Summer Season Dates (Term 1)
January 15th, 2020
Our summer season continues for term 1 with the key dates below. Please note that seniors go back earlier than the school term & return Jan 20th
Key Dates for Comp & Little Giants
For new players wanting to play for the Lara Giants we will be taking registrations for the winter season from end of Feb. Winter season is term 2 & term 3
Geelong United Basketball Full Calendar can be found here
Little Giants Term 1
January 14th, 2020
Thanks to Beck’s Boarding Retreat Little Giants is back for term 1. Spaces are limited so be quick to book your spot. To register click here
Note: Our summer season continues for term 1 with no spaces for u10s until our winter season which starts term 2. Any kids interested in playing for winter we recommend at least a term of Little Giants.
There are 3 classes to choose from
1. Monday 4:15pm to 5pm with Jess Aherne – Ages 5 to 6
This group is designed for the younger less experienced little giants aged 5 to 6. The program is more designed around fun & is a basic introduction to basketball.
2. Monday 6pm to 7 with Kelsey Jordan Ages 7+
Our later class on Mondays is designed for the kids who are 7+ are a little more confident. This program is designed to not only introduce the kids to the basketball basics, but to get them ready to play actual games.
3. Saturday 10am to 10:45 with Joel McFall – All ages
Our Saturday classes are open for all ages, ideally aimed at those aged 6 to 9 with limited basketball experience.
Free Community Junior Clinic Sunday Dec 8
November 27th, 2019
Thanks to the Lara & District Community Bendigo Bank we are having our first Free clinic for the summer season.
We have an all star cast to help with the clinic featuring NBL1 Geelong Supercat Liam McInerney. Thanks to Kardinia Osteo, Liam will not only help the kids out with some basics, but will also discuss the importance of stretching & looking after our bodies to allow us to get thru the work loads & to make us better players. Liam will also hit the floor showing the kids some great moves that has made him one of the best players in the NBL1 over many years.
We also have our own div 1 womans player as well as Little Giants super coach Kelssey Jordan. Kelsey has been fantastic at helping our younger juniors get ready for competative basketball. Kelsey has also played basketball at all levels in Geelong from div 1 women to junior rep basketball with supercats & sting rays.
And of course, everyones favourite & Hustle Hoops own Joel McFall. Joel who has been coaching at Lara Giants for a number of years doing the under 14 Championship team. Joel also does one on one & group sessions with Hustle Hoops. As well as all of this he also plays with our div 1/championship mens team.
Spaces are limited, the day starts at 11am for u10s & Little Giants, 12pm for u12s & 1:15 for u14s & u16s. Be sure to register at https://forms.gle/nHA14qeLBZKNpHhD6
Not a Trivia Night
November 3rd, 2019
What is it? This fun night out is not a Trivia Night. It is a super fun Music, Movie, TV, Game Show Night. Combining some of our favourite game shows, lots of audience participation & plenty of fun & laughs
Featuring some of your favourite tv game shows including minute to win it, sale of the centry, survivor, Don’t forget the lyric and a whole lot more with some 80s & 90s trivia, thi is bound to be a fun & very entertaining night out
Tickets are only $25 each with BYO alcohol making it a great value night out
To book your table visit https://forms.gle/FDnAa2JhWbvsVjJF8
See you Saturday Nov 23rd, check out the facebook event for the latest news & sneak peaks. https://www.facebook.com/events/682193392272115
Q. When is it
A. Saturday Nov 23rd from 7pm to late
Q. Where is it?
A. Lara Hall. Flinders Ave Lara
Q. How much does it cost?
A. $25 a head
Q. Can I buy drinks there?
A. No it is BYO, so you can fill the esky & have a cheap night out
Q. What it I can’t fill a table by myself?
A. Let us know & we will help find you some great team mates.
Q. I am no good at Trivia, should I stay home?
A. No, this is not your average Trivia Night. There will be some trivia, but
it will be a lot more interactive. A lot of questions about music, movies and a lot of fun.
Q. So all my favourite TV game shows & some reality shows will be
included, does that include the Bachelor?
