The Sydney Schools Shootout began in 2008, after the unfortunate crash of the Sydney Kings in the NBL and their “Sydney Kings Cup”. Many GPS, CAS and ISA schools competed in two Open divisions up until 2008 and continued under the leadership of Phil Webster and support of coaches such as Rex Nottage, Ben Morrissey, Brad Dalton and Julianne Stanton. Since 2009, a vision to include schools from a wider range of school systems was pursued and teams from Combined NSW High Schools, Melbourne, The United States (Bellflower, CA) and our Charity Bounce program have competed alongside their independent school partners. In 2015, a Junior division was added to cater for a growing base of High School athletes. Presently, over 30 teams compete across three divisions for perpetual trophies and bragging rights at time when the NBL season begins.
About the Tournament Director
Phil Webster, (B.A Dip Ed. M.Ed) is an experienced High School Teacher, Basketball Coach and event manager. He played State League Basketball for Manly-Warringah until 1992 and coached their U18 Men’s side to the Sydney and State Championship in 1994. He was also the Head Coach and MIC at Knox Grammar School from 1990-2005, whilst leading several High School tours to the United States and Canada.
More recently Phil was the Development Officer and Firsts Coach at Shore 2006-2009, before moving to the CHS system, where he has established the Mosman High Basketball program. Mosman now fields 12 teams in the MWBA competitions and competes at National Championships since 2015. Mosman will tour the USA in 2018/19 under Phil’ direction.
Phil has a passion to maintain and grow high school basketball as a foundation to Basketball in Sydney and the NBL.