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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 enquiries@laragiants.org.au


Summer 2020- Updated Sept 1st 10pm
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


How to register
Register your details here: Junior Registration  or Senior Register

Junior Age Groups (year they were born)
Under 10 – 2011 or after
Under 12 – 2009 & 2010
Under 14 – 2007 & 2008
Under 16 – 2005 & 2006
Under 18 – 2003 & 2004
 
Team Selections
We are aiming to announce teams Oct 1.   There most likely will be some try outs required as we try our best to put the players in the right division based on their skill & confidence.  Sometimes, we will look to put kids in lower divisions to help them develop their game.

Will my child get a game
As long as we can find a coach yes they will.  However, we will only enter the team if we have a coach committed to the season.

Coaches
We are always looking for coaches to handle the large volumes of teams. If you are interested in coaching one of our teams we would love to hear from you.  You can email us  at the president@laragiants.org.au or call president Jason on 0417 306 327.
 
Regards
Lara Giants Basketball Club
For more information please visit our registration process

Please note: All players must purchase new uniforms & pay club registrations prior to the first round commencing.
 
For more information or any questions please contact us at enquiries@laragiants.org.au

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

  1. 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.
  2. They are local & easy to get to and are they are open on Saturday mornings.
  3. They have really good products & rates.
  4. We will give you $50 toward the club merchandise, fees or uniform for having a meeting with the branch & mentioning the Lara Giants.**
  5. 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.

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**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

Whats Next?

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

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.

Go Giants!


Playing Basketball for the Lara Giants
July 12th, 2019

At the beginnning of every term we get a lot of enquiries about playing basketball. Basketball is an all year round sport, which is broken up into 2 seasons. A winter season that goes for terms 2 & terms 3 & a summer season that starts with term 4 & resumes after the holidays in term 1.

The Lara Giants is one of the biggest clubs in Geelong, with teams in all age groups & most divisions. The advantage with this is that we are able to help ensure the kids are placed in a division that best suits there ability, experience & confidence.

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With our summer season quickly approaching we are about to hit our busiest time of the year with our numbers exploding. Registrations will open August (details to be confirmed). If you have a child who is under 12 & never played before & would like to try something before playing it might be worth considering Little Giants (a great 8 week basketball program to introduce the rules & basic concepts. More details at www.laragiants.org.au/littlegiants19t3

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For more details on the costs associated & other bits & pieces of useful knowledge please check our our website http://www.laragiants.org.au/get-involved/play-basketball/

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Little Giants 2019 – Term 3
June 27th, 2019

Thanks to Becks Boarding Retreat, Little Giants is back for term 3.

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 6:45 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 11:15am to 12 with Joel McFallAll 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 Monday July 15 & Saturday July 20.

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 enquiries@laragiants.org.au

Winter Dates


Community Basketball Clinic
May 21st, 2019

Thanks to the Bendigo Community Bank Lara we are having a free basketball clinic. Featuring our div 1 players Joel McFall, Jackson Bentley & Kelsey Jordan as well as our own coaches this is your chance to get some tips to help improve your game, or even come along for a try.

All happening on Saturday June 1 at Lara Lake Primary School

1pm : Under 14s & Under 16s

2pm: Under 10s & Little Giants

3pm: Girls Only

4pm: Under 12s

Numbers are limited & spots must be booked via the link below

https://forms.gle/wtYQVQ86MFrvVKVS7


Winter Teams 2019
April 10th, 2019

We are excited to announce our winter teams for 2019. With over 300 players again & 40 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. Most players are in the same divisions as they were previously, with some going up to replace others that left & others going down to help ensure they grow in confidence & ability.

Teams

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 Note: No need to pay this for Northern Basketball League teams as they have a different fee to a different association

If you would like to discuss teams further please email us at

juniorboys@laragiants.org.au

juniorgirls@laragiants.org.au

Uniform Day Winter 2019

Lara Giants Uniform Day is scheduled for Sunday April 14 from 9am to 10:30am at the Buckingham St Community Centre. There will be make up opportunities for those unable to attend.

Winter Dates


Mark Evans – Life Member
April 7th, 2019

Today the Lara Giants inducted our 4th ever life member Mark Evans. Mark has coached with Lara for 10 years. He has played with the club for 27 years. He is a 5 times senior club champion. Put simply Mark is a great clubman and an asset to the club.

Thank you Mark for all you have done and continue to do for the club.


  • Austin Land Lara
  • Lara Hotel
  • Lara Community Bank
  • Apco
  • Beck's Boarding Retreat
  • Kardinia Osteopathic Clinic
  • Burns Archer

Upcoming Events


21st
Sep
Winter Presentation Day 2019

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 […]


17th
Aug
Uniform Day

Uniform day for our new uniforms


7th
Apr
Summer Presentation Day

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, […]


24th
Feb
Bunnings BBQ 2019

Bunnings BBQ Sunday Feb 24 Book your spot to help https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=467320&here


6th
Oct
Uniform Day Summer 2019

Lara Giants Uniform Day is booked in for Saturday October 6 at St Anthony’s Primary. Collect your uniform & your Lara merch as well as pay your club membership on the day u10s / u12s at 2pm u14s / u16s /u18s at 3pm Little Giants & Seniors 3:30pm


23rd
Sep
Junior Presentation Day

Lara Giants Junior Presentation Day (including Little Giants) is Sunday September 23rd at St Anthony’s Primary School.


26th
Aug
Annual General Meeting

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


4th
Aug
Disco Bingo

Dolly’s Disco Bingo is the original music bingo company in Australia. Instead of numbers, we play well know tunes. To book your tickets contact Bridie: 0431 783 323


14th
Apr
Winter Uniform Day 2018

Winter Uniform Day is Saturday April 14 at 2pm at Lara Lake Primary


24th
Mar
Trivia Night 2018

The Trivia Night is back, a great night is guaranteed. Book your tickets now