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 80 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.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK FUNDRAISER:
The 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Book and Digital Memberships feature over $20,000 worth of valuable up-to-50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for some of the best local restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, movies, travel and much more for only $70. To purchase your Entertainment Memberships from Bullits Basketball Club to support our fundraising efforts, please use this link.
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.
SUMMER SEASON 2019/20:
Happy new year!
Games resume on Tuesday 28th January 2020. There are no games over labour day weekend (7-9 March). Please note, semi finals run from Saturday 14th March - Friday 20th March. Grand final weekend is Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March. The competition game calendar with school and public holidays is available here.
By-laws for the summer season can be found on the SBA website here.
WINTER SEASON WRAP UP:
Well done to all our teams that competed in finals and a big congratulations to the following teams that won their grand final:
U10AR Girls Cherry
U10C Girls Scarlet
U12C2 Girls Magenta
U14B Girls Amber
U12A Boys Galaxy
U14C4 Boys Fluro
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Thank you to everyone who attended the Bullits AGM. To read about the Club's activities and progress over the last 12 months, the President's report is available here.
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, East Sandringham, 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 "fluoro 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 2019/20 is:
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.
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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.
Summer season runs from October - March and winter season runs from April - September. Hence ideally, please contact us in August for summer season and in March for winter 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 $260.
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.
50% discount to parents who coach their own children’s teams*.
A reduced Registration fee to teams that do not train*.
*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 singlet at a cost of $45 and can be purchased direct from the club. Two 'uniform days' will be run at the end of each season to enable the purchase of singlets. Second hand tops can also be purchased at a cost of $20 if the required size and number is available.
Bullits shorts cost $45.00 and can be purchased direct from the club. A limited number of second hand shorts are also available at a cost of $20.
An order for Bullits Hoodies is arranged through the club once each year. A player’s name can be embroidered on the back for an additional cost. Team Managers will distribute information and collect team orders and payment when an order is being arranged.
Bullits socks cost $10 and can be purchased at any time through the club. They come in the following sizes: 13-3, 2-8.
Bullits Hair Ribbons
Bullits Hair ribbon can be purchased at any time through the club. The cost is $4.50 per metre.
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. All players, parents and coaches are required to read and sign the Codes of Behaviour and submit to the Team Manager at the start of each season.
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 five 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 exclusive use of the hall at Sandringham Secondary College on Bluff Rd, Monday to Friday 4.00pm-8.30pm. We also have some time slots at Black Rock Primary School, 71 Arkaringa Cres, Black Rock VIC 3193.
Teams generally train for 45 minutes subject to court availability. 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 at Sandringham Secondary College 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.
Weekly Skills Training Sessions
Bullits offer weekly skills sessions open to any player who wishes to attend at no additional cost. These are currently held at Sandringham Secondary College:
MONDAY 6.15- 7PM ADVANCED SKILLS SESSION (OUTSIDE COURT)
WEDNESDAY 4.45 - 5.30PM BEGINNERS SKILLS SESSION (OUTSIDE COURT)
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).
Sandringham Secondary College hall use
The hall should be open at 3:45pm every week day so that teams can start training as soon as they arrive. But if the hall isn't open, please try to get there a bit early and go around to the office and kindly ask to have the hall opened.
Food should not be consumed inside the hall as this can attract rodents. Only drinks should be consumed.
Children should not be on the stage, behind the stage or in any of the rooms behind the stage.
Bikes should not be ridden on the outdoor basketball court.
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 stick 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.
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.
Training Roster Summer 2019-20
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 at Sandringham Secondary College on Bluff Road 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.