Some clubs are running with 50-60 teams, some going down to div 4/5 with parents taking up the slack coaching teams. This is when both the costs and the district concept itself run into problems. Many would be better playing social ball and getting the same type of coaching at a vastly reduced cost.
Getting back to my earlier point, district basketball needs to get its format right before any changes for the better will work.
Open slather where all the kids want to go to the top club or two will ultimately kill the competition. Drop outs in girls, in particular, is rising and even the state U20s could only get a bakers dozen to trials.
We need to get more kids playing for the clubs in the areas they live in and those clubs need to improve the competitivness. Costs will only go up if the present trends continue.
The above idea of one training a week that netball employs may reduce club overheads but its doubtful it would be passed on.
Soccer may be, on the surface, expensive but you do get your complete uniform in that cost and a ball in most clubs whereas in basketball what you get for your money is less obvious.
Soccer also pay their coaches in juniors, basketball doesn't. Bottom line if you are a boy with talent go to Aussie rules and if youre a girl, netball wins hands down on costs and central location etc with a single weekly training and saturday games.
However if youre a basketball fanatic then pray mum and dad can afford the increasing fees , door charges, tournaments away etc plus multiple training schedules and occassionally thank them. for their support.
Basketball really needs to restructure and finding ways to reduce costs and strengthen the comp would be good places to start but its not in the interests of some clubs to pursue those changes.