What is Representative Basketball?
Representative Basketball gives you the opportunity to improve your basketball and compete against other metropolitan and regional Associations. All teams are graded according to their ability up to ‘Victorian Championship’ which is the highest standard of basketball you can achieve in Victoria at a junior level.
Collingwood Basketball Association has girls and boys teams representing the association in the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) in a range of grades.
What are the age groups?
Teams comprise players who are under the age of 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 on the 31st December of the year in which the season finishes. This means that you generally play for two seasons in each age group except U20. Players are under 12 for the 2021/22 rep season (starting Nov 2021) if born in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Players are under 14 for the 2021/22 rep season if born in 2009 and 2010 etc.
To provide an opportunity to play at the highest level – ‘strive for excellence’
• Everyone to achieve their personal best
• A year long commitment to play against other committed teams in the basketball community
• Fair and reasonable court time commensurate with commitment and ability (but not necessarily equal court time)
• Squad approach to training
• Honesty and respect between players, coaches and parents
When and where are games?
Games are played on Friday evenings, with commencement times between 6.40pm and 9.40pm.
Younger age groups (U12 and U14) normally play at the earlier game times.
Collingwood home games are played at Collingwood College, 10 McCutcheon Way, Collingwood. Away game locations depend on the level of competition – generally the higher levels of competition have further travel.
How long is the season?
Representative basketball requires year round commitment. The season begins in November with selection trials and practice matches. Grading matches are conducted from January to March, and the season of 18 rounds runs from March to August. Finals are in August – September.
What is the commitment required?
All players are expected to:
• Attend nominated week night training and Sunday skill development sessions, approx 3 hours weekly
• Attend all games even when injured (although not when ill)
• Understand that accepting a place in a team is a season-long commitment to that team
• Report all injuries to the coach before playing or training
• Meet financial commitments in full
• Speak directly with coach and team manager if unable to meet any of the above commitments
• Give notice of, and negotiate the impact of, school sporting or other activities on their basketball commitment eg: dates of anticipated conflicting school commitments or family holidays that will be taken during the season
Representative players are strongly encouraged to also play for our Saturday domestic teams in the EDJBA, and/or to coach or referee if old enough. They are also expected to support our Big V program eg attendance at games, team of the round, floor wiping etc.
What are the selection guidelines?
Attendance at selection trial sessions and selection games
• Basketball skills
• Commitment to training and games
• Balance of player numbers / skills / attributes in teams
• Ability commensurate with receiving reasonable court time
• Commitment to the Saturday domestic program
What does it cost?
This covers training, coaching expenses, team registration with VJBL, insurance, trophy costs and administration.
The registration fees for the 2021/22 are;
Junior U12, U14 and U20 – $575*
All U16 and U18 fees are $575 + $130 (includes strength and conditioning program)
* U20 Strength and conditioning optional extra plus $130
Registration is by two instalments. Fees will be due as follows:
• First instalment, within a week after a player has been offered a place in a representative team
• Second instalment: due in early April 2022
Players who have not paid their fees by the due dates may not be able to play for their representative team until the payment has been made or alternative arrangements have been made and approved by the Club.
This works differently from the Saturday games. For Rep, there is a weekly cost of entry/scoresheet fees into stadiums which averages out at around $8 to $9 per player per game.
The uniform is different from the domestic (Saturday) uniform.
For the 2021/22 season all teams will wear the new reversible singlet and shorts to play in.
All new players to Rep in 2021-22 and top age U16 and above will be required to purchase a new uniform.
The cost of the reversible uniform will be $115.
Players are expected to be available for the Eltham tournament in late January unless they have a notified long-standing prior commitment. They should also play in one other tournament during the season. Possible tournaments will be discussed by coaches and team managers early in the season. All tournament costs (team entry/stadium entry/ transport/ accommodation etc) are the responsibility of players and their families.
Codes of Conduct
Players and parents must agree to be bound by the Basketball Victoria Player and Parent Codes of Conduct. You agree to these when registering, and Collingwood Basketball Association requires that players and parents conform to these codes of conduct.
Other parent commitments
Representative teams all have weekly training sessions. The club requires that every team designates at least one parent to remain in attendance for the entire training session (usually 1½ hours) to provide an additional adult presence as well as the coach. Many teams have a roster for this. All teams will also have a second training session either mid week or on a Sunday morning.
One parent on each team is also required to be the Team Manager, and all parents are expected to offer their services for scoring. Again, many teams have a roster for this.
Rep Selection Trials
• Prospective rep players are expected to attend all trial sessions for their age group
• Players are also expected to attend selection matches
• All players trying out from other associations must provide a signed “Permission to Train” form in order to attend the Collingwood Selection Trials
To register for tryouts, please visit the link below.
Attendance at trials does not mean that you will definitely be offered a place in a Representative team. The number of teams is limited by availability of training venues and coaches and by the selection guidelines.
Season Dates 2020-21
For a full timetable of key dates, please click 2021-22 Calendar Updated.
The following table provides access to representative information. The VJBL site contains information relating to VJBL and the regional conferences.
|Fixtures, Results & Ladders||VJBL Venues|
|Collingwood Basketball Program Information and Expectations||Rep Try Out schedule|
|VJBL Rules of Operation|
|Timing Rules||VJBL Parent Handbook|
|Stadium Contact List|
For more information about our representative program and the commitment expected, see the documents below. A scoring quick reference guide is also available.
|Rep player commitment|