FAQ

FAQ for the WILLETTON BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Inc


JUNIOR DOMESTIC COMPETITION

How can my child play basketball?

The junior basketball season is played year round during school terms. 

The table below outlines the different ways you can enter the Junior Competition:

I am a player and would like to join any team

Sign up on our waiting list (Join a team menu)

I am a player and would like to join a specific existing team (with my friends)

Contact the Club directly (not just the coach). See the website home page for club links.

We are a team who would like to join the competition

Call our Competitions Coordinator on 9310 3388

We are a Club with multiple teams who would like to join the competition

Call our Competitions Coordinator on 9310 3388

What happens once I’ve registered to join a team?

Our Competitions Coordinator manages the list of players wanting to join teams. There are two ways that players are put into teams:

  • Clubs require a new player to join one of their existing teams and contact the Competitions Coordinator. WBA does all we can to get children into teams, but there can be lengthy waits due to a lack of available court space in which to schedule games.
  • The Competitions Coos and rdinator creates entirely new teams from the children who have registered to join a team. As our under 10s teams are re-graded every 6 weeks, there are more opportunities to place children in this age group mid-season.

In some instances new teams do join the competition mid-season, however this depends on court availability and other factors. Our club is currently at capacity and our wait list of players wishing to join a team is long, therefore it can be up to a year before players get into teams.

PLEASE NOTE: Coaches of teams are volunteers (usually a parent).  Our clubs are run by volunteers.  In many instances our clubs (Apollos, Bullets, Jets, Roadies, Puma and Tangos) will email or call player contact numbers ONLY ONCE as time is short and their resources are stretched.  If the call is not returned they will assume the player is no longer interested and the name is removed from the waiting list.  

 

Are there other ways my child can learn to play?

Skills sessions run most afternoons at the stadium at 3.40pm for children under 13 years of age:

for 6 and under on Monday afternoons,

7-9 year olds on Wednesdays,

9 and over on Thursdays.

How does the Junior Domestic Competition work?

7 basketball clubs play in the competition that is admninsitered by Willetton Basketball Club.

Each team must belong to one of our Junior Domestic Clubs. The Junior Domestic Competition consists of 7 clubs. These clubs work closely with Willetton Basketball Association, however they are independent entities.

The current clubs are Apollos, Bullets, Jets, Puma, Roadies, Tangos and All Saints College. Club details and contacts are on our website. Our clubs are run by volunteers, so please let them know if you have some time to assist the club! Although we already have fantastic volunteers we are always looking to add another to our volunteering family!

Our competition runs year-round, aligned with school terms. Our Summer season is school terms 4 and 1, and our Winter season is school terms 2 and 3. Games are played on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The majority of younger grades are played on Saturdays. Although we have games on each of these days, when you are in a particular grade you will only play on one of those days each week.

Clubs nominate teams into particular competitions. Our competitions are aged based: Under 8s, Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18s. Within each age group there are different grades. The number of grades in each age group depends on the number of teams, some age groups have two grades, and others as many as five grades. The benefit of having such a large number of teams gives us a better chance to have teams playing against other teams of similar ability, although there will always be discrepancies in ability through each grade.

Our competitions are currently played across four venues, Willetton Basketball Stadium, Striker Leeming, All Saints' College, and Courtside off Bannister Road. Not all teams have games at Willetton Stadium.  We endeavour for all teams in a competition to play the same proportion of games at each stadium as their opponents, however we acknowledge that sometimes it will appear a little unbalanced. We ask you to bear in mind that fixturing 400 teams is not an easy task.

All teams are coached by volunteer coaches, who in many cases are parents of one of the children in the team. If you are willing to learn how to coach please let your club know, they are always looking for new coaches, and the Association and clubs will assist you by organising training courses for new coaches.

Team results and ladders are published on our website www.willettontigers.com.au under the junior fixtures/results tab.

Can I nominate my own team in the junior domestic competition?

No, all teams must belong to one of our clubs. However, if you call our office on 9310 3388 and speak to our Competitions Coordinator they might be able to allocate you to an existing club, however our capacity to place more teams into the competition is limited.

Do I need to play in any kind of uniform?

All competition players are required to wear the Willetton black playing shorts. These are available through the stadium office.  Junior Domestic Clubs provide singlets to their teams, with some requiring purchase of uniform.

