National Indigenous Basketball Tournament - From community to nationals

Each player competing in the ICBL has the opportunity to be selected to represent their region at the National Indigenous Basketball Tournament (NIBT). This may be the first time many Indigenous young people will compete at a national tournament and proudly wear their state colours.


How do I know if I’ve been selected for the NIBT?

You will receive a selection letter from your Regional Co-ordinator advising that you have been selected. You must complete the required forms that accompany the selection letter for us to confirm your place on the team.

What should I wear for travelling?

You will be issued with a travel uniform to wear – it will help us identify everyone as part of the team and serve as a proud reminder that you will be representing your region in the National Tournament!

Do I have to book my own flight or is travel arranged for me?

Both the travel and accommodation will be booked on your behalf by IBA and the details will be provided to you by your Regional Coordinator.

What time do I need to be at the airport on the day we leave?

Please arrange to make your own way to the airport on departure day and we recommend you be at the airport at least 1.5 hours before your flight departs – please speak to your RC about your booked flight time.

Who do I contact in case of emergency?

As a first port of call you should always speak to your Regional Co-ordinator, or a Team Coach or Manager if they are not available.

Are there travel restrictions due to COVID?

Please refer to the information provided by the Australian Government, you’ll find links in the Useful Information section of this guide.

Will I be able to travel with my parents or a family member?

You will be travelling with your fellow IBA teammates along with your Regional Co-ordinator and Team Coach(es) so you will be under the supervision of your RC as soon as you arrive at your departure airport until you arrive back at the airport on the return journey. Of course, your family & friends are welcome to book their own flights & accommodation for the Gold Coast but they must manage their own transport and itineraries.

What is the itinerary for the week and how do I know where I’m supposed to be each day?

There’s a simple Itinerary within this guide that will tell you what is happening each day. Your RC will also provide you with detailed information about game schedules, activities, times and locations and this will be given to you prior to departure.

Will there be access to First Aid if I need it?

There will be First Aid officers as well as Physiotherapists present every day of the NIBT Tournament – your RC will point out the First Aid Zone as part of your first briefing session.

Will I have spare time in the evening to explore the area?

No, attendance is compulsory for every aspect of the program – this includes day and evening activities, training sessions, Inspiration & Motivation sessions, team meetings and meals. Each day of the NIBT is carefully designed to ensure you are able to enjoy and make the most of the program.

Is there a Code of Conduct I have to be aware of?

Yes, your RC will be issuing you with a Code of Conduct form that must be completed and returned. Overall behaviour is expected to be exemplary and to act as role models and young leaders at all times during the program. Any behaviour that falls out with the Code of Conduct will be dealt with accordingly.

Will I be getting a new kit to play in the NIBT?

Yes, NIBT players will be provided with both a travel uniform and kit to train/play in. You will receive your travel uniform prior to departure and your training & playing kit when you arrive.

What meals will be provided during the tournament?

3 meals will be provided each day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Details of times and venues will be provided to you by your RC.

Do I have to attend every element of the program?

Yes, attendance for every part of the NIBT program is compulsory and you will be supervised by your RC and Team Manager for the duration of each day. There is an action-packed itinerary that runs from the evening of Sunday 11th April to Saturday 17th April and we will require full participation at all times.

How do I get to/from the venue?

Where travel is required between venues, transport will be provided via shuttle bus. Details of the shuttles can be acquired from your Regional Coordinator.

Will funds be provided for food/drinks?

No money is needed for breakfast, lunch or dinner as they will be provided each day. It is up to the individual if they would like to bring spending money for personal use, but this is not required.

How will I wash my clothes?

At the end of every day, your team manager will wash your playing gear ready for the next day’s activities.

Will wifi be available?

Yes, wifi will be available and will be managed by team officials.

Will my family & friends be able to get tickets to watch the tournament?

Yes, each day will be split into 2 sessions – a morning session and an afternoon session. This will allow for a cleaning session in-between and spectator numbers will be limited as per COVID regulations. You will be able to register for tickets online so keep an eye on our social pages for details.

Will my family & friends back home be able to watch any of the games?

Yes, we want as many people as possible to share in the excitement of the NIBT program so parts of the competition will be streamed live. Please keep an eye on our social pages for details as to how to tune in.

What COVID restrictions will be in place?

COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the duration of the NIBT event and both players and participants will be expected to adhere to them for the safety of all involved.

What will happen if there is a COVID outbreak? Are there contingency plans?

The IBA program has been planned, and will be managed, in accordance with the COVID safe plans that are currently in place. This has, will and should be taken seriously by every IBA team member and participant. Should the situation change at any point, we will take every measure to ensure everyone is kept informed and up to date with any alternative plans that are put in place, in line with any new government announcements.

Will children be supervised at all times?

All participants will be under the supervision of IBA officials for the duration of the event, for both day and evening activities.