CAMBERWELL BASKETBALL

Stay warm with us

Stay warm with us

Those cold nights at the gym aren’t far away. But don’t worry – we’ve got you sorted.

We’re rolling out our brand-new Dragons puffer vest for the cooler months, and we just know you’re going to love it.

Scan the QR code to find out everything you need to know and/or to place your order. And if you’d prefer to access it directly from the link, please click HERE.

For just $70, this is your chance to be the most stylish – and warmest – Dragon in the gym.

So get your order in today to make sure you stay warm on and off the court with the Dragons this winter. You can thank us at one Friday night at Balwyn High in June!

For more information, contact Mel at [email protected]

2024 CBL Rules

On the eve of the 2024 Community Basketball League Winter Season, the competition’s Rules of Operations are now available online.

To view the updated rules for what’s shaping up as another exciting CBL season, click HERE.

#CBLWinter2024 opens with the first round of the grading season on Friday, April 19.

Photo: Craig Dingle, Melbourne Sports Photography.

For further information, contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Tournament FAQs

3X CUP REGIONAL QUALIFIER | APRIL 13, 2024
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS CAMBERWELL BASKETBALL’S 3X CUP REGIONAL QUALIFIER?
The 3X Cup Regional Qualifier is a 3-on-3 tournament at Boroondara Sports Complex on Saturday, April 13, offering competition for boys and girls in Under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups. It is an official qualifying event for Basketball Victoria’s state-wide 3X Cup competition.

HOW MANY GAMES WILL A TEAM PLAY ON THE DAY?
Teams will play a minimum of four games.

DOES MY 3X CUP TEAM HAVE TO BE MADE UP OF PLAYERS FROM MY DOMESTIC AND/OR REPRESENTATIVE TEAM?
The good news is it doesn’t. Grab two or three of your mates, make sure you register your team in the correct age group, and you’re good to go.

IS 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL PLAYED ON A FULL COURT?
No, it’s not. 3-on-3 basketball in played on a half court with just one hoop.

HOW MANY PLAYERS CAN BE ON THE COURT AT ONE TIME?
3-on-3 permits only three teams to be on the court at a time. Each team is allowed one sub.

HOW LONG DOES A 3-ON-3 GAME LAST?
The clock is set to a running 12 minutes, but if a team reaches the target score of 21 the game is over, with that team declared the winner.

HOW DOES SCORING WORK IN 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL?
Shots taken and made from inside the three-point line count for just one point. Shots made from behind the three-line are worth two and a made free throw is worth one point.

IS THIS EVENT GOING TO BE A BIG DEAL?
With almost 90 teams registered and our tournament still nine days away (current at April 4), we’re excited about what’s ahead and what it will mean for basketball in the local area. We reckon you should be, too.

CAN SOMEONE WHO IS NOT REGISTERED WITH A DOMESTIC AND/OR REPRESENTATIVE BASKETBALL TEAM COMPETE AT THE 3X CUP QUALIFIER?
Yes, they can. As long as they register online through PlayHQ when setting up their team, they’re good to play ball.

WHAT TIME WILL MY TEAM PLAY, AND HOW LONG WILL I BE AT BSC ON THE DAY?
Exact timing and fixtures will not be known until registration for the event closes and our team numbers are known.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY TEAM?
We’re glad you asked. Scan the QR Code, click the link in Camberwell Dragons Instagram Bio, or go directly to https://www.playhq.com/basketball-victoria/register/f73674

This information will be continually updated here and on Camberwell Dragons and Community Basketball League social media platforms in the lead-up to the 3X Cup Regional Qualifier.

Please email: [email protected] for more information.

– This information was last updated at 10.30am on Thursday, April 4.

Start their journey

Online registration for Camberwell Basketball’s Term 2 Ford Aussie Hoops program is now open HERE.

Ford Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official program for 4-10-year-old and we’ve got sessions available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays in Term 2.

To find out more about our Aussie Hoops program, including days, times and venues, please click HERE.

To learn more about the Ford Aussie Hoops program, please click HERE.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Develop with the Dragons in Term 2

Online registration for Camberwell Dragons Term 2 Boys and Girls Development Squads is open now.

