Basketball Australia is the governing body for the sport of basketball in Australia and is responsible for Australian national teams, the Centre of Excellence, the WNBL, SEABL, NWBL, national junior championships and Aussie Hoops - Australian basketballs official junior game development program.
An Olympic and Paralympic sport, basketball shares one of the highest international profiles with 213 nations currently playing the world’s second largest game. Highly regarded on the world stage, Australia is currently ranked 4th as a nation by the global body FIBA.
With strong national talent and the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics and then World Championships and Commonwealth Games, Australian basketball is set to be in the spotlight over the next three years.
Under its national team remit Basketball Australia oversees 15 teams:
The Boomers – Senior Men
The Opals – Senior Women
The Emerging Boomers – U23 Men
The Emerging Opals – U23 Women
The Emus – U19 Men
The Gems – U19 Women
The Crocs - U17 Men
The Sapphires - U17 Women
The Rollers – Senior Wheelchair Men
The Gilders – Senior Wheelchair Women
The Spinners – U23 Wheelchair Men
The Devils – U25 Wheelchair Women
The Boomerangs – Intellectual Disability Men
The Pearls – Intellectual Disability Women
The Goannas – Deaf Men
These teams have brought home over 40 medals from official international competition including Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships with major event gold medal performances including:
1992 – Australian Pearls – World Championships Spain
1993 – Australian U19 Gems – World Championships Korea
1996 – Australian Rollers – Atlanta Paralympics
1997 – Australian Emerging Boomers – World Championships Australia
2003 – Australian U19 Emus – World Championships Greece
2006 – Australian Opals – World Championships Brazil
2006 – Australian Opals – Commonwealth Games Australia
2006 – Australian Boomers – Commonwealth Games Australia
2008 – Australian Rollers – Beijing Paralympics
2010 – Australian Rollers – World Championships United Kingdom
2014 – Australian Rollers – World Championships South Korea
Contributing to Australian basketballs high performance success is its strong grassroots base that features over 400 associations nationwide and the national Aussie Hoops program. Launched in 2002 and refreshed in 2014, Aussie Hoops continues to provide 5-10 year olds and their families with a structured, safe and fun basketball experience.
The national leagues of the NBL (established 1979), the WNBL (established 1981), the SEABL (established 1981) and the NWBL (established 1988) house much of Australia’s emerging talent as well as many international athletes. Rich in history, each league forms a vital part of the Australian Basketball Pathway for participants.
Basketball Australia also has a number of other national properties including;
The Basketball Network (TBN)
TBN provides affiliated associations with a website, registration system and competition module making the business of basketball more efficient. Through the website Basketball Australia communicates to all associations (through cascading news) and the website and registration system provides associations with the ability to communicate effectively with their members.
Australian Junior Championships
The Australian Junior Championships bring all states together for competition from U14 to U20. This is where the world can find the next Lauren Jackson or Andrew Bogut and it may well happen in your backyard as the championships are rotated throughout Australia. The Ivor Burge Championships (hosted with the U20 Australian Junior Championships) was introduced in 1995 and is one of the world's premier competitions for athletes with an Intellectual Disability. The Australian Schools Championship determines the champion secondary school in Australia.
National Intensive Training Centre Program (NITCP)
The NITCP was introduced in 1992 to develop both athletes (aged 14 - 17) and coaches throughout Australia to national and international standards. The program has been regarded as one of the world's premier junior development programs.
National Referees Development Program (NRDP)
The NRDP provides referees with additional training and mentoring to accelerate their development. Australia's referees have a proud and successful history internationally and the NRDP is a key element in that development.
National Insurance Scheme
Basketball Australia's National Insurance Scheme provides cover to all affiliated associations and provides one of the most comprehensive schemes available in sport in Australia with public liability, professional indemnity, player injury as well as Directors and Officers insurance.
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Reporting to the Basketball Australia Board are five strategic commissions that will assist in governing the sport. These commissions are led by a member of the Basketball Australia Board and make strategic recommendations to Basketball Australia.
Members of each commission were 50 per cent nominated through an open and inclusive nomination process, with the balance directly appointed by the board. (There is a different nomination process for the NBL Commission).
The five commissions are:
Basketball Australia is the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia. Basketball Australia, together with our state/territory associations and national league clubs, is responsible for the growth and development of the sport through the Strategic Plan.
2015 Strategic Plan coming soon!
To see Basketball Australia's Policies, By-Laws and Guidelines please click here to be taken to the correct page on our website.
The following people have been awarded the BA Life Time Achievement Award:
2007 Fred Van Dongen (QLD)
2006 Robert Young OAM (QLD)
2006 Jack Small OAM (NSW)(dec)
2004 Ken Watson (VIC)(dec)