Player Responsibilities

Be prepared to work hard in order to gain positive results. You must be willing to accept responsibility for your own performance. Don’t blame other people and don’t make excuses.

Great players know they are responsible for their own destiny. Respect the people willing to help you reach your goals. Listen and learn from your coaches, give them your undivided attention and remember they are there primarily for your benefit, not theirs.

Basketball will develop you as an athlete but it also presents you the chance to develop as a person.

Player Expectations

Some lessons that we value are;

  • Commitment – Being a part of a team demands that you can carry out your commitment to others. This will mean that you will need to give up some personal wishes and make sacrifices for the group.
  • Perseverance – When things aren’t going your way you must never give up when you are part of a team. Your team will need your total effort even when it is not your day.
  • Team Work – It is crucial that in sport and life you are able to work in a team situation. Sometimes this means learning your role and doing what is best for everyone and not just yourself.
  • Learning to Compete – This does not mean to win at all costs but rather to compete to the best of your ability at all times. Competition is present in all aspects of life and it teaches us to value our victories and to be gracious in our defeats.
  • Respecting Others – In life we must learn to respect everybody regardless of their roles and differences. In basketball we expect respect to be given to opponents, team mates, coaches, referees, spectators and administrators.
  • Players are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Our club is worthy of your best behavior.
  • It is important that you communicate with others. If you have issues (negative or positive) with a team mate then approach your coach or manager.
  • You must arrive at training venues 10 minutes prior to the start time and in the correct uniform. You must arrive at least 45 minutes prior to games, in uniform and ready to play.
  • If you cannot attend training or are running late for training, the coach must be contacted directly (not through someone else) before the session commences.
  • When injured you are still expected to attend games and training (unless you are receiving treatment for your injury at that time). If you are sick and could pass it on to others then you should not attend games or trainings.
  • If you have an injury that will affect your performance in either a game or training session you will need to inform your coach directly.
  • If you have missed games/training due to an injury you must provide a medical clearance before you resume training/playing.
  • You will not argue with referees during a game. If you have any problems tell your coach so that they may approach the referees if necessary.
  • You will support your team mates at all times both on the court and on the bench.
  • Negativity toward team members will not be tolerated.

Disciplinary Action

Technical Foul.

The Pakenham Warriors are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all athletes, officials and spectators. Technical Fouls are seen as a breach of our code of conduct and will result in an automatic, one game suspension.

If a player receives a technical foul, the coach will decide whether this player will take any further part in this game depending on the severity of the incident.

Poor Sportsmanship.
The coach has the option to sub the player off the court. If there is a second offence they will be left off for the rest of the game.

Non attendance or lateness to training without communication appropriate communication may result in a decision to limit playing time in subsequent games.

Off the Court Incidents.
If a player is found to be behaving in a manner that will negatively effect the reputation of the Pakenham Warriors Representative Program, their coach will be informed. This may result in a coach’s decision to limit playing time on subsequent games.


Pakenham Warriors promote desirable personal and social behavior, by players, parents, and officials to develop respect for other players, parents and officials from both our own team and club, but also importantly, for the opposition team and club.


Please read the copies of the Basketball Victoria Code of Conduct that you received with the behaviour contract that all players must sign and return to their respective team managers.

Pakenham Philsophy for VBJL

Top representative teams are a “play to win” teams and players may not get equal court time.

All the other teams are considered development teams and as such all players are expected to get roughly equal court time and are not necessarily out to win but to gain experience and skill for future seasons.

During the tryout process, coaches in each age group will evaluate and rank all players. Teams will then be selected according to these evaluations and rankings, with the assistance of the Director of Coaching.


  • Encourage our members to compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship and to treat ALL participants with respect.
  • Aim to develop our members as good citizens as well as good basketball players, coaches and official.
  • Deal with our members with honesty and integrity.
  • Recognise the importance of each individual within the overall success of the Association.

While individual cases will be dealt with on their merits, we aim to have our teams consist of players that are full representatives of PDBA.

Player / Parent Commitments

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should anybody, Coach, Team Manager, Parent or Player, contact Basketball Victoria or the VJBL directly.

The only authorised persons to do this is the Pakenham Warriors VJBL Delegate.

Failing to follow this request will result in a fine from Basketball Victoria which will be passed on to the relevant team/person who breeches this.

Please contact our VJBL delegate should you have any question or issues. Contact details can be found on the PDBA Website. 

The Representative Basketball season is long, running from early November through to mid-September the following year. There are breaks from training during school holidays and each team’s coach will inform the players and parents of the training schedule during the year.

The Grading Phase typically begins in November. It may consist of a ‘Pre-Grading’ game and ‘Grading Phase 1’ involving games over a 4 week period.  Grading Phase 2 begins in January, concluding towards the end of February.

The main Championship Season begins in early March and runs through to mid-September. The finals phase runs to the end of September.