WALLAN BASKETBALL PATHWAY PROGRAM
Wallan Basketball (WBI) provides pathways for players that wish to extend their basketball beyond their Saturday domestic competition. WBI are very fortunate to be affiliated with Basketball Victoria Country, which means we can attend all of the skills days and follow the pathways of Vic Country, however we also have the opportunity for our players to participate in the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL). This provides our players with the best of both country and metro basketball experiences, which ensures that our junior players are given as much opportunity to play and develop their basketball as they wish.
From there we look to help players transition to senior basketball and provide them with the opportunity to pursue their basketball dreams to the fullest extent. We pride ourselves on the fact a Kindy Ball participant can progress all the way to BigV while remaining within the Wallan Basketball family, but we also support and encourage players to reach for the stars and progress through the pathways to the highest levels thay can push themselves to!
WALLAN BASKETBALL CLUB PATHWAY
Basketball is a sport for all ages. Whilst our junior domestic competition age groups start at Under 10s for children aged 7, 8 and 9, we also cater for keen basketballers from as young as two years old.
There are three main programs for younger hoopers:
For children aged 2-4
Aimed at developing gross motor skills to assist with basic basketball skills
For children generally aged 5-8
Introduces children to basketball in a structured and accredited environment that connects our game at the grassroots through to the elite level
Aimed at developing game skills in preparation for domestic competition, promoting skill development, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation, and grassroots sports participation
Under 10 Cubs Program:
Our Rep Ready program for children aged 7-9
Targeted development of skills in preparation for representative basketball either at tournaments as Under 10s, or in preparation for tryouts for the Under 12 VJBL representative program
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Domestic (Local) Basketball
From Under 10 through to Under 18, the Wallan Basketball Domestic Program provides players with the opportunity to participate in weekly community sport and training with a variety of skill levels. Put skills learned through introductory programs and training into practice with a team of other players under one of four clubs, Bushrangers, Miners, Trail Blazers, or Mountaineers.
Players are individually graded and placed into a team of varying skill levels to ensure an even and fun competition for all.
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We also run a Senior Domestic competition, Sunday night social basketball for adults. Follow our Wallan Senior Domestic Facebook page to get involved.
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From the domestic program, players looking to advance further have the opportunity to attend VJBL tryouts for their age group, and the chance to be selected to play for the Wallan Panthers at a more elite level. VJBL is association vs association representative basketball.
The Victorian Junior Basketball League incorporates competitions conducted state-wide and provides the highest level of junior competition in Victoria. VJBL boasts 1248 representative teams from 54 associations across Victoria. The competition includes the U12 to U21 age groups, in a graded structure from Victorian Junior Championship League to the Regional Competition.
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The BigV competition is the elite senior state based competition in Victoria. It comprises of 145 semi-professional sides from 47 associations from all over Victoria. These competitions comprise of both genders, and incorporate three levels of senior competition and three levels of youth league competition. The BigV is the most elite level offered at Wallan Basketball, providing players with the chance to play in a highly competitive state senior basketball competition, we are entered into both men's and Women's Youth League and Seniors.
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Victoria Country Championships
The Country Championships are conducted yearly for the U12, U14, U16 and U18 age groups. Victoria country associations and country Victorian athletes are accepted in what is the pinnacle of town vs town competition in country Victoria. Events are held over multiple days in a round robin and knock out setting. For the most part we send our VJBL firsts teams to the Championships however players must first be eligible by living in the counrty region. Where players are ineligible, teams invite additional eligible players from the second team in the age group or players who have left WBI for a higher level competition. Our aim is to enter the strongest possible team of eligible counrty players.
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The Country Basketball League (CBL) is an open age domestic representative league held across geographical conferences in regional Victoria from October throughout summer. The Wallan Panthers compete in the North-East conference, travelling across north-east Victoria to play against major country associations.
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BASKETBALL VICTORIA COUNTRY INDIVIDUAL PATHWAY
The BVC Pathway provides individual players the opportunity to enhance their skills at an elite country level. Beginning with Under 12 and Under 14 skills days, players are able to train with some of the most talented athletes in their age group for the chance to be selected for the highly regarded Jamboree, Academy, Gold Nugget, Country Cup, and State Development Program.
