Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) is state-wide Representative Basketball which provides the highest level of junior competition in Victoria. The competition includes U12 to U21 age groups, in a graded structure from Victorian Junior Championship League to Regional competition.
Representative Basketball is played on Friday evenings in and around metropolitan Melbourne, plus country Victoria, between 6pm and 11pm. Hawthorn Magic was established to give junior basketball athletes an opportunity to participate at a more competitive level.
For the 2020/21 season Hawthorn Magic has entered 39 teams into the VJBL competition.
The VJBL Levels of Competition are:
Victorian Championship League
This is the highest level in each age group comprising the best 20 teams in Victoria.
Victorian Junior League
This is the the second highest level comprising 4 divisions which teams are graded across.
Victorian Regional League
This league is the third level, teams are graded into regions North, South, East and Central across 4 levels.
At present, the Representative season is played for nearly twelve months commencing, with the annual “Magic Trial” phase in October leading into the VJBL Schedule.
1. Magic Trials and Selection Phase – October
2. Practice matches during tryouts – early to mid-November
3. Grading Season – mid-November to following March.
4. Championship Season – March through to mid-August.
5. Finals – late August to mid-September
The basketball year concludes mid-December and recommences mid/late January in preparation for the Eltham Dandenong Tournament on the Australia Day long weekend.