Anonymous
Last year

Inner West Melbourne Girls programs?

Looks like I have two girls that are really keen on playing basketball. Both are going to be quite tall an athletic , not great experience playing yet (aged 9 &11) though.
Does anyone in the area recommend or know which may be the best association to take them to ? If they are going to commit to playing, I would like to see them developed for the commitment involved. Have researched the locality of associations and Westgate is our closest, are they good? Should I be looking around more ?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Altona

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LC  
Last year

Melbourne or Altona

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Anonymous  
Last year

If your close to Westgate.
Melbourne tigers iare the best club in that area for young girls.

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Anonymous  
Last year

So may be Altona is the go?
My concern with Melbourne would be they are placed in a 7th side and coached by a parent with minimal knowledge ( nothing wrong with that) and not developed as my original post said.
Anyone familiar with Altona's coaches/ program?

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Toby  
Last year

Having been involved with both Altona and Melbourne Tigers I can assure you there is no comparison. Altona are a much smaller club and so only have a couple of teams in each age group. While your girls may make a 2 or 3 team at Altona they will probably be placed around the same level as a Tigers 5 or 6 team. Not many Tigers teams have parents coaching, but you are correct in saying the bottom team might have one. However the same goes for Altona in their 2 or 3 teams. Overall my girls have had a much better experience at tigers than Altona and I know a couple of other parents that would say the same thing. Keep in mind that most club tryouts start tomorrow, Tigers definitely do and they have announced who their coaches are for each team already. I am fairly sure there are no parents named as coaches at this stage anyway. It should be on their website or at least Instagram. You could always try out at both clubs and get a feel for them and then make an informed decision rather than one based on what others tell you! Good luck!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Didn't Tigers program win u12 state champs?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hey Toby,
Thanks for responding, I did not realise try outs were so soon!!,
So by your response you have had experience with both clubs? I may have Miss written what I meant earlier, the team doesn't bother me that they are selected in, their development does concern me. I would like them to get better AND have fun

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Toby  
Last year

I really think having fun is the most important factor, if they enjoy it the improvement will follow (as long as they get good guidance from the coach!). I just checked and Tigers tryouts for under 12 and 14 are at MSAC at 8-10 am tomorrow and the following 2 Sundays. Go and have a look and make your own mind up!

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