A. Sorry no Bachelor or bachelorette. But there will be a Survivor
challenge, Minute to win it, Lip Sync Battle & more
Q. What time will it finish?
A. Not sure, but it will be after 10. We have the hall till late so when the
game & quiz show fun ends we will pump up the tunes & have a bit more
Q. Will there be any auctions & sport memorabilia available?
A. Great question, yes there will be. We have lined up some great basketball
& other pieces of sporting memorabilia
Q. Is there any age limits?
A. We recommend 16+, largely due to the fact their will be drinking & some potentially embarrassing moments 🙂
Q. This sounds like a great night, how do I register?
A. Enter your details on the Google docs link here https://forms.gle/vuUXevt9g2gBnLg79
Summer Teams 2020 inc seniors
September 25th, 2019
We are excited to announce our sumer teams for 2019. With over 400 players again & 50+ junior teams it has been a massive job. The coaches & co-ordinators have worked very hard on team selections factoring in what is best for all players & teams. When selecting teams there is a number of factors we take into account, but our long term goal is what is best for the player to improve, compete, be challenged & most importantly have fun. Some kids will be pushed to go harder this season. Others will be given the opportunity to put their game into practice & improve their skills.
Below are the teams as selected. As we are all volunteers & time poor, if you would like to discuss teams further please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Note: Under 20 boys will be released next week
Lara Fees & Basketball Geelong Rego
To accept your position in your team, you must pay your club fees here
If you are new you also need to pay insurance & rego with Basketball Geelong (the main comp) here
Uniform Day Summer
Lara Giants Uniform Day is scheduled for Sunday October 6 at St Anthony’s Primary. Note: All players will be required to buy new reversible uniform. More details next week.
Little Giants 2019 – Term 4
September 14th, 2019
Thanks to Becks Boarding Retreat, Little Giants is back for term 4.
To book your spot fill in your details here – https://forms.gle/iB7QZLXHvTFcWigA7
Little Giants is a fun introduction to basketball where kids learn the basics of basketball of basketball in a fun friendly environment without the pressures of actual games. Our coaches are all experience players playing for Lara as well as representative basketball for Geelong. Class sizes are limited to the classes to just 16 to allow maximum coach to player time.
Cost: $90 for new players (inc ball & shirt), $70 for returning
Location: Lara Lake Primary School
1. Monday 4:15pm to 5pm with Jess & Paige – Ages 5 to 6
This group is designed for the younger less experienced little giants aged 5 to 6. The program is more designed around fun & is a basic introduction to basketball. Our coaches are experienced players with supercats rep experience who are great with the little kids & helping them get confident.
2. Monday 6pm to 7 with Kelsey Jordan Ages 7+
Our later class on Mondays are for the kids who are 7+ are a little more confident. This program is designed to not only introduce the kids to the basketball basics, but to get them ready to play actual games. Kids aiming to play next summer (term 4) should consider joining this wondefrul program with Kelsey. Kelsey is a div 1 womens player & has a lot of experience & an excellent teacher of the game.
3. Saturday 9am to 9:45 with Joel McFall – All ages
Our Saturday classes are open for all ages & abilities, ideally aimed at those aged 6 to 9 with limited basketball experience. Joel is a hit at our clinics with the kids & plays in our div 1 mens team as well as our u14-1 coach.
Classes start Saturday October 12 & Monday October 14.
To book your spot fill in your details here – https://forms.gle/iB7QZLXHvTFcWigA7
Please note classes are strictly limited we will confirm classes during the second week of holidays.
For more information or any questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for Term 4 2019:
14-Oct, 21-Oct, 28-Oct, 11-Nov, 18-Nov, 25-Nov, 2-Dec & 9-Dec
12-Oct, 19-Oct, 26-Oct, 9-Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec
Please note: No sessions on Melb cup weekend due to Geelong United Basketball Junior Tournament & potential long weekend for some.
Summer 2020- Updated Sept 17th 7pm
August 30th, 2019
Registrations are now open for our Summer season.
Already Registered? Check your name is here…
Make sure your name is on the lsit below or you haven’t registered via our google forms link junior registration here
Want $50 Giant Bucks?
August 28th, 2019
We have a special offer to all our members that will give you $50 off the cost of and club merchandise including uniform. All you need to do is have a meeting with the Lara District Community Bank Branch and tell them we sent you. That’s it! Book a meeting with the wonderful staff at our local Lara District Community Bank to discuss your home loan or other financial requirements we will give you $50 credit towards club merchandise, fees or uniforms.
Why Should we change banks?
