Junior District (U10 - U18)
District basketball involves the best club teams in South Australia. The West Adelaide Bearcats currently field more than 50 junior teams (boys and girls) in Basketball South Australia’s district competitions in Adelaide, in the under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups.
Bearcats junior teams generally train twice a week and compete weekly against other district clubs and in various metropolitan, country and interstate carnivals throughout the year. There is an expectation that players will have a high level of commitment to the sport, the Club and their own development. See below for information about getting involved.
JUNIOR DISTRICT CONTACTS
Dion Grieger (U10/12/14) - 0432 974 536
Jimmy Alexander (U16/18) - 0429 059 224
Junior District Coordinators
Please contact the following age group coordinators via text message and they will get back to you:
U10 Girls - Amy Grieger (0401 859 822)
U12 Girls - Stacey Knowles (0414 793 337)
U14 Girls - Stacey Freemantle (0422 321 166)
U16 Girls - Mel Lambert (0466 544 098)
U18 Girls - Sarah Turnbull (0407 087 534)
U10 Boys - Carrie Schubert (0407 612 342)
U12 Boys - Dee Goldsworth-Pearn (0402 418 833)
U14 Boys - Karyn Remphrey (0 433 185 197)
U16 Boys - Morgan Todd (0401 365 925)
U18 Boys - Karinda Williamson (0419 035 158)
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO DO THE BEARCATS PLAY AGAINST?
The 10 first grade district clubs in Adelaide are (home court in brackets): West Adelaide Bearcats (Port Adelaide), Central District (Starplex, Evanston Gardens), Eastern Mavericks (Mt Barker), Forestville (Wayville), North Adelaide (Lightsview), Norwood (ARC Campbelltown), South Adelaide Panthers (Marion), Southern Tigers (Morphett Vale), Sturt (Springbank/Pasadena) and Woodville (St Clair).
WHEN DO WE PLAY?
In 2022 junior district basketball will include:
'Preseason' or 'Grading' season – weekly games from February to March
Winter ('State') season – weekly games from April to September
Game day will vary depending on the grade and age group
Carnivals – Australia Day (Starplex), Easter (Norwood), State Championships (May), Interstate Carnivals (June), Mid-Season Bearcats Carnival (July), St Clair Carnival (December), plus other country and interstate carnivals.
WHAT AGE GROUP AM I IN?
For the 2022 seasons (starting February 2022) the age groups for Basketball SA district competitions are:
Under 10 – Born 2013/14/15
Under 12 – Born in 2011 or 2012
Under 14 – Born in 2009 or 2010
Under 16 – Born in 2007 or 2008
Under 18 – Born in 2005 or 2006
Youth League Men (U21) - Born in 2002, 2003, 2004
Youth League Women (U23) - Born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
HOW DO I TRY OUT FOR THE BEARCATS?
U12-18 JUNIOR TRIALS & U10 REGISTRATION
Formal trials for new players in each junior age group are held every year.
After the trials players will be graded and allocated to different teams, which they will then begin summer season with. Players can often move between grades during summer season.
If you miss the trials you can simply come along to training – the contacts above will be able to tell you when and where your age group trains. You are always welcome.
HOW DO I GET MY UNIFORM & PLAYING NUMBER?
If you are playing with the Bearcats you will need to buy playing and training uniforms.
DO NOT PURCHASE A UNIFORM UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD YOU ARE DEFINITELY IN A TEAM.
Details for how to get a number and purchase uniforms is on our UNIFORMS page
FEES & REGISTERING TO PLAY
There are fees to register with Basketball SA and also club playing fees.
For further information visit our PLAYER REGISTRATION & FEES page.