New Junior Representative Calendar

Basketball Queensland (BQ) is pleased to reveal our new junior representative calendar, set to come into effect for the 2021/22 season.

Starting with the Under 18s, the upcoming representative cycle will see a reduced overlap in age groups running simultaneously, with competitions aligned to school terms and Basketball Australia’s Australian Junior Championships (AJC), and no change in the amount of games played.

The biggest change to the representative calendar is the Under 12 age group commencing fixtures a few months later in June/July 2022, and the Under 12 State Championships to be held in the September school holidays.

The amount of weekend commitment for teams will also be reduced with the introduction of carnivals rounds into the SQJBC competition. Carnivals rounds already feature in our NQJBC and CQJBC competitions and helps to better prepare teams for State Championships.

The 2021/22 fixture window for the NQJBC and CQJBC competitions will continue to start earlier than SQJBC due to travel requirements for carnivals.

2021/22 SQJBC Fixtures Windows

Under 21 Oct 21- Dec 21
Under 18 Oct 21 – Jan 22 
Under 16 Feb 22 – Apr 22
Under 14 May 22 – Jul 22
Under 12 Jul 22 – Sep 22

2021/22 CQJBC & NQJBC Fixtures Windows
Under 21 Oct 21- Dec 21
Under 18 Oct 21 – Jan 22
Under 16 Dec 21 – Apr 22
Under 14 Mar 22 – Jul 22
Under 12 Jun 22 – Sep 22

2022 State Championships Windows

Under 18 Jan 2022
Under 16 Apr 2022
Under 14 Jul 2022
Under 12 Sep 2022

The new calendar comes following months of consultation with stakeholders and associations, and identifying the key concerns caused due to the current junior representative timeline.

“We were seeing a significant overlap in age groups in 2021 putting a strain on facilities, scheduling and availability of officials for representative fixtures,” said BQ Competitions Manager Iain McLennan.

“At one point we had all five representative age groups competing in one weekend, meaning families with children in multiple age groups had to juggle overlapping travel and playing commitments and our referee pool was stretched, placing additional pressures on officials.”

The new structure will also provide opportunities to develop and up-skill officials and coaches off the court, as well as allowing State Performance staff and associations to focus on player development during the representative off-season.

“The advantage of spreading the representative calendar over the year means we can focus on better assisting junior player and referee development and provides more opportunities for association Directors of Coaching to work in a more focused way with their coaches and players throughout the season,” said BQ Chief Operating Officer Joshua Pascoe.

“It also gives associations a chance to strengthen their domestic competitions outside of representative windows. Plus, this change reduces the burden on our limited indoor facilities that with the growth of basketball would have been over capacity come the 2022/23 representative season.”

For more information about upcoming representative trials please contact your local association.

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Contacts

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