The 2017 draws for the SEABL menís and womenís competition have been released with the season tipping off Friday, March 24.
15 teams will battle for the menís Championship while the womenís competition has also been increased to 15 with the addition of two new teams, Melbourne and Sydney Uni.
Despite these additions, the fixture has been reduced to 18 rounds in 2017, one less than last season, and a break between Round 3 and 4 has been scheduled for Easter.
All teams will play the other sides in their conference twice (home and away), plus four teams from the other conference (home and away) while the remaining three teams will be played against in a home or away system, for a total of 24 games (12 home and 12 away).
The finals will then begin on the weekend of August 11 with Preliminary and Conference Finals to follow before the Grand Finals are played on Saturday, September 2.
As per previous years, the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence (CoE) will face each team once (home or away) and will not participate in finals.
In the menís competition, N/W Tasmania Thunder will kick off proceedings when they host Kilsyth Cobras on March 24 and the following night, the Thunder will visit Hobart Chargers in the latest instalment of the Tasmanian rivalry.
Other rivalries will be reignited in Round 4 when Kilsyth host the Nunawading Spectres on April 22 while the Ballarat Miners will host Bendigo Braves on April 29 in Round 5 after the eagerly anticipated Grand Final replay is held between Bendigo and Mt. Gambier Pioneers on March 31 in Round 2.
The womenís fixture tips off on Saturday, March 25 when Geelong Supercats host the CoE but fans will have to wait until Round 10 (June 3) for the Dandenong Rangers/Kilsyth Cobras Grand Final re-match.
The Sydney Uni Sparks will debut against the Albury/Wodonga Lady Bandits on March 25 while the Melbourne Tigers will be introduced at MSAC against Geelong in Round 2 on April 1.
To complete Round 4, the Frankston Blues will continue their tradition of an ANZAC Day Eve game when their men and women host Dandenong.
The Conferences have once again been adjusted ahead of the 2017 season. For the men and women, Bendigo, Dandenong and Ballarat have moved from the East to the South Conference while Geelong, Albury/Wodonga, Sandringham and Kilsyth have moved from the South to the East as well as Mt. Gambier in the menís.