BULLITS BASKETBALL CLUB
Bullits Basketball Club is a community based, non-profit, junior sporting club based in the Sandringham area. The Club is run by a hardworking and dedicated group of volunteers who enable our club to field over 100 teams each season, primarily in the Southern Basketball Association (SBA) competition. Our aim is to promote healthy and regular competition for all boys and girls in the local area.
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As a grassroots basketball club, Bullits provides a great opportunity for businesses to support a local sports team and gain exposure and support among local families.
For more information on our sponsors and sponsorship packages, please visit out Sponsor Page.
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Thank you for your support. The funds will be used to support the Club as we continue to grow, develop Junior Coaches, and keep registration costs as low as possible.
SPORTSMART CLUB ADVANTAGE PROGRAM:
Bullits have signed up for the Sportsmart Club Advantage program. This provides the club with a 3% rebate on purchases made by our members. We will use this to purchase extra training equipment.
The Club Advantage number is 800533. Please quote this number at time of purchase.
AUTUMN SEASON (JAN - JUNE 2023):
Registrations have now closed for Autumn 23 season.
Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for new registration enquiries.
Games commence Monday 30th January 2023. The first four games will be grading games - fixtures are published weekly during grading and the fixture for the season will be published when grading games are complete.
Domestic fixtures are published on the Southern Basketball website. Please also note current Covid restrictions at SBA stadiums.
There are no games over school holidays and the Melbourne Cup Day long weekend (Friday 28 October - Tuesday 1 November inclusive).
Semi finals commence Saturday 10th June. Grand finals will be played over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June
Training commences Monday 30th January 2023. One parent per team is permitted in the stadium during training and must be fully vaccinated. Training sessions run for 45 minutes and teams are asked to leave immediately for the next teams' session.
Bullits uniforms are now available to be purchased online. Please use the following link to go to the ordering page: SHOP
Bullits Basketball Club is a community based, not for profit, junior basketball Club. Our playing base is primarily drawn from the Sandringham, Hampton, Highett, East Brighton and Black Rock area. This encompasses many of the schools in the area but predominantly Sandringham Primary, Sandringham East Primary, St Mary’s, Hampton Primary, Haileybury, St Leonard’s, Sandringham Secondary College.
The Club is run by a hardworking and dedicated team of volunteers who manage the club for the benefit of our playing membership. We encourage the inclusion of all kids of differing playing abilities to be involved in sport and the benefits of team participation. We encourage friendship based teams as well as individual players looking for a team. We try to place individual players in the best fit for experience that we can. We also do soft grading where requested and encourage the development of teams that want to be competitive in the higher grades.
History & Philosophy
Bullits began as a basketball association in 1991 when a group of Sandringham Primary School friends decided to create their own team instead of playing for various other clubs. The friends wanted the team name to be Bullets but the parents deliberately altered the name to Bullits. The blue & yellow colours were borrowed from Sandy Primary. In their first season, these boys were runners-up in the Under 13A competition.
In the second season, they were joined by a girls team, the Sandpipers, whose colour was fluro pink. By the third season, several other younger boys and girls teams had joined the Club, all now dressed in blue & yellow. The name was changed to Bullits-Sandpipers Basketball Association Inc. The name was legally changed to Bullits Basketball Club Incorporated in 1997.
The founding Bullits Committee included Graham Borghero, Carl Treasure, Sue Lewis and Ellen McCartney. Their efforts helped ensure the enduring success of the Club - for example, they established the Sandringham Secondary College Hall as the training venue we use today.
The Bullits Basketball Club is led and managed by a group of volunteers forming the Committee of Management. The Committee usually meets on the second Wednesday of even months, i.e. February, April, June, August, October and December (if required). These meetings occur at the Sandringham Basketball Stadium at Tulip Street and all are welcome to attend.
An Annual General Meeting is held in July each year where a new committee is elected. The notice of the AGM is sent to all teams via Team Managers. We encourage as many people as possible to attend to share ideas, provide feedback, nominate for a position, or simply find out more about the Club and how it runs.
The Bullits Committee for 2020/21 is:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 Bullits AGM. To read about the Club's activities and progress over the last 12 months, the President's Report can be found here.
President's report 2019.
President's report 2020.
President's report 2021.
President's report 2022.
Life Membership recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals to the Bullits Basketball Club.
