Melbourne Tigers Junior Basketball Club



Season 2019-2020




All BOYS Tryouts are to be held at:
Melb Sports & Aquatic Centre, Aughtie Dr, Albert Pk


 Dates: Sunday’s – October 6th ,  13th ,  20th ,  27th .


    Year of Birth.....................

Under 12's (09 & 10)      2:00pm to  4:00pm
Under 14's (07 & 08)      2:00pm to  4:00pm
Under 16's (05 & 06)    12:00pm to  2:00pm
 Under 18's (03 & 04)    12:00pm to 2:00pm

U21's First Session at MSAC 
( next sessions we will keep you posted)

Fri 4th,   other dates  TBA.


Under 21's (00, 01, 02)      8:30pm to 10:30pm




Please Note:-

1.            We would prefer that Players attend all  Try Out sessions,
               but for family, school or other important reasons Players
               cannot attend, then we will accept this as a legitimate excuse
               for non attendance. Please let the people in charge know.

2.           Player registration can be accessed on-line. To register go to



3.           All players have to turn up at least 20 minutes before the start
              of their first Try Out session to get their names ticked off.
              Bring along the PRINTOUT page from the e-mail you receive
              - sent to you when you complete your Try Outs registration.

4.            After Try Outs have finished Players must continue to attend
               Training sessions if they want to be placed into a team

5.            All players will be eventually placed into teams, just keep


6.            There will be games / training sessions scheduled on Friday
               nights at MSAC or away courts  starting 18th Oct

               Friday Night games the last VJBL game is on 13th December




Players new to the club.

Bring a basketball, a dark coloured T shirt & a light coloured T shirt,

If you are registered with another Friday night representative Association permission to try out is required !


Permits are only required if you have previously played for another Association on Friday nights.
Players playing in the PLAYBALL comptition on Fridays at MSAC do not require a permit.
NO PERMITS are required if players have played only on Saturdays at other venues.


The VJBL / Friday Night Season goes from mid November 2018 through to end of August 2019.

Competition games are NOT played over the school holidays.


For any enquiries please contact:     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Administrator David Watson on 9380 4474
or Head Coach Nick Abdicevic 0414 521 912




Dates for Try Outs will be posted shortly

The Main Chamiopnship Season 2020 has yet to commence



Team lists for each age group (TBA)

All players have been placed into teams
after Try Outs in October.

Downloadable Forms

Permission to Train Form
Clearance Form
First Try Out Registration Form

Information & resources for parents and team managers


For any enquiries please contact:

Administrator David Watson on 9380 4474
Director of Coaching Nick
Abdicevic 0414 521 912



What happens after Try Outs 
Players should continue to attend all Sunday training sessions - even after Try Outs have officially finished. If you are not sure on training times, speak to the coach or club Administrator, David Watson. MSAC is not available to train from mid November on Sundays. We are now training at school gyms in the East Suburbs on Sundays - until Oakleigh re-opens TBA.

Team coaches should have at least appointed temporarily a team manger or a 'go to person' for the squads. Get this 'go to' manager person's phone number or the coaches phone number and let them know what your child's intentions are. If you miss a week of training its your responsibility to let someone know that you won't be at training and / or find out what time training is to be next.

The Coaches & Administrator will not have the time to chase players who don't show up to training sessions. If your child wants to play - keep showing up to trainings or until instructed to move to another group or time. We will try our best to ensure that your child is placed into a team. Parents need to help out in getting the teams happening. The quicker the teams are organised the happier everybody in the group will be.

IMPORTANT - The club has to register some 500 players with the VJBL, place them into teams and attempt to supply suitable coaches for each age group and team, all within a period of a month. Obviously some of our best teams need to be quickly and properly organised in readiness for the pre-grading games. These pre-grading and grading will happen all to quickly and resources have to be shifted to ensure that where the biggest problems are, they get sorted out first.

In doing so, other teams ranked down the list, who will play in the Eastern qualifying competition or the u21's age group will not start until February next year appear to be left out. This is not the case. Keep training. We will advise when the different grades start.

New players may join our club by attending Try Outs and be selected into one of the Melbourne "Rep teams".

