By-Law change

Revision 3.9.1 of the Pakenham & District Basketball Association By-Laws has been released.

Notably, Rule 10 has been altered and now reads:

  • A junior player who has attained the age of 14 years, but has not attained the age of 18 years, may not participate in senior competition until the player’s parent or guardian has provided, in writing to the Committee, consent to play on behalf of the player. The consent may be either by letter to the Committee, or endorsed on the back of the score sheet and signed by the player’s parent or guardian in the presence of, and duly witnessed by, the Referee at time of taking the court.

Find the PDBA By-Laws here.


Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Pakenham & District Basketball Association Inc. will be held on Sunday, October 22nd at 11:30am in the Creche at Cardinia LiFE, 4 Olympic Way Pakenham.

All players, parents, and coaches are urged to attend. The Pakenham & District Basketball Association is always looking for new input and better ways of doing things so if you think you can help, please let us know.

All Committee positions are open except for President & Treasurer. If you are wishing to nominate to join our Committee, please complete the attached form below and email to


Pakenham Warriors Junior Rep Program


The Pakenham Warriors Junior Rep Program gives talented basketballplayers the opportunity to play at the representative level, which is the peak competition for Juniors in the Melbourne United Victorian JuniorBasketball League (MUVJBL).

The competition caters for boys and girls, from U12’s to U20’s.

The Pakenham & District Basketball Association(PDBA) participate in the MUVJBL as Pakenham Warriors and have quicklydeveloped a reputation as one of the most ‘up & coming’ clubs in thecompetition. 

Try-outs for the Rep Program run in September/October each year.

  • Are you considering trying out for a Pakenham Warriors team to playin next season but are unsure if you have the necessary skills to play at the Rep level?
  • Have you played Rep Basketball before and are unsure if you shouldtry-out again?
  • Are you interested in playing Rep in the near future or want to find outmore about exactly what’s involved in being a Pakenham Warrior?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then you SHOULD register for the 2017/18 Rep Ready Program. 

The weekly sessions, that are conducted by the Pakenham Warriors Directors of Coaching and other current Warriors Rep Coaches, will focus on the game’s fundamentals that are necessary to compete at the Junior Rep level.


Both Boys and Girls born between 2003-2008 can register for the Rep Ready program.

  • Cardinia LiFE Basketball Stadium
  • 4 x Sunday sessions (Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th)


  • 11:30am to 1pm


  • $40 (total for all 4 weeks)

If the BOOKING link above does not work, follow this link.

1st August, Working with Children’s Check

Click here for WWCC website

Working with Children’s Check
You would have received in April advise of changes that commenced on the 1st August, to the Working with Children process that considerably widened the scope of who would be required to obtain a Working with Children Check.

There are two (2) major changes:

  1.  Until 1 August, if a person working with children was supervised by a person who had a Working with Children Check, that person did not require a check themselves.  This provision has been removed and all people working with children need to be checked;
  2.  The Working with Children Act requires that people over 18 years of age who are working with children who have direct contact need the check.  Before the amendment, “Direct contact” was defined as any contact between a person and a child that involves physical contact or face to face oral communication.  Now it also includes any oral, written or electronic contact.

There has been much discussion of the requirements in the media and many enquiries made to Basketball Victoria.  Much of this has centred around the question of whether scorers/score table officials are required to have a WWCC.  Basketball Victoria’s view is that scorers are now caught by the Act.

In many cases, the scorers are parents on a roster scoring their own children’s games.  Parents in this situation are exempted by the Act.  Basketball Victoria has not recognised that exemption and requires parents to have the Working with Children Check and to sign the Member Protection Declaration. This is because the Government regards the Working with Children Check as a minimum standard and urges organisations to take other measures.  The existing Basketball Victoria Member Protection By-laws now require updating to take into account the recent amendments to the Working with Children Act.  This process will take some months. Until these amendments are put in place, parents scoring their own children’s games will not be in breach of the Act or Basketball Victoria By Laws.

Other positions in question include door keepers and canteen staff.  These positions have previously required WWCCs, unless there was a supervisor on duty. The recent amendments now require these positions to have a WWCC regardless of whether there is a supervisor present or not. If door keepers and canteen staff are paid, there will be a fee charged to obtain their Working with Children Check.  Volunteers do not pay a fee. Referees continue to be regarded as volunteers and are not required to pay a fee.

Furthermore, any person who takes telephone calls from children or sends out newsletters, fixtures or other electronic contact with children will also require a WWCC.

In summary: 

  1. Associations and clubs need to look at all appointed persons, staff or volunteers, and evaluate whether they need the Working with Children Check under the amended Act;
  2.  Put in place procedures to ensure all of those people have had the check.

Committee Member – Advertisement

The Committee of the Pakenham & District Basketball Association (PDBA) is seeking applications from suitably experienced and interested individuals to fill voluntary Committee member positions.  We are seeking candidates whose interests align with the strategic direction of the Association and who will complement the current skill mix of the Committee.

