American, Alex Starling is coming to Whyalla to run a 2 day basketball clinic on the 14th and 15th of December at our stadium.
Alex is a basketball superstar in our state who's athleticism is off the scale. His story is an interesting one. Born and raised in Miami Florida, where he played Div 1 NCAA with Bethune Cookman University, he came to Australia in 2012 originally via an AFL scholarship program with the Sydney Swans, but his first love was and is basketball.
Alex ended up in SA’s Premier League (now NBL1) where he has dominated the competition, leading his teams to many Championships and winning several awards including the highest individual honor, the Woolacott Medal multiple times and been named in All Star teams every year.
He moved to the Rockets in 2017 where he became the junior Development Officer, spending his time visiting schools, coaching kids and generally improving skill levels across the NABC Junior program.
Alex has built up his own business (Sleed Basketball - ) which sees him look to make any basketballer better. He deals with all levels from beginners to elite.
Alex is a “pied piper” with kids, they just love him and many go to every clinic he runs. He builds relationships very easily and I am sure if you take the time to say hello you won’t regret it.
Alex’s contact details are on the flyer if you need to know any more information about this clinic.

A message from the WBA Treasurer;

We have received the SAC invoice for all players, clubs have only the next two weeks to request refund for this season.
Once the invoice is paid there will be no refunds issued. If you believe you are entitled to a refund please advise your clubs registrar.

Women's D GRADE W2 have agreed to swap with Women's E Sharks. Effective rnd 6.
U16 Boys B2 have been regraded to U16BA effective Rnd 5.
MA/Ares will split for finals.
WA/B will split for finals.
WC will be reviewed after the completion of a full round.
Friday Games scheduled for the 27th Nov (Pt Pirie junior carnival weekend) have NOW been moved till later in dec.
Please check the online schedule if you are involved with any of these teams or grades.
Forfeits are some times unavoidable. However nothing is more annoying than an un-notified forfeit. Please be courteous and tell your club as soon as you know you game is going to be a no show.
Unnotified forfeits carry a $40 fine!!.
NOTE :  The official avenue to do this is a phone call or text message to our competition organiser Pat Kemp on 0415 976 821 (usually via your club). Make sure you state your full team name, grade, game time and ideally the opposition.
Every club has juniors dying for a 2nd game. Early consultation with your club can usually result in some eager fill in players.
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Patrons are reminded as a licensed venue Alcohol can not be brought onto our premises. For their own safety Intoxicated players are not permitted to take the court.
Seems some ladies got a bit carried away with their mad Monday Netball celebration this week.
We are back into it tomorrow night, our long awaited return.
Things are a little different from when we last played thanks to Covid-19. In order to comply with current SA Health policies our Games Managers have all completed their Covid Marshall training and will fulfil this role. They are identifiable as they are waring the Orange shirts, should you have any concerns in terms of Covid requirements please seek them out, likewise please comply with any of their requests if and when asked.
The WBA has completed and submitted a Covid Plan, as such we are bound by certain requirements under the SA Emergency Declaration.
Please enjoy the return of our sport, but do it in a safe manner to ensure that we are able to get through the season without any issues.
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The WBA are looking to hold Referee training clinics on Sept27.
The WBA are desperate for Refs at the moment with many of senior refs not returning from their Covid break.
Its been along time between drinks since we last were able to hold a clinic and with no helpers in this area there is big void in our Ref development program at the moment.
Level 0 course will be ran 3pm to 5pm and training for our existing refs 6pm til 8pm.
Stay tuned for more details on this Training as the date approaches.
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Had 3 teams withdraw from of Mon and Tues nights this week, U18B MAares and MC. 2 of these merged to make a MB team. An extra, U16BB and U12G team was also added yesterday.
The end result is a bucket load of forced changes.
Please recheck the schedule to ensure your team has not been effected.
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Lower than normal WBA nominations creates a unique opportunity. A suggestion was made to start Mon and Tues night games at 6:30pm.
- The early rnd is often a struggle for working families to get to.
- Creates 12 more training opportunities for clubs during the week.
- With Whyalla's large Shift working population late starts are highly sort after, especially by Men's teams. Starting later means shifties will be able to get to most games when on dayshift.
- There will be a full rnd at starting at 9:20pm.
- It may be harder to get Scorers and referee's.
- Canteen revenue will be significantly impacted
The WBA are looking for feedback from the Basketball community about this suggestion.
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Still some unknowns being sorted thru. WBA hopes to lock nominations in by the weekend so scheduling can begin.

Once locked in clubs can start officially notifying teams of what is going on.

NOTE this process is all more compressed and rushed than previous seasons due to COVID. Nominations are 10% down from last season.


Basketball Australia and SA Country have experienced a slight delay in being able to establish the products (fees) associated with the early start of the Summer season.
They should be available early next week.
Until then Clubs can not release their Summer registrations.
2020 Summer Season Starting Soon - Register Now
Aussie Hoops term 3 registrations are now open. Due to winter sports the 50 min session will now be held on Friday afternoons at 4pm over 8 sessions.
If your child is between the ages of 5yrs and 10yrs register your child now for a great transition into under 10s basketball.
The Aussie Hoops Program aims to teach your child basic fundamentals and skills to give them the confidence to start in the under 10s competition when able.
Follow the link below to give your child a great opportunity in the game of basketball!

The WBA Exec committee met tonight to split the deadlocked vote around the proposed Aug or Sep summer season starting datesas we exit out of covid restrictions.

Sep 14 Date, Has now been locked in as a start date:

  • This allows us to start early but with minimal impact on other dominant winter codes.
  • We can run a standard 15 week season which is the fairest with respect to scheduling, as this fits most grades evenly.
  • It gives clubs and members more upfront notice of the upcoming start and thus a chance to save some cash before Nominations are opened in a few weeks time.
  • It allows us some wiggle room with a number of opportunity’s to squeeze extra makeup games if required, in Oct and Dec.
  • It allows us to finish our season early avoiding the March long weekend.  Giving clubs a longer Summer - Winter season break.
  • It allows us to cleanly run our term 3 Aussie Hoops program hopefully starting in week 2 of term 3.  This will occur on Friday afternoons up until games start.

SA Country have agreed to effectively start the registration window for the 20/21 season now.  This means members won’t have to pay double SAC fees.  At this stage SAC and BA have agreed to freeze (or keep to just CPI) any proposed price increases.  NOTE:  This is yet to be ratified.

So Spread the word ASAP, Sep 14 Start date!!

We thank all clubs/members for their patience in this trying time.

Canberra COVID-19 update: 3 new cases; total 80 | Canberra Weekly

As Covid restrictions ease the WBA is experimenting with plans to get basketball back on court. 2 options have been put forward for clubs to consider. Both start much earlier than normal but also deliberately finish earlier to miss the March long weekend and basketball State Country champs (which is always problematic to schedule around). Grand final day would be on Feb 27th 2021.
Option 1 – Covid 18,
A longer than normal 18 week season commencing as of August 24 2020 and pushing through until late February 2021. This option gets us the most games but would overlap and clash with the end the netball and football seasons.
Option 2 - Covid 15
Traditional 15 week season but kicking off 1 month early than normal in mid September 2020, finishing at the same time as Covid18, February 27th 2021. This plan has less of an impact on other major sports.
Make sure you let ypur club no your thoughts and stay tuned for more updates.
What do you call the disease caused by the novel coronavirus? Covid-19