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Oakleigh Raptors is a community run Basketball Club with a mission to make our approach to basketball (The Raptors Way) accessible to as many people as possible.  Whilst winning is great, how we get there is much more important, and our approach brings together our core values of fun, persistence, sportsmanship, well-being and community.  

The club runs numerous teams, where all skill levels are welcome. If your child is total beginner we offer development sessions to help build the skill and confidence needed to enjoy the sport of basketball.

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How Does It Work?

Team Selection

We have two main intakes commencing the last few weeks of the school term 1, and term 3.  Our coaching panel, review registered children first and allocated them into new teams depending on the year of their birth as per the below tables

There are a number of divisions in each age group to suit every standard. Teams are selected to ensure a good balance of skills, heights and appropriateness of grade. We also try to take friendships into account especially as we work to build up numbers in the club. So please bring a friend or two along with you!

Mini Raptors Program

We are also running a limited place program called the "Mini Raptors".  The intention is to prepare new future players for the following season.  This is exclusive to foundation, grade 1 & grade 2 children and provides an introduction to basketball class without weekend competition games.  To find out more:

Mini Raptors

How Much Does It Cost?

Fee Structure

Oakleigh Raptors Club Fee

$275

Basketball Victoria*

$29

Basketball Australia Fee**

$5.50

MBA Spectator Fee

$96

* Basketball Victoria Fee is an annual fee & is $43 for players 18 and over.

** Basketball Australia Participate Fee is an Annual amount

Basketball Victoria Fee changing 1/1/2024, amount to be confirmed.

Where & When

Training & Games

Basketball seasons typically follow the school calendar with Winter Season (Typically April to September) & the Summer Season (Typically October to March).

Practices

Teams practice weekly for 1 hour with the day, time and location dependent on volunteer coach availability.  These are confirmed once teams are formed and typically will be a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 5pm to 8pm.  Training locations can also vary however typically include indoor courts at:

  • St. Andrews Primary School Clayton South
  • Sacred Heart Primary School (Oakleigh)
  • Oakleigh South Secondary School
  • Westall Primary School
  • Westall Secondary School
  • Wellington Secondary College (Mulgrave)

 

Games

Game fixtures are managed the McKinnon Basketball Association (MBA) depending on court availability.  Typically these are held at indoor courts around Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Carnegie and Brighton.

Boys and Seniors play on Saturday and girls on Sundays, with times varying from younger to older ages across the days duration.

How Does It Work?

Uniforms

Please contact Adeline button below to place an order for your uniform or for any uniform related inquiries.

There is an option to choose the number for your uniform, however if this number is already taken, we will assign a different number. If you unsure about the size, we do have a set of each size to try on.  All players must wear the "reversible playing singlet" and "playing shorts" to all game day games.

Uniform Inquiries

Things you may be wondering?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you offer classes?

    We believe that focused practice with a purpose produces the best outcomes, so joining a team and combining weekly training and a weekend game is the best way to develop your basketball abilities.

  • When and where are practices?

    Our 60 minute, weekly practices depend on volunteer coach availability across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. We use a variety of schools in the area such as St Andrews (Clayton South), Oakleigh Primary (Oakleigh) and Westall Secondary College (Westall).  We do aim to get the younger children's practices earlier from 5pm (where possible) with older kids scheduled up to 8.00pm.

  • When and where are games?

    Games are played on the weekend, with the Boys (and mixed U8 teams) on Saturday and Girls on Sunday.  Game times and locations are set by the MBA and are typically staggered from 8am until 5pm at indoor courts around Bentleigh, Brighton, Carnegie & Monash

  • Do you offer trials?

    The first step in any new adventure can be daunting! Contact our registrations team and we would be happy to find a way for you child to get a sense of the game.  

  • How are children allocated to new teams?

    At younger ages our focus is around developing skills, fun competition and friendships.  We also take into account ages as we want to minimise disruptive team changes due to MBA regulations and also, if relevant, level of capability.  This is a complex set of challenges and our Junior and Senior Coordinators, Coaching Director & Coaching Panel do our best with the interests of the player first where possible.

  • Can my child play with their friend who is already on another team?

    There are many factors that come into play when formulating teams.  Friendships are taken into consideration although are not guaranteed.

  • How do I join the Oakleigh Raptors Basketball club?

    Simple, just click on register your interest or join us buttons and we will be in contact!  There are two entry points (the month before winter and summer season), however contact us and we can help you through process.  (Join Us)

  • Where do I get uniforms from?

    Please contact our Uniforms Officer at: uniforms@raptors.org.au

  • Do you have professional coaches?

    We are a not for profit, community based club, who is generously supported by volunteer coaches.  Most coaches are parents, experienced players, or family members of current / former teams.

    We recognise their critical contribution to our success and in addition to our evolving coaching support program of 'the raptors way' their are opportunities within our association to develop further with recognised accreditation.  

    Whilst many have played basketball previously, some of our most effective coaches had never played the sport previously, but are naturally astute, responsive, caring and communicate well to the age group they are inspiring!  Please consider volunteering, even as an assistance coach, this is a rewarding and enriching experience help our future generations of leaders!

  • What makes the Oakleigh Raptors different from other clubs?

    It's not just the scoreboard, but how we get their that matters!  The Raptors Way is our difference, and something we are truly proud of in the domestic competition. Get in contact to organise a trial, as actions speak louder the roars!

  • Who is the McKinnon Basketball Association?

    The McKinnon Basketball Association runs the competition that we participate in each weekend.  We abide by their (and the relevent Basketball Victoria) policies and game rules.  Find our more here.

  • Can I get a refund?

    We cannot offer refunds for change of mind especially once teams have been formed.

  • Which other clubs do the Raptors normally compete against?

    Weekend competition will are grade and age dependent, however, any other club who is part of the MBA could be there - for example: Bentleigh Lakers, Brighton Wolves, Carnegie Chargers, Ormond Jets, South Eastern Warriors, Moorabbin Magic, The Saints and The Scalpers Basketball Club.

  • Why play basketball versus football?

    We encourage all sports as they offer our children the opportunity to develop not just physical skills, but other important life lessons. That said, we love basketball!

Let's Get Started!

To find out more, please register your interest and we would be happy to share more about how you can become part of the Oakleigh Raptors Basketball Journey!

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