WHEELIES REP PROGRAM2019-10-09T16:36:18+11:00

BLUE HORNETS
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAM

Hills Basketball Association (HBA) and the Sydney Metro Blues Wheelchair Basketball Club are pleased to announce their partnership for season 2019 and beyond.

The Blue Hornets, as they will be known in the HBA community, have begun training at the Hornets Training Centre (Dural) in preparation for the 2019 National Wheelchair Basketball League seasons in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions. The Blue Hornets also incorporate a junior development program, which has already seen two training camps held at HBA facilities with more scheduled later in the year.

“It’s an exciting time for the Sydney Metro Blues Wheelchair Basketball Club,” said Club founder Troy Sachs OAM. “We’ve been a successful club to date but I see this link with the Hills Hornets taking us to another level and ensuring the ongoing viability of our club well into the future.”

HBA CEO Steve Burke added, “This is partly about the Hornets ‘walking the talk’ as we often mention the inclusive nature of our organisation and it obviously presents some new opportunities for HBA. On top of this, I’m equally excited about just watching these guys get out on the floor and compete in their sport. Wheelchair basketball at this level is a great spectator sport as I’m sure people will see when the Blue Hornets play at home.”

BLUE HORNETS HOME GAME SCHEDULE 2019

  • Sunday 2 June | 9.30am | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Wollongon Rollerhawks

  • Saturday 22 June | 7.30pm | Women @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Kilsyth Cobras

  • Friday 5 July | 7.30pm | Men @ Hills Hornets Training Centre* | Vs Kilsyth Cobra

  • Saturday 6 July | 5.30pm | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Kilsyth Cobras

  • Sunday 7 July | 9.30am | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Kilsyth Cobras

  • Saturday 20 July | 5.30pm | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Adelaide Thunder

  • Sunday 21 July | 9.30am | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Adelaide Thunder

  • Saturday 10 August | 5.30pm | Men @ Hills Basketball Stadium | Vs Queensland Spinning Bullets

  • Sunday 11 August | 9.30am | Men @ Hills Hornets Training Centre* | Vs Queensland Spinning Bullets

Hills Basketball Stadium | Fred Caterson Reserve, Caterson Drive (off Gilbert Rd), Castle Hill, NSW.

*Hills Hornets Training Centre | 36Z Pellitt Lane, Dural, NSW. (previously known as Dural Recreation Centre)

General admission tickets will be available at the door – $5 Adult / $3 Child / $15 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children).

For further information please contact Zoe Burke on 02 9894-8944 (ext 7) or email zoe@hillshornets.com.au

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I fill my drink bottle?2019-08-18T12:47:15+10:00

The bathrooms are equipped with tapware designed to fill drink bottles. At the Hills Basketball Stadium (Castle Hill) a water refill station is available in the courtyard, which is located at the end of the foyer (past the canteen) on the left. 

Who do I see for injury or an on-court issue?2019-08-21T17:10:29+10:00

Please approach a Hills Basketball Supervisor, wearing a red jacket or polo with ‘Supervisor’ on the back. If you can’t locate staff member on floor, please go to Reception. Ice is available from the Supervisor or Reception.

Are make-up classes available for Hornets Academy?2019-08-11T15:34:47+10:00

Due to numbers, duty of care and court capacity we don’t have the ability to provide make up classes. You do not need to advise the Stadium you will be unable to attend however it will be noted at rollcall.

When can I use my Active Kids Voucher?2019-10-07T23:43:25+11:00

An Active Kids voucher can be used 8 week programs. Option only available online and will appear at payment window should the program be suitable under Office of Sports guidelines. Please note that players first name, surname and date of birth must match Hills Basketball database and Services NSW/Office of Sport database. If an error occurs please contact the stadium prior to proceeding. For further information click here.

What is the height of a backboard?2019-10-01T11:51:24+10:00

The top of the hoop is 10 feet (305 cm) above the ground. Regulation backboards are 72 inches (183 cm) wide by 42 inches (110 cm) tall. All basketball rims (hoops) are 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter. The inner rectangle on the backboard is 24 inches (61 cm) wide by 18 inches (46 cm) tall.

Click here to view FIBA Equipment regulations

What are Wheelchair Basketball Classifications?2019-09-21T12:03:29+10:00

All players are classified from 1.0 to 4.5 dependant on their functional ability; the higher the classification points the greater functional ability. With a maximum of 14 points allowed on the court at any one time this system encourages fair play and enables wider participation. 

The classification of wheelchair basketball players has evolved significantly over the past 15 years. Wheelchair basketball classification is based on the players’ functional capacity to complete the skills necessary to play – pushing, pivoting, shooting, rebounding, dribbling, passing and catching.

It is not an assessment of a player’s level of skill, merely their functional capacity to complete the task. Players are assigned points as their classification – 1, 2, 3, and 4 are the recognized classes, with 0.5 classes between for the exceptional cases which do not fit exactly into one class, and the 4.5 category for the player with least or minimal disability.

Classes are defined according to players’ “volume of action”. Each class has a clearly defined maximal volume of action, which the player may exhibit. Players are observed in their competition wheelchairs, complete with all strapping they will use, but in a training situation before the tournament commences. From this initial observation a player is assigned a class with which they will begin the tournament. The player is then observed in an actual competition game, at which time their classification will be confirmed or modified if the classification panel feels it is necessary.

The total number of points allowed on court at any time is 14.0. That is, the total points of all five players actually playing. If a coach allows the team to have over 14.0 points, they will incur a coach technical foul.

What pathway is available for Wheelchair Basketball athletes?2019-09-21T12:45:01+10:00
  1. Hornets Academy Wheelchair Skills Sessions. Click here for more information.
  2. Blue Hornets Junior Development Squads. Click here for more information.
  3. Basketball NSW State Teams. Kevin Coombs Cup National Junior Championships. Click here for more information.
  4. Blue Hornets National League teams. Click here for more information.