The WRAS program provides high performance coaching and training opportunities to up-skill athletes and assist them in progressing to higher representation within the sport of basketball.

The WRAS basketball program is endorsed by Basketball NSW as the first step in the elite athlete pathway and represents the Developing Athlete Program (DAP program) for the Western Region.

Athletes in the Basketball NSW SPP program are eligble to trial for the WRAS program.

The program sits between local representative basketball and higher order representation such as NSW state country team selection.

The 2020 basketball program will run from October 2019 to April 2020. Athletes will graduate from the program at the 2020 Presentation Night in August.

Nominations for the 2020 Basketball Program are now open. Click here to nominate.

For further information about the Basketball Program —-> Basketball Program Information

Trials will be held on Sunday 25 August (Forbes) and Sunday 8 September (Bathurst) 2019. Athletes only need to attend one trial day and will be required to pay a $20 trial fee.

To be eligible for selection in the 2020 program athletes must:

  • be turning 13, 14 or 15 years old in 2020
  • be living or attending school in the WRAS catchment area
  • be a current financial member of their local association and Basketball NSW
  • submit a nomination form before the closing date and attend one of the scheduled trial days
  • be playing local representative basketball

The following selection criteria may be taken into consideration during the selection process:

  • Physical attributes and capabilities
  • Technical competence
  • Tactical awareness
  • Potential to improve
  • Competitive ability
  • Individual application
  • Performance and results at specific events
  • Coachability and behaviour
  • Intensive training sessions by local elite coaches
  • Skill development
  • Inter-Academy Development camps
  • Injury prevention screenings and training programs
  • Sports science fitness testing
  • Educational seminars
  • Opportunities to compete in elite events such as the Your Local Club Academy Games


Head Coach – Grant Cole (Orange)
Assistant Coach – Craig Harvey (Orange)
Assistant Coach – Scott Holmes (Orange)
Apprentice Coach – Jack McCormack (West Wylong)
Manager – Linda Philpott (Orange)
Satellite Coach – Adam McDermott (Dubbo)
Satellite Coach – Rodney Thomas (Orange)

Athlete list will be posted here once the squad is selected.