Basketball is a year round sport, with two seasons a year – summer and winter. Each season consists of a number of “rounds”, with each team playing one game per round. Rounds are generally played during school terms, with U8’s – U16’s games played on Saturday and U19’s and U23’s on Sunday.

Each game is played over 2 x 17 minute halves, with teams changing the direction of play at half-time.

The Ferntree Gully Falcons play as part of the Knox Basketball Inc. Junior Domestic competition, and all games are played under the Knox Basketball Junior Domestic Rules (available for download here).

Grading Rounds

At the beginning of each season teams are placed into a grade. The highest grade is A grade, followed by AR (A reserve), then B grade, BR (B reserve), and so on. The lowest grade is either E or F grade. Each grade is further divided into gender and age groups starting with Under 8’s, followed by U10’s, U12’s, U14’s, U16’s, U19’s and U23’s.

The first 6-7 rounds of each season are used to fine-tune the grading of teams to make sure that they are playing at an appropriate competition level. The fixture for grading rounds is released one week at a time due to the potential of teams being moved between grades.

Competition Rounds

Depending on the season, and where school and public holidays fall, there are normally 17 competition rounds in a season inclusive of the grading rounds.
Teams that finish in the top 4 ladder positions at the end of the competition rounds qualify to play finals. For teams that don’t qualify for finals the season ends at the last competition round.
Under 8’s team do not participate in finals; they play an additional round during the first week of finals as well as an “Encouragement Day” round during the second week of finals. All U8’s teams that play the Encouragement Day round receive a participation award (from Knox Basketball) regardless of the result of their match.


Finals run over 3 rounds; 1 round of semi-finals, followed by preliminary finals and then the Grand Final.

Semi Finals are played:

1st v’s 2nd team on season ladder
3rd v’s 4th team on season ladder
Winning Team from 1st v’s 2nd goes into the Grand Final
Losing Team from 1st v’s 2nd plays the Preliminary FinalWinning Team from 3rd v’s 4th plays the Preliminary Final
Losing team from 3rd v’s 4th is eliminated.

Preliminary Finals:

Winning team advances to the Grand Final
Losing team eliminated.

Teams that win grand final games are awarded with a Premiers Pennant, with the runner-up team receiving a Runners-up Pennant.

Summer Season

Summer season normally starts in early November, with the grading rounds played prior to the summer school holidays. The competition rounds commence in late January/early February when school returns, with finals played in May.

Winter Season

Winter season normally starts in mid-late May, with the grading and competition rounds played until mid-late September. Finals  are usually played in October.

Registration for the following season

All players should receive a Player Intent form during round 9; players that wish to continue playing in the following season must complete and return this form by round 11.
Invoices are issued to all players that have indicated that are playing the next season during round 13, with all fees payable by the conclusion of the preliminary finals round at the latest.
For any additional information, please contact our club Secretary, Fiona Evans via email at