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  • KNOX JUNIOR RAIDERS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON: Dave Phillips 0411 469 057 (email: junior.raiders@knoxbasketball.com.au)

    VICE CHAIRPERSON: Lisa Edwards 0414 433 781 MEDICAL & WWC: Jade Whiting 0417 233 461 (email: jade.whiting@stockdaleleggo.com.au)

    FEES & FINANCE: Leanne Yeoman 0413 052 399 COURT ALLOCATIONS & Drey Baldwin 0425 816 220 DOCUMENTATION: UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT: Annalise James 0405 149 241 GENERAL COMMITTEE: Mel Hedley 0433 071 078 Nikki Stratton 0425 826 364 Rachel Jesson 0437 161 927 OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS: MATT SHANAHAN: Basketball Development Manager 0419 302 534 (email:matt.shanahan@knoxbasketball.com.au)

    BEDRICH FLISZAR: Girls Program Co-ordinator 0417 399 947 (email: bedders23@gmail.com)

    DARRYL MCDONALD: Boys Program Co-ordinator 0409 535 729 (email: dmack1044@gmail.com)

    CHRIS LITTLECHILD: Raiders Chaplain 0415 585 027 (email: chaplain@knoxbasketball.com.au)

    KNOX STADIUM: Park Crescent 9847 2300 Boronia VIC 3155 STATE BASKETBALL CENTRE: 291 George Street 9847 2300 Wantirna Sth VIC 3152

  • USEFUL WEBSITES

    Knox Basketball: www.knoxbasketball.com.au VJBL: www.vjbl.com.au Basketball Victoria: www.basketballvictoria.com.au Dandenong Tournament: www.dandenongtournament.com.au Nunawading Tournament: www.nunawadingtournament.com.au WKF Tournament: www. wkftournament.sportingpulse.net NOTE: Updated fixtures, venue listings, calendar, VJBL parent handbook, timing rules and other

    information can be found at the VJBL website by browsing through 'information' then 'competitions'. This information is also available via shortcuts on the Knox Basketball website.

    AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Congratulations to our Under 14 GIRLS & BOYS who represented our club recently at the Australian Junior Club Championships. Both teams worked incredibly hard to firstly qualify and then prepare to take on the best teams in the country during the week long tournament held in Newcastle in the September holidays. Our boys fought hard all week and finished 4th overall a fine achievement to be recognised as the fourth best team in the country. Our girls finished 1st beating Bendigo in the grand final. Winning this prestigious tournament is an awesome achievement and something that the girls and coaches should be incredibly proud of. Congratulations to everyone involved in getting these kids on the floor and to the kids for their personal and team successes we are incredibly proud of your achievements and how you conducted yourself while representing Raiders.

  • HISTORY Knox Basketball is one of the largest basketball associations in Australia with over 1000 teams competing every week in our Junior and Senior basketball competitions. Knox Basketball was established in 1965 to provide youth from the City of Knox with a sporting and social infrastructure to develop and promote personal, team and social skills in a sporting environment. In 1974 founding members Alf Stevens, Alice Jago and Heather Kemp began an after school competition at the Mossfield Avenue facility in Ferntree Gully. In 1980 its headquarters moved to a 3 court facility in Park Crescent, Boronia which was later expanded to six courts in 1989. The first Raiders Representative teams began playing in 1981 with 8 girls and 9 boys teams. The representative program originally used St Josephs as its home court until three additional courts were built at Boronia in 1989. In 2012, Knox Basketball in partnership with Knox City Council opened the brand new, state-of-the-art State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South that adds an additional 6 courts under the control of Knox Basketball. Knox Basketballs Junior Domestic Competition is arguably the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Sixteen clubs make up the Junior Domestic Competition, with in excess of 5,500 players. With an average of 700 teams competing each weekend, there is a total of 22 courts that are utilised each week in order for the large number of participants to play. KBI is managed by a board that provides the strategic direction of the association including the conduct, encouragement, promotion and administration of basketball throughout Victoria, the City of Knox and its surrounding areas. We conduct introductory basketball programs for children of all abilities and ages, school holiday camps and a Schools program that visits over 80 schools within the local community. Players are selected to play in Knox Raider teams which represent Knox in elite competitions such as the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL), Big V Victorian Youth Championship and Big V Championship competition. Knox Raiders has a proud history of club success and individual athlete success. We have had many players achieve State Selection, play in the WNBL or NBL and play overseas at various US colleges. Within our current program there are sure to be a number of players who will also achieve this success.