The PDBA is a thriving and growing basketball association centred on the Shire of Cardinia in the outer south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  The PDBA has experienced strong growth over the last decade with over 3500 participants.  The junior and senior representative programs have also seen rapid growth in size and improvements in results in recent years.  To build on that growth, the PDBA wishes to continue the high level of professionalism in all aspects of the Association’s operations.

The operation of the PDBA is currently not run by paid staff, but rather a network of volunteers within an Association composed of member clubs and stand-alone teams.

The 10 member Committee of the PDBA, comprising of 4 Executive (elected each year for two-year terms) and 6 General members, meet approximately 10 times per year.  The Committee has various standing and ad-hoc sub-committees.  Committee members are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting in October and some basketball events or functions.

Enquiries about the position should be directed to the PDBA President, Alan Lee, at


Vale Andy Williamson

Our hearts were filled with sorrow upon hearing the news about the passing of Andrew Williamson (father of Warriors 16.1 Girl’s Coach, Brett Williamson).

Andy was at every home and away game to watch both his granddaughters Shanae and Tiarna play their representative basketball for Pakenham Warriors, starting at U12’s till now in U16’s. He was a big fan of kids basketball especially watching the Warriors play.

Warrior players from all ages attended the funeral service for Andy, in their jerseys and formed a guard of honour releasing balloons to the Hawthorn theme song.


Basketball Victoria Country U12 Skills Day

The U12 Skills Days are for players of all abilities and standards and are open to all athletes at country associations. The coaching programs concentrate on the individual skills relevant for players in the U12 age group. 

This program is run in July each year, and players can be selected to represent Country Victoria at the BVC Jamboree in Echuca in September each year.

About the Program

Each U12 Skills Day participant receives:

  • Coaching and development
  • Official Skills Day T-Shirt
  • Official Skills Day Drink Bottle
  • Official Skills Day Basketball
  • Participation Certificate


$99 Early Registration Fee
$120 Registrations received after 10 July 2017


Check in is from 9.30am for a 10am start and will conclude at 4pm.
Boys Saturday 22nd July, 2017 and Girls Sunday 23rd July, 2017 at Korumburra Stadium, Elizabeth Street, Korumburra.



Free online coaching course

The Australian Institute of Sport’s is offering a free online coaching course.

The online Community Coaching General Principles course has been developed to assist coaches to learn the basic skills of coaching, particularly those coaches working with children. The course is currently free of charge to Australian coaches.

Visit the Australian Institute of Sport website and register through the online training portal for more information.

There are also a number of other free course currently on offer through the Australian Institute of Sport online training portal.


PDBA By-Laws updated

Rev 3.9 of the Pakenham & District Basketball Association By-Laws has been released.

There are 2 changes in this revision. They’re highlighted in RED as follows:-

60.   A new player may be added to the list of players registered for a team after the commencement of each season, as long as it is not within the last 4 weeks before the start of the final series.

69.   In Senior and under 16 – 20’s games, after grading, players in incorrect uniform, as defined in these by-laws, will be unable to take part in the game. In Junior (under 8 – 14’s) games, the emphasis is participation. Therefore, players with minor uniform violations, such as incorrect colour shorts (pockets are NOT allowed) or inside out singlet (with no visible numbers), will be permitted to take the court and participate in the game. The opposing team will be awarded 5 points on the score sheet at half time, for each player that has a uniform violation.

You can download the By-Laws here.


Working with Children Checks

Click to read DOJ notice.

With the changes happening with the Child Protection Policies, Basketball Victoria has sent the following information that we all need to be aware of and ensure we are compliant to:-

From 1 August 2017, amendments to the Working with Children Act 2005 will come into force which greatly widen the range of people who will need to have Working with Children Checks.

Please read below as well as attachment – IMPORTANT INFORMATION – and pass on to relevant persons within your Association

The major changes which will touch on basketball are as follows:

  1. Direct contact with children which requires a check has been expanded so that it will not only cover persons with face-to-face or physical contact with children but will also require any person who has oral, written or electronic communication with children to also undergo the check.   This means that people like those who distribute electronic newsletters to children or manage Association or Club web sites or social media will also need the check.
  2. Until these changes, people working with children who were supervised did not need the check.  Now they will. So persons working in canteens etc. will need the check.
  3. If a person has been charged with serious sexual, violent or drug offences but not convicted or found not guilty, those charges will still be looked at as part of the assessment process in deciding whether a person will be cleared to work with children.

Further information is contained in the attached letter and on the web site:

As always, Associations and clubs should err on the side of caution in deciding who should be checked.  If in doubt, insist that the person be checked.

This should be circulated as widely as possible within the Association, but in particular to Association officials and to Clubs within the Association.


 Gerry Glennen – Governance and Operations Manager/Solicitor
Tel 03 9837 8000  •   Fax 03 9837 8077
State Basketball Centre, 291 George St, Wantirna South VIC 3152

Please don’t hesitate to ask, should you have further questions.