ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Regional north east basketball associations - Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla & Yarrawonga seized an opportunity to launch a Men’s & Women’s team into the Big V State League back in 2014.
Big V Delegate (2014-16), Wendy Jeffery said, “Our inaugural season in 2014 was the launching pad for this program. We are excited to spearhead this venture in the north east, after a long absence from the League. We have formed a partnership with local Basketball Associations in order to provide a realistic development pathway for our basketball talent on the border. This partnership will strengthen the connections we have across the region and I look forward to seeing how this impacts on the court for our teams.”
Teams from across Victoria compete in the Division 2 competition. This level of competition fills the gap currently identified in the north east between junior rep and the SEABL level. It will provide our elite athletes with a viable option for competitive basketball at a senior level whilst they continue to develop much-needed skills to realize their basketball potential.
In 2016, we appointed highly-credentialed, Jacqui Henry to the position of Coaching Director of the program. Jacqui has a wealth of basketball knowledge and is constantly engaging in professional development opportunities to achieve the best outcomes for all players and coaches involved in our program.
Jacqui oversees the program development and works closely with our Head Coaches, Emma Henry (Men) and Mick Hales (Women).
We are confident our coaches have the depth of knowledge to provide the necessary development of our players at this level. It is expected that they will work at some level with the Bandits’ coaching staff to ensure a common structure is developed across both programs.
Under the Men's & Women's teams, are our Development Squads - Men & Women - boasting over 25 young players endeavouring to be part of the Bushies' gang. Development of these players also falls under Jacqui's guidance, with senior Bushies' players and coaching staff also contributing knowledge and time.
In 2019, we envisage entering a Men's & Women's team into the Big V Youth League if numbers permit, to follow-on from our proposal to enter teams in the VJBL in 2018 in the U14, 16 & 18 age groups.These programs require a huge commitment from our junior members, and parent support is vital if we are to move forward with both of these programs.
We are proud to provide development opportunities for our local coaches, referees, score-bench and game-day officials as they meet the requirements of hosting an elite competition on the border. We pitched our entry level at Division 2, but have our sights set on Division 1, and there is scope to move up through the levels.
The Big V Division 2 competition fields 10 -12 teams in each of the Men’s & Women’s competitions, so there will be plenty of ‘home’ action from March to July.
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