Q. What age can my child start playing for Dunkers?
A. We have teams catering for under 8 players to under 18 players. Age 7 is an ideal age to start. We now have an introductory 6 week class – Future Dunkers (enrol here). This is for students Prep to Grade 2 that have not previously played basketball and would like an introduction, prior to joining a team.
Summer Season – Under the age of the prescribed competition (8,10,12,14,16,18 and 23) on the 30th June in the year in which the season commences.
Winter Season – Under the age of the prescribed competition (8,10,12,14,16,18 and 23) on the 31st December in the year prior to which the competition commences.
Q. When do the seasons run?
A. MEBA seasons coincide with school terms: the winter season runs from April to September (school terms 2 & 3), and the summer season runs from October to March (school terms 4 & 1).
Q. What times are the games played on Saturdays?
A. Games are scheduled on Saturdays at 45-minute intervals from 8:15 am to 9:00 pm. For the younger age groups, U8-U11, about 70% of games are morning games, starting between 8:15 am and 12:00 am. For these age groups, it’s rare to have a game at 3:10 pm or later, but they do happen. Older age groups (U15 and up) can be expected to play at least 1-3 late games per season, 7:20 pm or later.
Factors that influence the fixturing of games include coaches who also play and coaches who coach multiple teams. To avoid clashes, game times can often go outside of the typical range. Even if this is not applicable to your team, it could be for some of the teams that you play against.
Q. Where are Saturday games played?
A. NUNAWADING BASKETBALL CENTRE Burwood Highway, EAST BURWOOD Map 62 Ref C7
THE RINGS Canterbury Road, RINGWOOD Map 63 Ref E1
OAKLEIGH RECREATION CENTRE Park Road, OAKLEIGH Map 69 Ref H6
FOREST HILL SEC. COLLEGE Mahoneys Road EAST BURWOOD Map 62 Ref C5
KNOX SCHOOL 220 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South Map 63 Ref E8
MULLAUNA SEC. COLLEGE Tirana Street, MITCHAM Map 48 Ref J6
VERMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL Nurlendi Road, VERMONT Map 62 Ref K3
BRENTWOOD SEC COLLEGE 65-71 Watsons Rd, Glen Waverley Map 71 Ref D7
HUNTINGTOWER SCHOOL 77 Waimarie Dr, Mount Waverley Map 70 Ref G1
Q. Do you have girls teams?
A. Yes, though this will be influenced by the number of girls in each level as well as sufficient teams to play. We are currently building our girls teams. Winter 2018, Summer 18/19 both had U12/U10 girls teams and we’ve also had girls playing in our mixed teams in the under 8 and under 10 grades.
Q. Where do you train?
A. Donvale Christian College Gym. 155 Tindals Road Donvale – Enter via gate 1
Please note that some training sessions may be cancelled due to Donvale Christian College using the gym for school use.
Q. When is training? and Why that day?
A. Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 3:30-9:30pm – 1 hour training sessions.
Training nights are allocated by the club in response to coaches’ requests. Your training day may not be able to be advised until teams and coaches are finalised for the season. Please be understanding that teams cannot be rearranged due to a player’s unavailability for a particular day.
Q. How do I register?
A. Click HERE to register, then ensure you have paid for the season’s fees.
If required, order a uniform (if you didn’t play last season you’ll need to order the club’s new reversible singlet – shorts are the same as previous years)
Q. What happens if I’m late in registering?
A. Any late registrations made cannot be guaranteed a place on any team. Where there are positions available the committee will consider a request.
Q. How much does each season cost?
A. Your season pass covers the cost of registration, your team’s weekly team sheet fees and coach’s gift – this previously was broken up into 2 payments (one direct to the club, the other to the team managers).
Registration fee may increase from time to time due to higher charges from MEBA or other costs. From Winter 2019, the cost per child was $207, with discounts for multiple children.
In addition to your season fees, you will need to purchase a new club reversible singlet at the price of $60. Shorts are $40.
There are also admission fees in the venues each week per player and spectator over 12 years – $3.00.
A stamp at the first venue will allow you free pass into another venue that same day.
