The countdown for the highly anticipated Big V 2021 season can now begin, with the finalisation of a competition structure and confirmed start date.
2500 Big V players and 210 officials will return to the court in just 56 days (as of 15/01/21) to compete for supremacy in Australia’s largest senior representative competition.
The upcoming season which will commence on the weekend of March 13 & 14, which remains relatively unchanged from previous seasons gone by. There will be no games scheduled for the Easter break in April or on the Queen’s birthday weekend in June.
The divisional structures of 2020 will remain in place for the 2021 season, with the addition of new teams in certain divisions.
Altona Gators will enter Division Two Women, while Southern Peninsula’s men and women’s youth teams will compete in Youth League Two alongside Bellarine in the men’s and Wallan in the women’s.
With 142 teams from 49 associations participating in the 2021 Big V season, there’s no doubt the competition will be fierce and stadiums across Victoria will, once again, provide quality basketball and new talent.
With the 2020 Big V season ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Competition Manager Jeff Downes said the reality of a 2021 season is a credit to the Victorian basketball associations who have stood by the sport.
“2020 was a tough year for all with the cancellation of the season and shutdown of our sport, which saw our associations hit mentally and financially,” said Downes.
“Our primary focus throughout last year was consulting with our member associations on how we could best ensure the return of all teams back on court in 2021,
“However, another priority of ours was, and still is, to not impact the long term financial sustainability of associations by participating in 2021.”
Downes said the excitement felt by associations and all at Basketball Victoria for the upcoming season is overwhelming but long overdue.
“We are pleased that we have been able to get all 2020 teams back on court for 2021, plus new teams which will be important in pathway developments for these Associations.
“Big V is an integral part of the basketball community and it will be great to see all teams back,
“I am sure win or lose, players and coaches will just love being back on court with team mates competing, side by side.”
After a vote with Victorian Youth Championship associations, the conference finals series will change to a cross over finals structure in 2021. The top two teams in each conference will be rewarded with a double chance. Youth League Two Men will also have the same Conference cross over finals structure.
Big V 2021 is coming, so stay tuned for a season not to be missed!