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Blackburn Mid Week Junior Basketball FAQs

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The BVBA recently announced an exciting new week junior basketball competition for Under 8s to Under 12s.

The announcement has generated much interest, so we have put together this FAQ form to assist people with information about the competition.

Why is this competition being established?
The City of Whitehorse and surrounds are experiencing a large increase in population with younger families moving to the area wanting to participate in team sports.

Basketball in Australia is booming! Australia now boasts 11 current NBA players and numbers at the grass roots is at an all time high. With increased population and basketball reaching record popularity, it has created additional demand for weekday competitions.

What are the aims of the competition?
The aim is to develop a mid week opportunity that over time will develop into one of the state’s premiere competitions.

The competition will have an emphasis on Player, Coach and Referee Development, be well supported by our friendly administration team and ultimately provide all participants an opportunity to develop and a positive experience.

When are the games?
Junior girls will take place on Wednesday evenings whilst the junior boys competition will take place on Thursday evenings. Games will be 45 minutes in length with the earliest game commencing at 4.15pm. Other game times will be 5.00pm, 5.45pm and 6.30pm. We will endeavor to accommodate timing requests.

Which venues will be used?
Games will take place at Slater Reserve, Grosvenor Street, Blackburn North and Manningham DISC 360 Springvale Road, Donvale and other nearby venues as required.

Will fixtures and results be online?
Yes, all registrations, fixtures and results will be handled by the SportsTG system accessible by our website www.blackburnvikings.com.

What are the age groups?
The age groups are Under 8 - Under 12s. To view a list of the age group cut off dates click here.

Who is entering the competition?
Blackburn Vikings have committed to entering at least 20 teams into the competition. We have had interest from domestic clubs, school programs and some stand alone teams.

Do we need to be part of a recognised club to enter a team?
No, you can create your custom team with a group of friends.

Can we play in a Saturday competition as well as Mid Week (BMWJB)?
Yes, players can play in more than one competition.

Can we play for a different club on Saturdays to Mid Week?
Yes, the competitions are independent of each other. In theory you could play a club team in one competition and play against them for another club/team in the other competition.

Are Blackburn Vikings fielding teams in MEBA Competition in these age groups?
The club is committed to the success of our own competition, hence we have adopted an ‘All in’ approach in these age groups to the BMWJB. The more players registering means a stronger, yet fairer competition.

Will Blackburn Vikings be fielding teams in the MEBA competition?
Yes, we will continue to provide opportunities in MEBA from Under 14 onwards.

How will teams be graded?
There will be an extended grading period to ensure that teams are entered into the correct grade. In divisions with 8 teams or more, both finals and reserve finals will be played to ensure that teams can compete in divisions with opposition of a similar level.

What are the rules?
The by-laws are currently being developed in consultation with other clubs, to view a copy of the basic rules click here.

How do we enter a Vikings team?
This can be done one of two ways, by registering online as an individual or as a Vikings custom team. Custom teams can be created simply entering your Saturday team in for an additional game or playing with another group such as school or other sporting friends.

What uniforms will be worn?
Vikings teams will be able to purchase uniforms through the club, other teams will need to organise their own uniforms. Loan uniforms will be available in the event of a clash.

Will there be practice sessions?
All Blackburn Vikings teams will continue to have practice sessions as requested. Other club/teams will need to organise their own.

What are the benefits?
The major benefits to teams taking part include:
·       Similar game times each week
·       Less travel
·       No weekend or Friday games for families with other commitments
·       An emphasis on player, coach and referee development
·       A relaxed, family atmosphere
·       Low cost

When do registrations open?
Registrations are now open, for individuals, stand alone teams and clubs alike. To register head to www.blackburnvikings.com.

How do I find out more?
The club will be holding a number of forums to assist people with the information regarding the competition. The first one will be held on Wednesday, August 8 at Slater Reserve at 7.00pm.

Paul Lankford
General Manager
BVBA
E: paul.lankford@blackburnvikings.com

Paul Lankford