Basketball WA Launches Revised State Performance Program (SPP) and State Team Programs
The Basketball WA High Performance Department has undertaken a review against National and State outcomes and is pleased to announce a revamped 2016-17 State Performance Program (SPP).
The State Performance Program will identify the State’s most talented athletes and create an intensive training environment that will “develop and prepare young basketball athletes to represent WA” at an Australian Junior Championship.
Basketball WA believes that the establishment of a direct pathway for athletes in the SPP into the State Team Program will improve the quality of State Team performance into the future.
The 2017 State Team squads will be selected from athletes attending the SPP. Therefore, players wishing to represent WA at an Australian Junior Championship will be required to participate in the SPP. A combined SPP/State team trial will be held to form squads.
U18’s will trial 24-25 September whilst the U16’s will commence on 5-6 November.
Following the initial trial, squads will be selected with top age and bottom age players in the U16 and U18 age groups to provide a continual development focus. The program will provide players with skills, competition and mental improvement that are required to perform at a high level at an Australian Junior Championships.
Once the final State teams have been selected, players will train with their State team coach in preparation for the Australian Junior Championships. All players in the SPP will continue to attend individual skill based training sessions each week in parallel with the State team training program. This will allow Basketball WA to provide our State team athletes with a comprehensive State team training program as well as provide all athletes with a targeted daily training environment.
For a full run-down of the changes (including dates, program objectives and costs) please click here