For a small country, competing in the world's second biggest team sport, while geographically isolated from the mainstreams of powerful international basketball nations, New Zealand has developed a disproportionately large number of athletic and highly skilled basketball players capable of achieving success on the world stage. Our focus at a national representative level is built around the fulfillment of the following aspirational objectives:
- To assist and accelerate the development of an elite player base so that by 2020, New Zealand is ranked in the world’s top ten countries across all age groups
- Provide talented athletes with tailored, measured and effective programmes that enable them to reach their potential
- Identify proven techniques and scientific resources that will assist BBNZ in developing world class athletes
- Increase the depth of players within our National Programmes
These objectives underpin our high performance plan, concentrating on the Olympic and World Cup cycles of our Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns, Under 19 (U19) and Under 17 (U17) age groups, and to continue to make our mark in 3X3. This recognises the decision by FIBA to move New Zealand into a new FIBA qualifying zone; from 2017 Oceania will be part of the Asia qualification Zone. The move to Asia opens up opportunities for New Zealand to qualify for the U17 and U19 World Championship events held every second year, based on a three year programme (assuming we qualify right through to World Championships) - World Championship qualification events (Oceania and Asia) and the World Championships will be the pinnacle events is where our focus will lie. Other events, such as the Australian State Championships will only be entered as preparation for these World Championship events with the exception of the U16 State Championships, which is considered the entry point for international basketball for the New Zealand talent development programme.
| Year One - Oceania Qualifiers
|| U17 Year 1 / NZ U16
|| U19 Year 1 / NZ U18
| Year Two - Asia Qualifiers
|| U17 Year 2 / NZ U17
|| U19 Year 2 / NZ U19
| Year Three - World Championships
|| U17 Year 3 / NZ U18
|| U19 Year 3 / NZ U20
Note: we are using the New Zealand definition of age to be consistent. This is one year different from FIBA e.g. we say under 18 but that translates to under 17 in Fiba terms. ** Dependent on successfully qualifying in Year two.
Beneath the national team pathway sits the National Talent Programme Camps. These camps aim to introduce and expose participants to the national team philosophies, pathways preparation, and performance standards required at a national level. These camps act as the entry point to the overall national team programme, involving players who demonstrate the potential to reach that level. These camps will be continue to be held annually for the under 14 (new), under 15 and under 17 age groups. We intend to select these players through a nomination process from associations, observation at the relevant National or Regional Championships and also through international observation for eligible Kiwis abroad.
BBNZ believes we require greater depth to achieve our goals and consequently we need to look to widen and strengthen the talent pool. You will have noted that we have carried this theory through to the senior teams where we recently announced our intention to have ‘NZ Select’ teams each/most years to provide a means of building greater Tall Ferns and Tall Blacks depth.
For more information on the representative pathway, click here.