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Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club has been around 40 years! 2019 saw us celebrating our 40th Anniversary. We currently have more than 1,000 players playing in over 115 teams in the Keilor Basketball Association's junior domestic competition. We also have another 80-90 children attend our weekly Junior Jets skills clinic sessions each Term. 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 two paid casual administrator's.
The Club's website is comprehensive and contains answers for most general questions.
Aberfeldie Jets teams compete in the Keilor Basketball Association's (KBA) Junior Domestic competition. Teams compete in the following age groups:
Games are played from 8.00am Saturday through to the last game starting at 6.00pm Saturday evening for all ages except for U20 boys which are played late Sunday afternoon/early evening. Age groups DO NOT have set times for games or set venues. The KBA manages some 60+ competitions with over 460+ teams playing across 22 courts at 12 different venues every Saturday. They are unable to accommodate fixture requests from Clubs, Coaches, Team Managers, players or their families.
The first three rounds of each season are generally 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, although it is often dribbled out a week at a time. 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 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 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 2020 must play in U12s, the same rule applies for all players and they will be playing against other players born in 2009/2010. Birth certificates are often requested by the Club and the Association to confirm proof of age.
It is the Club's preference that players play in the correct age groups according to their years of birth and not up in higher age groups, particularly in the boys space where the physicality, skills and strength difference becomes more noticeable in the U14-U19 age groups.
The Summer 2021 season (Term 1, 2021) is an age change season. Below are the age groups by year of birth for Summer 2021. These age groups will also apply for Winter 2021:
The game venues
Venues currently used for the KBA Junior competitions are:
The Association are limited for court space and are exploring alternative court options so this list may change in future.
The weekly training sessions
Accommodating training sessions for over 115 teams is a hard task, however however we think we do a pretty good job of it. Training days and times vary according to when we can fit teams into our training schedule. Players train with their team, not their age group. The Club has no set day or time for a whole age group - eg. U12.1 boys could train Monday at 6.00pm, U12.2 boys on Wednesday at 4:30pm and U12.3 boys on Thursday at 5:30pm.
We aim to keep our younger sides training in the earlier time slots (4.30pm through to 6.30pm), whilst older sides can train up until 9:30pm. Training sessions are an hour long and training is held in local venues with a indoor court, with present training venues including; primary and secondary schools and a church hall in the local municipality
To ensure our ongoing use of these facilities we need to ensure that we are respectful of these facilities and follow the school’s rules. One of Basketball Victoria's codes of conduct that you will agree to comply with upon joining is to “always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided. Facilities and equipment cost money and will only function properly if kept in good order. Ensure that you do not abuse anything provided for use.” Another code of conduct that relates to both parents and spectators is to “keep children in your care under control.”
Players must not to be left unattended at the training venue until the coach is present, especially important in the U10-U16 age group. 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. They are not permitted to play in the toilets nor to run around outside on the school grounds or car parks. 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 training policy can be found here.
The member protection by-law
Basketball Australia's member protection by-law can be found here.
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.
Many hands make light work and all families are expected to assist with scoring throughout the season. The person fulfilling the role of scorer is considered an official of the game and as such is expected to display the following behaviour:
Parents and spectators should:
All parents and players are expected to familiarise themselves and abide by the Aberfeldie Jets registration terms and conditions available on our information and policies page found here.
Please familiarise yourself with the Codes of Conduct below and ensure adherence to them at all times, ignorance is not an excuse. Parents and spectators can also be reported for breaching the Codes of Conduct.
Want to undertake a short self analysis of your own behaviour? Take this "Let Kids be Kids" online course by Play by the Rules you might be surprised by the answers.
The transfer process (this is only for players already playing at another Club in the Keilor Basketball Association, not for players moving from teams in Broadmeadows, Coburg, Westgate etc)
Transferring into Aberfeldie Jets....
Parents/guardians if your child is considering transferring from another club, please email the respective registrar email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss placement options before leaving your current club. Due to high demand for places in our teams, please understand transfers cannot always be accommodated. The Association also has bylaws surrounding transferring of clearance players that must be adhered to so it is not always possible to accommodate all transfers.
Transferring out of Aberfeldie Jets...
Parents/guardians if your child is leaving Aberfeldie Jets for another club that plays at the Keilor Basketball Association, the Club you are transferring to will provide you with a registration link to initiate the transfer.
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 the Summer 2021/2022 Season clearances requested after 12 noon on Friday 20 August 2021 will incur a $50 administration fee. The administration fee needs to be paid online via the link that Aberfeldie Jets provides to you before we will approve the transfer. Transfer requests lodged prior to this cut off are free of charge.
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.
It is not possible to place a new player into a team immediately on most occasions as the season may have already commenced or is almost concluded or the team lists for that particular age group and/or grade are already full. In these circumstances, players will be placed on a wait list for a position in a team in the next season. Players from the wait list are then placed into suitable teams as vacancies become available or when there are sufficient children on the wait list to form a new team.
The Club is always looking for Coaches to coach new teams, if you are able to coach please let us know when registering your child for the wait list. 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
For both boys and girls wanting to join the wait list, please send an email containing the info below, noting training is one hour per week on Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs night, we do not train Friday's. All games are played on Saturday.
Player full name:
Player date of birth:
Basketball experience (if any):
Nights available to train (note we only train Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur):