The Willetton Tigers’ representative season runs for a year – with formalities commencing at the State Championships tournament held in November/December, and finishing at the end of the WABL season in September.
Unlike the Willetton junior domestic competition, which runs through the school year (1st July – 30th June), the WABL age groups are determined by calendar year (1st January – 31st December). Therefore:
The WABL is a winter-based competition that involves 13 different basketball associations from both the metropolitan and country regions, extending from Joondalup right down to the south-west region (Bunbury).
Teams are graded through a grading tournament that takes place in February/March, which determines which one of the four divisions each team will play in. These divisions are as follows:
Willetton Basketball usually has multiple teams within the same age/gender groups. It is possible for these teams to end up in the same division as each other, though it all depends on the results of the grading tournament.
Games are played on Sundays over an 18-week home and away season. The season generally commences in the last weekend of April, with finals finishing at the end of September. During the season, each team plays each other twice, before three weeks of finals basketball. Each away game will involve travel to other stadiums or recreation centres.
Parents are expected to score at games and are rostered on by team managers. In normal circumstances, parents will only be required to score one game per season, but this can depend on the length of the season and may need some families to help out with scoring twice.
An iPad is used, as with our junior competition matches, to score WABL games. This means most families will be familiar with the scoring process and how to use the iPad app. The visiting team will usually use the iPad, while the home team will be responsible for timing games – stopping the clock each time the referee blows their whistle, or re-starting the clock when the game resumes.
Games last for about an hour and 30 minutes, which is much longer than a standard domestic juniors’ competition match.
Willetton Tigers’ teams for the WABL season are selected through trials or try-outs. Each season, trials are opened up to any eligible player (who must be registered and playing in the current Willetton Winter Junior Competition season), followed by team selections. In the event that there are more players trying out than positions, unfortunately some players will miss out.
Selection in a Tigers’ WABL team will be for the following WABL season. Once players have been selected, all WABL teams will compete in the State Championships.
For WABL teams that are based at Willetton Basketball, a normal year in the WABL tends to look like this:
There are costs associated with playing WABL that all players and families should be aware of. As of July 2021, this includes:
The WABL playing uniform consists of the following items, with players/families paying for these: