General Information & Policies

The Western Australian Basketball League (WABL) is WA’s premier junior basketball league catering for players for all age groups.

Currently WABL is currently comprised of 13 basketball associations from as far north as Joondalup, east to Mundaring and south to Bunbury.

The Cockburn Basketball Association has 22 (8x girls and 14x boys) teams in the 2020 WABL competition, ranging from 9 yr olds through to adults.

For each age group (U12/14/16/18/20) there are 3 or 4 divisions, with associations able to enter up to 4x teams across each age group.

WABL trials commence in January (timeline is here), with the grading tournament following in Feb/March, and the season running April to September. Following the season, trials re-open for the Basketball WA State Championships, a tournament played across four different weekends in November and December.

For detailed information on the expectations of Cougar players and parents when they represent Cockburn, please read our State Championships information guide HERE.



a) Do I need to be playing in the Cockburn Domestic competition to play WABL for the Cougars?

All athletes who trial for a Cockburn Cougars WABL team are selected in accordance with our player selection policy that outlines the most up to date guidelines on Cockburn domestic basketball. You can find the player selection policy below.

Our selection policy can be found HERE.

However, all athletes engaging in State Championships 2021 must already be in a CBA domestic team by the trial date. You can email for more information. If no teams are available, CBA has a level of discretion in each individual case.

b) How much does it cost to play WABL basketball?

Representative basketball has different costs at various stages of the year.Athletes are required to purchase a training uniform and playing shorts, these are available through our merchandise store. Fees associated with WABL / State Championships basketball include, but are not limited to:

2022 WABL Trial Fee $40
2022 WABL Grading Fee TBA
2022 WABL Season Fees $400
WABL Game Fee (weekly throughout the season) $10 p/player and $3 p/spectator
2021 State Championships Registration Fee $40
2021 State Championships Tournament Fee $100


c) How old do I have to be to play WABL basketball?

In our U12 Cougar teams, we have had athletes commence as young as 8. However, most start at ages 9-11. There is no hard and fast rule, with Cockburn Basketball happy to provide information on each individual should a parent be unsure.


d) What is the grading tournament?

The WABL competition is split into multiple divisions (1-4). The purpose of the grading tournament, played over two weekends for each age group, is to decide which division each Cockburn team belongs in.

For example, the Cockburn Cougars Under 14 boys team one will enter the grading tournament and be placed in either division one or two. Just because you are selected in a Cockburn first team, does not necessarily mean you will play in WABL division 1.

In addition, a Cockburn Cougars Under 14 boys team two may enter the grading tournament and qualify for division one, two or three.

This has been designed to place teams in the most suitable division to ensure as much competitive basketball as possible across the WABL season.

Selection Policy & Guidelines

The Cockburn Basketball Asssociation implements the following policies and guidelines for the WABL / State Championships program.