In late January, Basketball Australia held its annual Australian Development Camp (ADC). This four-day event, saw 10 Queensland athletes, 8 coaches and 3 referees fly down to Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) to attend the camp.
The 10 Queensland athletes at the camp (5 Girls and 5 Boys), performed exceptionally well and showed that Queensland athletes are disciplined and well-structured when it comes to the Australian Style of Play. This camp is designed to expose talented athletes from around the country to the high-performance environment, with a view of finding some potential Centre of Excellence or Australian level players.
An invitation to coaches within the state systems, was also made by the Centre of Excellence staff, Adam Caporn and Kristen Veal. With Basketball Queensland being fully committed to coach development, we ensured that all the coaching places offered were filled. Thus, Queensland supplied 8 coaches (5 Male and 3 Females) – more than any other state. Queensland also had the honour of having 4 members selected as lead coaches for the camp: Leonard King (BQ Game Development GM), Brady Walmsley (BQ State Performance Manager), Mel Downer (BQ State Performance Manager) and Claudia Brassard (Head Coach – Townsville Fire).
The Australian Development Camp is an excellent learning environment for any coach wanting to experience a professional, well-organised High Performance environment. All our coaches were on court, coaching the best Australian athletes in their age groups.
The camp consisted of coaches meeting before the on-court sessions to ensure everybody was on the same page and that each coach knew their role in the practice sessions. Post session reviews were also conducted with all coaches to reflect on the session and to discuss the performance of the athletes. This allowed many opportunities for the coaches to collect feedback on the athlete designated to them. At the end of the camp, each coach was involved in providing feedback to their allocated athletes in association with the CoE head coaches. This again gave all coaches exposure to the processes within a high-performance environment: Preparation, Reflection and Follow-up.
This year’s camp also had a referee development program running at the same time. This allowed an excellent opportunity for coaches, referees and athletes to interact on aspects of the game and its evolution over the past year. The second last day of the camp saw games played amongst the groups. This allowed the referees to participate and test their skill sets with the best athletes in the country.
Overall the camp was a huge success for all participants. Indeed, we will be pushing to expand the numbers for future camp to allow more coaches to experience this great opportunity.
Leonard King, BQ’s Game Development General Manager, had this to say about the event:
“This camp was hugely successful for the Queensland Athletes, Coaches and Referees. We would like to thank the associations who have supported the Queensland Style of Play as it was clear that our coaches and athletes were advanced in the technical and team concepts within the National Style of Play.”