WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A BRUIN REPRESENTATIVE PLAYER
To represent Bankstown Bruins Basketball is a privilege not to be taken lightly. Involvement in our Representative Program not only reflects outstanding individual skills but also implies a sound understanding of the positive philosophies of development, teamwork and Sportsmanship.
The Bruins have a long and distinguished record throughout NSW and Australia, and we pride ourselves on the conduct of the Bruins Representative Program and the results that we have achieved over many years.
It is important that all players and parents read the requirements and expectation of families who enter into this program.
Players who are selected into the Bruins Rep. Program should be congratulated for their achievement and be encouraged to make the most of the opportunities offered to them. At the same time, both the family and the player should recognise that being part of the Bruins Representative Program is a major commitment of time, effort and money.
The Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Manager are unpaid Volunteers who give up many hours of their own time to assist the development of your son/daughter.
The Coaches of your child’s team are responsible for their basketball development during training sessions and matches. Any basketball concerns you may have can be politely discussed as soon as they arise.
Team Managers will be responsible for the team’s organisation and relaying information to families such as game information, bench rosters etc., they will also provide a link between the Jnr Rep Manager, Coaches, Players and families.
How Do I Try Out for Reps ?
Trial dates for all age groups and application forms can be found on this website and in the information stand at Bankstown Basketball Stadium.
Trials are open to all players. Players wishing to trial are asked to submit an application forms.
Selection trials are held at Bankstown Basketball Stadium and a squad of players will be chosen, from which the final team will be named prior to Christmas.
Where possible [dependant upon player numbers and coaching resources], the Bruins Representative Program will provide a Division 1 and Division 2 team for each U/12, U/14, U/16 and U/18 age group and gender.
All players are required to attend all training sessions which are twice per week. Each training session is 1½ hours in duration held on a Tuesday and Thursday at Bankstown Stadium with times depending on court availability.
- Teams training will commence back in late January.
- The Waratah Junior Metro League Pre-season will run for approx. 3 weeks in February. These games will be held on a Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday.
- The Waratah Junior Metro League commences in March and concluded in August.
- Division 1 Junior teams that qualify for State Championships will play on through until late August.
- Division 2 Junior Teams that qualify for State Cup will play on through until August.
- Usually there are no games scheduled on the middle weekend of the school holidays for juniors, however it is a good idea to wait until the official draw is released to plan any holidays.
- Australian Under 14 Club Championships September / October if successful in qualifying.
All Waratah Junior Metro League games are played on a Sunday and game times may range from 8am to 4pm. The game will last about a 2 hours and players will need to be at the venue at least 45minutes prior to game time.
Home games are played at the Bankstown Basketball Stadium, however away games may involve travel to any of the following competing Associations venues. Blue Mountains, Northern Suburbs, Hills, Glebe, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Liverpool, Manly, Macarthur, Parramatta, Penrith, Ryde, Sutherland, City of Sydney and St George.
Upon selection into the Bankstown Bruins Representative Program and to accept the position, parents are required to fill out and return ALL forms with a NON REFUNDABLE deposit.
The fees associated with playing Junior Representative Basketball for Bankstown Basketball Association includes:
- Training Fees for the season .
- Game Fee for Waratah Junior Metro League - 14 Home & Away Games
- Bench Chairperson for 7 Home Games
- Bruins Playing Singlets
- Referees for all Waratah Junior Metro League Games
Uniforms for Representative Players:
Playing singlets for Boys and Girls are supplied by Bankstown Basketball Association and remain the property of the Association. All Bruins players MUST wear the correct playing uniform.
The following items are compulsory:
- Bruins Representative Shorts, Warm-Up Top, Reversible Singlet
Optional Extras that can be purchased are:
- Tracksuit Top, Bag, Socks
Eligibility of Player
To be eligible for selection players must:-
- Acknowledge that they are prepared to abide by the rules, policy and guidelines set down by Bankstown Basketball Association by signing the Representative Player Agreement.
- Acknowledgement by parents of a junior player that they are prepared to abide by the rules, policy and guidelines set down by Bankstown Basketball Association by signing the Representative Player Agreement.
- Be registered with Bankstown Basketball Association
- Must attend all trials as set by Bankstown Basketball Association [any absences must be explained, communicated to and approved]
- Must play in the BBA Local Competition.
- Pay the appropriate fees
- Parents must agree to assist on a rostered basis in the following areas:
- Scorebench Duty
- BBQ Roster for fund raising events involving your team.
- Waratah Game Duty when allocated
All of our Bruins Representative Coaches and Managers are unpaid volunteers who give up many hours of their own time to assist the development of players for the Bankstown Basketball Association.
We also have a number of unpaid volunteers who conduct the WABL Program, and assist with the other many general functions of the Representative Program, in addition to the members of the Representative Committee who volunteer their time to manage the Associations Representative Program.