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My Child wants to play basketball for Lakers but has never played before. What do I do?

My Child wants to play for Lakers but has played for another club in the past.

Where do MLBC Lakers teams play and when?

What age can my child start playing basketball?

How do I know if I have to go up an age group next season?

What are the seasons?

How can I become more involved in the club?

How does the club communicate with parents?

Apart from season fee's what else do I need to pay each week?

We are playing another Lakers team this week. How will they tell us apart?

We are playing Kilsyth Heat this week. Do we need to wear alternate tops?

How do I know when and where we are playing each week?

How many games does my child have to play to qualify for finals?

My child has an injury and may not qualify for finals. What do we do?

My child was injured during a game. What can I do?

We don’t have enough players this week to field a team, what should I do?

How are teams decided?

I am unhappy with the grade my child‘s team has been put into, what do I do.

I have been asked to score and I have never done it before?

I have been asked to manage the team and do not know what to do?

Where do I find out my child’s team, coach and training time?

 

 

My Child wants to play basketball for Lakers but has never played before. What do I do?

  1. Call the coordinator regarding a spot on a team
  2. Fill in a KMDBA registration form and register with the Association at a stadium (cost is $1.10)
  3. Go to www.mlbclakers.com.au and fill in an online registration form. Pay the fees.
  4. Check the website and Facebook around a week before the season starts for your team number, Coach and training day and time. Contact your coordinator if there are any issues.
  5. After you have been notified of the team number, contact our uniform coordinator & arrange a uniform. We also have regular uniform sessions and registration sessions.
  6. Enjoy the season.

 

My Child wants to play for Lakers but has played for another club in the past.

  Contact your coordinator who will need to know the club, age group and grade your child last played in.

  1. The coordinator will need to check these details and ensure the transfer is legal.
  2. If all is okay, the club will lodge a transfer. Once this is done, the player can not change their mind.
  3. Go to www.mlbclakers.com.au and fill in an online registration form. Pay the fees.
  4. Check the website and Facebook around a week before the season starts for your team number, Coach and training day and time. Contact your coordinator if there are any issues.
  5. After you have been notified of the team number, contact our uniform coordinator & arrange a uniform. We also have regular uniform sessions and registration sessions.
  6. Enjoy the season.

 

Where do MLBC Lakers teams play and when?

MLBC Lakers are part of the domestic league for Kilsyth Basketball Association; games are played at Kilsyth, Lilydale and Oxley Stadiums. Boys play on Saturday. Girls play Tuesday and Wednesday nights, depending on age. Contact the coordinators for more information

 

What age can my child start playing basketball?

There is a special program that has been devised for U7 year olds called Miniball, all the children in this program are aged from 5 years old. The boys and girls use a size 5 ball as it is lighter for them to throw, bounce and shoot with. The rings are left at the standard height, it is an effort to get the ball through the hoop, but when it happens it is so exciting to watch. Sometimes it takes the mini Lakers 3 seasons before they get a goal! No experience is necessary, and it is a wonderful way to get your child involved in a team sport.

 

How do I know if I have to go up an age group next season?

There are set cut off dates:

Summer season: 31 December

Winter season: 30 June

e.g.: If you turn 11 before Dec31, then you would have to go up to under 12's for the Summer season.

 If you turn 11 after December 31, then you can stay in U11's for the Summer season

 

What are the seasons? 

In domestic basketball, there are two seasons Summer - October to March (breaking over Dec/Jan school holidays)

and Winter - April to September 

 

How can I become more involved in the club?

We thought you'd never ask!! Contact any of our friendly committee members to find out how! We meet once a month on a Monday night at 7.30pm in a meeting room at Club Kilsyth. Please contact any of the committee members for more details.

 

How does the club communicate with parents?

The Lakers uses "Facebook" to send out messages about the clubs activiities. All parents and players should like MLBC Lakers to be able to view the messages. In need, emails and SMS messages can be sent, depending on the need.

 

Apart from season fee's what else do I need to pay each week?

At the stadium: there is a $2.50 entry fee for all players and spectators over 12 years of age.

Before the game: your team manager will ask you for usually  $6 or $7 per game, this pays for your team sheet, which in turn pays for the referee's and stadium expenses. This amount may vary depending on how many are in your team.

 

We are playing another Lakers team this week. How will they tell us apart?

Alternate tops can be arranged through Darren Edmondson, our coach’s coordinator. PH: 0419 204 606. Please don’t leave this until the last minute as you may miss out. Alternately you can borrow them from the stadium at no charge if you are playing another Lakers team. The FIRST LISTED team on the fixture must change their tops.