BOYS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
• This program has moved to Wednesday nights at Kew High School (6.30pm-7.30pm) in Term 2 and will run for 11 weeks.

• The program tips off on April 17 and will conclude on June 26.

• COST: $180 per player, which includes a Dragons Development Squad T-Shirt or $165 per player if you already have the T-Shirt and don’t want to buy another one.

• Please note this program is not suitable for beginners.

• To register, please scan the QR Code or click HERE.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

GIRLS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
• This program will be on Monday nights at Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College (6-7pm) in Term 2 and will include 10 sessions.

• The program tips off on April 15 and will conclude on June 24.

• There will be no session on Monday, June 10 – King’s Birthday.

• COST: $165 per player, which includes a Dragons Development Squad T-Shirt or $150 per player if you already have the T-Shirt and don’t want to buy another one.

Please note this program is not suitable for beginners.

• To register, please scan the QR Code or click HERE.

Places in this program are limited and are expected to fill up quickly. For more information, contact: [email protected]

Elevate back at Balwyn in Term 2

Camberwell Basketball’s Elevate Domestic Development Program returns to Balwyn High School on Wednesday nights in Term 2, starting April 17.

Designed for domestic players looking to improve their overall game and hosted by head coach Liam O’Hoy, Elevate is open to Under 10 and Under 12 Boys and Girls (7pm-8pm) and Under 14 and Under 16 Boys and Girls (8pm-9pm).

Liam plays for Camberwell Dragons Big V Youth League team and coaches the club’s 16.3 Boys.

To keep on rising with Camberwell Basketball’s Elevate Program, register HERE.

For more information about Elevate, click HERE or email Ben Crowe at [email protected]

The final countdown

There’s something special about a Grand Final Day, and this one is going to be no exception.

The best teams in the Community Basketball League are preparing to do their very best work on the final – and biggest – day of the 2023-24 summer season, and we take the opportunity to wish all players, coaches, referees, officials and families involved tomorrow the very best of luck.

Enjoy every moment of what’s going to be a day we’re sure you’ll remember for a long time, and a reminder to keep us posted on how your team fares along the way. Send your news, updates, game reports, photos and videos to [email protected] and we’ll share them on Facebook and Instagram over the weekend and into next week.

And for those making their way to Boroondara Sports Complex (BSC) tomorrow, look out for Craig Dingle of Melbourne Sports Photography. He’ll be working the sidelines for us throughout the early part of the day and capturing all the colour and excitement for use on our social media platforms and right here on the Camberwell Basketball website.

Finally, thank you to the entire CBL community for your wonderful efforts and support throughout the season and we look forward to seeing you back again next month for the start of the winter campaign.

• The Grand Final action starts early tomorrow (March 23) and continues throughout the day, with a total of 84 games scheduled at BSC, Camberwell Grammar School, Melbourne Girls’ College and Kew High School. Follow our coverage of the big day on Instagram and Facebook.

• All photos: Craig Dingle, Melbourne Sports Photography.

Open letter from Ross Wignell

Dear CDBA Member,

With the 2024 basketball year well and truly under way, I felt it timely to update you on what’s happening at Camberwell Basketball in what’s shaping up as the biggest and best year yet for our Association.

Camberwell Dragons
After attracting more than 1100 young athletes to our tryouts late last year – a record number for our program – I’m proud and delighted to say the Camberwell Dragons junior representative program has continued its impressive growth and on-court progress this season while remaining true to the family culture that has been a cornerstone of our club.

We have 56 teams competing in the VJBL, with a club record of 10 having qualified for the Victorian Championship (VC) division. VC is recognised as the highest level of junior club competition in Australia and ours is one of only five programs to be represented by 10 or more teams at that level this year.

We are enormously proud of this accomplishment, and I’m pleased to say our progress has been widely recognised and applauded within Victorian basketball circles. A sincere thanks to the players, coaches, administrators, volunteers, parents and Partners who have made, and continue to make, such valuable contributions to our program. We don’t take any of it for granted.

