Basketball Hawthorn (BH) is a member association of Basketball Victoria which operates under the auspices of Basketball Australia. The BH is approximately the twelfth largest among the Victorian associations, with respect to numbers of registered players. The Association, like our Club, is run by volunteers and all member clubs are expected to delegate representatives to the executive and the committee.
There are almost 600 junior teams in the Saturday competitions, comprising over 3000 registered players. The Junior Boys and Girls play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons a decision taken to accommodate the school sport commitments of many of the players and the availability of venues, that are predominantly school facilities hired by the BH on a regular and ongoing basis. Games are scheduled from 10.30am until 6.45pm, using 45-minute time slots. Matches are scheduled using fixed times per age group starting with U9 games at 10.30 and working through to U18 matches at 6.45. Under 21 matches are played on Sunday afternoons between 3.45 and 6.00pm.
Two competitions run sequentially: Summer Competition covers school terms 4 and 1, followed by the Winter Competition in terms 2 and 3. There are no games on public holiday weekends or school holidays. The competitions are age-based on the 2-year groupings used throughout Australian basketball. The BH uses Under 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 21 age groups to designate both Summer and Winter Competitions. Player eligibility is assessed on the standard 31 December cut-off for both competitions. Up to 10 divisions of 5 to 11 teams each are run for the lower to middle age groups to cater for the numbers of teams and their varying experience and ability levels.
The BH also runs various senior competitions during the week, and enters Hawthorn Magic representative teams in graded levels of Victorian Championships and Victorian Metropolitan Leagues on Friday nights. The BH is a relatively young association, entering a number of teams across Boys and Girls Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 levels. Representative teams provide additional training and development for keen players. For more information on the Basketball Hawthorn website.