Welcome to 2019 – Raiders Basketball U8 (Year 2) Aussie Hoops Registration will open Sat, 23 Feb 2019!


To our Parents, Guardians and especially our Members,

Welcome to the 2019 season which for Aussie Hoops will begin the week of 30 Apr (start of Term 2).

This will be my last year as President and I am keen to finish off the work we have started and provide a solid foundation for those that follow. To that end I am very happy to highlight the following:

- The Lavalla Hall basketball fit out is now completed and ready for our use. This will be focussed on your U8's competition to provide extra training sessions, including potential games or comps for U8’s - both year 1's and Year 2's.

- We will be aiming to move to a Digital Club model with everything on-line - we welcome people who can support this initiative.

- We will be providing balls at each training location such that every child will have the right size ball available to them for training.

- We will look to select parents and some of our higher age players to support training of our Aussie Hoops kids.

- We will continue to increase investment in coaching mentors and development of ‘Raiders’ syllabus and game plan – this includes on-line drills and skills

- We will add additional components to our U8 Competition to include adhoc games through access to the new Lavalla Hall basketball centre, as well as support for Year 1 teams (Hawks program is focussed on Year 2's).

- Year 2's will attend the Hawks program on Tuesday nights, but also have the option to play games or train on a second night at Newman (Lavalla Hall).

- Year 1's will only play at Lavalla Hall and will be able to ptrain and/or play up to 2 nights per week depending on the coach and availability of courts.

Key dates to kick off the 2019 season will be (see separately provided Raiders Calendar):

- Registrations Open – Sat, 24 Feb 19
- Team Notifications – Wed, 6 Mar 19 (Year 2's); 14 Mar 19 (Year 1's)
- Singlet Collection Day – Sat, 16 Mar 19
- U8’s Season starts – 30 Apr 19 (after school holidays)

Player Fees this year will be as follows:

- U8’s Year 2 Aussie Hoops Program: $260 ($140 Hawks Fee, $120 Raiders Fee)
- U8's Year 1 Raiders Hoops Program: $120 ($120 Raiders Fee)

The overall fee is still in line with many other winter and summer sports and certainly significantly less than soccer and similar sports. The new $30 fee has been imposed by Basketball WA as a player registration fee – its purpose is to provide greater investment in growth and innovation in basketball, noting this was underfunded. Additional detail on this fee is provided at: . The Hawks registration fee of $140 is intended to cover the cost of week to week operation of the competition, court hire, referees, a portion of the games controller and first aid that they provide. All of these costs have risen over the past few years, however, Hawks have chosen to keep that fee as is as due to the increased fee introduced by BWA.

Team nominations should be sent to our registrar, Chris Giddens, via his e-mail:

Raiders apparel will continue to be available in 2019 and will include hoodies, scarfs, and our beanies. These items will be displayed for sizing on the shirt selection day and available for order on the day.

Details on Hawks playing conditions and rules can be found on their website at:

To achieve the goals and objectives of Raiders we need a strong and committed group of volunteers to lead the club through this important period. Our committee is structured around five core functions – Operations, Coaching, Marketing, Uniforms & Apparel and Strategic Projects. Each of these core functions has a sub-committee team run by the functional lead, and I would like to thank our multiple volunteers here.

For U8's we are looking for members who can support Damien Cooley who is leading our U8 program. So please look to volunteer to support your club by contacting me Damien at:

We are also always looking for more coaches and managers, so please do not hesitate to step up and take a role. Training for both positions is provided, with formal and informal coaching training provided and funded via the club.

In Summary:

It is going to be another big year for Raiders in 2019, and hopefully this gives you a sense of what is planned. Please do not hesitate to visit our Raiders Website at:

I look forward to seeing many of you during the year and to seeing how the U8 program progresses this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of our team should you have any suggestions, issues or clarifications.

Welcome and good luck to you all in 2019.

Go Raiders!!

Gary Hale
NHR Raiders Basketball Club
M: 0400 720-740

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