Melbourne Tigers Juniors provides a programme for players who wish to enhance their skills by competing in higher levels of basketball competition. This Competition is called Championship or Representative Basketball

"Representative. Ball" is what higher standard girls and boys teams are entered into by the Melbourne Association in Victorian Junior State Championships and Metropolitan League Divisions. These competitions come under the governing body of Basketball in Victoria. Melbourne representative teams play under the Melbourne Tigers banner with Melbourne Tigers NBL1 being the Senior team of the club.

You will see the representative players getting around MSAC in Melbourne Tigers uniforms, polo shirts & red windcheaters. Our Club colours are Red Black and Yellow.

Rep. Ball is played every Friday Night with the exception of the middle week of the school holidays and over the Christmas vacation. Some Finals are played on Sundays.

Rep. Ball was designed to give keen junior basketballers an opportunity to participate at a more competitive level than the domestic Saturday afternoon / night competitions. By competing against composite teams from other Associations within Victoria and, in particular, the Metropolitan and semi-urban areas.

There are currently three levels of competition within "Rep. Ball"

Rep. Ball is a learning curve and takes the new players coming into the competition time to get used to the "pressure on the ball" type of game and tougher defense. but it is still a game and one which junior players should enjoy.

The Victorian Championships is the highest level junior players in Victoria can aspire to. These teams are involved in more travelling around Melbourne than

Victorian Junior League [the second level] These Junior league divisions are not regionalised. Games are being played within the Metropolitan area. and

Regional League which is played in regional areas of Melbourne [the third level]

Age Grouping for Season 2019-2020
One of the most frequently questions asked is the "Age" grouping - junior basketballers playing representative basketball Age Groups are; 
Under 12 - eligible players must not turn 12 in 2020, they are born in 2009,2010
Under 14 - eligible players must not turn 14 in 2020, they are born in 2007, 2008
Under 16 - eligible players must not turn 16 in 2020, they are born in 2005, 2006
Under 18 - eligible players must not turn 18 in 2020, they are born in 2003, 2004

This is quite often a shock to parents who are concerned that their child may be coming up against much older players. All junior players will spend a maximum of two years in each of the age groups. For those starting out or who are bottom age players, they are placed in comparable easier or lower grades. They may come up against older players on the odd occasion. The age group classifications for all players is no different to domestic basketball where there are also top and bottom age players playing in the age groups.

The aim of Rep. Ball for Melbourne Tigers is to develop our younger players for the future. While, at this early stage of their basketball life, it is difficult to comprehend that they may one day be playing senior basketball and participating in such prestigious Senior competitions as the Victorian Basketball League, Metropolitan League, etc. - IT DOES HAPPEN ! There are currently several ex-representative junior Tiger boys playing for the seniors team.

At present, the Rep. Ball season is played for nearly twelve months commencing approximately mid-late November this year and going through to September next year. There are 3 phases of competition played throughout the year. 
1. Spring season or Pre Grading season October to November 2019. 
2.Grading Season Phase 1 - November 2019 to December 2019 (4 rounds plus a cross over game)
3. Grading Season Phase 2 - February 2020 to April 2020 (4 rounds plus two cross over games). 
These two different phases decide where the teams will play throughout the main Championship season
4. Championship Season - April through to September 2020.

We finish off this years basketball on Dec 13th 2019 and recommence on Jan 31st 2020.
This is in line with the School holidays & terms commencing.

The cost in entering teams in "Rep. Ball's is substantial but the club tries to keep these at a minimum and an affordable rate. Currently, the annual Melbourne Tigers player registration fee is; 
Victorian Championships & Metropolitan grades $700 for the 12 monthly period 
Discounts of $20 are offered when the total yearly fees are paid up by December.

Current costs for the special Tigers uniforms are $120 singlet and shorts. 
Warm-up tops are also available at. $10.

If you have financial difficulties, the club can arrange time playemnts over the season.

However, with a view to encouraging our younger players, 
Under 11& Under 12 teams are currently charged an annual registration fee of $650.


The majority of training is on Sunday mornings for the under 20's 18's & 16's, with the under 12 & under 14 junior boys teams training Sunday afternoons. When football is on, times are changed to suit.

