Basketball NSW Announces High Performance Program Changes
Basketball NSW is pleased to announce some exciting changes to its High Performance Programs (HPP) that will commence this year.
It is hoped that the changes will create a talent identification and development model that better meets the needs of our athlete and coach pathways, assists the State body in achieving its broad objectives and best prepares our NSW Country and Metropolitan State teams for Australian Junior Championships.
Newly appointed Basketball NSW State Coaching and Development Manager Brett Coxsedge expressed his excitement regarding the changes to be implemented.
“Basketball NSW wants to make the Talent Identification process more thorough and inclusive, and easier for everyone concerned,” Coxsedge said.
“One of the major changes will involve Basketball NSW conducting HPP Trials for both Country and Metro that will serve multiple purposes.”
For Country athletes, the ACJBC Tour Trials will now double as selection trials for the State Performance Program (SPP) for both the U16 and U18 age groups. The trials will also form the first step of the U18 State team program. Trials will be held from Friday 21 September to Sunday 23 September.
Likewise, for Metro athletes, the East Coast Challenge (ECC) Trials will also double up as selection trials for the State Performance Program (SPP) for both the U16 and U18 age groups. The trials will also form the first step of the U18 State team program. Trials will be held Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September.
Another major initiative will involve Basketball NSW taking teams to the Southern Cross Challenge (SCC) Development Tournament in Knox, Victoria in January 2019. This Tournament involves U14 and U15 players from Victoria Country/Metro, WA Country/Metro, the ACT and SA Country/Metro.
Basketball NSW will select four Metro teams (U14 boys/girls, U15 boys/girls) and two Country teams (U15 boys/ girls). The Country teams will be selected from the HPP trials in September whilst the U15 Metro teams will be selected from the HPP trials in September. The Basketball NSW D-League will serve as the avenue for the U14 Metro teams to be selected.
“The SCC is a fantastic tournament that brings together some of the best players from Vic, SA, WA, and ACT. The focus of the Tournament is on Development. This provides players and coaches will an opportunity to compete at an important level, however, allows them to do so without the added pressures associated at an Australian Junior Championship.”
Applications for both Country and Metro open Monday 6 August.