This page contains most everything you need to know about playing basketball with Aberfeldie Jets, including links to join the wait list
Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club has been around for over 30 years!
We currently have more than 850 players playing in over 100 teams
in the Keilor Basketball Association's junior domestic competition. The Club is administered by parents of players who volunteer their time either on the Committee, by coaching or participating as Team Managers. These volunteers are supported by a paid part time administrator.
The Club's website is comprehensive and contains answers for most general questions. If you are unable to find the information you require please contact the admin officer or relevant registrar for further assistance.
Aberfeldie Jets teams compete in the Keilor Basketball Association's (KBA) Junior Domestic competition. Teams compete in the following age groups: Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and U19. The domestic competition is split into separate competitions for boys and girls.
Games for Under 10's through to Under 19's are played from 8.00am Saturday through to the last game starting at 6.00pm Saturday evening. Generally the youngest age group plays first thing and as the age group goes up, the games become later in the day. Age groups DO NOT have set times for games or set venues. The KBA manages some 48 competitions with over 440 teams across many different venues. They are unable to accommodate fixture requests from players or their families.
The first three rounds of each season are grading games. The KBA releases the fixture on a weekly basis for these first three rounds. Teams can change grades during the grading season. After grading is completed the KBA aims to release fixtures for the entire season as early as possible. It is best to check the fixtures each Thursday/Friday to ensure no changes have been made.
Basketball is a year round sport, played over two separate seasons (Summer and Winter). The Summer season runs from October to March and the Winter season runs April to September, however games do not normally occur during the middle and last weekend of school term breaks. There is a break from mid-December through to late January.
The competition grades
KBA Junior competitions are graded from A to E grade. Where team numbers in grades allow, a ‘reserve’ grade may be used (eg. E reserve to allow two E grades to be run). Combined grades, such as an A/B grade, may be used to allow more teams to play in a wider competition, while supporting a finals series for each grade.
The age groups
Please note that the age groups are set by Basketball Victoria (not Aberfeldie Jets and not the KBA). The age groups are not negotiable. Please understand that the dates differ from school years, and "playing with his/her school friends" is not always possible. While it sounds harsh that a child who is currently 8, turning 9 later this year, and 10 before the end of 2017 must play in U12s, the same rule applies for all players and they will be playing against other players born in 2007 (and some born in 2006). Birth certificates are often requested by the Club and the Association to confirm proof of age.
The Winter 2018 season is not an age change season (age change occurs in Summer 18/19). Below are the age groups by date of birth for Winter 2018:
The game venues
Venues currently used for the KBA Junior competitions are six court Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium, together with various primary and secondary schools throughout the Moonee Valley and Brimbank municipalities. These schools include St Bernard’s College (Essendon), Buckely Park Secondary (Essendon), Sydenham Hillside Primary, Keilor Heights Primary School, Overnewton College (Taylors Lakes) and Copperfield College (Sydenham). Games are also played at the YMCA in Derrimut and at Brimbank Anglican Church (Keilor).
All junior domestic players regardless of age must pay the door entry fee of $2.50 per person upon entering a venue each game day.
All spectators aged 13 years and over must pay the door entry fee of $2.50 per person upon entering a venue each game day.
Note: You are only required to pay entry for the first venue on any one game day, so if you have more than one game or venue to go to, don’t forget to get a pass-out stamp from the door greeter before leaving the venue for subsequent games otherwise you will be required to pay $2.50 to re-enter the venue.
No pay = no entry No stamp = no entry
The ball sizes
There are two different ball sizes used in basketball, ball sizes are determined by FIBA
Size 6 - all girls competitions and U10-U14 boys
Size 7 - boys U16 years and above
The member protection by-law
Basketball Australia's member protection by-law can be found here.
The Codes of Conduct
Codes of conduct have been developed by Basketball Victoria to give participants guidelines to the expectations it has of them. The codes of conduct are intended to assist everyone to obtain the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in basketball. The Keilor Basketball Association and Aberfeldie Jets support and adhere to Basketball Victoria's codes and expect players, coaches, parents, spectators, officials and administrators to do the same.
The importance of positive parental involvement
Children's sport provides a fantastic opportunity for you as a parent/guardian to spend time with your child/children. Whether you help out by coaching, being a team manager, being a great sideline cheerleader, or organizing half time snacks, the entire experience can be a positive one for your family instead of just another item on your weekly “to do” list. The Club encourages positive parental involvement and welcomes nominations for Coaches or Team Managers for those new to the Club.
