Intention to Trial Girls Championship Program Season 2017/2018

Detailed below is important information for all players for the upcoming trial process.

Pre- Trials
There will be no pre-trial camp. Eltham Wildcats are running a Championship Camp on Monday 2nd (U12), Tuesday 3rd (U14) at Eltham High School, Withers Way Eltham &  Wednesday 4th October (U16) at Montmorency Secondary College (Simms Road Montmorency) . These camps are also open to players who are intending to trial for Championship the first time or who are currently playing Championship at another club and intend on trialling at Eltham Wildcats for the 2017/2018 season. You can register for this Championship Camp via the Eltham Wildcats website (click here).

The Championship Camp is not mandatory and is not a part of the formal trial process.

Trial dates, times and venues.
Trials will be held at Eltham High School courts (Withers Way, Eltham commencing Sunday 8th October, and from then on at Montmorency Secondary College courts, (Simms Road, Montmorency), unless otherwise advised.

Note; Players who are participating in the U14 Nationals, and who will be trialling for U14 or U16 in the 2017/2018 season, will not be required to attend any trials on 8th October 2017.

All registrants should be at the venue 30 minutes before commencement of their scheduled trial time. This time will be used to obtain your allocated number, supply any necessary paperwork (permission to train forms – see below), and to attend to any personalised warm up routine.

Dates and times are as follows;

Sunday 8 October at Eltham High School

U16                9.00 am to 10.30 am

U18                11.00 am to 12.30pm

U12                1.00 pm to 2.30 pm

U14                3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

There is provision for midweek trials for U12 and U14 on Tuesday 10th (U12) and Wednesday 11th (U14). This will not be for all trial participants.

Friday 13th October at Montmorency Secondary College

U12         6.00 pm to 7.30 pm

U16        7.45pm to 9.15 pm

Sunday 15th October at Montmorency Secondary College

U12     9.30 am to 11.00 am
U14    11.15am to 12.45pm

U18    1.00pm to 2.30pm

U16    ​3.00pm to 4.30pm

There is provision for midweek trials for U14 (Wednesday) and U16/U18 (Tuesday) of the week If this is deemed necessary.

Friday 20th October Inter club practice match with Hawthorn at Hawthorn. Fixture TBA

Any invitation to additional session (midweek) should not be taken as an indication of the likely team that a player could be offered a spot in, rather the additional session will be to provide coaches with an opportunity to assess players in a smaller group setting. Likewise if you do not receive an invitation to an additional session this should not be viewed as an indication of a players prospects for making any particular team. It is likely that the coaching panel has a comprehensive understanding of a player and therefore there is no need for attendance at an additional session.

U20’s trial dates are yet to be determined, however they are likely to be later in October due to the U20 season commencing in calendar year 2018.

Unable to make a trial session?
Please let us know in advance if you haven’t already so that we can make a note of this.

Permission to Train Clearance
If you are currently a player registered within a championship program at another club, (for the avoidance of doubt, this means that you have played championship basketball during the 2017 season or in an earlier season at another club within the Victorian Junior Basketball League), you will need to bring a permission to train form (or a clearance form), with you when you attend the first trial for Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club. This form will need to have been signed by the appropriate administrator at the club that you are currently registered with. The form will need to be presented to the Girls Championship Co-ordinator for Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club on the day. If you do not have this form correctly completed and signed, you will be unable to participate in trials at Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club until the correct documentation is in place.  If you have already provided this documentation to Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club you do not have to provide it a second time. The permission to train forms (and clearance forms) can be downloaded from the VJBL website – click here.

Team Numbers 
We are proposing to have between five and six teams for U12’s and U14’s, between four and five teams in the U16 age group, two teams in the U18 age group and one U20’s team. The number of teams in any age group will always be subject to depth within the age group.

Selection Process
There will be a formal selection panel governing team selections. The panel will include coaches and independent members.

If you are an existing Eltham Wildcats championship player you are required to wear your full championship uniform during the trials.

If you are an Eltham Wildcats domestic player only. You are required to wear your full domestic uniform (with reversible top) during all trials.

If you are not a registered Eltham Wildcats championship or domestic player please wear suitable attire for the trials and ensure you have both a light and dark coloured singlet or tee shirt.

All players need to bring their basketball and a drink bottle. Players with medical conditions should bring any supporting equipment that they may need.

Parents & Guardians 
At the commencement of the first trial parents and guardians are required to attend a briefing / question and answer session which will commence immediately after the commencement of each trial session. There is provision for parents / guardians to attend and watch the trials, however we encourage parents / guardians to allow players autonomy throughout the trials process. The trials process can be stressful and the presence of parents / guardians can add to this stress.

Communication throughout trials
If you wish to discuss anything in relation to the trials leading up to and during the trial period, your first and only point of contact is the Championship Girls Coordinator (David Wightman) via email (, telephone (0413 339 116) or in person.

On behalf of the Girls Championship Program we thank you for registering your intention to trial with Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming trials.

Kind Regards
Girls Championship Committee