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About the Raiders

The Raiders program was re-introduced in 2006 by the Albany Basketball Association Inc. The program was originally run under the SBL license from 1989 through to 1999.
We are now working on establishing a solid pathway for our juniors towards Academy, State and National Selection while at the same time strengthening our competition with enhancing fundamental skills, representative teams and coaching pool.

The Raiders Development programs short-term aim is to send our Country Week teams prepared into Country Week by practicing together for the season and combining it with a game a week. The weekly games the Raiders participate in are essentially a training session to put into play what the coach has been working on at training.

The association would really like to emphasise the fact that the weekly games are just one small part of the overall training process. At the discretion of the coach, players will be rotated in and out in an overall plan to make the team strong for country week and if applicable State Championships.

Information for Players & Parents

Raiders Handbook

Guidance for Team Manager

Team Manager Handbook

Our Philosophy

If each player and coach in our program improves, we have been successful. Success and achievement are a result of developing the individual. Developing the team requires dedication, commitment and hard work. As an association we aim to:
  1. To provide all players with the opportunity to represent The Raiders at the highest level.
  2. To establish our commitment towards becoming the strongest and most fundamentally sound representative program in the Great Southern.
  3. To provide all players with the opportunity to develop their skills in a safe, friendly, productive and enjoyable learning environment.
  4. To develop a solid foundation of individual skills for the future development of Basketball in the region.
  5. To encourage our members to compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship & to treat ALL participants with respect.
  6. To develop our members as good citizens as well as good basketball players, coaches & officials.
  7. To provide all players with a high standard of coaching and instruction.
  8.  To provide all players with high quality and well-structured training sessions.
  9. To provide all coaches with guidance and opportunities to improve their skills.

Player Eligibility & Team Selection

To be eligible for selections into Albany Raiders team, players must:

  • Be registered to play in the ABA domestic competition. For more information please contact Jodie or Nicci at raiders@albany.basketball
  • Register and attend the nominated trial dates
  • Players who are injured, sick or out of the state on holidays must lodge a letter for exemption with documentation at least 48hr prior to the trails via email to raiders@albany.basketball.
  • Players injured must attend trials
  • All players & parents must read, understand & sign the Code of Conduct prior to the trials starting.
  • Payable fees by the scheduled dates
  • Attend the Aussie Hoops program on scheduled dates
  • U14, U16, U18’s must attend umpire training course on scheduled dates
Parents / Guardians are welcome to stay for the trials and can encourage their child’s performance. However, they must NOT offer any coaching to their child during the trial which may interrupt the trial session and instruction of coaches. Nor must they approach any of the coaches conducting the trial.

Training & Playing Times

Compulsory 1.5-2 hr team training sessions are conducted once a week throughout the season.
Training is every Friday or Saturday depending on age at Albany Leisure & Aquatic Centre (ALAC).
Games are played on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on age group.
All players are expected to attend every Training Session and Games (this includes any injured players).


You will be required to travel to represent the Great Southern. Whilst some fundraising may cover expenses for Country Championships all other competitions usually are an extra expense.


Slammers - selected age groups (October)
State Championships (Perth - November & December)
Country Championships (Perth - February)
Doust Cup - selected age groups (Albany - March)


Fees will cover training fees and game fees. Please remember all extra training sessions organised by your coach will be an out-of-pocket expense to you. Estimated fees based on the 2022/23 season:
Registration on selection
Slammers nomination fee (out of pocket)
State Champs nomination fee (out of pocket)
Country Champs accommodation, nominations & food

Parents & Supporters

We are thankful to be able to work with your junior athletes in our Raiders program. Our club would not be possible or successful without your support.

Raiders coaches makes sacrifices that often go unnoticed. The personal & financial sacrifices they make are balanced by the rewards of success, friendship & the opportunity to work with these great young athletes.

We ask you to be supportive of them. They make decisions everyday these decisions don’t always come easy & we appreciate not everyone will agree. Effective communication is required between parents & coaches.

Positive feedback is always encouraged; please provide this at any time. During games and training, please support the whole team. Coaching from the side lines, no matter the knowledge base, is not appropriate. The coaches are the sole suppliers of technical feedback & instruction.

Please before heading to your coach in regard to issues please talk to your team’s manager beforehand.

Your Team Manager is also a volunteer, please support them! 
Our Referees are also human please respect them!

Raiders have new merch!

Raiders polos and reversible jerseys will be available to purchase after squad selections are finalised.  We look forward to seeing all our athletes in the merch!

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