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FAQ

General Question

The Melbourne Tigers play their home games at 2 venues.  Most of the SEABL games are played at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Aughtie Drive, Albert Park). The club also uses Oakleigh Recreation Centre for some home games.  Most Youth League games are played at Oakleigh.

All Junior team home games are played at MSAC.  The Tigers junior girls teams train at MSAC and the junior boys train at Oakleigh.

The Junior Boys and Girls hold try outs in October of each year. These are for the under 12 to under 20 teams.

Our Youth League teams will also have try outs in November. We recommend contacting the head coach of the Youth League team for try out dates.

To join our SEABL teams, please contact the head coach.

SEABL Questions

Please visit our home page for the schedule of our upcoming games.

Alternatively, please visit the SEABL website on seabl.com.au.

SEABL is the South Eastern Australian Basketball League.

Junior Girls

Chris Brooking is the President of the girls club.

The Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) incorporates competitions conducted state-wide and provides the highest level of junior competition in Victoria. The VJBL boasts 1,306representative teams from 54 associations across Victoria. In the last MUVJBL calendar year 18,751 games were scheduled at 79 venues.13,949  registered players participated

The competition includes the U12 to U21 age groups, in a graded structure from Victorian Junior Championship League to lower competitions.

Yes, we have an online registration system for both returning Tiger players and athletes new to the club. This will both speed up the process and allow us to accurately communicate with everyone efficiently.

Please visit www.trybooking.com/LZLU. You will note there is a once off $35 fee to cover the court costs for tryouts.

Once you have registered online your daughter simply turns up at the tryout desk before the first session. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start time of the session.

We will apply a pre-allocated identification number to assist the coaches identify athletes during the tryouts.

We encourage everyone to pre-register EARLY (well before the first session) to avoid registration delays.

New athletes are reminded that this pre-registration does NOT commit you to the club but simply helps the administration process.

The Club does its best to accommodate athletes with disabilities and special needs. This could range from common issues like asthma and allergies through to athletes who have ADHD or Asperger syndrome to name just a few. Experience has shown that success comes when the parents make the Club aware as early as possible of any issues so that coaches can be made aware and adjust, as necessary, their training programs.

 

Please advise the Director of Coaching, Club President or relevant Age Group Head Coach of your daughter’s needs. It goes without saying that we will respect confidences shared

The selection process will involve input from the club’s coaches involved in that particular age group managed by the Tigers Girls Director of Coaching. It is important to understand that past team selection and playing grade is not an automatic indication of future team selection.

 

Athletes will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Potential to compete successfully at VJBL level
  • Game sense, competitiveness and athletic ability (e.g. speed, quick hands and strength)
  • Potential to be socially compatible and display teamwork
  • Having the right attitude towards the coach, showing interest and respect at all times
  • Being highly receptive to coaching feedback including the ability to transfer information into training and playing situations
  • Outstanding desire and commitment to improving mental, physical and basketball skills

 

Within this process coaches will strive to be objective and:

 

  • Demonstrate an even-handed approach to every athlete
  • Support the selection process and reinforce the qualities the club is looking for and the commitments required

Please remember that whilst the club strives to provide the most transparent and objective process it can, subjectivity is an inherent part of all such team selections

Players from other representative clubs are always welcome at Tigers. However they will need a signed Permission to Train or Clearance Form (VJBL clearance form) to be able to trial at the Tigers. VJBL rules generally place a limit of two external ’Representative’ players who can be introduced to a new team in one season.

 

For players who do join the Club from another Association, it is the sole responsibility for the player/parent to pay and submit their clearance form to the VJBL. That cost is $22. New players will not be able to participate in VJBL scheduled games until they have been cleared and listed on the VJBL clearance list.

There is an expectation that all Tryouts are attended. However, from time to time other commitments may occur. You can advise during the booking process.

 

During the Tryout period please email:  tryouts@melbournebasketball.com.au

We ask parents to refrain from approaching coaches during the sessions. There will be Tiger volunteers helping co-ordinate the whole process and they will be happy to answer most reasonable questions.

We understand that athletes and parents are often worried about the outcomes of the tryouts, however coaches need to focus all their energies on the actual trial process to be able to properly evaluate every athlete and make informed assessments.

As indicated further on, there is a feedback process available AFTER teams have been selected.

Athletes will warm up as a group, be exposed to a range of skill aspects and be asked to compete in various playing situations. The selection process recognises that some elements may be new or unfamiliar to some players.

Players are asked to arrive prepared to concentrate hard and give their full effort and attention to the coaches.

We try to accommodate every player and place in a team as long as the selection committee feels that that team can be competitive and provided we can resource each team with a suitable coach. We strive to have an idea of the number of potential teams for each age group as early as possible, once player and coach numbers are confirmed and we will promptly communicate that information to all families involved.

The commitment to play Representative Basketball is a large one and a place in any Tigers’ team is highly valued. The club expect players to play every game, but does understand that illness, injury or critical school or family commitments may sometimes prohibit this.

We know that some schools run residential camps during terms that take their students to regional Victoria or even overseas.

The Club needs to know of these commitments at the earliest opportunity. So, if you know that your daughter will be unavailable for two weeks or more during any school term in the coming year, please advise the Tryout team administrators ASAP.