How do I know when and where I am playing my game?

At the beginning of the season your Junior Domestic Club will tell you what team you are in. Once you know your team’s name you can access the season’s fixtures via our website. It is strongly recommended you check the website each week to ensure accuracy of your fixture sometimes they change. The website will always reflect the most up-to-date game information www.willettontigers.com.au  under the fixtures/results menu in the QuickLinks tab.

Where can my team train?

Approximately 310 teams play in the Junior Domestic Competition and the Willetton Basketball Stadium does not have the capacity to accommodate both training and competition games for that number of teams. Training courts are hired to clubs from various venues in and around the local area but there is a limit to how many courts can be sourced locally on a block basis, and clubs and teams will source courts in addition to those hired by the Association. We are always looking for additional training venues to support our competition. Jeff Anderson coordinates the training venues for the clubs, and should be contacted with any queries regarding this during business hours on 9310 3388. Also, if you belong to a school in the nearby area which would be willing for teams to hire their courts to train please let the office know!

How can children transfer to another junior domestic club?

There can be many reasons for why you may want to transfer, however transfers can jeopardise the existence of a team, so clubs may not always allow a transfer, particularly mid season. Whatever the reason we encourage everyone to try and resolve issues with your club in the first instance but there is a transfer form on the website. If you are a Representative player (WABL or equivalent as defined in the by-laws) you may not necessarily be able to choose the team you want to move into. We are committed to ensuring we have a balanced competition.

Team grading is too high or too low what should I do?

If you believe your team is in the wrong grade take the matter up with the coach who can discuss the issue with your club. The Under 8s and 10s are re-graded every 6 weeks, but other competitions are not. In exceptional cases some other grades can be re-graded early in a season, however changes to fixtures come at a cost, and can result in fixtures becoming unbalanced, many factors are taken into consideration when a regrade is requested and if the outcome is too disruptive to a competition the regrade shall not be granted. (i.e. lack of court space to accomadate a new team in a competition, unbalanced number of teams to make up a competition etc).

Referee Complaints

If on game day refer the matter to the Referee Supervisor. If you are still concerned please document in writing your views and give to the Stadium Office.

As a community sport, teams and clubs are fuelled by violunteers and ALL parents are expected to be involved in some way. Please ask your club how you can help.

 

How can I become a coach?

If you know how to sub in and out, you can be a coach!  Contact your Junior Domestic Club and ask what needs to happen for you to coach a team: Willetton Basketball Association Inc runs regular coaching clinics, as does Basketball WA.  

JUNIOR FEES Explained

All Junior Domestic Clubs operate as a club (most are incorporated entities).  Each club has their own fee structure based on the costs of that club.  Once you join one of the clubs and are registered to play you automatically become a playing member of Willetton Basketball Association Inc. 

These costs are charged at the start of each season. 

Whilst we acknowledge the financial pressure on families to meet this obligation it is done to ensure smooth running of the competition. Paying once at the start of the season greatly reduces the administrative effort for everyone involved.

What is included in my domestic club fees?

As clubs are independent, it will vary slightly from club to club. The majority of most players' fees are passed on to the Association, with the remainder being kept by your Junior Domestic Club.

The portion that is paid to the Association covers game court hire, referee costs, competitions admin and staff expenses, national insurance and player registration and expenses to maintain and operate the stadium (e.g. electricity, scoreboards, basketballs, etc).

You may need to contact your Junior Domestic Club if you need a full understanding of club fees as they are all slightly different; however, typically the fees cover uniform hire and depreciation, basketballs, training court hire, trophies, etc.


WABL (WA Basketball League) Inter-Association Junior Competition. ie STATE JUNIOR COMPETITION

WABL players are chosen from amongst Willetton Domestic players to represent Willetton against other associations in the WABL competition which runs from May to September each year. 

We have just moved to the area and want our children to play at WABL level for Willetton Basketball Association Inc. What needs to happen to do this?

To be eligible to try out for WABL,  you must play in the Junior Domestic Competition, for at least the previous 6 months. If you have missed training and tryouts (first few months of the year) you will need to discuss your situation with the WABL administrator: ring the Stadium on 9310 3388 for contact details or refer to www.willettontigers.com.au under contact details.

Why do children have to play in the junior domestic competition?

It is a requirement of our club. The main objective is to ensure we have a strong domestic competition and a pathway through to higher levels of the sport at our/your club.

