As restrictions from COVID-19 are slowly lifted, Basketball NSW is excited to announce our schedule for the remainder of the year.

Basketball NSW State Participant Membership Fees

With community sport able to return as of the 1st of July, 2020, Basketball NSW will be offering all participants (except Aussie Hoops) who have been impacted by the Covid-19 shutdown, with a one-off discount on their State participant membership fees when it’s time renew your membership.

All participants whose membership end date is greater than the 1st of March 2020 will receive an automated email.  Participants will just need to click on the link and pay their fees online.  Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, PoliPay, PayPal and Active Kids Voucher.

If any participants joined basketball during the months of February or March 2020 and were not able to take the court (training or playing), please send an email to [email protected] to discuss further options.

Participants are able to view their online profile by visiting member.basketball.net.au

For any further information please feel free to email us at [email protected] and one of our staff will respond to your query.

High-Performance Programs

The U13 and U14 Talented Athlete Program (TAP) camps have been rescheduled to take place at the end of July and in August (pending health guidelines allowing the camps to take place). These camps bring the Country and Metro athletes together at the Sydney Academy of Sports in Narrabeen for 3-days of training and educational seminars.

Unfortunately, there will be some casualties from COVID-19. This year the John Davidson U12 Jamboree will not go ahead. However, Basketball NSW is pleased to let Country athletes know that the ever-popular U12 Skills Days will proceed in August across 11 venues in the State. The U12 Hotshots Program in Metro will also operate with camps currently being scheduled.

The months of September and October will see both Country and Metro High-Performance trials conducted, with various teams selected for the ACJBC and SCC Development Tours, as well as the CDT and ECC Tournaments. Selection of the State Performance Program (SPP) and Developing Athlete Program (DAP) squads will also occur.

The Country Development Program (CDP) will also operate with camps being scheduled in a number of country regions around the September school holidays

Finally, D-League will be back at the end of October and beginning of November. It is open to any athlete and coach who is a current Basketball NSW registered member. The aim of the D-League is to identify talented players and coaches, who are competing and coaching within the NSW Spalding Waratah Junior League and assist in their development by playing and coaching against each other in a three-week tournament.

Basketball NSW General Manager of Coaching and Development, Brett Coxsedge is excited that kids will be able to return to the sport in the very near future.   

“The past months have been difficult for kids, parents and coaches as their sport of choice was put on hold. Basketball NSW is excited to be able to make plans to move forward with providing kids the opportunity to get back on the court and catch-up with their development.”

Competitions

The 2020 Spalding Waratah Country Junior Leagues have unfortunately been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally each regional league is concluded either in May or July to help minimise clashes with other sports. To ensure we provide Juniors with an opportunity to play in 2020, Basketball NSW is pleased to announce that we are running a brand new series of events called Waratah Country Junior Challenge. It is a set of events taking place over 4 separate weekends in August and September. Each age group will have their own event open to all country associations that were nominated and accepted into their Junior League. A maximum of 32 teams per age group, per gender, will be able to be accepted for each event. 

Age Group Challenge Date Venue
Under 14 Boys 21st – 23rd August Shoalhaven
Under 14 Girls 21st – 23rd August Maitland
Under 16 Boys 4th – 6th September Maitland
Under 16 Girls 4th – 6th September Bathurst
Under 12 Boys 11th – 13th September Canberra
Under 12 Girls 11th – 13th September Illawarra
Under 18 Boys 25th – 27th September Gosford
Under 18 Girls 25th – 27th September Newcastle

The Spalding Waratah Metro Junior League will be recommencing with a revised format.  Teams will play each team within their own division once, in a Home OR away format. This will be followed by Semi-Finals (top 4 teams on each ladder) and Grand Finals (winners of Semi-Final games). This revised format may require some divisions to play an extra game/s due to the number of teams in their division.

The Spalding Waratah Senior League will take on a slight alteration as Waratah 1 Men/Women, Waratah 1 Youth Men/Women and Waratah 2 Youth Men will be returning to the court to play a shortened season of 9 weeks plus one weekend for finals. After consultation with the associations, BNSW are unable to proceed with the Waratah 2 Men or Waratah 2 Women’s competitions in 2020. BNSW will run a weekend tournament for these divisions for any teams that wish to participate. This event will be held on the October long weekend.

Once draws are completed, they can be found at the following websites:
Spalding Waratah Junior Leagues
Spalding Waratah Senior Leagues

2020 was going to be the inaugural competition for the Spalding Waratah Wheelchair competition, however, this will now not be the case. This competition will now make its debut in 2021.

Due to the revised competition formats, BNSW has provided associations with credit notes for a reduction in the number of games played and or leagues being cancelled.

“We thank everyone for all their patience and understanding whilst working through the competition challenges, we look forward to seeing all the teams, referees, technical officials and our community back on the courts” added Debbie Keirs the General Manager of Competitions and Officials.