2020 Winter Competitions Cancelled

Hi Team,

Again we going to have to delay the return of basketball at Cardinia Life.

Due to the restrictions in place as of tonight 08/07/2020, COVID-19 is still a major concern.

We all miss basketball, but hopefully this time we can return without limitations.

Alan Lee


As you may or may not have seen on the Aligned Leisure’s page, the Winter season has been cancelled.

Please see comments from Aligned:-

To All Clubs and Teams,

In response to the Victorian Government’s announcement made on Tuesday 7 July 2020, Cardinia Life and Officer Hub Stadiums will be temporarily closed to the public from 9pm on Wednesday 8 July, in line with State Government direction, this closure is for a period of 6 weeks, however is subject to change.

While there are no known visits by a COVID-19 carrier to this facility, this action has been taken to support the Government’s effort to protect the health and safety of our State and Country in the wake of this latest wave of cases.

The health and safety of our community continues to be of the highest priority, and following this decision Aligned Leisure, Pakenham Basketball Association and the Pakenham Netball Association have continued to work together and as of Monday July 7 it was determined the most appropriate outcome is to cancel the Winter 2020 seasons in its entirety due to the re-enforcement of stage 3 lockdowns for the next 6 weeks, with our focus now on preparing for the Summer 2020/21 season.

All teams who have registered for the Winter 2020 season will be contacted over the coming days to arrange refunds for their team registrations they have paid through either PlayHQ or MyNetball. If any teams have any questions in regards to this process, please feel free to contact our stadium team by email on sports.cardinia@alignedleisure.com.au.

Our stadium closure comes as a timely reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue to observe the advice of the Government to protect our community and ease the pressure on our vital health care system. We all have a role to play in stopping the spread, and ensuring our community remains safe.

In line with the Government’s announcement, our temporary closure will be for a period of 6 weeks, however any decision on reopening will be based on advice from the Government as it is released, and any confirmation on competitions being able to resume will be in line with Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria guidelines.

Health and safety remains our number one priority, and we will be working with relevant Government departments, industry experts and support agencies to ensure that when we can reopen, we return with the same high standard of safety measures we already have implemented to protect our community, customers and staff.

As the situation continues to unfold, you are encouraged to follow our social media pages and website for all of the latest information regarding stadium re-opening and competition resumption.

We are currently receiving a high volume of calls and therefore encourage you to submit an email should you wish to get in contact with our team at sports.cardinia@alignedlesiure.com.au

As we continue to be faced by many challenges throughout this health crisis, our appreciation of your support and understanding throughout this time couldn’t be greater. We are incredibly grateful to all of our clubs, volunteers and players who visit us each day, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is once again safe to do so.

Until we can see you again, please take care and remain safe.

Kind Regards,

Domestic Basketball update from PDBA and Aligned Leisure

To All Clubs, Teams and Players,

Aligned Leisure have been closely monitoring advice from the Australian Government as the Covid-19 situation continues to unfold, and in consultation with the Pakenham & District Basketball Association and advice from Basketball Victoria, supported the suspension of domestic competitions as of 13th March 2020.

The health and safety of our community continues to be of the highest priority, and following this decision Aligned Leisure and the Pakenham & District Basketball Association have been working together to determine the most appropriate way to support clubs, teams and players in finalising the 2019/20 season in light of the current situation.

At a meeting held on Monday 16th March a joint decision was made to conclude the season effective immediately, with no further games to be played. It was also determined that the fairest way to award place getter’s would be based on ladder positioning and votes as of the season’s end date.

As a result of these decisions, teams that finished first will be awarded premiers, with the second placed team awarded runners up. MVP winners will be based on the highest number of votes at the season’s end date.

We wish to thank all teams on their efforts throughout what’s been another highly competitive and successful season, with a huge congratulations going to all clubs and players who have now been awarded the top standings.

In celebration of these successes, winning clubs or teams will be contacted directly to organise a time for the collection of any trophies or medals at a pre-arranged time. This will be limited to one representative from each club or team.

While we acknowledge that this is not an ideal outcome, based on the current information available it was agreed to be the most appropriate way forward to support the health and safety of those involved.

Dates for the Winter 2020 domestic season have not yet been confirmed, with advice from the Government and Basketball Victoria being closely monitored to assist with any decision making. Further communication will be shared with you as information becomes available.

We look forward to being able to welcome you back as soon as practical and thank you for your understanding at this time.

If you have any questions regarding this decision, please contact Aligned Leisure by email at sports.cardinia@alignedleisure.com.au  or the PDBA at general@pakenhambasketball.com.au.

Kind Regards,

Dean Jamieson Alan Lee
Head of Sports & Stadiums President
Aligned Leisure Pakenham & District Basketball Association


No domestic basketball until further notice. 13/3/2020

Hi all,

In this challenging times that we not playing the domestic competition until further notice.
We apologise for the delay, but we needed to get clear information by communicating with Basketball Victoria, and then Aligned Leisure.

