INTEREST in the Country basketball pathway has never been higher with the Under-12 Skills Days taking in record participation numbers in 2019.
Our Under-12 Skills Days, held across the 20-21 July weekend, were our most successful yet, with 1006 participants joining in the action.
Rising from 820 participants in 2018, a 23 per cent increase year-to-year, Country basketball is thriving at the grassroots level.
The Under-12 Skills Days were held at nine venues throughout Country Victoria in 2019 – Dromana, Ballarat, Colac, Bendigo, Hamilton, Korumburra, Swan Hill, Sale and Benalla.
Basketball Victoria Country General Manager David Huxtable said the success of the event comes down to the hard work put forward by all Country associations and staff throughout the state.
“Reaching the 1000-participant mark for the first time in Under-12 Skills Day history is a great achievement for our organisation, as well as all Country basketball associations helping sustain our game at the grassroots level,” Huxtable said. “Our sport is going from strength-to-strength as families choose basketball and the benefits it has to offer participants of all ages.
“We’re excited to have these programs in place and are keen to build successful pathways for Country Victorian players – who will accomplish amazing things at the state level, the Centre of Excellence or making Australian teams and beyond.
“We’d like to thank our hard-working Skills Days coaches and volunteers for making this event shine once again.”
The Under-12 Skills Days are the first entry point to Country basketball’s high performance pathway, leading towards the Jamboree, held yearly in Echuca for the best 240 under-12 players, Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup selection as well as eventually representing Victoria Country at under-16 and under-18 level at the Australian Junior Championships.
Victorian country basketball continues to excel in all areas. Victoria Country teams won five out of the six ACJBC titles in January while our national junior teams won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the 2019 Australian Junior Championships, as well as putting forward a number of athletes to both Victorian Under-20 national championship winning teams.