Junior Gators

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What is Representative Basketball?

Representative  Basketball is played on Friday nights, with home games being played at the Altona Sports Centre and away games being played across metropolitan Melbourne and even Regional centres like Bendigo, Ballarat or Shepparton on rare occasions. Don’t be scared off by the travel as most games are played within 50kms of our home courts and car- pooling is common. You will be required to train with your team twice a week or as organised.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake individual training to improve your basic fundamental skills such as shooting. Randy Shanklin Gators Skills sessions are run each school term. These sessions are designed to improve your son/daughters skills with special emphasis on fundamentals and proper shooting techniques. Dates and costs of the sessions are advertising on the Gators website.

Mid week training usually commences in the week leading up to the Australia Day Eltham Dandenong tournament. This is the largest junior tournament in Australia and is ideal preparation for the oncoming season.

An exciting part about playing rep is the knowledge gained with new plays etc. It is also hoped you can balance school work and other commitments (home duties and p/time jobs) in such a way as to ensure that you will be able to attend training as this is imperative. If you have any problems with this you will be expected to let your coach know.

Junior Gators Training

All Junior Gators have 2 team training sessions per week during the season.

Sunday Training – All teams train on a Sunday at either Altona Sports Centre or Williamstown High School between 8am – 12.30pm. Training times vary depending on age groups and court availability.

Mid Week Training – All squads train at various schools around Altona, Maribrynong ,Point Cook and Yarraville. A training time will be discussed between players, parents and coach and venue and time will be organised from there.

Annual Fees

All Junior Gators players are required to pay annual fees which cover training fees, competition registration costs, administrative costs, etc.

Annual Fees need to be paid in full by 18th November, 2019.

The cost of weekly entry into stadiums plus Scoresheet fees are ongoing.

Most venues charge $2-3 per person entry and the Scoresheets $10 to $15 per game & player depending on the grade.

We recognise that these costs can be hard in one hit for many families so we are happy to make payment arrangements where necessary.

Please don’t let finances stop your child from missing this opportunity.

Clearances & Permission to Train

Basketball Victoria guidelines for procedures and ethics concerning approaches to players and clearances.

Players registered with one Association may not train or negotiate a transfer with another Association without the written approval (on the approved form) of the Association with whom the player is registered.  Players requesting a permission to train must complete the appropriate form and have it signed by the Club Administrator.

Associations have fourteen (14) days  to respond to all clearance applications. within  They may be granted or refused. Grounds for refusal are players that have outstanding property (uniform) or money due to the Association.

A player may not take the court until a clearance receipt is sighted; this may take up to seven (7) days once lodged with the VJBL Administrator. All clearance receipts will be published on the VJBL website and sent by mail only if requested.

Teams participating in VJL 3 (or higher) will be granted permission to accept a maximum of two (2) players into their team whom have cleared from another association after having played with another association in the previous Championship Season.

Permission to Train and Clearance Forms are available from the VJBL Office and the VJBL Website. http://www.vjbl.com.au  Look under Information heading Information and then  Clearances. It is the player seeking either Permission to Train or Clearances responsibility to provide and complete the appropriate form – Not the Association’s.


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