Scoring is a role of the parents in the team and each family should be prepared to score on a regular basis.
Parents and spectators should:
The weekly training sessions
Accommodating training sessions for over 100 teams is a hard task, however our training coordinator does an amazing job of coordinating the Club schedule. Training days and times vary according to when our training coordinator can fit teams into our training schedule. The Club has no set day or time for a whole age group - eg. U12 B boys Team 1 may train Monday at 6.00pm, U12B boys Team 2 may train Wednesday at 4:30pm and Under 12B boys Team 3 may train Thursday at 5:30pm.
The training coordinator aims to keep our younger sides training in the earlier time slots (4.30pm through to 6.30pm), whilst older sides can train up until 9pm. Training sessions are an hour long and training is held in local schools with a indoor court, with present training venues including; Buckley Park, Essendon Keilor College (Essendon & Niddrie campuses), Rosehill Secondary, Maribyrnong Secondary, Aberfeldie Primary and Essendon North Primary.
Players must not to be left unattended at the training venue until the coach is present. After training, all children should be collected promptly. The club bears no responsibility for children left at the gym outside their designated training hours or not in the presence of their coach.
Siblings present at training times should be supervised by their parents and must not be allowed to climb on the rails in the gym, nor play on the court while teams are training. The club will not bear liability should a sibling become injured or cause material damage during training time.
Children who are not part of the team training are not permitted to train with the team unless written permission is obtained from the Aberfeldie Jets Admin Officer. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The Club's Player payment and refund policy plus team selection policy can be found here. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with it before paying your fees.
Aberfeldie Jets fees cover the running costs of the Club, which include:
The Winter 2018 fee schedule is as follows:
Prompt payment is appreciated and keeps the Club running smoothly. Just like running a household, the Club has expenditures and without income in the form of fees, our bills to KBA and the like cannot be paid. The Club has implemented a "no pay - no play" policy to ensure every player pays on time and Club Registrars and Admin do not expend energy chasing non-paying families.
Siblings discounts apply. Players whose parent/guardian coach an Aberfeldie Jets team also receive a discount.
For new players, uniform costs for singlet and shorts is $85, An approved Club uniform is a mandatory requirement of the KBA. Unfortunately due to the size of the Club and the logistics of issuing uniforms for our volunteer uniform coordinator we do not allow players to choose their own numbers. Optional extras like Club socks, hoodies and warm up tops are available for purchase but not mandatory.
The transfer process (for players playing in the KBA already)
Parents/guardians if your child is considering transferring from another club, please register them on the wait list here AND email their details to the Aberfeldie Jets Admin Officer here. Due to high demand for places in our teams, please understand transfers cannot always be accommodated.
Parents/guardians if your child is transferring to another club, please contact the Club you wish to transfer your child to and notify them that a clearance needs to be requested. Aberfeldie Jets requires early notification that you are leaving, advising the Club during or after finals or after next seasons teams have been allocated is too late.
For transfers after the last playing day of the previous regular season, an administration fee of $50 will apply. This administration fee can be paid here.
The process of registering for the wait list
Simply complete your details via the form below and one of the Club's registrars will contact you when a new team is being formed or a position in an existing team becomes available.
The Club is always looking for Coaches to coach new teams, if you are able to coach please note this in the appropriate field on the registration form. We love positive parental involvement!
The Club cannot advise exactly when your child's/children's training might be. If you know they cannot train on a particular night, please include this information in the comments section on the registration form.
The waiting list...join it
This link is only to be used by parents/guardians of children who wish to join the waiting list, and aren't already on the waiting list. There is no charge to join the waiting list.
The Winter 2018 Season (Terms 2 and 3) started on Saturday 21 April 2018 and will end on 15 September 2018. We still have a few spots available in teams for the Winter 2018 Season even though it has already started, players can be added to teams throughout the season.
The Summer 2018 - 2019 Season will start in Term 4, 2018. Any child registered by the end of July will be eligible for placement into a Summer 2018 - 2019 side should a space become available. If your child does not receive an offer by Term 4 they will remain on our wait list for any top up positions that may become available during the season.
If you have a child on the wait list and are able to coach your child's team we can look to create a new team where possible. Please contact Kylee at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the next step.
The waiting list...update the details we have for your child/children
This link is only to be used by parents/guardians of children already on the waiting list, to update their existing waiting list information. There is no charge to update the waiting list.