Dragons coaches Mathews and Lai to present June 19 Coaches Clinic

June 2, 2023
Camberwell Dragons age group Head Coaches Conor Mathews and Jaden Lai will present Camberwell District Basketball Association’s (CDBA)  “Long-Term Offensive Skill Development” Coaches Clinic at Canterbury Girls Secondary College on June 19.

Conor is Head Coach of our Under 14 Boys program and will lead our Under 14.1 Boys team at next week’s National Junior Classic tournament in Melbourne. He is captain of Camberwell’s Big V Youth League Men’s team.

Jaden heads up our Under 12 Boys program and plays alongside Conor on the Dragons’ Youth League team.

What: CDBA Coaches Clinic – Long-Term Offensive Skill Development

Presented by: Camberwell Dragons coaches Conor Mathews and Jaden Lai (see bios on both coaches below)

Where: Canterbury Girls Secondary College

When: Monday, June 19 – 7.30pm-9pm

Admission: Free

Bookings: Details will be announced shortly

About Conor Mathews:
Conor is in his eighth season as a coach at Camberwell … started as an assistant coach in 2015 with the club’s Under 12.1 Boys … was Head Coach of the Under 12 Boys program for six years … In his second season as Head Coach of the Under 14 Boys program … captain of the Dragons’ Big V Youth League Men’s team … Has a great passion for individual skill development … Works at No Limits Basketball as Head of Performance, overseeing its Athletic Development Program … Skill-enhancement coach with No Limits since 2017 … Has a vested interest in building skills from the ground up – progressing each skill from its foundation to the elite level – and finding ways to make skill development for players a fun and engaging part of your team training as a coach, or their own practice regimen.

About Jaden Lai:
Jaden is in his fifth year of coaching in the Under 12 Boys program at Camberwell and his second as Head Coach of the Under 12s … Has been part of the Basketball Victoria State Development program, and is a No Limits Skill Development coach, where he develops individual skills and concepts for athletes … Participated in the 2022 National Junior Classic as a coach … Plays for the Dragons’ Big V Youth League Men’s team … Has a passion for developing basketball athletes at all ages and levels … Has an elite understanding of the progression of skills, and applying skills in game situations.

The Long-Term Offensive Skill Development clinic is the fifth in our series of clinics in 2023 for Domestic and Representative Coaches, with our presenters already this year including Darren Perry, Oliver Reid, Michael Dimattina and Al McAughtry.

For further information, contact: or

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TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: The 3rd specialist Coaches’ Clinic in our series for Junior Domestic and Junior Representative coaches is coming up.

‘Teaching defensive concepts + advantages/disadvantages in offensive games’ hosted by Olly Reid.
This Coaches Clinic will be presented by our newly appointed Dragons BigV Championship Men’s Head Coach, Oliver Reid. Covering ‘Teaching defensive concepts & advantages/disadvantages in offensive games’, Olly will cover his coaching philosophy on both ends of the floor.
Coaching education through clinic format is extremely beneficial to enhancing a coach’s ability to further improve the playing performance of the players they coach.
Monday 20 March 2023
Canterbury Girls Secondary College
16 Mangarra Road, Canterbury
7:30pm to 9:00pm
BOOKING DEADLINE: Friday 17 March at 5:00pm
Any queries, please contact Operations Administration:



An opportunity for Junior Domestic coaches to develop their skills and knowledge of basketball by becoming involved in the Camberwell Dragons Junior Representative program.


A coach who would like to be a part of the Coaching Growth initiative would be aligned with an experienced coach in the Dragons Junior Representative (VJBL) program. Your role would be to attend (where possible) all training and Friday night matches and act as an additional member of the coaching staff. You would be given responsibilities as directed by the head coach of that team with a view to upskilling and teaching you as much as they can about basketball.  

This would include:    

  • Player – individual skill development, offensive and defensive
  • Team structure – offensive and defensive patterns and concepts
  • Strategy – Assist with reading the game, player rotation and game management
  • Training – Planning a session. Long term and short-term planning.


To educate new coaches by developing their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the game. This will allow them to develop the players and teams they currently coach and inspire them to want to coach their own Dragons Junior Representative team in the future.

To express your interest, please contact:



This is a Coaching Girls Guide with strategies for engaging and retaining girls in sport.  This is a great read for coaches of girls and parents of girls.  This is available on the Nike website and can be accessed here:


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She Hoops: Lauren Jackson AO OLY has launched a free online platform for women, ‘She Hoops’.

It’s designed to create a community for women in basketball to get together, learn and develop with a number of notable basketball identities such as legendary NBA official Dee Kantner, former WNBA Commissioner Donna Orender and trailblazing coaches Carrie Graf and Sandy Brondello.

There are six sub-sites looking at coaching, cultural diversity, community, officiating, administrators, and Indigenous inclusion.  Check it out sportsfans.  More information:  HERE

Photo courtesy of FOX SPORTS




The podcast is designed to provide all coaches with the tool and a greater understanding of some of the hot topics. Join Basketball Victoria (hosted by Rob Coulter) as they delve into the issues requiring greater focus and discussion beyond what is  generally covered in a standard x’s and o’s session.

With a great guest line up and plenty to talk about, this is a series you are not going to want to miss.

Basketball Victoria – Coaching Podcast

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We ask that all Dragons Coaches complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control  Training Module.  COVID-19 infection control online training covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.  This is a FREE course and takes only about 20 minutes to complete.

COVID-19 Infection Control  Training



We have updated our coaches and player/parent guidelines accordingly.  Please read them carefully.


Key requirements for coaches for training and games:

  1. Ensure players wipe basketballs and sanitise hands at the beginning and end of training sessions
  2. Complete Team Checklist at the beginning and end of every session.  Checklists should be stored in a folder in your Covid kit.
  3. Please clean areas where players and spectators have gathered at the end of training sessions.
  4. Covid kits should be brought to all training sessions and games.
  5. If you require extra wipes, sanitiser, paper towels etc, please contact Geoff at

A BSO will be present at all training sessions before grading commences.  They will have cleaning products if you currently don’t have a Covid kit and will assist with anything else you require.  Please let Geoff know if you don’t have a Covid kit at



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