Whether it’s just shooting hoops in the street with friends or playing in a team competition, basketball has always been a popular sport enjoyed by kids of all ages. Basketball is a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport that can be played by both boys and girls of all abilities.
Kids who play basketball can develop their teamwork and leadership skills, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. It’s also a great way for kids to stay fit and healthy while having a heap of fun in a safe environment.
If you live in the Melbourne area and are looking for basketball clubs to get your child involved in, below we have shared five top-ranking basketball clubs in Melbourne.
Melbourne Tigers Junior Basketball Club
The Melbourne Tigers are one of Australia’s most recognisable and successful basketball brands and have been operating for more than 75 years.
At a junior level, the club exists to help young boys and girls develop into resilient young men and women, armed with the right values and skills to help them in adulthood. This is achieved through the sport of basketball, while having a lot of fun along the way.
The Melbourne Tigers currently run over 50 teams across junior boys and girls programs in the Basketball Victoria Junior Leagues (VJBL), thus providing players the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the state.
Boys and girls between 8 years and 12 years can attend the Melbourne Tigers Development sessions at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoons from July to September each year. Sessions are from 12pm to 2pm.
Melbourne Tigers Juniors caters for the more athletic kids who have a competitive nature.
They have teams for both boys and girls in the junior competition for U12’s through to U18’s and try outs for these teams are held in October each year.
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Collingwood All Stars Basketball Club
Collingwood Basketball Association is a not-for-profit community based basketball club which offers young and older players in inner city Melbourne the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions and programs.
The club provides the opportunity to learn and develop basketball skills in beginner programs which are run on Tuesdays and Saturdays:
- Little Stars is an introductory play and learn basketball program for 3 and 4 year olds.
- All Star Hoops is a beginner program for prep to grade 3’s, to learn basketball skills and have fun.
- Mini Ball is a program for grade 3 to 6’s, to develop their basketball skills and play non-competitive games. Part of the session concentrates on fundamental skills development, and the remainder of the session is a non-competitive game.
- Aussie Hoops is an entry level program for 5 to 8 year olds to learn basketball skills and have fun.
Collingwood Basketball Club has boys and girls junior teams from U8’s to U19’s that play competition on Saturdays as part of the Eastern Districts Junior Basketball Association, and the opportunity to play at representative level on Friday nights.
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Timberwolves Basketball Club
Timberwolves is a domestic basketball club affiliated with the Waverley Basketball Association (Waverley Falcons). Membership is open to all junior players, both boys and girls, interested in playing basketball. They have teams that cater for all skill levels – novice beginners through to highly skilled A Grade players.
The club aims to provide opportunities for players of all abilities to participate in a team based activity with programs to assist in individual development in an enjoyable, positive environment.
Timberwolves Basketball Club runs the Aussie Hoops program, which is a 9 to 10 week program designed as an entry point for new basketballers aged 5 to 12 years. Aussie Hoops embraces the concept of modified sport, where participants can enjoy themselves in fun activities without the pressures of full-scale competition.
Timberwolves “Crushers” has also been a successful initiative set up to provide young players with a pathway into competition at a pace they are comfortable with. They offer team competition for juniors from U12’s through to U18’s.
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Knox All Stars Basketball Club
Knox All Stars is a local, community-based basketball club focused on offering basketball to the kids of Rowville, Lysterfield and Ferntree Gully. Their aim is to provide players with an activity that is healthy, energetic, but most of all FUN.
The All Stars Basketball Club (Knox) Incorporated is based in the South East of Melbourne, City of Knox, and is for junior basketball players in age groups from Under 8 through to Under 23 years.
As part of the Knox Junior Domestic Basketball Competition during both the Winter (May to November) and Summer (November to May) seasons, the club currently boasts a healthy 50 to 60 teams entered into each season’s competition across the full spectrum of age groups and grading levels.
The club plays in the Knox Basketball Association with the junior competition being one of the largest in Australia.
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Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club
Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club is home to over 850 players playing in 105 teams in the Keilor Basketball Association’s junior domestic competition.
Their aim is to foster the development of basketball skills (particularly junior domestic basketball) in an environment in which children and adults have fun while participating.
They run a Junior Jets program which focuses firstly upon individual development, and secondly being part of a competitive team sport. Junior Jets strongly supports the direct participation of parents. In fact, all parents are welcome to attend and join in on the sessions.
Junior Jets builds on the principles and skills needed to prepare players for game situations when they are old enough to start playing.
Aberfeldie Jets has players competing in teams from U10’s through to U18’s in Keilor Basketball Association’s junior domestic competition.
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