While there is no set convention for where to start basketball, the following programs offer a simplified means of showing the stages in basketball participation, competitions and tournaments. 

Competitions and Programs

Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s introductory program for primary school aged children. This is often the first introduction to basketball and focuses on a fun skilled based experience. 

There are a number of Aussie Hoops centres across metropolitan and regional South Australia. To view a list of these centres and access contact details, please click here.

MSBL Mini is a fun, social competition for primary school aged children and is the next step up from Aussie Hoops. Schools generally offer MSBL Mini as a sports option for children and create teams to play in their local stadium. 

This is often also the first time parents or care givers are introduced to the sport and is a great time to begin getting involved in coaching.  For more information on the MSBL Mini program, please click here

Domestic Basketball is a junior social competition run by local clubs and Associations. Players can join a domestic competition to play for fun and fitness, or may join to develop skills with the aim of transitioning to District competition. To find a domestic competition near you, please click here.

District Basketball is a highly organised competition consisting of coaches, team managers and players developing to higher levels. The District Basketball competition is the highest level club competition in the state and is run by Basketball South Australia. There are also Club and Association-run tournaments providing higher level competition play. 

To learn more about the District Competition and to access club contacts, please click here

MSBL Senior basketball competitions are run at Basketball South Australia stadiums, the Lights Community and Recreation Centre, and the St Clair Recreation Centre. 

MSBL is all-inclusive and welcomes players of all abilities and skill-levels to participate. To view more information about MSBL, please click here

MSBL Masters is a competition for players over the age of 45 who want to continue playing basketball in a structured and semi-competitive environment. 

MSBL Masters is run in several stadiums across Adelaide and each competition enjoys a great social environment. To view more information about MSBL, please click here

Walking Basketball is a low-impact, social and fun way to improve the levels of physical activity for inactive and slightly active Australians, including those recovering from injury.

Walking Basketball is for participants across all ages, genders and abilities and helps to maintain and improve health and decrease risk factors associated with sedentary behaviour. For more information on Walking Basketball, please click here.


3×3 Community Hustle is one of three NBL 3×3 Hustle programs. The 3×3 style of game is a convenient game for anyone anywhere. The game requires 3 starters and one sub and is played on one basket in a half-court setting. 

For more information on the 3×3 Hustle program, please click here

Inclusive Programs

MSBL Inclusive is a basketball competition that provides playing and training opportunities for players with an intellectual disability or integration difficulty.

To view more information about MSBL, please click here

MSBL Wheelchair In conjunction with the South Australian Wheelchair Basketball Association, Basketball South Australia is proud to promote the MSBL Wheelchair competition.  MSBL Wheelchair is a reverse-inclusion social competition, welcoming people without disabilities to the challenge of participating in activities traditionally designed for those with disabilities.

To view more information about MSBL, please click here

Elite Performance Pathways

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State Representation positions are offered to the players in the state that have been identified at high level representation competitions. South Australia has state teams in the U16, U18, U20 and Ivor Burge National Championships organised by Basketball Australia. 

To learn more about our High Performance basketball program, please click here. To learn more about the SA Country Basketball state programs, please click here.


Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence takes a holistic approach to the development of elite international athletes and integrates education, basketball services, sports science and personal excellence into its daily training environment. Players who are identified through the CoE and or performance in State Teams can be offered positions in national junior squads (World U17 and U19 Championships).

To learn more about the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, please click here

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WNBL & NBL are Australia’s National Basketball Leagues and players identified in high level basketball competitions and programs, can be recruited to teams across the nation. South Australia’s WNBL, NBL and NWBL teams are the Adelaide Lightning, Adelaide 36ers, and West Adelaide Thunder. 

To learn more about the WNBL, please click here. To learn more about the NBL, please click here.

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Opals & Boomers represents Australia in international basketball competition including the Olympics, FIBA Oceania Championships and FIBA World Cup Championships.

To learn more about the Australia’s National teams, please click here