Junior representative basketball in Victoria’s North East will take on a new look for 2021 with the Junior Country Basketball League (JCBL) set to start this week!
Starting on Friday 29 January 2021, this development competition will run throughout Term 1 as a reintroduction to representative basketball for young athletes in the North East area of regional Victoria.
The initial concept for the JCBL was signaled in July last year when Basketball Victoria recognised the ability to conduct association tournaments in the latter half of 2020 would be jeopardised due to COVID-19 restrictions.
After discussions with several country associations, feedback indicated the best way to proceed was with the introduction of a JCBL trial competition.
The JCBL will see teams across Under-12 to Under-18 age groups compete on a home–and-away basis on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
The JCBL North East pilot competition will feature 10 country associations including Benalla, Cobram, Euroa, Mansfield, Myrtleford, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
Country Competitions Coordinator Sammy Cartwright expects the introduction of the JCBL to elevate the level of junior country athletes while reconnecting the country community after the events of 2020.
“It is incredibly exciting to be at the forefront of this new competition that may change the way junior basketball looks in the North East Region,” said Cartwright.
“Not only does this format allow our junior players to get back to basketball after such a long period, but it also allows us to assist in providing some revenue for associations by hosting games.
“Our priority is to provide avenues for the continual development of associations, athletes, coaches and referees, and to see our game being appreciated for the awesome sport it is.”
Round 5 – 8 will be announced later in the season.