Can anyone try out for the WABL or are teams already selected?

There is an annual process at the beginning of the year where anyone can try out for selection. Watch our website: www.willettontigers.com.au  under the WABL tab for the training and tryouts schedule for your age group.  WABL announcements also come through our FaceBook page

How can I apply to coach a WABL team?

There is an annual process where we invite coaching applications for all teams, usually starting in September/October of the preceding year - watch our website and FaceBook page.  

How do I get a transfer to another WABL Club (Association)?

Submit an application (downloadable from the Basketball WA WABL website) to the RTC WABL Administrator.  The process is guided by Basketball WA.  

How long does the transfer application take and what is the process?

Depending on the circumstances the process can take one to three weeks to complete.

The process begins with the application and is reviewed and then sent to Basketball WA who then coordinates with both clubs involved.


WABL FEES

WABL fees are approximately $370 per year. In addition, Tigers uniforms must be purchased (at minimum approx $165) and all WABL players are required to assist with the club's fundraising efforts

Why do we have to pay to represent Willetton Basketball Association Inc?

The costs involved in running WABL are not insignificant.  

Why does it cost so much?

WABL teams train on a full court for an hour and a half at minimum once a week, and the majority of WABL fees pay for the cost of training court hire. In addition we have to pay annual fees to Basketball WA to run the WABL competition, referees must be paid and trained, WBA provides training tops etc. WBA inc also pays for the development courses for scorebench officals, and referees.  Costs are in line with most sports at the elite level (some sports are significantly more).

Why do we fundraise?

Funds raised go towards keeping the fees of WABL at the lower end of WA's fee range. In addition, each year, funds are contributed to major capital instalments that benefit all of the WBA community (such as the recent installation of two extra basketball training rings on court 4).

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SBL (State Basketball League) Inter-Association Senior Competition ie. STATE SENIOR COMPETITION

How do I try out for SBL?

There is an annual process where anyone can try out for selection, which usually begins the end of the year or the January of the SBL year. 

You may also contact the office or SBL head coach/es directly.

How do I get a transfer to another SBL Club (Association)?

You should have discussions with the SBL head coach/es, and also advise the SBL administrator.  Basketball WA can guide the player through the process. 


SENIOR DOMESTIC COMPETITION

How can I play basketball?

Senior seasons run October – April (Summer) and April – October (Winter).   Senior competitions run on week nights. The easiest way to play is to nominate a full team for one of the senior game nights.   Nominations will be available our website about 2 months before the next season opens.  Teams will be added to the competition on a “first-paid” basis.  If you are a single person wishing to join a team, you can come down on one of the nights the teams are playing and see if any teams are short a player and join in.  See www.willettontigers.com.au  under the senior fixtures/results tab for when teams of your gender and standard would be playing. 

We also run a social ladies’ basketball competition on Tuesday mornings.  Please ring Jeff Anderson at the stadium 9310 3388 for more information regarding this.

What nights is senior basketball played?

Various Men’s leagues play Monday through Thursday night, Women’s’ games are on Tuesday nights and Vet men (over 35+) are on Thursday nights.

How do I know when and where I am playing my game?

Teams and players need to use our website for their season’s fixtures. It is strongly recommended you check the website each week to ensure accuracy of your fixture – sometimes they change. The website will always reflect the most up-to-date game information www.willettontigers.com.au  under the fixtures/results tab.

SENIOR FEES Explained

Refer to team nomination forms and www.willettontigers.com.au

There are three components to fees:

  • a team nomination fee that is required for your nomination to be accepted;
  • a team registration fee; and
  • team game fee each time you play.

These fees cover the court hire charge for games, referee and staff expenses, national insurance and player registration and expenses to maintain and operate the stadium (e.g. electricity, scoreboards, basketballs, bibs, etc).


FORFEITS - What is a forfeit, and why am I being FINED? 

In the event that a team is unable to make their game, ideally the stadium must be informed a minimum of 24 hours in advance, so that the other team can be notified as well as referee schedules reshuffled. 

Forfeits are demotivating to the other teams in the competition and too many forfeits will destroy a competition, and a fine is designed to prevent teams from forfeiting.  Forfeit fines also cover the costs of court hire and referee payments, particularly in the case of late or no notice.  

Please note that senior teams can play with four players.


