District League FAQs

The District competition is Basketball SA’s elite representative basketball competition in South Australia, involving male and female Junior (Under 10-Under 18), Youth League (Under 21/23) and Senior (open-age) teams.

Who can play in the District competition?

Only players selected into District teams are eligible to play in the District competition. External trials are held in August each year and SABC encourages all new and Domestic players to attend the trial day should they wish to be considered for a position on a District team.  Outside of the trials, Domestic players who are performing well may be asked out to District practices with a view to joining District teams.

What are the District seasons?

Basketball runs over two ‘seasons’, Summer & Winter. The Summer Season runs from October to March, the Winter Season runs from March to September. There is a week break during each of the school holidays for Junior Grades, with a longer 5 – 6 week break in games over December/January.

When are District games played?

  • Monday nights – Youth League (U23) Division 3 & below players
  • Tuesday nights – Premier League Reserves & Division 3, Youth League (U23) Division 1 & 2 players
  • Wednesday nights – Senior Division 4 & below players.
  • Thursday nights – Under 16 Division 3 & below players
  • Friday nights – Under 12 – Under 18 Division 1 & 2 players, Under 18 Division 3 or below players
  • Saturday Mornings – All Under 10 players, U12-U14 Division 3 & below players

Where are District games played?

  • Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre, Howard lane Mt Barker
  • Hillcrest Stadium,483 North East Rd Hillcrest
  • Marion Stadium, Norfolk Rd Marion
  • MARS Sporting Complex, Lower Portrush Rd Marden
  • Morphett Vale Stadium, 2 Sports Park Drive Wilfred Taylor Reserve Morphett Vale
  • Pasadena Recreation Centre, Corner of Goodwood Rd and Daws Rd Pasadena
  • The ARC, 531 Lower North East Road Campbelltown
  • Starplex, Alexander Ave Evanston
  • Port Adelaide Recreation Centre, 50 St Vincent St Port Adelaide
  • St Clair, 109 Woodville Road Woodville
  • Titanium Security Arena, 44a Crittenden Rd Findon
  • Wayville Sports Centre, Rose Tce Wayville

Who do District teams play against?

There are 11 clubs within metropolitan Adelaide that participate in the competition. South Adelaide Panthers, Forestville Eagles, Southern Tigers, Eastern Mavericks, North Adelaide Rockets, Norwood Flames, Central District Lions, Woodville Warriors, Sturt Sabres, Western Magic & West Adelaide Bearcats.

In addition to this, there are church, community & university teams that are involved in the Senior District competition.

How often do District teams train?

All District Junior players are expected to attend two 90 minute training sessions per week. Generally teams will train on a Sunday as well as midweek. Training times and midweek session days may vary depending on the availability of venues and court space. Attendance at both weekly training sessions is compulsory and you must notify your team manager when you are not able to attend.

District Youth League players are expected to attend one training session per week. Sessions will vary between 60mins – 90mins.

Senior District teams are allocated one training session per week for 90mins. Some teams may choose not to train and the club requires this information prior to the start of each season.

How much does it cost?

There are two costs – club membership fees as well as game fees.

Membership Fees cover all club training court hire fees, registration, insurance and nomination fees paid to Basketball SA and Basketball Australia.

Current membership fees are:

Age category Summer 20/21   Winter  2021
District Under 10s $195 $275*
District Under 12-18s $340 $425*
Youth League $245 $260
Seniors $195 $220

*Junior Winter fees discounted for 2021

In addition to Membership fees there are also Game fees for entry to each stadium which are charged by Basketball SA.

Refer to their website for details http://www.basketballsa.com.au/competitions/teampay


Please see here for SABCs Fee and Discount Policy

What is the District uniform?

It is compulsory for all District players to wear correct South Adelaide Basketball Club District uniform for games. Failure to wear correct uniform on game day will result in points being deducted from the team’s score.

District players require –

  • SABC reversible playing singlet ($89)
  • blue & white playing shorts ($50)
  • as well as a reversible training singlet for training

Uniforms along with other SABC merchandise are available for purchase from our online store.

To ensure that players have a singlet to play in while waiting for their new singlet to be delivered, SABC have established a set of loan singlets. When you place and pay for a new reversible playing singlet in our online store,  you will be issued with a loan top (stock permitting).

How do I get a playing number?

Once the player has registered and received confirmation that they have been placed in a team, the player will need to be issued with a SABC player number.

SABC District playing numbers are issued by the club’s admin at numbers@southadelaidebasketball.com.au


  • Player numbers DO NOT transfer between Domestic & District. If you are a Domestic player coming into the District competition you must obtain a District playing number. Occasionally, we may be able to issue you with the same number, however it is not guaranteed.


  • If you intend on purchasing a second-hand uniform you must first check with the above listed to determine whether or not the number is available. If it is available, your number will be registered on our system. If you obtain a second hand top and do not register the number, you will be expected to change numbers (buy a new top) in the event of a clash with an existing player or any future player.

Loan Singlet Process

To ensure that players have a singlet to play in while waiting for their new singlet to be delivered, SABC have established a set of loan singlets. When you place and pay for a new reversible playing singlet in our online store,  you will be issued with a loan top (stock permitting).

You are required to take back the loan singlet (in good, clean condition) at the time of picking up your order. Your order will not be released until the loan top is returned.


District players are required to represent the club by playing in both local and national tournaments. There are a number of compulsory tournaments depending on the Division of the player.

Costs including registration, travel and accommodation are at the expense of the player/ team.

Need more information?

South Adelaide Administration: Natacha Costa



Junior Program Manager / Basketball Development Manager: Richard Dickel



Senior Program Manager: Zoran Pajkovski


General Enquiries

Postal Address: PO Box 47

Park Holme South Australia, 5043


Phone: 0402 622 220

Office Location

‘The Shed’ – Marion Stadium

22 Norfolk Road, Marion SA

Australia, 5043

Office Hours

Tuesday: 10:00 – 2:00

Thursday: 10:00 – 2:00

Saturday: 8:00 – 2:00