Basketball is an extremely popular and well recognised sport, not only in Queensland, but Australia-wide. It is a non-contact sport and provides a safe and enjoyable opportunity for players of all age groups and abilities. Opportunities exist for those wishing to participate at the grass-roots right through to elite levels in basketball.
Where to Play Basketball in Queensland and Australia
Aussie Hoops is a national program which provides an environment where children of all abilities can enjoy playing basketball – and reap the rewards of skill development, enhanced self-esteem, social co-operation and grassroots sports participation. The program consists of warm-up games, skill activities and modified games all delivered by accredited coaches. Even the parents get to participate and have fun with their children. Find out more here
Association Representative & State Champs
Basketball Queensland provides many opportunities for young athletes to compete against players from other clubs and associations in age and skill-level appropriate tournaments and divisions. All the competitions are delivered and administered by experienced and passionate competitions staff, with dedicated delegates in each participating association. Find out more here.
SPP & State and Emerging Teams
The State Performance Program involves the systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of athletes in the Under 15 to Under 20 age groups, in the aim of preparing players to represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Championships.
State teams complete at national championships and Emerging teams are given additional representative experience. Find out more here
Club and School
Basketball Queensland has more than 35 affiliated basketball associations across Queensland, and each of these associations have a number of clubs (junior teams) that complete on weekends and in local competitions. Contact your local association for more details. Find out more. Basketball Queensland also participates in Sporting Schools which brings together schools and sports to help get Aussie children active in their local communities.
U14 – Future Development Program
The Future Development Program (FDP) is the entry-level tier of the High Performance Program, focussing on the identification, support and education of athletes aged 12 to 13 years old, and development elite coaches. The FDP serves to identify potential state and national athletes at an age where skill development is crucial to an athlete’s future player career. Find out more here.
NPP / AIS and National Junior Teams
The top tier of the elite development pathway, the National Performance Program, is a dedicated and intensive program for Queensland’s elite basketball, training and support for athletes at the national level. Training programs focus on individual physical skills, technical skills and tactical knowledge required for international success. Some selected players from this program are offered the opportunity to train at the AIS. Find out more here
State Leagues / NCAA
Basketball Queensland provides opportunities for senior and experienced junior players to compete in high-level representative competitions.
The Southern Basketball League provides an avenue for high-level competition for young developing players, players at their pinnacle, and players who have stepped down from elite competition.
The Queensland Basketball League is the state’s premier semi-professional basketball competition. Highly regarded in the country as one of the best state league competitions, each year the QBL attracts a number of elite players to the competition, including Australian representative athletes, W/NBL players, and players from US colleges and other international competitions.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is an American membership-driven organisation dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of student-athletes and equipping them with the skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom and throughout life. Offering scholarships to many Australian athletes.
W/NBL – National Leagues
The W/NBL are the pre-eminent professional women’s/men’s basketball leagues in Australia. Both the leagues’ seasons run from November to February each year.
Boomers/Opals – National Representative Teams
The Boomer and Opals are the men’s and women’s senior national basketball team representing Australia. This is the capstone of Australian Basketball.