Ten Queensland athletes, eight coaches and three referees were selected to attend the 2017 Australian Development Camp in January at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra. We hear from the three Queensland North coaches; Jill Haughton from Mackay, Nic Martin from Cairns and Claudia Brassard from Townsville who attended the camp to find out what they took from the camp and if they will be changing their coaching style as a result:
Jill Haughton – Mackay
My experience of having the opportunity to coach at the 2017 Junior National Development camp was unbelievable. Working with some of the best junior female players in our talented country was challenging, rewarding and a memorable, highlight moment in my coaching career.
I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity of such an unbelievable experience, and hope that one day I can take those lessons I learned, and use them for future camps and teams to come.
There was a lot of discussion about international trends and the “Boomers” style of play. Playing without the ball on offence, making “pack” defensive reads and communication were the main points of emphasis throughout the camp.
It was fantastic to be able to witness some of our country’s best athletes compete on a daily basis and I took a lot away from watching how the coaching staff facilitated practice.
It has helped my own development immensely and I have found myself putting a lot of my learning’s into practice with my representative teams.
Claudia Brassard – Townsville
In January I had the opportunity to attend my second ADC camp in Canberra and I always appreciate working with some of the best young athletes in the country. The four-day camp was the first for newly appointed COE coach Kirsten Veal and also had a number of State performance coaches from around the country as well as Shannon Seabohm (U17) and Paul Goriss (U19) as invited coaches.
It was a great opportunity to talk basketball with coaches from different backgrounds, coaching in different environments and at varying levels. I think it’s always valuable in these camps to ask lots of questions, listen to others and to debate and discuss the different ways we coach certain aspects of the game, motivate our athletes and manage our teams.
I was really impressed with the skill level of the athletes at the camp, but also their fitness levels. Most of the athletes competed really hard against each other for the four days and the Green vs Gold scrimmage was a highlight of the camp. It was valuable for me to get a better understanding of the skill level of the athletes around the country at this age group, so I can help our Qld North athletes appreciate how hard they need to work and where their deficiencies are so they can compete at this level.