The Launceston Basketball Association junior competitions got back under way in the North this week, with plenty of wannabe JackJumpers hitting the courts.
The competition has seen an increase of 33 teams this season; LBA president Craig Gibson said it was pleasing to see the sport not lose momentum after COVID.
"[It's] really positive, our division one competition has grown significantly from last year," he said.
"We used to run about five or six teams in div one where most competitions were up to around eight this year.
"The middle-of-the-range competitions are pretty heavy too with 16 or 17 in most age groups across the season so it's looking really good.
"I'm hoping through all the work we've put in during the pre-season we should have a great competition for all the teams."
Last year saw a shortened season due to the pandemic, Gibson said the hiatus left many a player eager to scratch their basketball itch.
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He said with statewide and interstate competitions also making a return, it gave clubs even more motivation to show-out.
"We played a 10-week season for everyone which I think, where we are now, people are itching to get a bit more game time in their feet because they missed out on such a big chunk last year," Gibson said.
"A lot of the representative stuff, both statewide and interstate didn't go ahead, so us getting this going ... we're starting to see teams go to interstate things.
"Plenty of people that have missed out on representing Tassie because they were cancelled last year, so it's good to see them back and enjoying the sport they play."
It's good to see them back and enjoying the sport they playCraig Gibson
This includes Devils player Josh Vimpany, who hopes to emulate the play of his favourite NBA centre Bam Adabayo's skill in bringing his team to the top.
The 15-year-old has been playing for eight years.
"I'm real keen for this season ... we came second last year, hopefully we'll win this year," Vimpany said.
Do you know someone who is contributing to Northern Tasmanian sport, whether through participating or assisting?
The Examiner's Junior Sports Awards, sponsored by Woolworths, provide acknowledgement of accomplishments by players, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs across the region.
There are seven award categories:
- Female junior sportsperson of the year
- Male junior sportsperson of the year
- Rising star of the year - female
- Rising star of the year - male
- Service to sport
- Team of the year
- Club of the year
Nominations are open from Wednesday, April 14, and will close at midnight on October 4.
Entries must include a photograph of the entrant.