It is also shaping as another exciting season for our senior Dragons teams in the Big V competition. Our Men’s and Women’s Youth League teams opened their respective campaigns last week, while our Championship Men’s and Women’s teams will step out for the first time in 2024 after the Easter break.

All four teams will be represented by some of the talented young players in our region – many of whom have advanced through the Dragons’ junior program. With home games this season at Balwyn High School and Boroondara Sports Complex, I urge you to take the opportunity to experience the size, power and speed of Big V basketball up close. You won’t be disappointed.

Community Basketball League
Our domestic competition, the Community Basketball League, is also thriving, with 524 teams competing on courts across Melbourne’s inner-east during the 2023-24 season. As I write this, we are just over three days away from our much-anticipated grand final day and I take this opportunity to wish all teams who’ve advanced to the last day of the season the best of luck.

As we look to grow the league and provide more opportunities for more players in our area, the CBL will launch competition for Under 8 Boys and Girls teams in the 2024 winter season, beginning April 20. This initiative is an important step forward for the league and its clubs, and vital to the continued growth and health of the game.

Your Game, Your Choice
While one of the great attractions of the CBL is that it allows children to enjoy the game with friends and families close to home, I’m also aware a number of junior Dragons players continue to develop their game with clubs in the Eastern Districts Junior Basketball Association (EDJBA), which is fantastic. I, too, played in that competition growing up, and can attest to the strength and quality of the competition.

With a focus squarely on encouraging coach and player development, I believe it is imperative that individuals are free to play junior domestic basketball with their club of choice. One of the special things about our sport is it allows friends and families to remain connected by “belonging” to the same domestic team.

Connecting With Our Community
The Association has never been more connected with our community and I’m proud of the relationships we’ve established with local schools, community leaders, businesses, families and sports industry experts.

Dragons coaches conducted 103 clinics for more than 1500 students at 32 primary and secondary schools in 2023 and we’re well on track to exceeding those numbers this year.

The Association has recently been awarded out-of-school venue management rights to the gymnasium and all-weather sports fields at Kew High School, we engage regularly with local state and federal government representatives, and this year, with the assistance of sports industry professionals, established “Outside the Lines” – a free series of workshops and seminars for CDBA members interested in pursuing a non-playing career in sports.

We’ve also established a vibrant and successful weekly Walking Basketball program for older members of the community and have welcomed a new range of Partners in 2024. We’re also making plans to better engage with the local business community and look forward to sharing some exciting news in that space with you soon.

In closing, I thank you for your continued support of Camberwell Basketball and its programs. Enjoy the excitement and colour of the upcoming CBL and EDJBA grand finals, throw your support behind our four Dragons senior teams in the Big V, and have fun on the road if you’re associated with one of the 56 Camberwell teams travelling west for the annual Adelaide Easter Classic.

For more information, please email me at [email protected] or our Communications Department at [email protected]

Yours faithfully,

Ross Wignell – CEO, Camberwell Basketball

Learn from Coach Jeffers

Camberwell Dragons Big V Championship Men’s coach Mark Jeffers will conduct a free coaches clinic at Canterbury Girls Secondary College on Monday, March 25.

Currently working as Camberwell District Basketball Association’s Competition and Program Manager, Mark has played and coached at the Dragons for many years and has a wealth of experience working with junior domestic and representative athletes.

In this “Team Development” clinic, he will present drills and teaching points that will help coaches of all ages and levels develop their players and teams.

To register for this clinic, go to: www.trybooking.com/CPWLC

For more information, contact [email protected]

State of excitement

Congratulations from all at Camberwell to our own Sophie Richardson on her selection to the Vic Metro Under 16 team this week.

Sophie, who plays for the Dragons’ 16.1 Girls Victorian Championship (VC) team, secured her place on the Vic team after impressing during the tryout period and at last week’s Combine, and will represent the state at the upcoming Under 16 national championship – a fantastic achievement given the strength and depth of talent in Victorian basketball.

Sophie was back at work for Camberwell last night, finishing with eight points in a road loss to the Melbourne Tigers at MSAC. The Dragons are 1-1 in VC play after opening their season with a 67-50 against Keilor 2.

Photos: Craig Dingle, Melbourne Sports Photography, Basketball Victoria