Basketball Australia is the governing and controlling body for the sport of basketball in Australia and is located across two offices in South Melbourne, Victoria and Waterloo, Sydney.
The members of Basketball Australia are the state/territory basketball associations and, from 1 July 2009, the member clubs of the National Basketball League. BA runs the national leagues and national teams and national junior championships.
Basketball is an Olympic and Paralympic sport and shares one of the highest international profiles and in 2008 Australia's proud tradition with on court success continued, with Australia winning 3 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Rollers, the senior wheelchair men's team won GOLD the Australian Opals won SILVER and the Gliders, the senior wheelchair women's team, won BRONZE.
Australia as a nation is currently ranked as the third in the world by FIBA, there are currently 213 nations playing basketball.
Basketball Australia oversees 15 Australian National Teams and a total of 34 medals have been won at official international competition events, these include Olympic & Paralympic Games plus World Championships.
Australia's first international GOLD came in 1992 when the Pearls (Players with an intellectual disability for women) won the World Championships in Madrid followed; in 1993 by the Gems (U19 Women) won the World Championships in Korea. The Rollers first GOLD medal came at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, and the Crocs (U23 Men) won GOLD at the 1997 World Championships. The Emus (U19 Men) won Gold in Greece at the World Championships and our first senior GOLD medal came in 2006 in Brazil with the Opals winning the ultimate prize at the World Championships. The Opals and Boomers both won GOLD at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
On home soil the National Basketball League (NBL) was first established in 1979 and the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) in 1981. These two pre-eminent Australian competitions are run from October to March/April each year.
In 2002 Basketball Australia introduced Aussie Hoops, a program for primary school children to begin, enjoy and play basketball. In its first three years, more than 300,000 kids around Australia participated in the program.
Basketball Australia also has a number of national properties in addition to the Aussie Hoops, NBL & WNBL and these properties include;
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.
National Junior Championships
The National 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 Nationals) was introduced in 1995 and is one of the world's premier competitions for athletes with an Intellectual Disability. The National Schools Championship determines the champion secondary school in Australia.
School Sport Australia, in partnership with Basketball Australia, conduct the Primary and Secondary Schools tournament, which is for state school teams.
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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