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U12 Skills Days
The U12 Skills Days are for players of all abilities and standards and are open to all athletes at country associations. The coaching programs concentrate on the individual skills relevant for players in the U12 age group. This program is run in July each year, and players can be selected to represent Country Victoria at the BVC Jamboree each year.
From their participation in the Under 12 Skills Days, 120 boys and 120 girls are selected to represent Country Victoria at the BVC Jamboree in Echuca. This event, held in September each year, matches country Victorian athletes against each other. Players, coaches and managers stay at various accommodation centres in the venue town.
Features of the Jamboree include:
Guest speakers for the parents’ dinner
Social activities for players and parents
Parents coaching clinic
Training clinics for players
U14 Skills Days
The U14 Skills Days are for players of all abilities and standards and are open to all athletes at country associations. The program concentrates on the individual and team skills for necessary for players to excel in the Under-14 age group and beyond. Players from the skills day can be slected to attend their regioinal Academy.
Each Under-14 Skills Day participant will receive:
Coaching and development
Official Skills Day T-Shirt
Official Skills Day Drink Bottle
Official Skills Day Basketball
From participation in the Under 14 Skills Days, players have the opportunity to be selected for Regional Academy. This is a training and development program for country athletes. The program concentrates on advancing individual and team skills for players in the U14 age group.
Regional Academy players attend regular small group skills sessions at or near their home association, under the direction of a Regional Academy Network Coach. Players also attend two compulsory weekend live-in camps within their region.
From this, players can be selected for additional Basketball Victoria events such as the Gold Nugget Camps. Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (Country Cup), Southern Cross Challenge and State Performance Program.
Each athlete selected for the Under 14 Regional Academy receives:
Advanced coaching and development
Regional Academy Training Singlet
Academy attendees can be selected to attend the Gold Nugget camp. This is one of the most important and intense camps on the calendar with many players progressing from here into state and national teams. From Gold Nugget a select group will be picked for selection to represent Vic Country at the Southern Cross Challenge (SCC). The next best 20 are selected for the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC).
Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (Country Cup)
The ACJBC is an opportunity for some of the top performing players from the Gold Nugget camp to compete in an elite level junior tournament against some of the best players from other country teams from all over Australia in Under 14, Under 16, and Under 18 age groups, with a high concentration on player development.
Southern Cross Challenge
The Southern Cross Challenge is a stepping stone for Under 14 and Under 15 players to help them transition into high performance programs. Coming from the Gold Nugget camp, the highest performing players have the chance to be selected to represent Basketball Victoria Country in their age group against teams from all over Australia in this high-calibre competition, leading to entry into the State Development program and the potential to participate in state teams, earn Australian selection, and US collegiate opportunities.
State Development, High Performance Program
Basketball Victoria provides High Performance opportunities for elite athletes across Metropolitan and Country Victoria. Rising into our High Performance pathway through selection tryouts, camps and program invitations, each year Basketball Victoria gives 100s of elite athletes an opportunity to expand their knowledge base, improve their skills as well as meeting and exceeding their potential on and off the court. There are 7 High Performance hubs in Victoria, our two closest are Shepparton and Bendigo.
From open tryouts, 20 top age male athletes and 20 top age female athletes are selected for the U16 High Performance Program.
Top age U16 athletes represent Vic Country at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) in January.
Bottom age U16 athletes who represent Vic Country at the Southern Cross Challenge (SCC) join the High Performance Program following the Gold Nugget camp.
The U16 Vic Country State Team is selected from U15 and U16 athletes who have attended ACJBC and SCC and are part of BVC High Performance Program.
From open tryouts, 20 top age male athletes and 20 top age female athletes are selected for the U18 High Performance Program.
Athletes represent Vic Country at the ACJBC
The U18 Vic Country State Team is selected from athletes who attend the ACJBC
State teams are unified under Victoria, not divided into Country and Metro