Bruins Junior Representatives
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.
What is Representative Basketball?
Bankstown Basketball Association, the Bruins, select Junior and Senior Representative teams that compete in the Basketball NSW Waratah Leagues. This is the next step up from Local Competition for any athletes. The Bruins, where possible select 2-3 boys and girls teams in each of the U12, U14, U16, U18, Youth (U22) and Open age groups. These teams compete against other Associations within metropolitan Sydney and country NSW. These games are played usually between the months of April to September with games held both at our home stadium and at other associations venues.
When are Representative Trials?
Trials are open to all players and are usually held following the October school holidays with teams selected for the following year. Trial dates and times are posted on our website and social media platforms in the weeks leading up to the school holidays. There is a small cost to attend Representative Trials.
How does the Representative Season schedule work?
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.
What criteria is needed to ensure I am eligible to play the Bruins?
- 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
What is the role of a Development Player?
A development player is selected as part of the squad but not as a member of the 10 players selected in the team. They are required to attend both practice session each week and can potentially play in games should a member of the team (10 players) be injured, sick or away. The development player has the option of attending all games even when they are not able to play in to sit with team members on the bench & cheering them on.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for Representative Trials?
There are a couple of options for you. We have our domestic Junior Local Competition that you can play in weekly with and against current Representative players. We also have our Skills and Development Program which features weekly High Performance classes run by Representative coaches. We also hold 2-day Elite Basketball Camps during each school holidays for those athletes looking to improve their game.
The senior representative program consists of a Waratah 1 senior male and female team that compete on behalf of Bankstown Bruins. For all representative players from 15*- 23 years of age the Bruins also offer a Male and Female Youth League team. Both the Waratah 1 & Youth Leagues compete against other Associations throughout NSW metro and regional areas.
* Players U16 must be given special approval from BNSW before they are registered to play in Youth League.
Dates of Trials
Will be advertised each year on web site and around the stadium [usually in Oct/Nov]
Who are the coaches?
Will be announced once appointed.
Dates of the Competition
Usually from March to end of August. Games played on Saturdays and some Sundays
How much are the fees
$600-00 for 2021 Senior Rep Season [subject to change]
What are the training requirements/ commitments
Train 7.30-9.30pm each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Bankstown Basketball Stadium
Can anyone trial for representative teams
Trials are open to all community members
Is there any costs associated to trial
There are no costs to senior players to trial for teams