Representative basketball is different to domestic basketball where even court time is often the aim. Accordingly, even court time for all players is not guaranteed. Rather, players earn their court time by their attitude, progress and attendance at training and potential to contribute to the overall team’s success. Please be aware that most teams run to ten players, so logic would dictate that anything over 20 minutes court time, per player per game, is ‘ahead’ of the average, so players should be patient about their court time aspirations.

 

If your child is not consistently achieving the court time minutes that you deem reasonable, please talk to the Club’s Head Coach to ascertain what steps your daughter might take to earn more court time.

 

In close games, especially with VC teams, it is possible that some athletes may see reduced court time. This is the harsh reality of competing at the top level of the sport. However, court time can be earned by performance as outlined above, giving every athlete the potential to control their own team contribution.

All team lists will be published on the Melbourne Tigers Girls website during the week after the last trial session. Note that some teams may be announced earlier (often the 1s and 2s) to allow the coaching groups to properly manage larger age group cohorts.

 

The club has adopted this strategy to allow parents to initially support their own children through the announcement process and reduce the potential for a range of emotional responses in a public setting.

A strong commitment to train is very important. Players who miss training sessions without legitimate reasons may have restricted court time at the next game. We also encourage athletes who ae injured to continue to attend all trainings to ensure they keep up the plans, plays and strategies that coaches continue to introduce to the team.

The Club is not against athletes concurrently competing in other sports, but understands how difficult it is to juggle time commitments. We expect a Tiger athlete to always preference basketball over other sports they may be involved with. If this is not clearly demonstrated, court time in games will most likely be reduced

Each team trains twice a week – on Sunday mornings at MSAC followed by a midweek session, typically on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Actual session times and venues will be organised by the Director of Coaching and the Midweek Court Coordinator with support from the Committee.

No! The vast majority of our Sunday training sessions will be at MSAC. There are some weekends when MSAC is not available and alternative venues are sourced (eg Monash University, Sacre Coeur).

 

Mid-week training is not at MSAC. It is usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. Some of the venues the club uses include Caulfield Grammar School, Gilmore Girls College (Footscray) Elsternwick Primary School, Sacre Coeur (Glen Iris), Genazzano (Kew). Venue location is determined using a number of factors including the ability of the coach to make a time or location.

  • Costs for 2018 were as follows: Club annual membership $520 per player, with reduced rate for siblings (early bird payment reduced the fee to $475pp)
  • Midweek court fee $200 per player
  • Team Kitty for venue scoresheet $140 – $180 per season
  • Tournament Fees. Most teams enter one or two tournaments. Entry varies from tournament to tournament but can be $400 per team. Please refer to following question on ‘Tournaments’ that outlines likely costs to attend elite, interstate and/or national tournaments).
  • Start-up uniform $160-$250,

 

Exact costs for 2019 are currently being developed by the Tigers Committee and will be announced by mid- November.

 

It is important that new members to the club are aware that we rely on a range of revenue streams to make the program’s budget balance. Membership fees are important, but we also generate revenue from sponsorship and fundraising. All members of our club are expected to support and participate in relevant fundraising activities as they help keep our membership fees as low as possible.

Games are played Friday evenings and generally alternate between our home court at MSAC and away venues. There may be extensive travel required on Friday evenings to other courts. The younger age groups tend to have games scheduled earlier (6.40pm or 7.40pm), whilst Under 16 and 18 game times are more likely to fall around 8.40 or 9.40pm. While the VJBL tries to limit travel distances for all teams, it is not unusual for games on Friday evenings to be arranged at venues as diverse as Frankston, Dandenong, Knox, Nunawading, Lilydale, Diamond Valley, Darebin, Sunbury, Werribee, Geelong or even Ballarat and La Trobe Valley. Fill up your tank and look forward to the opportunity for long conservations with your daughter!

The two tournaments that all Tigers teams participate in are the Southern Peninsula Tournament in November/December and the Eltham/Dandenong event on the Australia Day weekend. These are important events for team bonding and accelerating development.

 

If Tigers Victorian Championship (VC) teams qualify for the Junior Classic on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June it is expected that teams will compete at that prestigious event.

 

Other tournaments on the Queen’s Birthday weekend include Nunawading and Ballarat. These and any other tournaments during the season are at the discretion of the individual team (noting that each team will liaise with the Director of Coaching to ensure a reasonable and not excessive calendar of events during the year in relation to age and development status).

 

However, it should be noted that no Tigers player will be disadvantaged in any way in respect to their regular league participation should they be unavailable to attend any of these other tournaments.

 

For first teams, to enable preparation for Victorian Championships and National tournaments, teams may travel interstate e.g. Adelaide or Canberra at Easter.  For the U14 age group, the first team may be eligible for the Australian Championships, which is usually held interstate.   Tournament costs are additional and may be approximately $300 – $3000 depending on team, tournament location and duration of tournament.  Fundraising is essential for teams selected in U14 Australian Championships.

Disappointments are inevitable once final teams have been announced. The Club is happy to provide feedback as outlined above. The Director of Coaching is regularly available to explain selections.

Teams announced after trials on the website are not ‘set in stone’ until after the first round of grading (mid December). This is because some players decide not to go forward, whilst others may struggle to compete at the required level. Movement in teams is unusual after the website announcements, but that potential does exist in such extreme circumstances.

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