The Sturt Sabres Domestic League is a local, entry level alternative to District basketball for boys and girls from U8s to U19s. You can start with the Domestic League at any stage of the season and there is more flexibility in terms of commitment.

The Sturt Sabres Domestic League runs all year round in line with the school terms, with our Summer Season running in Terms 4 and Term 1 and our Winter Season running in Terms 2 and 3.

You can enter your own team or request to be placed into one of our own Domestic teams. Sturt will also provide coaches for teams that do not have a coach readily available.

For those players who are looking for a bit of extra training we also offer optional training sessions to further develop the players skillset.
This is a great way to introduce your child to competitive basketball in a relaxed and cost effective environment.


Easy, just go to the Sturt Sabres web site, click Domestic > Domestic Intent to Play.

From there just fill in your details and pay a $20.76 affiliation fee to register with Basketball South Australia and Basketball Australia. To complete the registration form, the affiliation fee and administrative fees would need to be paid in full. (For further clarification on fees see FAQ further below)

The Sturt Sabres Domestic League is a low cost, local, entry level alternative to District basketball. You can start with the Domestic League at any stage of the season and there is more flexibility in terms of standard and commitment.

The Sturt Sabres Domestic League runs all year round, and follows the school terms. Our Summer Season runs for Term 4 and Term 1, while our Winter Season runs for Terms 2 and 3.

Domestic Season & Game Fees
Season Registration fee $110
Game day fees (charged per team per game):
$60 – Sturt provides a coach
$50– Team supplies own coach

Domestic Training Fees
$60 per term


Players of any skill level and experience are welcome

We create teams based on interested players that play against each other, along with other teams that are entered into the competitions from other groups (football, netball, school, church etc.)

New players will be placed in teams whose numbers can facilitate a new player, or based on pre-existing friendships

All games are played on Saturday afternoons starting at 11:50am. Games are played in 50 minute allotments. Younger age groups are earlier and older age groups are later, but times are very similar every week.

All games are played at Springbank Sports Centre and Unley High School. In seasons where we have had large team numbers or in cases where a stadium may be unavaliable, we have used stadiums such as Immanuel College, Marion Leisure Centre and Walford Gymnasium.

Training sessions are available to all Sturt Domestic League players, whether or not they play games on the Saturdays.

If your child would like to train we offer domestic trainings. Noting our domestic trainings are optional, they are not mandatory as players do not train within their teams and all are welcome. All the domestic trainings this term will now be run by myself and assisted by junior district players or sturt domestic coaches.

Boys and Girls - Under 8s/Under 10s Training - 4:50pm to 5:45pm on Friday Afternoons at Springbank Secondary College - (50 spots available)

Boys and Girls - Under 12s/14s/16s Training - 5:15pm to 6:10pm on Thursday Afternoons at Springbank Secondary College - (40 spots available)


  1. Create a user account by visiting (if you already have an account e.g. from trials/camps then sign-in) -
  2. Once you have confirmed your account and logged in, add your children/s details that will be participating in the training
  3. Register your child/ren into the “Domestic Training 2021 – Term 4” season and select appropriate age-group/day for the trainings this term.

Players must bring own basketball and drink bottle to training sessions.

Trainings are not compulsory. Note: We offer our trainings to all players as they do not train within their teams but rather these training sessions are more skills based.

Some teams provide their own coach. For others, Sturt supplies the coaches, usually the younger members of our Premier League or Senior, Youth League or older junior District players. The coaches are high quality and ensure the players are learning in a fun, enjoyable, safe atmosphere.

Yes they can! We would encourage teams to form conglomerates or clubs and there are incentives, both financial and otherwise for doing so. Also, we welcome other sporting clubs (, netball) or community groups (e.g.schools, churches) entering one or more teams in our competitions, especially in their off-season. If you are looking to enter an entire team please get in touch with the domestic coordinator (contact details below)

Yes, many Domestic players have progressed into District sides as they have improved and an opportunity has become available. We would encourage players who move to District, as well as current District players, to continue to play Domestic at the same time.

Age grouping is in line with the District program based on year of birth (see below), however in the SJDL we are flexible depending on experience and ability, and will treat each player on a case-by-case basis where necessary.

U8s – 2014/2015/2016
U10s – 2013/2014
U12s – 2011/2012
U14s – 2009/2010
U16s – 2007/2008
U19s – 2004/2005/2006

Under 8s play 2 x 20 minute halves, Under 10s and up play 4 x 10 minute quarters. There is a running clock and there are one minute breaks during intervals.

Yes. Our Under 8 games have several altered conditions – our coaches are allowed on the court with the players to help with direction and spacing; when making a violation, our referees explain to the player where they have gone wrong, and give them the ball back from the spot on the court the error was made. A follow-up mistake will result in possession to the other team. There is no full court defence.

Our Pink Devils girls program is the only one of its kind in the state. Starting at 1 team and evolving to as many as 11 in a season over the last couple of years, it is a great way to get involved in basketball with a friendly balance of fun and competitiveness.

There are new reversible singlets are available through Sturt’s online store and our uniform suppliers Blackchrome, which are currently priced at around $45.

The domestic uniform can be purchased online, if your child is being placed into a team by Sturt they will likely use the domestic reversible. The turnaround time for the uniform is around 4-6 weeks. Duplicates of playing numbers are not critical in Domestic (as opposed to District where two players cannot play with the same number). We ask that you choose a number based on the following guidelines:

  • The player's birth day (e.g. #21 if they are born on the 21st)
  • The player's birth day + 31 (e.g. #52)
  • Any number between 63 and 99

Please contact the Sturt Junior Domestic League Coordinator if you need any more information.

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