Rep. Ball does take a lot of dedication on behalf of the parents and players, particularly the parents who have the responsibility of transporting their kids to training and games.

Training fees at MSAC are casual rates $4.50 each week. Because of these high fees the Melbourne Boys are currently training at school gyms  . The costs to hire a court are a minimum of $50.00 per court per week. The Sunday training sessions are included in your registration fees. The number of weeks availble to train is 40 weeks. Parents & Spectators can come along to training sessions at no charge.

Games will continue to be played at MSAC on Friday nights.

Entry Fees: 
These vary from stadium to Stadium. Spectator and Player Entry Fees are required at all stadiums and range between $3.00 - $3.50 per person.

Team sheet Fees: 
A team sheet fee (applied to pay for the referees) is also payable before the commencement of the game. This varies on the standard played. i.e. Victorian Championship teams pay more than Metropolitan grade teams.- The fees start at $55 far the younger age groups up to $65 for the older age groups and depending on the level of competition. The "Team Manager" collects the Team Sheet fee (on average $5 per player ) on behalf of the team before the commencement of the game.

Inter-venue Passes: 
These passes are available at all stadiums from the Venue Manager and should be requested if you intend to go on to another stadium on the same night. i.e. parents & spectators pay at one venue only and get a pass if you need to go to another venue.

Inter-venue passes are available to both spectators and players, subject to; 
The player must pay at the venue at which he/she is playing irrespective of whether an entry fee has been paid for that player at an earlier stadium as a spectator.

Upon completion of his/her game the player is entitled to an Inter-venue Pass for any stadium, as a spectator.

Team Managers: 
A Team Manager is required for each of our teams - The Team Manager is usually 
a volunteer from one of the parents and assists the coach in many ways but, particularly, in correctly filling out the scoresheet, collecting team sheet fees, etc. Information is supplied to assist each Team Manager with the requirements of the different competitions. At higher levels fines are exceptionally high for scoresheet misdemeanours, walkovers, etc.

Team Managers are welcome to speak to David Watson either at MSAC on Friday game nights or on 9380 4474 [inc answer machine] if they have any queries - this also applies to parents who have general enquires or wish to know more about "Rep. Ball". All contact with the governing bodies of basketball must be done through the Administrator David Watson. Calls from coaches, parents, team managers, etc. will not be accepted by the Basketball Commissions (VJBL).

Fixtures & ladders info can be looked up on the website 

Up To Date Club info http: //

Our club Coaching staff is based on parents (now or in the past) who want to see their children (and others in their teams) improve as players and as people. We have a number of parent coaches that run teams in the Friday night competition. The club has got booklets and an education program for parents that are willing to assist. We also run training sessions with other teams that do have experienced coaches. Join in, its not that difficult.

All of our coaches do give up their most valuable time to educate the players and we would ask that you support them. While styles may change from coach to coach - coaches all aim for the same result - to improve the player's skills. If you have any queries of the coach as a parent, it is recommended approaches be made after training - rather than before or after a game.

The referees are part of the game and, while we may not like their decisions at times, verbal or other abuse of referees is unacceptable behaviour and also sets a bad example to the children. A copy of the Basketball Victoria's Code of Conduct is available on demand at the basketball office. We would encourage every parent/player to read this. Melbourne players at all levels are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which does not bring discredit to themselves, their parents and the club.

Basketball Office. 
For all junior enquires, payments, uniforms, information or any problems you can find us just outside the basketball pay entry turnstiles point at the Basketball end of MSAC.

First Aid 
Is always on hand at MSAC if your child is injured. A First Aid Officer will attend or you can bring them along to the first aid office next to the Basketball Office at MSAC. 
At training sessions speak to the front desk for any first aid assistance.

Can be bought or hired for the night. There is no charge but a deposit of money or valuables is to be left at the office while the uniforms are being used.


We hope you will see your way clear to allowing your child to take the next step in his / her basketball "career" by joining our representative program. 



David Watson 
Club Administrator.


For further information: Calls between 9am to 5pm

David Watson 9380 4474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.