    STRUCTURE Knox Junior Raiders is a sub division of Knox Basketball Inc. with representation on the Knox Basketball Inc. Board.

  • Knox Junior Raiders is led by the Knox Junior Raiders Committee consisting of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Parent representatives (girls and boys) and general committee members. In addition, we have the option to co-op additional members. Parent representatives are elected each year. Each nominee must be nominated and seconded by a member of Knox Junior Raiders. Our Basketball Development Manager (BDM) is Matt Shanahan. Matt is responsible for the structure of the KJR program, player development and coaching appointments and development. There is also a commitment to provide a pathway and opportunities for our juniors to progress through to our senior program. In addition to the BDM role, our Girls Program Co-ordinator Bedrich Fliszar & Boys Program Co-ordinator Darryl MacDonald are in place to provide support and guidance.

    TEAMS Currently Knox Junior Raiders have approximately 42 teams spaning from Under 12 to Under 20 teams. However, team numbers and structure at each age group may change from year to year depending on player numbers, standard and the availability of quality coaches. All players are required to participate in a selection process each year and selection and team placement are NOT GUARANTEED. Consequently, all players must strive to improve their skills and display an attitude which demonstrates their desire to listen and learn. Unlike Junior Domestic, teams in the Knox Raiders Junior program have 10 players for the Under 12 to Under 16 age groups and up to 12 players for the Under 18 & Under 20 age groups. Team selections are made to provide a balance of player position, age and ability. Usually higher ranked teams will consist of more top age players and lower teams will have a greater number of younger age players. We appreciate that active children may play multiple sports, if this is the case; mutual agreement must be made between sports. Knox Junior Raiders expects that its members will not consider Basketball to be the secondary activity.

    RULES AND REGULATIONS The purpose of the Representative Program is to develop teams, coaches and individual players to the maximum level of their ability. The program is designed for those who are committed to achieve and who are prepared to work hard and make sacrifices to stretch their ability. At all levels the Club aspires for its teams to realise their potential, to qualify for as high a grade as possible and to enjoy a successful season. To this end, the program will only enter teams where it believes a minimum standard of achievement has already been reached commensurate with the advanced stature of the program. We believe the variety of opposition, the prestige of the competition and the more stringent demands of basketball at both Metro and Eastern Regional level, provide special opportunities for development over and above those provided by domestic competition.

  • PLAYER AND FAMILY COMMITMENTS Representative basketball is only for players with a serious intention to achieve and to contribute to team performance even when this involves some sacrifices to the individual. It is not for players wishing to necessarily play with other players of their choice or a specific team or coach. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication from the players as they strive to improve their basketball skills week after week but it also requires commitment and dedication from their parents. Whilst we require a large commitment by players and parents alike, we believe basketball offers many rewards. Many strong friendships can be forged during the years that children are involved with Knox Raiders. We would encourage you to become involved in your child getting to know his/her team mates and their parents. Enjoy the wins and celebrations and encourage the positive that will come from the experience.

    COACHES Our coaching staff is made up of a group of valuable volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to see our players improve and develop both on the court and as people within our Knox Community. Knox Basketball provides ongoing assistance for any members of the community that would like to improve their understanding of the game and/or coaching standard. We run many coach the coaches training sessions to help further develop the career path of all our coaches. Our coaches give up their valuable time and knowledge to educate and teach the players. We would ask that you support them throughout the season because whilst styles may change from coach to coach - coaches all aim for the same result - to improve the players skills. All coaches within the competitions are currently screened under the Basketball Victoria By-Laws and have a current W