Are there activities on at the stadium during school holidays?

Yes.

The stadium runs an activities camp every school holidays, incorporating basketball and other indoor sports. The stadium also sometimes runs coaching courses or basketball academies during various school holidays.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPS

The stadium runs fun holiday camps every school holiday, with an occasional camp before Christmas if school ends early enough.  The first week is for 5-9 year olds and the second camp is for 9-13 year olds (although sometimes older siblings may also attend).  The camp’s structure is loosely based on basketball, although there is also badminton, tee-ball and indoor soccer, in addition to other indoor sports.  These camps are well attended and well supervised, with an approximate camper to coach ratio of 1:10.  Many children get their first taste of basketball at the holiday camps and it has been a springboard for many to join the junior domestic competition.  On the final day of camp, kids go to see a movie at Hoyts Southland, supervised by their coaches. 

How do I book my child in for the school holiday camp?

Online Registration forms can be accessed via the website (Junior Holiday Camps menu bar). Payment can be made via credit card when booking online.  Bookings are on a “paid-only” basis i.e. we will not reserve a spot for a child with payment made at a later date.  We encourage children to let us know if there is a friend whose team they wish to be in, on the proviso that teams consist of same/similar-age children. We are not registered for rebates through Centrelink.

What other activities are available at the stadium?

Badminton runs most mornings outside of school holidays.  Casual Shooting is available some weekdays until 3.40pm. The Stadium also runs end of year school excursions, and hosts basketball tournaments and can facilitate work sports functions. When possible we seek to accommodate other activities in our community.

Casual Shooting, Badminton and Hire of Stadium for Carnivals / Events

Casual shooting – during the day until 3.40pm courts are occasionally available to casual shooters.  Each player must pay to play.  Players may bring their own balls, but can also borrow a stadium ball.  It is advisable to ring ahead on 9310 3388 to find out if there are any courts available.

Social badminton is played most week mornings, and on Sundays.  Courts are not available to badminton players at night.  Please call the stadium if you are interested on 9310 3388.

The stadium is occasionally available for use as a venue for sports carnivals or matches.  Please contact Jeff Anderson on 9310 3388 during business hours if you wish to discuss this.


Where can I buy WILLETTON TIGERS and OTHER MERCHANDISE?

In addition to Willetton black playing shorts (available through the office) there are WABL reversible singlets for purchase if you are in a WABL team. 

The merchandise shop is operated by Willetton volunteers, open times may vary, please keep an eye on the website and facebook for open days and times.

The stadium cafe stocks basketballs, Tigers socks, whistles and coach boards. 


Where do I find Willetton Basketball CODE OF CONDUCT and POLICIES?

You will find these documents on our website under the "About us" menu         


What level of INSURANCE COVER do we have?

Basketball WA Insurance covers players, and any volunteers engaged in coaching or games for a basic level of personal accident insurance, as well as public liability insurance.  Any and all injuries incurred playing basketball need to be supported by an injury report form, which also requires an authorised person from Willetton Basketball Association Inc to confirm the accident has happened in the course of playing or training.

Willetton Basketball Association Inc Insurance covers non basketball activities and / or public liability for the Willetton Basketball Stadium.


VOLUNTEERS

All sporting clubs depend on volunteers to build a successful club and competition. We always encourage anyone to volunteer. There are many opportunities to ‘step up’ and make a difference.

The work is never ending.

Committees usually consist of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and normal members, often including a Registrar. 

Main committees are:

  • RTC (Representative teams committee, involved with WABL and SBL)
  • DCC (Domestic Competitions Committee (overseeing the domestic competitions))
  • Junior Sub Committee (Junior Clubs committee to share knowledge and assist with grading and nominations into the competition)

Work involved in these committees covers such aspects as:

  • Referees (by laws, training programs, rostering, etc)
  • Coaching (development of coaches, coaching support, etc)
  • Team Management (all teams need managers, from domestic through to State League)
  • General assistance around competitions
  • Canteen
  • Game Day SBL operations (events management, operations management, score bench and statistics, sponsors, bar, food, management of stadium entry)

To be involved, call our office on 9310 3388 or email mailto:admin@willettontigers.com.au

NOTE:

Do Not forget that our Junior Domestic Clubs need volunteers also to ensure smooth operations on and off the courts and to continue as a Junior Domestic Club.

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