Five good reasons (from the many) why you should consider changing banks
- When you bank with Lara District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, great things happen in Lara. Local projects & clubs get funding. So far they have given over $1 million back to our region.
- They are local & easy to get to and are they are open on Saturday mornings.
- They have really good products & rates.
- We will give you $50 toward the club merchandise, fees or uniform for having a meeting with the branch & mentioning the Lara Giants.**
- We will give you $100 extra if you change your home loan with the bank. **
My Story: Jason Aherne: LBC President
I have been involved with the Lara Giants for many years. I have been to many of the Bendigo Bank nights encouraging locals to change our banking to them. But that just seemed to hard & all those other excuses where it was just easier to not change.
I did my homework & negotiated with my existing bank a discount on my rate & then arranged to see the Bendigo Bank Lara loans manager Michelle Duncan on a Saturday morning. We gathered our figures & what we wanted from our loan & spoke about the different banking options the bank has available. The bank had a great interest rate (better than my newly discounted rate) and I was able to extend my home loan (to do a few jobs around the house). I was also able to support this wonderful bank that has been so supportive to my club & so many other Lara & District groups.
It costs nothing to book an appointment & have a chat. You don’t have to change banks, but you owe it to yourself to see what the Lara Community Bank can do for you.
**Note: $50 & $100 given in terms of money to spend with the club to cover playing costs, uniforms or merch. Numbers are strictly limited to the first 10 appointments (however may be extended)
Uniform Day For Existing Players
August 1st, 2019
With the exciting opportunity of our new sponosr Austin Land Lara we have used this opportunity to introduce of the NEW reversible uniforms. We are having a sizing & order day for existing & past players on Saturday August 17. This is a massive task as it is compulsory for all players to wear the new uniform for the start of the Summer season which starts in early October.
With hundreds of people expected to get thru & with many from the same families, we have broken the day up into alphabetical order. Please try & come during your expected time to reduce delay times & be patient with our wonderful volunteers
- 10am to 11am – Surnames A to C
- 11am to 12noon – Surnames D to H
- 12 to 1pm – Surnames I to O
- 1pm to 2pm – Surnames P to S
- 2pm to 3pm – Surnames T to Z
- 3pm to 4pm – Make Up Session for those who missed earlier
All uniforms of existing players need to be order before August 23 to receive the $20 discount. With so many to get thru we ask new players to wait till our uniform day in the September holidays. New uniform of Reversible Singlet & Shorts RRP of $85 will be reduced to $65 for any existing players or those who have played in the last 12 months. If you have purchased a full price uniform in the last 6 months you will be eligible for a further discount, details to be confirmed with our records.
All players will be required to wear the new uniform for the start of the Summer season or face penalties for being out of uniform by Basketball Geelong.
All new players who have not currently have a uniform will be invited to our usual uniform day during the September school holidays where they can purchase their uniforms from our pre-ordered stock.
This is a extremely exciting time for our club as we continue to grow. This no longer means we have to have clash tops or hire uniforms for Lara v Lara games. We are also extremly excited to have Austin Land Lara on board as our new uniform sponsor.
Question & Answers
- Q. Why are we changing uniforms?
- A. With so many players & teams we often have multiple teams in the same divisions. This requires a lot of co-ordination & effort from the coaches & the uniform co-ordinator which results in a lot of pain, stress & mix ups. Plus we have an awesome new sponsor Austin Land so a great opportunity
- Q. When is the uniformm day
- A. For those already playing for Lara Giants we are having a special early uniform day on Saturday August 17 at Lara Primary. From 10 to 4pm
- Q. What if I can’t make Saturday?
- A. We will have an extra one of night next week details to be confirmed for you to order your uniform. If you are unable to make any of the August uniform day you will not be able to keep your number or receive the $20 discount.
- Q. Can I keep my number from last season?
- A. Yes if you order by August 23 you can keep your number & save $20 by pre odering.
- Q. What if I am a new player?
- A. We will have plenty of uniforms in stock for you to order a uniform in the Sept school holidays before you make your debut
- Q. I recently purchased a new unifom at the start of last season, do I still have to buy a new uniform?
- A. Yes you do. All players playing in Summer 2020 will require a new reversible uniform
- Q. I am unable to make my designated time, can I come another time?
- A. Yes if you are unable to make your recommended time you are welcome to either attend after 3pm or make another time.
- Q. What if I am unsure about playing Summer season?
