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. This is for students Prep to Grade 2 that have not previously played basketball and would like an introduction, prior to joining a team.
To play competitively for Dunkers you will need to register at PlayHQ to create an account. You must wait until the season is open to register.
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-U12, 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 (U16 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?
|N||NUNAWADING BASKETBALL CENTRE||Burwood Highway, East Burwood||Map 62 Ref C7|
|R||THE RINGS||Canterbury Road, Ringwood||Map 63 Ref E1|
|SAL||EVA BURROWS COLLEGE, THE SALVATION ARMY||100 Maidstone St, Ringwood||Map 63 Ref G1|
|FH||FOREST HILL SEC. COLLEGE||Mahoneys Road, East Burwood||Map 62 Ref C5|
|KS||KNOX SCHOOL||220 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South||Map 63 Ref E8|
|M||MULLAUNA SEC. COLLEGE||Tirana Street, Mitcham||Map 48 Ref J6|
|V||VERMONT PRIMARY SCHOOL||Nurlendi Road, Vermont||Map 62 Ref K3|
|B||BRENTWOOD SEC COLLEGE||65-71 Watsons Rd, Glen Waverley||Map 71 Ref D7|
|H||HUNTINGTOWER SCHOOL||77 Waimarie Dr, Mount Waverley||Map 70 Ref G1|
|MG||MULGRAVE COLLEGE||23-31 Gladeswood Dr, Mulgrave||Map 81 Ref A4|
|SPL||SPORTLINK CENTRE||2 Hanover Road, Vermont South||Map 62 Ref G7|
|W||WESLEY COLLEGE||620 High Street Road, Glen Waverley||Map 62 Ref A12|
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.
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 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, coach’s gift, presentation day costs and Basketball Vic fees (insurance)
Update in pricing (as at Nov 2020)
- Basketball Victoria Annual Participant Licence fee – $25
- Club Player Registration Fee – Dependant of MEBA fees each season.
- Admission Fees are now included in upfront fees due to COVID19. This is an additional cost explained on the registration page. UPDATE as from Nov 2020 – door entry fees are not going to be charged this season.
Registration fee may increase from time to time due to higher charges from MEBA or other costs. See more information about each season’s fees under our registration tab.
In addition to your season fees, you will need to purchase a new club reversible singlet at the price of $60. Shorts are $40.
Q.What is the club’s uniform, do I have to wear one and how do I get it?
A. Dunkers has 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: 5 (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. 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.
Heat Timing Regulations
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.