FAQs - Junior District
1. Why choose Sturt?
For players who want to play at a higher level, Sturt offers the most professional and successful junior program in South Australia.
Since 1989 Sturt has been crowned the Champion Junior Club in South Australia 22 times.
Sturt is amongst the very best in Australia at producing players that go on to play at the highest level. 8 Sturt players have played at the highest level, the Olympic Games. Many more have represented their country at junior and senior level. Sturt has a long history of producing players who have gone to Canberra to the Australian Institute of Sport / Centre of Excellence, as well as playing professionally in Australia (NBL and WNBL) or overseas.
Every year many Sturt players represent their State at Australian Junior Championships.
Sturt has around 40 junior teams that compete in the Basketball South Australia District Competition. We aim for quality (not quantity) and only put the number of teams into the District competition that we feel we can provide quality service. Our product is widely regarded as the best product.
2. What is the difference between Domestic and District basketball?
The Sturt Domestic League is a low cost, local, entry level alternative to District basketball. You can start with the Domestic League at any stage of the season and there is more flexibility in terms of standard and commitment.
District basketball is played all over Adelaide, requires a greater financial and time commitment of time and is a step up in terms of standard.
3. When are District games played?
Games are played all year round with breaks for the middle weekend of school holidays for junior teams.
Friday Nights – Under 12 - Under 18 Division 1 and 2 players, Under 18 Division 3 or below players
Thursday Nights – Under 16 Division 3 and below players
Saturday Mornings – All Under 10 players, U12-U14 Division 3 and below players
Monday Nights – Youth League (U23) Division 3 and below players
Tuesday Nights – Premier League Reserves and Division 3, Youth League (U23) Division 1 and 2 players
Wednesday nights – Senior Division 4 and below players
Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons – Premier League
4. When are practices?
All junior teams practice twice a week – Sunday morning and a mid-week night (varies between squads and teams). Depending on the senior team, you could practice once, twice, or zero times per week on a mid-week night.
It is important to note the distinction between practice and training. Sturt District teams just don't train, we practice – preparing basketballers to be better in the short and long term, individually and as part of a team.
5. Are practices compulsory?
Yes, practices are compulsory. In particular, practices leading into State Championships (May), National Junior Classics (June) and Winter Season Finals (September) are vital for the preparation of teams for these big occasions.
6. What time of year do players practice and play?
District basketball is essentially played all year round. The Summer season goes from October-March (with a long break over Christmas/New Year), and the Winter season goes from April-September. Junior games are not played on the middle weekend of school holidays.
7. Can I play other sports as well?
Yes, Sturt have had many players who have juggled multiple sports successfully, and as an example many play other professional sports such as AFL (around 6 at the moment!).
Arrangements can be discussed with the team coach and Director of Basketball. There is less flexibility leading into important events such as State Championships, National Junior Classics and Winter finals.
8. How much are fees?
Fees cover the major cost to the club, which is weekly practice venues, as well as supporting the administrative structure of the club. The current fees are listed here.
9. How are new players accepted?
Sturt hold external trials in August/September of every year in the lead up to the summer season. Any time outside of this, contact us. Opportunities can present at different times, and there is always the option to play Domestic basketball with Sturt. Players who are performing well at Domestic level may be asked out to District practices with a view to joining District teams.
10. How do I get a uniform and playing number?
Sample sizings for singlets, shorts, polo shirts and soft shell jackets are available to try at the club office at Pasadena Stadium during office hours. This is also where a playing number can be arranged. Uniforms are then ordered (where sizing charts are also available) through Sturt;s online store. These are made to order and delivered to the players house within 4-5 weeks of the 15th and 30th of each month, so they can take up to 6 weeks in total.
11. How much does the uniform cost?
The 5 required items for a district player are the Playing Singlet, Playing Shorts, Reversible Training Top, Warm Up Top (short sleeved T-shirt can be worn in hot weather) and Sturt socks (light blue or white). There are many other optional uniform items – check them out in our online store.
12. Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact us for more information by email or phone (during business hours).