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In response to the high volume of athletes participating in the Junior Braves tryouts in previous years, we have implemented changes to the process to ensure that each athlete has the best opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities.

For the upcoming 2024-25 season, the tryouts will be divided into three distinct phases:

Phase 1:

This phase is specifically designed for new athletes who were not chosen for a Junior Braves team last season or were placed in the 4th or 5th (development) team.

Athletes who were selected for the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team are not eligible to participate in this phase.

Only selected athletes from Phase 1 will progress to the subsequent phases, with communication regarding selection status sent out after the session.

Phase 2:

Comprising of two sessions, Phase 2 is open to athletes selected from Phase 1 as well as those who were part of the Junior Braves 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team in the previous season.

Phase 3:

Athletes who did not make it to the top 20 in their age group and gender will attend the final tryout session.

Those selected in the top 20 will participate in a separate session involving training and an intra-club game, from which the 1st and 2nd teams will be chosen.

If an athlete is moving up to an older age group for the next season, the above wording still applies.

Important Dates: (session times per age group TBC @REA)

– Phase 1:

Saturday, July 20th (Under 12 Girls and Under 14 Girls only) at Catherine McAuley College, Junortoun

Sunday, July 21st (All age groups*except Under 12 & Under 14 Girls) at Red Energy Arena

– Phase 2:

Sundays, August 4th & 11th (all age groups)

– Phase 3:

Sunday, August 18th (all age groups)

For Under 12 & Under 14 Girls, the tryout session will be rescheduled due to a clash with the Under 12 Country Skills Day.


In case an athlete is unable to attend the scheduled dates due to exceptional circumstances but wishes to be considered for a team, a written request outlining the circumstances must be submitted to Joe Hurst, Director of Coaches & Athlete Development (DOCAD) at for review.

Please be advised that the Junior Braves program will introduce a new fee structure for the 2024-25 season. Details regarding the fee structure will be provided during the tryout registration process, with payment required shortly after the announcement of the Junior Braves teams for the upcoming season.


Registrations will open on July 1st, 2024, through a link on the Bendigo Basketball webpage.

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