Q.What is the club’s uniform, do I have to wear one and how do I get it?
A. Dunkers has a NEW compulsory reversible singlet and shorts. The uniform must be worn at all Saturday games. Uniforms are ordered each season and take up to 4 weeks to arrive (hence why is says backorder when you place your order). Head over to the Shop to order one today.
Basketball shoes or sturdy sneakers are to be worn during training and games.
Q.What size basketball do I need?
UNDER 8: Ball Size: 5 (Boys and Girls)
UNDER 10: Ball Size: 6 (Boys and Girls)
UNDER 12: Ball Size: 6 (Boys and Girls)
UNDER 14: Ball Size: 6 (Boys and Girls)
UNDER 16 +: Ball Size: 6 (Girls) & 7 (Boys)
Q. Who will our coach be?
A. Dunkers relies on parent volunteers who have a passion for seeing our players achieve all they can and have fun at the same time. We are always looking for parents to coach and will offer help to anyone who is interested.
Q. How do I get involved (coach, team manager, committee member)?
A. We are always looking for more volunteers – young and old! – contact the coordinator to register your interest.
Q. What if I played at another club last season?
A. If you have played with another MEBA club in the past, you will be required to get a clearance before playing with Dunkers. Please advise the coordinator via email if you need a clearance and provide them details of the club you are transferring from. If you’ve come from a club outside the association then no clearance is required. All previous competition basketball experience should be noted on the registration form.
Q. What if I have never played before?
A. We have players with varying degrees of skill from beginners to A grade players. Our teams are selected based on skill level, age and friendships and then graded by the association to ensure that everyone gets placed at an appropriate level. From time to time Dunkers runs an introductory program called Future Dunkers, which we would recommend to all new players up to Grade 2 before they started their first season.
Q. What does Dunkers expect from their players?
A. We expect our players to show commitment to their team by attending training regularly and turning up reliably for games at least 10 minutes prior to starting time. Apart from illness, injury or an occasional special event, players are expected to be available for all games and training, and to advise their coach and team manager in advance if they cannot play or attend training for any reason.
Please also check out our Players Code of Conduct
Q. What does Dunkers expect from their parents, guardians or carers?
A. Remember this is a game with kids – please respect the players, referees, volunteers and other parents. All parents are expected to help out with scoring as this is a shared reponsibility – the Team Manager will allocate the dates and it’s up to the parents to organise replacements if they are unable to help on their allocated day. Don’t know how to score? Please sit with another experienced parent before your allocated day and I’m sure they’ll be happy to explain the process. It can be quite daunting the first time you score, but it gets easier, we promise!
Please also check out our Parents Code of Conduct
Q. What are grading games?
A. The first 1-6 rounds (games) are grading games and during this time you may see your team move up or down grades within their age group depending on how the team is playing.
Q. What is Teamstuff and why should I get it?
A. TeamStuff is our way of communicating to each team that belongs to the Donvale Dunkers Club. Here you will find information about the coaching and games specific to your team.
We encourage all our families to download the app today!
Q. Heat Policy
A. Duty of care Melbourne East Basketball Association Domestic Competition incorporate when the temperature exceeds 34 degrees during the day and remains oppressive at night.
For Senior Domestic – 4 x 8 minute quarters will be played
For Junior Weeknight Domestic – 4 x 8 minute quarters will be played
For Junior Saturday Domestic – 4 x 9 minute quarters will be played
1 time out per team per quarter allowed
CLOCK DOES NOT STOP DURING THESE TIME OUTS
2 minute break at 1/4 and 3/4 time
3 minute break at 1/2 time
As per normal games team fouls are to be calculated per half.
No time outs in the last 2 minutes of the first half
Clock to stop on all whistles in the last 2 minutes
Be smart! Beat the heat!
– Drink plenty of water before, during and after playing sport.
– Be sure to warm up before and cool down after exercise
– Place yourself during the game
– Call substitutions frequently throughout the game
Q. Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A. Please feel free to email us [email protected] . Once you have been allocated a team your team manager will be a great reference for you.