NEW Year, new opportunities.
The philosophy rings true across all aspects of life, but especially so in the basketball world with a number of high-calibre events, tournaments and camps on the radar throughout January and February.
It’s a busy start to what the rest of the sporting world keeps fairly casual and laidback… but we start strong and aim high so this is the best way to make those ambitions happen.
It all starts with our East Coast Challenge (ECC) delegates taking to the road as we look to whittle down the teams into our Under-18 Victoria Metropolitan teams heading over to Geelong in April.
With plenty of talent in the ranks, the ECC is the best way for juniors to put their case forward for Victoria Metropolitan selection while featuring against strong competition from NSW Metro, SA Metro and ACT.
The Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) takes Victoria Country’s best under-14s through to under-18s to Albury to test their mettle against other country regions across Australia. The level of competition is the best around for country-based teams and also acts as a point of selection for Australian Country duties to boot.
The lucky last weekend of the frenzied January tournament period is the biggest of them all… Australia Day. The Dandenong-Eltham Tournament ranks as one of the largest junior basketball tournaments on Earth and it provides our juniors their first taste of the elite standard at the club level in 2018. The Bendigo Junior Classic and he newly organised Bayside Summer Slam also provide plenty of action across the long weekend for our elite juniors.
And then following all these amazing opportunities… we’re back with the grading phase two of the Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League as the sides vie for Victorian Championship (VC) qualification and rising up the ranks towards the season proper.
It lays the right foundation for the year ahead as players, coaches and staff prepare themselves for further interstate trips following Australian Junior Championship success.
With Victorian, Victoria Metropolitan and Victoria Country teams winning six of the nine AJCs on offer in 2017, we’ve got a lot of work to do to ensure we maintain our standards… and to see if we can crack that mark again.
It leads Basketball Victoria and Basketball Victoria Country to run extensive camps and programs – the National Performance Program (NPP) and National Intensive Training Program (NITP), BVC Under-12 and Under-14 Skills Days, The BVC Jamboree and numerous clinics – but it’s worth it to get the most out of our athletes and bring out their best.
Closer to home Basketball Victoria is hosting a set of camps with well-regarded coach and coaching mentor David Nurse – who will share his experiences with the Brooklyn Nets and UCLA Bruins with our MUVJBL rising stars on 23 January (girls) and 24 January (boys) at the State Basketball Centre.
More information on the David Nurse camps is available here: http://basketballvictoria.com.au/camps/
There’s just a little bit of basketball on during the summer months… it’s certainly set to keep everyone busy!