French Cup League Starting in 2023!

We are excited to announce our new Sunday basketball grade for young women to compete in

The Problem – The CBA and the clubs who entered female teams have been involved in discussing how to improve the retention of females throughout our competitions and increasing the total number of women and girls playing in our weekend competitions.

The Solution – In these discussions, there was a strong desire to improve the offering of basketball for those players “ageing-out” of the U16 grade, but who would not get a good experience in the Women’s Premier or Division One Level. It was decided to target this grade especially to players in Year 12 or Year 13, Tertiary Students, and those just out of High School. The strongest high school players are still expected to opt to play basketball in our Miles Toyota Premier League Competition, with the French Cup providing a great pathway for other players to have an enjoyable and rewarding basketball experience, before they move into the Premier or Women’s Division One grades.

The Name – The “French Cup League” is named after our Patron, Sandra French, who has spent a huge portion of her life finding ways to help basketball grow, especially on the female side of the game: “This initiative is very exciting for female basketball. With a high degree of ‘buy-in’ from the clubs already, this should help us keep more young female basketballers engaged in the sport.”

The Details/Rationale for the French Cup League

  • For young women aged 17-23 years of age – targeted to those in Year 12 or Year 13, Tertiary Students, and those just out of High School
  • Refining skills and concepts
  • Zone offence and Person-to-person defence could be seen
  • Can be more focused on competitive outcomes
  • Enjoyment
  • Players who wish to compete in the Premier League, and the French Cup League in the same season, need to apply to the Female Eligibility Committee before competing in both grades

Women’s Division One will be targeted to players aged 24+, with some limited scope for some younger players to be included.


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