Huge numbers for autumn basketball competition

Tumut baller Ash Baker will be one of the many Tumut Timberwolves returning to domestic basketball next week.

The Tumut Basketball Association has been inundated with team nominations for the upcoming autumn basketball competition that commences on Friday, March 6.

77 teams have entered a variety of grades, which is 10 more teams than last season.

Tumut Basketball Association president Jason Beavan was blown away by the support.

“It’s getting up there as one of the highest number of teams in history,” Beavan said.

“We are virtually over capacity and we will have to play Fridays.”

Tumut Basketball will see 548 players registered, with the competition expanding to incorporate Friday night games, something that hasn’t needed to be done in previous seasons. 

“With the edition of D division, we have had to start playing on Friday afternoons and evenings, meaning training will have to take place on weekends if teams want to hire the courts,” Beavan said.

The introduction of a D division competition is an interesting decision by Tumut Basketball and Beavan believes it will keep more youngsters in the sport.

“What we have done is created a league that is designed for senior boys and teams that are transitioning to senior basketball,” Beavan said.

“Since we had 11 senior boys teams, we have decided to combine some of them with year 7 boys.

“It will help that transition from junior basketball to senior basketball; we don’t want those juniors losing interest and this gives them a direct pathway into senior basketball.”

With such strong registration numbers, Beavan wanted to remind parents and caregivers that Tumut Basketball is accepting Active Kids vouchers, which covers most of the registration costs.

“It is the perfect time to use the first of the 2020 Active Kids vouchers,” Beavan said.

“Last year, Tumut Basketball had one of the higher ratio’s of families using Active Kids vouchers, which is great because the kids essentially get registered for free, or at a very low cost.”