Junior District (U10 - U18)
Please note, that due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all District, Domestic and Social Basketball for juniors and seniors is indefinitely postponed until such a time as the Australian Government allows for the opening of indoor sporting facilities and social gatherings. The full message regarding basketball programs from Basketball SA can be read here:
Basketball SA Statement (March 25)
The following information relates to the West Adelaide Bearcats normal club operations.
The West Adelaide Bearcats currently field around 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. See below for information about getting involved.
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 (Hillcrest), Norwood (Marden), South Adelaide Panthers (Marion), Southern Tigers (Morphett Vale), Sturt (Pasadena) and Woodville (St Clair). The program of junior fixtures and results can be found here: FIXTURES/RESULTS
WHEN DO WE PLAY?
A typical year in junior district basketball includes:
Summer season – weekly games from October to March, with a break over Christmas school holidays
Winter ('State') season – weekly games from March to August/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 2019/20 summer season (starting October 2019) and the 2020 winter season (starting March 2020) the age groups for Basketball SA district competitions are:
Under 10 – Born 2011 or later
Under 12 – Born in 2009 or 2010
Under 14 – Born in 2007 or 2008
Under 16 – Born in 2005 or 2006
Under 18 – Born in 2003 or 2004
Youth League (U23) - eligible if born in 1998-2003
HOW DO I TRY OUT FOR THE BEARCATS?
U12-18 JUNIOR TRIALS & U10 REGISTRATION
Formal trials for each junior age group are held in August every year, ahead of summer season (and registration for Under 10s): TRIALS FLYER - 18 AUGUST 2019 (PDF)
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 below will be able to tell you when and where your age group trains. You are always welcome.
REGISTERING TO PLAY - ONLINE REGISTRATION
Once you are informed that you are in a team, you will need to REGISTER ONLINE.
For further information and to register go to our ONLINE REGISTRATION page.
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.
Before purchasing your uniform you will need to be allocated a playing number by the club, which should then be put on the playing uniform. Your playing number will also be needed on your reversible training uniform.
Details for how to get a number and purchase uniforms is on our UNIFORMS page
CLUB HANDBOOK - FOR POLICIES & OTHER INFORMATION
Comprehensive information about the club and various policies, including complaints, heat, injury and player protection policies can be found in the Club Handbook, which can be downloaded from here.