 

We are playing Kilsyth Heat this week. Do we need to wear alternate tops?

Yes. Lakers always change as they came into the competition after Kilsyth Heat. If you can’t get them from Darren, they can be hired from the stadium for around $10.00 per game. They are only loaned if you are playing another Lakers team.

 

How do I know when and where we are playing each week?

Go to the Kilsyth Basketball website, click on fixtures, Domestic. You will need to know your team number, grade and age level. If you are unsure, speak to your team manager. A link to the fixtures is also on our website, www.mlbclakers.com.au

 

How many games does my child have to play to qualify for finals?

Usually it is half of the playable games for the season. If there is any reason a player will not qualify for finals please speak to your coordinator. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child plays enough games to qualify.

 

My child has an injury and may not qualify for finals. What do we do?

  1. Get a Doctors Certificate showing the start date the player was injured.
  2. Email a copy of the certificate to your coordinator who will ensure it is lodged with the association. The player will then receive qualification for those games. IMPORTANT- make sure the player is NOT ticked on the computer as taking part in any game within the dates on the certificate as that will void the certificate. Please ensure your team manager and coach both know there has been a certificate lodged.

 

My child was injured during a game. What can I do?

Fill in an incident report at the stadium kiosk and ask for an insurance claim form. This insurance will cover some out of pocket expenses but is not a comprehensive policy. You can also download a form from the Kilsyth Basketball website.

 

We don’t have enough players this week to field a team, what should I do?

Notify your coordinator who will try to get ‘fill ins’ for your team. Please leave this to your coordinator as there are rules as to who you can have to fill in and you will forfeit the game if you put the wrong player in the team.

As a last resort the coordinator will notify the Club President of a walkover. It costs the club between $60.00 and $100.00 every time we give a walkover so the decision must be made by one of the clubs executive. Kilsyth Basketball Association will not accept a walkover from anyone other than the club President. If a team needs to forfeit more than once in a season, the club will consider withdrawing the team.

 

How are teams decided?

We try to put teams together according to their skill level. Where possible we like to keep friends together but keep in mind, this may not always be possible. Team placement priority will always go to the players who have registered and paid their fees. If you aren’t happy with your child’s team placement, please contact your coordinator. We will try to facilitate your wishes but keep in mind, it may be a great chance for your child to make new friends.

 

I am unhappy with the grade my child‘s team has been put into, what do I do?

Discuss this with your team manager and coach. They can then email the game details to the coordinator after the third game of the proper season.

The Coordinator will take the issue up with the association if they feel the team has been graded incorrectly.

 

I am having a few money problems. Can I pay the fees in installments?

Definitely, please call our Treasurer, Phil Hands on 0419 525 052  to arrange a payment plan.

 

I am unhappy with the refereeing during the game.

Speak to the team manager and coach and if they agree, ask the team manager to find a supervisor to watch the game. If this does not improve the refereeing, then a complaint needs to come from the club, in writing. (Please remember, Kilsyth Basketball will not consider any complaint which has not come through the club.

 Send to your coordinator the game details (date, time, stadium) and an explanation of what was wrong with the refereeing and if the coordinator feels it warrants further action, the President will lodge a complaint with the association. You do not need the referee’s name, just a description. The referee does not have to give you their name. Do not approach the referee, or argue with the referees. Remember the children learn from their elders, so set a good example.

 

I have been asked to score and I have never done it before?

Ask the other parents in your team to sit with you and show you what to do until you are confident in what you are doing. There is also a video tutorial on Kilsyth Basketball’s website. Every parent is expected to take their turn in scoring, except the coach’s family.

 

I have been asked to manage the team and do not know what to do?

Being Team manager is easy. Basic Duties are…

  1. Get to the game about 15minutes early to pay for the game
  2. collect enough money from each player to cover the game. Depending on the team size, this can be anywhere from $5 to $7. Any extra money collected can go to purchasing a present for the Coach from the team at the end of each season or for a team break-up! Please speak to your team and discuss.
  3. make sure the computer is correct-make sure players details are correct
  4. Set up a scoring roster
  5. Liaise between the co-ordinator and the team
  6. notify the players and coach of any walkover or game time change
  7. Organize alternate tops if needed

All parents in the team are expected to help out in some way, either coaching, team managing or on the committee.

 

Where do I find out my child’s team, coach and training time?

All information will be posted on Facebook and on our website. If your child’s name is missing from the list, please ensure you have registered for the season and paid or the player will not be eligible to play. The next step is to call a coordinator, but please ensure you have registered and paid before you call.