A player who wishes to transfer to or from a club in the Basketball SA District (Junior, Youth League, Senior or Central ABL) Competition must receive a clearance before doing so. The clearance process differs depending on whether the clearance is:
- local (ie between two clubs in the Basketball SA district competition)
- intrastate (ie one of the clubs is in the Basketbal SA district competition and the other is elsewhere in SA)
- interstate/NBL/WNBL (ie one of the two clubs is in another state or is an NBL/WNBL team)
- international (ie one of the two clubs is in another country)
For transfers between clubs within the Basketball SA district competitions, a clearance must be applied for via an email or letter to the club secretary of the current club. This email must mention the player's name and the club to which the player is applying to be cleared. If the application is via email, the Basketball SA Competitions Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) should be copied on the email.
The club must respond within 14 days, either granting the clearance, or providing a reason why the clearance cannot be granted. The only legitimate reason for not granting a clearance is if the player is not financial with the Club or holding club equipment.
For transfers between clubs in the district competition and other clubs/associations in South Australia outside the district competition (including SA Country associations), clearances are not required, unless the club/association participates in the NBL/WNBL (such as the Adelaide 36ers and Adelaide Lightning) or an Australian Club Championships League (such as the Mount Gambier Pioneers). For these clearances, a Basketball Australia Clearance Form (downloadable below) must be used. These clearances require the approval of both the club and the state association from which the player is departing.
Interstate and NBL/WNBL Clearances
For transfers to or from clubs that are interstate and for clearances to or from NBL or WNBL clubs (including the Adelaide 36ers and Adelaide Lightning), a Basketball Australia Clearance Form (downloadable below) must be used. These clearances require the approval of both the club and the state association from which the player is departing.
If a player is contracted to an NBL or WNBL club and wishes to play for a domestic club (either in SA or interstate), they may do so without recourse to a clearance, provided their NBL/WNBL club provides them with permission. For NBL players, this process involves the completion of an NBL Off-Season Consent Form. For WNBL players, this process involves an email from the WNBL club to Basketball SA.
For players that are transferring from a club in SA to a club overseas, the Basketball Australia Clearance Form (downloadable below) must be used. These clearances require the approval of the club and the state association from which the player is departing, as well as Basketball Australia.
For clearances from clubs in other countries to clubs in South Australia, please use the Basketball Australia International Clearance Request Form.
Depending on the competition, there may be other by-laws relating to clearances, including the time during a season that a player may be cleared, or the number of players that may be cleared during a season. In particular, the Basketball SA District By-Laws prevent a player from playing for a new club if they have already played a game for one club in the same season.
For more information, please check the competition by-laws, or contact Basketball SA.