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OPENS Program is the bridge between Saturday Juniors and the Senior Competition. Games are played under the same rules as the Seniors focusing on competitive play whilst introducing structure and discipline. 

We play by the shot clock forcing teams to play with a competitive edge. Players and coaches will develop in a tense environment playing an uptempo style of game making crucial decisions very different than holding the ball slowing the game down. 


Players will continue to Learn all fundamental and basic basketball-specific skills. Our focus is still more skill based at these age's allowing players to implement what they have been taught in trainings to make decisions in games. We try not to micro manage players at this early phase of learning and game play. At coaches discretion and the level of athletes skills and game IQ teams will be taught the basic prerequisites to making reads in games.


The purpose of play is to cultivate a positive experience for players and teams focused on skills development, communication, fun, team work, building healthy minds and relationships with team mates and coaching staff. 

We strive to encourage players to make good choices through positive playing experience. Every season is targeted to players bettering themselves as people preparing them for life, for a future on or off the court. 

Packed with a lot FUN, OPENS program gives children, parents and families a safe space to meet all year round playing basketball. Playing a sport helps young kids find themselves, the game allows us to support players in tough situations on and off the court. Basketball is a perfect place for kids to explore and learn ways to deal with challenges teaching them resilience and how to bounce back from losses, and that it's okay to make mistakes. 
We have changed many lives through coaching and mentoring and through OPENS Program we will see our players through to the end of each game, each championship and life. Our emphasis is on our members having fun, learning to be part of a team in a great sport and having confidence to achieve anything they want in life. 

OPENS has 2 full competition seasons per year and each season is 2 terms of school.


Basketball is the fastest growing sport in the world and Australia, it is wonderful everyone can play all year round. We are truly blessed to be building a community basketball family. These memories will last a lifetime for Pioneers! 

To help your child ease into the OPENS group our friendly coaches are motivators who love to inspire. All our coaches will be leading every team hold themselves to our associations STAR standards spreading their infectious energy with a nurturing personality. 


If you are interested in getting involved with coaching, managing, or becoming apart of our committee please let us know...

To get your child started playing please see information below

Pioneers STAR Values & Beliefs
WORK ETHIC (Work ethic is a set of values based on the ideals of discipline and hard work)
EQUALITY (the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities)
CULTURE (a sense of belonging and coming from many backgrounds who join as one)
RESPONSIBILITY (the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something).
ACCOUNTABILITY (an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions)
UNITY (the state of being united or joined as a whole)
LOYALTY (a strong feeling of support or allegiance)
RESPECT (due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others)
HONESTY (freedom from deceit or fraud, uprightness, fairness)
TRUSTWORTHY (able to be relied on as honest or truthful)
OPENS - Purpose of PLAY
Focus on player well-being, attitude and behaviour
Zone Defence is permitted and at Coaches discretion
Full Court Player to Player Defence is permitted including trapping
Competitive and more contact
Introduction to structure and strategic play
Uptempo style of game play
Focus is development over strategy
Game Days
Training Days
Game Times
Guardians, Lethal Weapons, Navigators
Team Managers will communicate to you and your team in a chat group set up in Basketball Connect App
YMCA Springfield Central, 134 Parkland Drive
Team Managers will notify you of any changes
Games are scheduled from 6:30pm onwards
Thursdays 5pm - 6pm
Game Times can be found on Basketball Connect App under Greater Springfield & under team name
What to wear
What to bring
What to not bring or wear
Injury prevention/risk management
House uniform
Star standard attitude
Chewing gum
No long pony tails
Groomed nails
Water bottle
Incorrect uniform
No Jewellery
Hair tied up
Size 6 clearly named Basketball
Roller blades or skate boards
No shorts with pockets
Caps or sunglasses
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FAQ - Game Day Gear
To play games every player needs a reversible uniform which you will order upon registration.
Current Pioneers players will remain in their respective Houses wearing their colours 
NEW Pioneers players can choose which respective House they will like to Join. If the chosen House is full we will notify you of which House has a spot for you! 
HOOPS play with size 6 basketball, these can be purchased from Kmart, Big W or Rebel sports from $5 - $120
Parent Basketball Duties
Arrive 15 mins early and meet your manager/coach at allocated meeting destination planned for the Team
Volunteer time as a Team Manager or a Coach if you have time and will like to be apart of your Childs Team
Opens Program
Season 2 2023 commences July and ends November
There are two seasons conducted each year, the first during school Terms 1 & 2 while the second is during Terms 3 & 4
OPENS Grand Finals Day & Awards Event
Your child will receive an award on finals day including a sausage sizzle, drink and cake
GRAND FINALS - Top 4 teams will play off for Gold, Silver and Bronze
The Winner of the Grand Final Game will be crowned OPENS 2023 Season 2 Champions
If your child does not make the Top 4 they will play a consulate game to end their placing on the ladder for the season
The aim of this is to also congratulate all players for their commitment to their team and Pioneers
OPENS Competition Rules
24 sec Shot Clock will be used
Playing unregistered will result in game being forfeited by the association
Zones are permitted and Full Court Player to Player Defence at Coaches discretion
Players must be registered to Basketball Connect online to Greater Springfield and Opens Comp prior to taking the court for first game
OPENS players must wear House uniforms - 5 points added to opposition team per incorrect garment
Basketball QLD Fee
OPENS Season Fee
This fee is charged manually
The fee includes games, House/Team Trainings
Includes reversible singlet and shorts
Fee is paid directly to Basketball QLD at registration on Basketball Connect
Administration and insurance
Cost is seperate to season fees
You can apply if your child: is a Queensland resident aged from 5 to 17 years (inclusive) at the time of application did not receive a FairPlay voucher this calendar year holds, or whose parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Services Australia Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it.
When registering your child to Underground Basketball League enter your FairPlay voucher number which will go towards participation fees
Refer a Friend
This incentive is a great way to get your friends involved and helping us grow our basketball association
When you refer a friend and they register to play you receive $5 credit for the next season.
What happens after I register?
Your House Leader will be in contact with you and help you get started with your new team
You will be placed into your House and your uniform will be ordered
Keep an eye out on Pioneers Social Media Pages, Facebook and Instagram for NEWS and Updates
In the case of any emergency please email
If you will like to Volunteer your time please use link or our contact form
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