Recipients of a Life Membership Award are:
Rowena Francis - 2016
Rowena served as the Registrar of Bullits Basketball Club for 11 years and was Vice-President for 6 years. She played a significant role in the growth of our club and is still an active supporter.
Jenny Mouat - 2020
Jenny served on the Committee of Bullits Basketball Club for 10 years in various roles, including President for 5 years. She has been instrumental in leading and supporting the Club, sharing her knowledge and experience, and guiding the Committee.
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FEES & REGISTRATION
If you are looking for a team for your child, please complete the New Player Enquiry Form to enable the Club to place your child into an appropriate team.
Autumn season runs from January - June and spring season runs from July - December. Hence ideally, please contact us in October/November for autumn season and in April/May for spring season if you are interested in joining a team. It is a lot more difficult to find a place in a team once the new season has started.
New players are required to pay the Player Registration fee plus purchase a Bullits player singlet and shorts. The Registrar will send you a new player registration link to use upon confirmation of a place in a team.
Towards the end of each season information will be sent out via the website, Team Managers and Facebook posts asking players to register for the following season and the link to be used for registration.
PLEASE REFER TO THE HOME PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE FOR CURRENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND LINKS.
You must use the player username and password to register. The current registration fee is $285: $275 Bullits registration fee and $10 Southern Basketball Association fee. A Basketball Victoria license fee of $25 for juniors and $37 for seniors is required to be paid once per year (covering 2 domestic seasons). Note the BV is a compulsory fee for all players in Victoria, payable every 12 months.
Bullits Basketball Club offers:
A $10 discount on 2nd, 3rd and any subsequent sibling registrations. All siblings must be registered at the same time for the discount to apply.
$100 discount on fees to parents who coach their own children’s teams*.
A reduced registration fee to teams that do not train*.
A payment plan to pay fees in two instalments during the season*.
*Parent coaches and teams that do not train, please email email@example.com for the appropriate registration link.
Uniforms & Merchandise
Players are required to purchase a reversible playing singlet at a cost of $60 and can be purchased direct from the club.
Bullits shorts cost $45.00 and can be purchased direct from the club.
Bullits hoodies are available for purchase through the club at a cost of $85.00. There is the option of having a name embroidered on the back of the hoodie.
Bullits socks cost $12 and can be purchased at any time through the club. They come in the following sizes: 13-3, 2-8, 7-12.
To place your online uniform order please visit our SHOP. You will be advised via text when your order is ready for collection.
POLICIES & DOCUMENTS
Codes of Behaviour
The Bullits Basketball Club Codes of Behaviour sets out the minimum standards for anyone involved in the Club. It should apply when playing, training or taking part in club-sanctioned activities.
The Bullits Basketball Club Codes of Behaviour supplements the Basketball Victoria Codes of Conduct. By registering with Bullits Basketball Club each season, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the BBC Codes of Behaviour document and will abide by it as a member of the Bullits Basketball Club.
Member Protection Policy
The Bullits Basketball Club Member Protection Policy outlines our commitment to a person’s right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be safe and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse. Our policy informs everyone involved in our club of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities and the standards of behaviour that are expected of them. It also covers the care and protection of children participating in our club’s activities.
Team Managers Manual
The Team Manager is the point of contact for each team and is responsible for communication between the team members/parents and the Bullits Committee and Southern Basketball Association. The Team Managers Manual provides team managers with all information needed to successfully perform the role.
A team manager briefing session is conducted at the start of each season and all team managers are encouraged to attend.
Working with Children Check & Member Protection Statutory Declaration
Basketball Victoria requires all people working with Basketball Clubs to provide a Working With Children Check (WCC).
The Bullits Basketball Club Committee support the Act and require all Coaches, Team Managers, Coordinators and Committee members who are 18 years and over to have a Working With Children Check.
The WCC is FREE to volunteers. This link will take you to the application form. For organisation details: Southern Basketball Association, 150 Tulip Street, Cheltenham, 3192.
The Working with Children Check assists in protecting children from sexual or physical harm by ensuring that people who work with, or care for, them are subject to a screening process.
Sworn Police Officers (who are not suspended) only need to supply the Club with a copy of their Police ID and Teachers only need to supply the Club with a copy of their VIT ID.
Basketball Victoria further requires all persons who undertake the WCC to complete a Basketball Victoria Member Protection Statutory Declaration.
