cheltenham Secondary College, 73 Bernard St, Cheltenham.
Mentone Girls Secondary College, 175 Balcombe Rd, Mentone.
Once the Association completes its addition of four courts at its main venue at Tulip Street, most if not all games will be played there under one roof. For us, this is an ideal situation as coaches will be able to coach multiple teams and both I and other delegated coaches will be able to oversee them where it’s required. This won’t be on offer at other Associations.
There are several costs, as there are at most Associations:-
PlayHQ/BV Registration Fee: You pay this fee when you register at the commencement of every season. This comprises a fee to register with the Association and Basketball Victoria. Currently, this fee sits at $35.00
Weekly Match Fees: Every time we play a game, the Association charges us a match fee for those games. The BMBA invoices you for a season which covers these fees. We are then invoiced by the Southern Basketball Association for those match fees. This current season these costs were $70.50 per match.
Door Entry Fees: The Association charges an entry fee each week for both spectators and players over the age of 18. These fees are currently $4.00 per person per week. Alternatively, you can pay these each week upon entry or you can purchase a Stadium Entry Card and pay in advance. To find out more about the card CLICK HERE.
PLEASE NOTE NONE OF THESE ARE BMBA FEES. They are all Southern Basketball Association fees that we need to cover to enter and play in their competitions.
Age Groups are in two-year gaps for both boys and girls, with a cut-off date of the 31st of December of the year that competitions commence in. So for both seasons in 2023, the age groups will be as below
U10 Age Group: Year of Birth 2014, 2015 and below
U12 Age Group: Year of Birth 2012, 2013
U14 BoysAge Group: Year of Birth 2010, 2011
U16 Age Group: Year of Birth 2008, 2009
U18 Age Group: Year of Birth 2006, 2007
This is another advantage of playing in the Southern Basketball Association’s competitions. The age groups and categories remain the same throughout the calendar year. In other Association competitions, the brackets of the age groups change as do the cut-off dates to be eligible to play in those competitions.
This causes confusion for parents and results in teams being split and changed every six months. At the Southern Association, this only occurs every twelve months at worst allowing teams to settle and develop.