Players must play their correct age groups
It is the opinion and directive of Hoopstars Basketball, and Southern Districts Basketball Association, that all players will register and play in their correct age groups.
Your child may have more developed skills than what the competition offers, but what they may be missing is court awareness and good decision-making ability to apply their skills effectively. The way to achieve this is through playing confidently in their own age group and not moving up early. By remaining in their age group they will learn more than the basic dribble, pass and shoot. They learn to lead others, share the game with potentially less skilled players and develop the knowledge to get their team the best shot and not necessarily just themselves. Southern Districts has taken steps to have age groups reflect those of the BQ representative season therefore, highly skilled players will be playing in these age groups at the highest level possible so remaining in their age group is essential.
Moving up an age group will only be approved and considered at the Association level and significant evidence needs to be provided for the consideration of an exemption to move up an age group.
Hoopstars does support players who want to play in two age groups. This can be discussed with the Boys or Girls coordinator who will liaise with the Executive Commitee for final decisions. The second age group is at a reduced fee. However, priority has to be given to their actual age group. This is due to the Association bylaws that state players must be eligible for finals in their own age group to play finals in their second age group. Draw clashes for players playing in two age groups must be managed appropriately or the opportunity to play in the higher age group will be removed by the club and the player will be de registered from the higher age group.
Opportunities will also exist for players to play additional games in higher divisions or age groups throughout the year as injury, illness and other concerns come into play.