We have put together a list of questions (with their answers, of course) that get put to the team at Willetton Basketball. Below you will find everything you need to know about WABL and how it all works. For information about WABL trials, please head to our Tigers Tryouts Information Page
The Western Australian Basketball League (WABL) is WA’s premier junior basketball competition catering for players in the following age groups: U12, U14, U16, U18, U20 and WABL Championship.
While the Willetton Basketball Association coordinates the Willetton domestic competition played over a winter and summer season, Basketball WA coordinates the next level of representative basketball which is the WABL.
The Willetton Tigers representative season goes for a year, with formalities commencing with the State Championships tournament in November/December and finishing at the end of the WABL season in September.
Unlike the Willetton competition, the WABL age groups are determined by calendar year, so for example Under 14 players are those that turn either 12 or 13 during the calendar year 1 January to 31 December.
Willetton enters teams into the State Championships tournament that is run over a weekend in November or early December. Because it is effectively the start of the WABL season, those age groups are U11, U13, U15, etc. (keeping age groups together during the following year WABL season when the age groups are U12, U14, U16, etc.)
The State Championships are a fun weekend carnival, in which a number of Country Associations (e.g., Albany and Geraldton) play with metropolitan clubs like Willetton, Lakeside & Perth. Playing in this Tournament is a good opportunity for players to experience basketball at a representative level.
This is the winter competition which involves 13 Basketball Associations from both the metropolitan and country regions extending from Joondalup to the Southwest (Bunbury).
Teams are graded during a grading tournament in February/March, which determines which one of 5 divisions the team will play in. The divisions are: – Championship Division, Division 2, Division 3, Division 4 and Division 5. Willetton normally has multiple teams within the same age/gender groups. Sometimes they end up in the same division as each other, sometimes not – depending on the results of the grading tournament.
Games are played on Sundays over an 18-week “Home and Away” Season where every team plays each other twice, plus three weeks of finals. These “Away” games involve travelling to other stadiums or recreation centres.
The season generally commences in the last weekend of April with finals finishing at the end of September.
Parents are expected to score at games and are rostered on by Team Managers. Generally, parents will only be required to score one game per Season however this depends on the length of the season, where some families may do it twice.
An iPad is used, as is done at junior competition games, so most families will already be familiar with this.
Usually, the visiting team uses the iPad, and the “home” team is responsible for timing games – stopping the clock each time the referee blows their whistle or re-starting the clock when games resume. A game could last for about an hour and 30 minutes, much longer than a domestic game.
There are a total of 15 venues that will host matches throughout the course of any given home and away season in the WABL. This means that players and families from Willetton-based teams will need to travel to other venues for away fixtures. The following list of venues host WABL fixtures during the home and away season:
Willetton Tiger’s teams for the WABL Season are selected through a try out process. Each season the trials are opened up to any eligible player (must be registered and playing in the next Willetton Summer Junior Competition season) and selections made. In the event there are more players trying out than positions, then unfortunately some players will not be successful.
Selection in a Tigers WABL team will be for the following WABL season. Once selected, all WABL teams will compete in the State Championships.
The following costs are payable by families (current as of 2022): –
All BWA competitions: – $36.75 fee payable annually. If you have already paid this amount with your child’s Junior Domestic Club fees, you do not pay it twice.
The WABL Playing Uniform consists of the following items, and families pay for these: –
The Playing singlet is provided by the Association and is to be returned to the Team Manager after each game.
For Willetton teams, the year generally goes like this: