High Performance Program Overview
The High Performance Program takes on a new format in 2012, following a review in 2011 of the Competitions and Development Pathways, commissioned by the Basketball Queensland board.
The first phase of re-engineering the High Performance Program has involved creating a top tier program which caters for the elite senior men’s and women’s national team players, as well as a small group of the most talented junior players in Queensland. These identified athletes will be given every opportunity to take the next step in their basketball development, assisting them in becoming international world-class basketball athletes, under the National Performance Program (NPP).
The second phase of reformatting the Basketball Queensland High Performance Program involved the creation of the State Performance Program (SPP), involving the merging of the National Intensive Training Program and the State Team program. Under the SPP, players wishing to represent Queensland at the National Championships are still required to undergo trialing and selection processes, as well as train with their state team coaches between one to four times a month (depending on their location), and now will also be expected to attend two individual skill-based training sessions each week locally. This program forms the building blocks for an integrated athlete and coach development pathway within the state.
The third and final phase of the new-look HPP involves the identification, support, monitoring and teaching of Under 14 athletes and coaches, under the Future Development Program (FDP). This is aimed at the 12 to 13 year old age group, a critical age for the uptake of skill development of junior athletes, and the ‘Learning To Train’ and ‘Training to Play’ stages represent the state’s future success at junior national and international competition. Athletes will be identified at the Under 14 State Championships and invited to participate in a two-month regional selection tournament, with the most talented and committed athletes invited to the All Queensland Under 14 State Camp. The camp will also provide coaches with an opportunity to increase their knowledge base, improve interpersonal skills and be introduced to sport science training concepts.