A copy of your WCC and the signed Member Protection Statutory Declaration must be completed and submitted to the Bullits Registrar when you become a Coach, Team Manager, Age Coordinator or Committee Member.
A team needs 5 players on the court and 2 or more players on the bench. Southern Basketball Association requires a minimum of 7 players be registered in a team. Club Policy is teams have up to 8 players. It is up to the individual teams if they wish to have 9 players in the team. Some teams prefer 9 players to cover possible illness, injury and unavailability, particularly in the winter season.
Players can fill in for other teams in a higher grade in the same age group for a maximum of two games. Players in a higher grade are unable to fill in for teams playing in a lower grade in the same age group.
Players can also fill in for a team one age group higher. There is no limit to the number of games they can play, however if a player plays more than three games, they are required to register and pay fees to play in the team.
On request Bullits will grade players or teams to match them to the right level of competition.
If you are looking for a team please complete the Player Enquiry Form.
Bullits teams have use of the hall at Sandringham Secondary College on Bluff Rd and the hall at Sandringham East Primary School on Holloway Road.
Teams generally train for 45 minutes subject to court availability and teams are asked to leave immediately to allow Bullits Trainers to wipe down benches and prepare for the next teams' session.
Training times are decided once teams are finalised. The younger age groups are given priority for earlier training time slots over the older age groups. Bullits trainers are provided to either assist the coach with training sessions or they can run the training session for the team.
It is required that at least one parent is always present during training sessions in addition to the coach. This is particularly important if the team has a junior coach.
Teams can elect to play games and not train. A reduced registration fee is available for those teams electing to forgo a weekly training slot.
Bullits coaches are either parents of players or junior coaches. The club will pay for coaches to attend Coaching courses including Level O and Level 1 Courses and any run by the Southern Basketball Association (SBA).
Training Facility Rules
Food should not be consumed inside the hall. Only drinks should be consumed.
Please consider the neighbours when your teams are arriving and departing the venue, especially later in the evening with regards to noise levels.
Teams MUST adhere to their allocated time slot. If your team is late arriving at training for whatever reason, you MUST still finish on time.
The cleaner is only contracted to work to a certain time so it is imperative that teams finish on time. The cleaner has a copy of the roster and is aware when teams are due to finish. The cleaner can commence cleaning the hall if a team finishes at 8:30pm.
Children should not be on the stage, behind the stage or in any of the rooms behind the stage at the Sandringham College facility.
Bikes should not be ridden on the outdoor basketball court at Sandringham College.
Please consider the neighbours when your teams are arriving and departing the venue, especially later in the evening with regards to noise levels.
If the school hall is unavailable for a particular reason (e.g. during exams and NAPLAN testing), teams can train on the outside courts, light permitting at Sandringham College.
Teams are not permitted to use the outside court at Sandringham East Primary.
Autumn 2023 - Training Roster
Coach Registration Form
Junior Coach Application Form
Bullits teams are encouraged to source their own coach. If teams are unable to find a coach, the club will endeavour to source that team a coach, however please note this is not guaranteed. The club provides trainers at training sessions to help run training sessions. Each trainer is a Level 1 Basketball Coach and can be used as a mentor for some ideas or they can run the whole training session for the team each week.
A coaches briefing session is run at the start of each season where all Bullits coaches are encouraged to attend. This session covers the expectations of coaches, provides coaching tips and skill development information for different age groups, and enables coaches to ask questions and share experiences.
Coaches are role models for the players, and it is expected that they show good sportsmanship at all times and don’t criticise the referees or players.
Basketball should be fun and it’s the job of the coach to develop the skills of players as well as hopefully instil a lifelong love of the game!
All Coaches are required to read and sign the Bullits Basketball Club Codes of Behaviour.
What are the age group cut off dates?The age group cut off date is: Autumn and Spring Seasons: December 31st the year that the season is in. Players must play UNDER the age they are on December 31st. i.e. if a player is 9 on December 31st they play U10, if they are 10 or 11 they play U12s, if they are 12 or 13 they play U14.
Can I play up an age group with my friends?Bullits Basketball Club encourages players to play in their age group wherever possible. The Southern Basketball Association Competitions By-Laws determine the domestic competition rules. The by-laws currently allow for players to play up one age group above their current age competition. Hence players are able to play up an age group with their friends if desired. Note there are different rules for Sabres Representative players that must be complied with. Refer to the Competitions By-Laws on the SBA website.
