Developing Queensland’s Top Basketball Athletes to Represent Australia
The top tier of the Basketball Queensland elite development pathway, the National Performance Program ( NPP ) is a dedicated and intensive program for Queensland’s elite basketball athletes, providing development, training and support for athletes identified at the national & international level.
Basketball Queensland, in conjunction with Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, identifies Queensland’s elite junior basketball athletes for selection into the NPP each year. The aim is to identify international standard athletes & prepare them for selection into the Australian Under 17 and Under 19 Junior teams, or for a scholarship at the AIS as part of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence (CoE).
Selection Criteria & requirements
Athletes wishing to enter into the National Performance Program must provide an application. Basketball Queensland and Basketball Australia selectors will identify athletes from their applications who best fit the future Boomers and Opals characteristics.
- Individual athletes’ physical attributes, athletic talent and potential basketball talent all form part of the selection criteria.
- Selected Players will have the potential to be identified for or have been identified for the following national teams or programs:
- Under 17 men’s and Under 17 women’s teams
- Under 19 Emus (men) and Under 19 Gems (women)
- CoE or NBA Global academy scholarship
Age & membership eligibility
Australian National teams operate internationally on three-year cycles and as such national identification is based upon athletes DOB as determined by the international competition calendar & for building to World Championships at U17 & U19 age levels.
The NPP is targeted at athletes born in 2003, 2004 & 2005.
Currently, this is U16 & U17 BQ age eligible association team athletes, meeting the stated selection criteria.
Basketball Training Focus
Training programs focus on individual physical skills, technical skills and tactical knowledge at the international level. Each NPP athlete receives individually customised training programs, with a team of dedicated coaching, sports science and other support staff through BQ and the Queensland Academy of Sport managing each player’s training, work and study commitments, to give athletes every chance of success.
The NPP operates in both South & North Queensland for identified athletes.
Athletes must be Australian residents & eligible for or hold an Australian passport.
Find out more about the National Performance Program by emailing NPP Director/ Head Coach & Basketball Queensland General Manager – Game Development: Warwick Cann – [email protected]