Aligned Leisure will then be able to communicate this to all Clubs and teams accordingly.

As the PDBA is affiliated with Basketball Victoria, we will be advised what the next steps will be.
We will then engage Aligned Leisure.

If you have any further questions, please email domestic@pakenhambasketball.com.au


At this stage, there is NO established return date, as of 13/3/2020 18:06




Update COVID-19:
Suspension of all Basketball Victoria related programs, events and league games from Friday 13 March

Dear Alan ,

As a Basketball Victoria registered Association please read information below.

Basketball Victoria has made the decision to suspend Basketball Victoria related programs, events and leagues from now, March 13, until further notice. This includes ALL VJBL games, Big V games and the Country Championships being held in Ballarat this weekend.

Regarding domestic basketball and any skill development programs, we also recommend the suspension of these activities until further notice.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. This is a decision we don’t take lightly and want to reassure the basketball community that we will continue to work with the Victorian Government and other health authorities to ensure the health and wellbeing of our players, coaches, referees and staff are maintained.

Further updates will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

Nick Honey
Basketball Victoria

Basketball Victoria Association Update – COVID-19



See updated post 13/3/2020 


We want to reassure the Basketball Victoria community that we are in close consultation with the Victorian Government, VicSport and Basketball Australia, among other key stakeholders, and are tightly monitoring the public health situation and any possible impacts regarding COVID-19 (otherwise known as “coronavirus”).  

As of Tuesday 10 March 2020, all scheduled Basketball Victoria events and fixtures – such as this weekend’s Country Championships in Ballarat, VJBL game nights and the upcoming first round of Big V – will go ahead as scheduled. 

We understand our communities concerns and we will continue to monitor community needs and consult with government and other key stakeholders and make assessments as necessary. The health and well-being of our participants is our highest priority, but it is important that people remain calm and act on the best health advice available. 

In regards to domestic fixtures, please keep in contact with your association to stay on top of information as it arises. In addition, we ask everyone to practice high levels of hygiene health which are widely considered by health experts to be a key to disease prevention and management. 

We ask that the basketball community  follow the directions and information on COVID-19, issued by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) which can be found at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus. 

For sport specific advice, please refer to the AIS webpage, dedicated to providing evidence based, real time advice, including travel as well as FAQs relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

We will continue to provide information as it comes to hand. 


Nick Honey 

Basketball Victoria CEO 

2020 New Referees Needed

The growth of the PDBA domestic competition has resulted in a need for both junior and senior referees.

Referees are the “Third Team” on the court, are an integral part of the game. Without referees, the game cannot commence!

You will also be remunerated for your efforts!

New referees will receive full TOC/VBRA Approved training by a Level 3 Referee Coach, and is recognised by all Basketball Victoria affiliated basketball associations, and around Australia.
Once you have completed the school, your learning continues on court. You will receive support of referee mentors and Accredited Referee Coaches.

Potential referees will be required to attend an interview, before being accepted.

Training is normally across 5-7 weeks, each 3 hours in length.
The training also includes on court training and education, and evaluations.

Costs are normally around $150, which covers:-

  • Course
  • Workbook
  • USB with Rules and other essential Referee Documentation
  • Green Shirt
  • Fox40 Whistle and lanyard

You must be at least 14 years of age to apply.

For more information regarding training to become a referee or to inquire about refereeing in the local competition please email the  Referees Advisor direct at:- pakenhamvbra@gmail.com


New FIBA / Basketball Victoria Rules – 1st October…

Hi All,


As of the new season for domestic, and will be for VJBL quite possibly as well.


These will be added to our by-laws, and website shortly.


New Rules
Please be aware the FIBA rules have changed effective from the start of our new season (Monday October 1st).

To follow is a file outlining all the changes made, but the key changes for a domestic level are:-

– Technical fouls (player, coach and bench) will all now be two shots + possession (This is not the FIBA rule, but instead a state-wide by-law that will be used in VJBL and BigV as well).

– The inbound following a technical foul, unsportsmanlike foul or disqualifying foul shall now take place at the throw-in line in the team’s frontcourt (and they shall only be entitled to pass into the frontcourt).

– During an inbound in the final two minutes of the game, the referee administering the inbound shall give a warning to the defender (using signal and voice) about not reaching over the line and interfering with the inbound. Should this action happen, an immediate technical foul shall be assessed to that player.

– When the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less in the fourth quarter or overtime, following a time-out taken by the team that is entitled to the possession of the ball from its backcourt, the coach of that team has the right to decide whether the game shall be resumed with a throw-in from the throw-in line in the team’s frontcourt or from the team’s backcourt at the place nearest to where the game was stopped.

– For a double foul to be called, the fouls must additionally have an equal penalty. For example if each team has 2 team fouls in the quarter, a double foul can occur, however if the defensive team instead had 5 team fouls (in the bonus), a double foul could not be called as the penalty for one of the fouls includes free throws and the other does not.