1. Are there any rules, regulations and agreements I need to sign and/or agree to prior to using SIDA services?
An attached copy of SIDA Basketball Terms and Conditions will be emailed to a designated address upon your expression of interest. Ensure to read each point carefully prior to an agreement (booking).
2. What are the protocols for games and training?
SIDA Basketball has adopted professional coaching standards, similar to representative basketball. We communicate these standards via our Training and Gameday expectation documentations.
3. Is it important that my child wears a warm-up shirt to games?
No matter how long you have been playing for, when stopped your body temperature begins to drop and muscles tighten. To slow down the drop in body temperature, a warm-up shirt or jumper is necessary. It is important that players keep warm during downtime. Warm up shirts are also used to hide the player's jersey number; this prevents other coaches from being able to target specific players prior to the start of a game. Notice that high-level athletes wear a type of shirt or jumper over their playing jerseys before games, while on the bench and after games.
4. What size basketball does my child need to purchase?
It is important that your child practices with the correct size basketball. Using the wrong size may inhibit the correct development of technique.
- Under 6 years old: size 4 ball is appropriate
- Age 6-8 (grade 1-3): size 5 ball is appropriate
- Age 9-14 (grade 4-year 8): size 6 ball is appropriate. This is the official size basketball for women's basketball, used in the WNBL and WNBA.
- Age 15+: size 7 ball is appropriate (boys only). This is the official size basketball for men's basketball, used in the NBL and NBA.
5. Must my child have basketball shoes to be able to play?
No, basketball shoes are not compulsory, though it is advised that your child has a pair for safety reasons. Basketball shoes tend to have a lot more grip (less slippage) and offer ankle support. Netball shoes such as Asics are also applicable. It is best to avoid street and flat shoes.
6. Are SIDA services only accessible to teams and individuals situated around Port Philip?
No, our services are accessible to individuals and teams all across Melbourne. We dive into the ocean and swim across to get to you. We have worked with teams, schools and individuals in Keilor, Werribee, Dandenong, Frankston, Balwyn, Burwood, Hawthorn, Footscray, Collingwood, Boxhill, Point Cook; the list goes on. We are happy to travel to you, however, proximity will be taken into consideration and this may incur extra fees.
7. How do I know that my package has expired (in reference to Tutorial and FDP)?
A reminder email is typically sent after the second last training, detailing all attendance record. After receiving this email, you may wish to book in additional training. Refer to Terms and Conditions (clauses 3.1-3.5).
8. Is SIDA for everyone?
Yes and no! Yes, we cater to a range of individuals from varying age, typically 4-18 years. We cater to boys, girls and individuals from various backgrounds. However, SIDA services are for the passionate players. As we are professional and passionate coaches, we desire to work with teams and individuals who are highly passionate about the game; seeking to see improvements in their skills, teamwork, gain a better understanding of the game and get positive game results. In other words, they want to be better. It is for teams and individuals who understand and accept that professional disciplinary approaches are required to achieve success; in other words, you have to be willing to work hard. If this is you, then yes, SIDA is for you.
9. What are the safety measures SIDA applies to ensure a safer training zone?
The safety of the children attending SIDA clinics remains a priority to SIDA staff. All activities taught are designed to incorporate an element of safety. Our coaches are first aid qualified and equipped with basic first aid tools such as bandages. Due to a high incidence of allergy, no nuts or nut related products permitted at SIDA clinics. Whilst we encourage a nut free environment: we acknowledge that SIDA Basketball Clinics are NOT 100% free from nuts. For more information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions Document (clauses 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8,1.11, 1.13).
10. Will training cease after the last game of term?
Training will continue until the end of the school term. As we are a training academy, we believe that practice makes improvement and that the team benefits greatly from having training without the pressure of game preparation. The training sessions allow SIDA coaches to up-skill the players for the following term and year; creating opportunities to refine the players' skills. Additionally, it allows the coach to focus directly on individual players, introduce new skills or plays that players go away to practice prior to the following term. Typically, during the school holidays, the majority of junior players do not train, having additional weeks off without training can be detrimental to the learning process.To determine the last day of training, please refer to the dates marked on the invoice.
11. Are we provided with details of the coach that will take our sessions?
Absolutely! Typically details of our coaches can be found on the meet our team page. However, if the details of the appointed coach are non-available on the page, we will email all necessary data directly to you.