METRO & DISTRICT BASKETBALL

 The Basketball South Australia metro and district competition is a competition involving male and female Junior (Under 10 – Under 18), Youth League (Under 23) and Senior (open age) teams

The competition includes over 500 teams competing in over 70 groups / divisions

About District Basketball

The Basketball SA Metro and District Basketball Competitions are currently under review, which has resulted in a new competition framework. 

1.     The new competition framework to be implemented from 2022 for a period of 4 years (with a review conducted after 2 years) will consist of:

This framework combines features from multiple options presented. It will increase opportunity for tournament play along with providing flexibility for clubs to run trials and development programs post the main District season.

A smaller working group, selected by the Competitions Department will be established to determine the grading system to be deployed in 2022.

 

2.     Revert the Basketball SA Competition Program to be known as District League for all Divisions, chronologically from Division 1 onwards and removing reference to Metro League.

Different league categories could form the foundation for future competition frameworks, however at this time and in line with stakeholder and member feedback, the competition will be known as District League with chronological numbering from Division 1 onwards. This option may be revisited and explored at a later stage.

 

3.     Amendments to the close of District and Metro Season 2021

In order to implement a new competition framework in 2022, clubs need as much time as possible to conduct internal trials and prepare teams into 2022 age groups. 

As previously advised, rounds 6 and 7 that were missed due to COVID-19 restrictions will not be replayed. Remaining scheduled games will be re-ordered where possible to facilitate all teams playing each other at least once in all divisions. 

Unfortunately, State Championships will not be held this year in 2021

An alternate format for finals will be used for 2021 to account for missed rounds and uneven games played. The 2021 finals series will see the top 8 teams play off over 3 weekends and 4 finals rounds.

These were not easy decisions to make, however programming needs to take into consideration the current and unpredictable COVID-19 environment, including recent exposure sites in South Australia. The removal of State Champs from the 2021 calendar provides an efficient close to the current season, but also provides flexibility to finish the 2021 season should this be needed due to further COVID-19 restrictions or stay at home orders. 

The Basketball SA Competitions Department extends its warm thanks to the many club personnel who deliberated and considered a range of options and rationale which greatly assisted the formation of the schedule for the remainder of 2021 which is outlined in the table below. 

Note the below table excludes NBL1, Youth League & District Seniors

As noted above, the COVID-19 environment is fluid and circumstances can change rapidly, impacting our ability to play sport. The following guidelines will be followed if further games are missed due to COVID-19 restrictions or stay at home orders:

  • Minor round games missed due to COVID-19 lockdowns will not be replayed
    • for the purposes of finals qualification, these games will count as games played
  • The 12th November 2021 is the latest date the Grand Final will be rescheduled to:
    •  A top 8 final series will be played over 3 weekends where this can be accommodated up to 12 November 2021
    • A top 6 final series will be played over 2 weekends where this can be accommodated up to 12 November 2021
    • A top 4 final series will be played over 1 weekend where this can be accommodated up to 12 November 2021
  • The 2021 Metro and District Season will be considered over/forfeited if unable to conduct the Grand Final by 12th November 2021

Youth League and District Seniors will play out Season 2021 as originally scheduled, and Covid-19 contingency guidelines will include:

  • Minor round games missed due to COVID-19 lockdowns will not be replayed
    • for the purposes of finals qualification, these games will count as games played
  • The 27th November is the latest date the Grand Final will be rescheduled to
    • A top 8 final series will be played over 3 weekends where this can be accommodated up to 27 November 2021
    • A top 6 final series will be played over 2 weekends where this can be accommodated up to 27 November 2021
    • A top 4 final series will be played over 1 weekend where this can be accommodated up to 27 November 2021
  • The 2021 Season will be considered over/forfeited if unable to conduct the Grand Final by 27th November 2021

 

The competition framework for Youth League and District Seniors was not reviewed as part of the Competition Co-design Workshops. Any changes to be implemented for 2022 will be considered via consultation with clubs and key stakeholders and communicated separately.