The Wauwatosa East Jr Raiders Girls Basketball Club is a program designed and organized to teach, develop and train athletes to play basketball. Our goal is to teach life lessons and solid, fundamental basketball skills by giving athletes the opportunity to develop and advance so they may have the opportunity to play at the High School level.
The Wauwatosa East Youth Girls Junior Raiders Basketball (Wauwatosa Basketball Club) program has been in existence for 11 years. The program was designed to provide an outstanding basketball experience for girls in grades 4th through 8th who will attend Wauwatosa East High School. We welcome girls Grades 4-8 that live in Wauwatosa or go to a Wauwatosa public or parochial school to try out for the Jr. Raiders program.
Team Sizes are 10 – 12 players. Team size and number of teams will be determined by how many girls sign up and evaluations (try outs if necessary). Summer leagues and tournaments are run by grade level – 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Every player will have the opportunity to play; however, equal playing time is not guaranteed. Coach’s decision – sometimes match-ups, game situation, skill and commitment to practice will dictate the amount of playing time.
Teams practice two times per week at Wauwatosa East High School or a Wauwatosa Middle School or Grade School. Practice times vary; they can start as early as 4:30 p.m., and finish as late as 9 p.m. (we schedule the younger girls as early as possible). Practices are usually 90 minutes. Some coaches may schedule other practice times or scrimmages as needed.
Teams are coached by predominantly parent coaches. The coaches spend hundreds of hours each season to work toward our overall program mission. These are volunteer positions and without these dedicated individuals we would not be able to provide such a positive experience for our athletes. We will work with the Varsity coaching staff and other coaching professionals to provide workshops and guidance for the coaches. Each team will have a manager who will handle the team communications. This frees the coaches up to coach.
Please contact Tom Oleniczak (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in becoming a head coach, an assistant coach or team manager.
All of the teams will compete in the One-On-One Summer League. 5th grade teams play at St. Dominic’s in Brookfield and 6th, 7th and 8th play their summer games at Pius High School. The summer season consists of 12 league games. Summer league runs from June to end of July. Practice will begin weekly in May and end when the Summer league games begin in June.
All teams will compete in 7-9 weekend (Saturday or Sunday) tournaments in the Winter. The Winter tournament schedules are available in mid-October. The Winter Tournaments usually begin in early November and finish in early March. All of the tournaments are close enough to drive to and home from on the same day. Practice for the Winter season will begin in October. During the Winter season teams will practice two times per week November - March.
There is NO tryout fee. If your daughter is offered a roster spot total fee would be $375 (4th grade team will be lower). This fee is payable in two installments- $150 for summer session and $225 for the winter season. If you are a new player that needs to order a jersey and shorts, that fee would be $45 in addition to the summer fee. Shooting shirts (optional) would be an extra $15- with name on back. Specific numbers are available and have to be verified by the coaches (to avoid duplication.)
This program is run for the benefit of Wauwatosa East High School, but it is not run by the school coaches or staff. We do receive assistance, gym time and guidance from the Wauwatosa Recreation Department, the Wauwatosa School District and Varsity Girls’ Basketball coach. The coach, the school district and the athletic director are not responsible for this program. All questions/suggestions should be directed to the program Director.