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2024 Mid-Year Junior Carnival

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The Adelaide Mid-Year Junior Basketball Carnival will return from 11-14 July 2024 (middle of the July school holidays). Put it in your diary now!

Run by the Bearcats, our aim is to provide a carnival that allows every team, regardless of division, to participate in a fun, meaningful and competitive carnival.

For Under 8 to Under 18 junior teams from all over South Australia and even beyond, we particularly cater for teams below District Division 1 level. Stadiums to be used include the new State Basketball Centre, Wayville, Port Adelaide and LeFevre Community Stadium. 

The basic Carnival Rules are below, including age eligibility. Teams will be guaranteed at least four games. 

Nominations are open now via the link HERE. Early Bird registration is $400 per team. 

If you have any queries please email:



  • As the carnival is primarily a development carnival it is open to all teams graded at BSA Junior District Division 2 and below. Exception: If a BSA Junior District Division 1 Team wishes to enter they will be entered into a higher age group competition (e.g. an U14 Division 1 Boys team could be entered in an U16 Boys grade, with grading to be determined by other nominations and team record when the fixture is determined).

  • Similarly, a player graded as a Division 1 player must play up an age group. Players will be graded as a Division 1 player if they have played 40% of games or more in Division 1 during the 2024 BSA District Championship season on a date to be advised (currently being finalised). 

  • Other than above, a junior player, to be eligible for the relevant age group, MUST be aged under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 or under 18 years this year (up to and including 31 December 2024).

  • To be eligible for finals, a player must play in two games or more for the team which is participating in the finals.

  • No player is allowed to play in more than one team in any given age group.

    • The first team a player plays for will be deemed to be the player's team for the Carnival.

    • The penalty for the infringement of this rule shall be the forfeiture of the match.

    • Exemptions may be granted in certain circumstances by the Carnival Director.

  • Under 8’s (mixed boys & girls)

    • No player registered to play District Basketball is eligible to play in the Bearcats Midyear Carnival U8’s competition.

    • There is no requirement for a certain number of either boys or girls that need to be on the court at any one time.



  • A team official must ensure their team has been entered correctly prior to scheduled starting times.

  • Each team must provide a competent scorer for each game in which that team plays. The penalty for infringement of this rule is five points awarded to the opponent's score at the time the infringement occurs.

  • A player not present and ready to play must have his/her name deleted from the score sheet at the start of the second half of the game. Should such a player arrive during the game his/her name may be added to the score sheet by the umpire.

  • Any team not present on the court at the scheduled starting time shall be penalised one point for each minute or part of that the team is late. Any team more than eight minutes late shall forfeit the match. Forfeits shall count as 20-0 loss to the team forfeiting and a 20-0 win to the opposing team.



  • In the case of a colour clash team B shall change uniforms or wear bibs.



  • A Jump Ball will only take place at the beginning of each game, the possession arrow will decide any jump ball that a referee calls for the remainder of the game.



  • The 3 (three) point rule will apply to the U12’s age group and above.



  • Zone Defence is not permitted in U8’s, U10’s, U12’s & U14’s age groups. If you believe the other team is playing a zone, please report the team to the court supervisor. The punishment for playing a zone is a technical foul charged to the bench.



  • As this is a development carnival a mercy rule shall be enforced in age groups Under 8’s, 10’s, 12’s & 14’s.

  • Under 8’s to 12’s - 20 points

  • Under 14’s – 30 points. 

  • When the mercy rule is enforced the team shall run ‘man defence’ behind their own 3 point line.



  • If a coach is disqualified from a game, the disqualification will be reviewed by the Games Commissioner and the Bearcat’s Carnival Committee.


  • Premiership points shall be 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw & 1 Point for a loss.

  • For teams finishing on equal points, the position on the ladder shall be determined by winning and losing margins which will equate to an overall percentage.  (Points for — (Points For / Points Against)* 100). 



  • 4 x 8 mins Quarters – running clock

  • 4th team foul is shooting

  • 1 min between 1st and 2nd quarters and the 3rd and 4th quarter

  • 2 mins between 2nd and 3rd quarter

  • 1 time out per quarter per team

  • Clock stops for all time outs

  • No subs in the last 1 min of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter

  • In the last 2 mins of the 4th quarter the game will be fully timed (clock stops for every whistle and time outs [clock will stop at the 2 minute mark even if call is made beforehand])



  • In case of a draw in a Grand Final an extra period of 4 minutes will be played, with all 4 minutes being a running clock, (only one time out per team, team fouls shall stand).  

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