Team Formation Process

Richmond Basketball Club has a Team Formation Committee made up of 2 experienced coaches on the committee, Registrar, Team Operations manager and the Coaching coordinator. This committee oversees the process of determining the RBC teams for the impending HBA season adhering to the RBC Team Formation Guidelines. These guidelines include the following:

1)       Teams should have a minimum of 8 players and a maximum of 10 players, however the club recommends NO more than 9 players.

2)      All players should play in their correct age bracket in order for them to complete in the Hawthorn Basketball Association competition.

The HBA determines age eligibility on a player’s age at the end of the year that the season finishes, eg: 18/19 Summer Season will finish in 2019, so a player’s age at end 2019 is the bench mark for age groupings.

U/9 (Players Born 2011) played on a lower ring

U10 (Players Born 2010)

U/12 (Players Born 2009, 2008)

U/14 (Players Born 2007, 2006)

U/16 (Players Born 2005, 2004) boys go to a size 7 ball

U/18 (Players Born 2003, 2002)

U/23 (Players Born 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)

3)       While friendship groups of players are considered when forming teams, issues that may affect the individual player’s development will also be regarded. This may involve placing a player in a more skilled team to allow his or her development to progress, or conversely in a less skilled team to allow a player the chance to develop in a less competitive environment.

4)     Overall team structure is considered, in respect to height, speed, offensive and defensive skills. This is more important in the older age group (U14 age onwards).

5)     In forming teams, the objectives are to place children in a division that is appropriate to their standard so they can fully participate in the game, interact in the best possible way with their teammates and further their basketball skills.

6)      Consideration is given to the HBA Representative Player Restrictions (points system) that allocate points to Representative Players. Under this policy, each team may have no more than 14 points worth of representative players.

7)      If a team is short of the required number of players, the club reserves the right to add players to the team based on the Expression of Interest (waiting list) order.

8)      All teams need to have their own volunteer Team Manager and Coach. It is mandatory that both of these people have a Working with Children Check. For more information, see our Working with Children Check page.

9)      All players will be required to complete a Richmond Basketball Club Player Registration form (each competition season) which will permit the players to train with the club and compete in the Hawthorn Basketball Association

10)       Anyone NOT registered, cannot train with the team at formal training sessions or play in a formal game (as they will not be covered by insurance)

Please note:

If an existing Richmond Basketball Club Registered Player decides not to continue playing basketball in the following season (eg. they might like to play a different sport), they are no longer considered registered with the Richmond Basketball Club and their position on the team will be filled with either a current member or someone on the waiting list. If that child would like to return to Richmond Basketball Club in the future, they will need to register an Expression of Interest via the RBC website. The returning Player will not be guaranteed a position in any previous team they may have played in.