- A. You can come along, get sized up & place your order. If you decide not to play then we will keep your uniform & sell to someone else.
- Q. Can I pay on the Day?
- A. Yes you can, we will have cash or card facilities available
- Q. Can I pay for my membership as well?
- A. Yes you can
- Q. Will other merchendise be available on Saturday?
- A. No, we will have plenty of work to keep us busy so will foxcus on uniforms & memberships only. Merch can be ordered & purchased at a later date
- Q. How busy will it be Saturday?
- A. We have broken the day up into groups of 80-100. So if everyone turns up it will be extremely busy. We ask you to be patient & thank you for your understanding
Lara Giants Uniform Update
July 20th, 2019
Exciting times are coming up for the Lara Giants. We have a new major sponsor Austin Land Lara This new sponsorship is helping us with the opportunity to introduce brand new design reversible uniforms. We wanted to keep all our members up to date on the progress, the reasons behind the move & key dates & details. We plan to have the new uniforms ready for the summer season & expect all players & teams to wear these uniforms.
Why New Uniforms
There is two main reasons for the new uniforms. One our commitment to our new sponsor and two to introduce reversible uniforms to avoid clashes when two Lara teams play.
With large numbers of teams, we have a number of Lara vs Lara games every single week. We have around 60 teams, including up to 7 in a single age group, which means often we have 3 teams in the one competition.
The task of handing out these clash tops is a time consuming job & takes a lot of co-ordination, especially when teams forget & leave things for the last minute. We also have a number of times when neither team remembers & as a result, we have to hire uniforms from Basketball Geelong which costs the club & therefore our members money.
By going to reversible singlets we will eliminate this need for clash tops & allow our players to wear their own singlets.
How much will the new uniform cost?
New uniforms will be $45 for the reversible singlet & $40 for the shorts. However, everyone who orders on the 17th August will save $20 making the complete set $65
We are currently working on our newly designed uniform. The design will be a similar colour blue with a more modern NBA inspired look, while on the reverse it will be white. We will be having a uniform come & try day on Saturday August 17. Here we ask all families to come & try on their new uniform & order there uniform in preparation for the summer season. All uniforms ordered on the day will be reduced by $20 per set.
Q. Do I have to pay for the uniform on the day
A. No, you can pay for the uniform when you collect it prior to the summer season.
Q. What if I am not sure if I am playing next summer?
A. Still come along on the 17th of August & order your uniform. If you decide not to play you won’t have to pay.
Q. What if I can’t make the 17th of August?
A. We will have limited opportunities for you to come try on the uniform in the week of the 17th August. More details to come. If you order after the uniform sessions you will have to pay full price for your uniform.
More information will be available very soon, including the final designs. At this stage please keep in mind Saturday August 17 for the next key date.
We understand buying new uniforms is an expensive process, which is why we want to work with families & give plenty of notice. Many juniors are probably out growing their uniforms & probably due for a new uniform. Existing uniforms can be worn to training to ensure they get maximum value out of them. We want to thank you all for your co-operation in this process. It is a very difficult & challenging time, but we are excited by the opportunity to help take the club to the next step forward.
Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday October 13th at 7pm at the Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road Lara. All positions will be vacated & we will elect a new committee. For more info contact Jason on 0417306327
Sunday October 6 at St Anthonys Primary School. Cash or Card Welcome 10am Surnames A to D 11am Surnames E to K 12pm Surnames L to Q 1pm Surnames R to Z 2pm Alternate Time
Junior Presentation Day is booked in for Saturday September 21st. 11am Little Giants & U10s from . 12pm U12s & U14s at 12pm 1:30pm Club awards, Service awards & U16s & U18s. We will have the BBQ going all day for you to grab a snag as well as our merch tent will be set […]
Uniform day for our new uniforms
For the first time ever we are having a summer presentation day. With so many of our junior players only playing summer we felt it was only far we put on a special presentation day for all the kids & their hard work over a hot summer. There will be trophies for u12s & above, […]
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Lara Giants Junior Presentation Day (including Little Giants) is Sunday September 23rd at St Anthony’s Primary School.
Lara Basketball Club would like to advise all that the our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday August 26th at 7pm at the Lara Community Centre on Waverly Road Lara. All positions will be vacated & we will elect a new committee. For more info contact Jason on 0417306327
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Winter Uniform Day is Saturday April 14 at 2pm at Lara Lake Primary