How do I buy a Bullits singlet?Reversible playing singlets are available for purchase direct through our online shop at a cost of $60.00. All new players are required to purchase a singlet.
Where do I buy Bullits shorts?Bullits shorts can be purchased direct from the club via our online shop at a cost of $45.00.
What are the fees to play with Bullits?The current cost of Bullits fees is $255 for a season which is 6 months or two school terms. Plus a $15 Southern Basketball Association fee. A Basketball Victoria fee of $25 for juniors and $37 for seniors is due once a year (covering two consecutive domestic seasons). Note the BV is a compulsory fee for all players in Victoria, payable every 12 months. We offer a $10 sibling discount for additional registrations at the same time.
I coach my child’s team, is there a coach concession?Parents who coach their child's team will receive a $100 reduction in fees.
What is the cost of entry into the stadium?Under 18 years entry to the stadium is FREE. 18 years and over can pay $4 casual entry fee or purchase a Membership Entry Card online at the SBA website for $25. This pass gives unlimited entry to the stadium for one season excluding finals games. An entry fee of $4 per adult is payable throughout finals.
What day does each age group play?Monday: U12 Girls, U18 Girls Tuesday: U14 Girls Wednesday: U16 Girls Thursday: U10 Girls and U10 Boys Friday: U9 Girls and U9 Boys Saturday: U12 Boys, U14 Boys, U16A/B Boys, U18A/B Boys Sunday: U16 C/D Boys, 18 Boys, U21 Men and Women, U23 Men and Women
What are the game times?On weekdays games are generally played at: 4.15pm, 5.00pm, 5.45pm, 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8.00pm, 8.45pm (if required). The number of teams in the competition will determine the game time.
Where are games played?The main stadium is in Tulip St, Cheltenham. Games are also played at Cheltenham Secondary College, Mentone Girls Secondary College, Mentone Grammar and Parkdale Secondary College.
Do games run over the school holidays?No. Games run throughout the school term.
Where do I access the game fixture?Game times, days and venues can be found on www.southernbasketball.com.au under “Domestic Competitions” - “Fixtures”. You can access the page here.
How many players should be in a team?A team needs 5 players on the court and 2 or 3 players on the bench. Club policy is teams have up to 8 players. It is up to the individual teams if they wish to register with 9 players. When determining team size, consideration should be given as to whether players are involved in any other sports that may clash with basketball games (e.g. football in the winter season).
How many games can I fill in for a team in a higher grade in the same age group?Maximum 2 games.
How many games can I fill in for a team in a higher age group?There is no limit. However if you play more than 3 games you would have to register and pay fees to play in the team.
Does Bullits grade teams?Bullits is primarily a friendship based club but on request we will grade players or teams.
I have never scored before, where can I get information?"Scoring instructions are available at: https://basketballvictoria.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PHQ-ElectronicScoring-200120-2.pdf Please note that when scoring, it is expected that scorers will act impartially, ie no cheering, yelling or coaching from the scorebench.
Where do Bullits teams train?Junior teams train in the school stadium at Sandringham East Primary School (Holloway Road) and the hall at Sandringham Secondary College on Bluff Rd (enter via Lawson Pde).
Do I need to provide a coach for a team?Teams are encouraged to source their own coach. Parents who coach their son/daughter’s team will receive a $100 discount on fees. If teams are unable to source their own coach, the club will endeavour to find that team a coach. Please note this is not guaranteed. If successful, the team is required to pay a $150 Junior Coach Levy that will contribute towards the payment the coach receives at the end of the season. The club provides trainers at training sessions at Sandringham East Primary School and Sandringham Secondary College to help run training sessions. Each trainer is a Level 1 Basketball Coach and can be used as a mentor for some ideas or run the whole session each week.
Do Bullits teams have to train each week?Teams can elect to play games and not train. A reduced registration fee is available for those teams electing to forgo a weekly training slot.
What is the heat policy for games and training?Games: if the court temperature is over 35 degrees then game times will be shortened to 18 minute halves with a five minute half time and a mandatory time out at the 9 minute mark of each half. Training is cancelled if the temperature is over 35 degrees at 3.30pm.