Getting Started

If you are a youngster looking to get started with basketball in Adelaide you can check out programs like Come & Try, Aussie Hoops, Domestic Basketball and primary school basketball. If you are getting serious about your basketball then Junior District Basketball with the Bearcats is the place to be. This page provides some information about the following introductory programs.

Come & Try


The West Adelaide Bearcats hold 'Come & Try' clinics for children to see if they like basketball. 


Next sessions: Tuesday 13 July and Wednesday 14 July - register online here or please email us at for information.


Or you can move straight into Aussie Hoops or Domestic Basketball ahead of a start in District Basketball. 

Aussie Hoops


Aussie Hoops is an initiative of Basketball Australia and the Australian Sports Commission to establish a National Introductory Basketball Program for children aged 5-10. 


Aussie Hoops Clinics are run weekly by various Basketball SA affiliated Clubs (like the Bearcats) and at centres across metropolitan Adelaide.  During the program children are taught how to bounce the ball, pass and shoot while playing fun games in the process!


  • TERM 2 PROGRAM 2021 

  • Starts Saturday 8 May 2021 - 8 week program

  • $114.50 per child (or $68 for a child returning from last term), includes Aussie Hoops merchandise pack for new participants

  • Saturday afternoon: 12.50pm - 1.40pm @ Port Adelaide Recreation Centre (50 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide) - To register for Saturday please click HERE


Domestic basketball

Domestic Basketball ('D-League')


Domestic Basketball is for boys and girls who have participated in 'Come & Try' and/or 'Aussie Hoops' or are looking to start participating in a game setting.

The ‘D-League’ is a junior competition designed to introduce children to playing basketball in a team environment whilst also improving their skills, having fun and gaining some enjoyable exercise in the process. Participants are grouped according to age and ability.


Children aged 5-11 years of age are welcome at any time to join an existing Domestic Team or create a team with their friends from their school or existing club.


Games are played on Saturday afternoons at Port Adelaide and participants are grouped according to age and ability around the U8, U10 and U12 age groups.


Please contact Melissa Howard for details.

West Adelaide Bearcats
Boys & Girls ‘Getting Started’ Programs

(Come & Try, Aussie Hoops,
Domestic Basketball)


For Come & Try and Aussie Hoops enquiries
please contact:


For Domestic competition enquiries please contact:

Melissa Howard