First introduced in 2015 to Under 12s and gradually rolled out each year to the rest of the junior age groups, the Championship Division is a goal many players and teams strive to reach and compete in each season.
The ‘Championship’ brand will now be introduced to our Open Age competitions – known for many years as WABL D-League or SBL Division 1.
Still heavily affiliated with the NBL1 West programs of each Association, the Western Australian Basketball League felt it was key to reaffirm that the Open Age competitions were the premier WABL Competitions and not in a limbo state between WABL and NBL1 West (formerly SBL).
As such, the former D-League Men and D-League Women competitions will be known in 2021 as WABL Championship Men and WABL Championship Women.
After missing out in 2020 due to COVID uncertainty, we are excited to welcome back the Geraldton Buccaneers men’s team and the Goldfields Giants men’s and women’s teams. There will be 14 Championship Men’s teams and 13 Championship Women’s teams in 2021.
The WABL Championship Men’s and Women’s seasons will commence on the same weekend as the junior age groups and will take place over 16 of the 18 WABL rounds plus finals.
In another exciting change, the ‘Championship’ brand rollout will also include our Under 20 Boys competition for the first time in 2021. This will subsequently see U20s games have shot clock timing where possible.
In aligning all age groups, the pathway is now set for juniors from Under 12s all the way through to Open Age.