National Delivered Programmes
National Talent Programme 2016/17 - Major Changes
We have tweaked the National Talent Programme (NTP) in light of our imminent move into Asia. Recent developments in the space include a requirement by Fiba that we continue to qualify through Oceania, into Asia and then into the World Championships. This introduces a three year cycle for each of our age group teams and a four year cycle for the senior teams. This email and attachment is primarily about the age group pathway.
It can get a little confusing as the two age groups (under 17 and under 19) alternate each year – and also in New Zealand and Australia we define the ages differently from Fiba. Please note we have stuck to using the NZ based age definition for simplicity (so our pathway information sees our teams reaching Fiba under 18 and under 20 World Championships when in Fiba language they are the Fiba under 17 and under 19 World Championships).
- Every year from 2017 we will need to have three age groups competing (three of each gender) assuming we make the World Championships (which is what we aspire to achieve and is why the move to Asia is such a break through opportunity for us).
- We are discontinuing with the Koru tours to the Australian Country Cup.
- We are continuing with the under 15 and under 17 National Talent Camps – dates to be confirmed (after the Nationals) but they will be later than in the past couple of years as we are not under the same time constraints (likely September).
- In 2017 we are initiating a National Talent Programme Camp for under 14’s. Players will come through a system similar to the under 15 and under 17 camps, except we intend to select teams from each of the regional under 13 Championships – adding more status to these events.
National Talent Programme - Summary of Programmes
The below image shows the national talent pathway pyramid. 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.
National Talent Programme Camps
The focus of the National Talent Programme Camps is 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.
In April 2017, we are introducing 4 day development camp for under 14’s. These will be held in the April school holidays and will have a focus on skill development with games at the end of the week.
The inclusion of the U14 programme is to assist in the building of the depth and quality of our athletes coming through the pathway and feeding into our National teams programme which begins at the under 16 level.
The inaugural camp will see 80 identified girls and 80 identified boys come together in respective camps in the April school holidays to be coached by coaches from all over New Zealand. Talent identification to select you and the other athletes occurred at the 2016 Regional Under 13 Championships and in follow up consultation with the local associations and coaches.
The programme is based on developing the key fundamental skills required of the athletes at this age and stage starting with the April camp and followed up with fortnightly homework which the athletes are required to complete. The programme will continue with further camps at later stages to ensure continued development and contact is maintained.
Basketball New Zealand’s network of coaches including national junior team, regional and association coaches identify and select players for this programme based on their performance and potential demonstrated at camps, tournaments and during development activities.
This opportunity also involves all aspiring coaches, referees and support staff who are interested in continuing their professional development. Any coach, referee or interested support staff who want to be involved in the camps and associated development opportunities, should contact Basketball New Zealand.
National Junior Team Events
It is about being a regular participant in international competitions and understanding the requirements and demands to not only compete – but win. At the younger age groups the goal is to increase their competencies on/off court based on targets in individual plans. For senior athletes the focus is to customize the athletes to the specific requirements of the respective national team coach (es).
Identification of athletes for this phase is flexible to allow athletes to re-enter the system from alternate programming channels (i.e. NCAA, professional leagues, etc.). Athletes must achieve targets and fully commit their training plans to remain involved in the phase.
Going forward our focus at the junior representative level will be the Under 17 (U17) and Under 19 (U19) 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.
The following identifies the event year and age group in each year. To avoid confusion, we have used Basketball age group terminology.
Under 17 World Cup Squads
Each year there will be a National Selection Squad of under 15 players chosen to participate in a series of camps with ultimately two under 16 teams per gender being selected – the New Zealand National Team and a New Zealand Select team (we implemented this during 2015/16). In the Oceania qualifying year the New Zealand team will represent us at the Oceania Championships (starting 2018) and the NZ Select team will represent us at the Australian State Champs. In the alternate year the NZ team will attend the State Champs and the NZ Select team will attend a high quality Australian tournament (as happened in 2016).
In the World Cup cycle every second year we will select a New Zealand under 17 team (each gender) to represent New Zealand at the Asian Championships (first up will be 2017). The Worlds are in the third year of the cycle (2018). In the non-world cup cycle year these players will continue on into the under 19 cycle.
Under 19 World Cup Squads
The World Cup cycle commences with New Zealand teams competing for one of two spots available in Oceania – we will send ‘under 18’ teams (starting 2017). Successfully through this we will send under 19 teams to Asia the following year (first up being 2018) and then under 20 teams to the Fiba under 19 World Cup in 2019 (confusing because we use different age dates from Fiba – our under 20 is their under 19).
The first squads for this cycle will come from a process that includes the under 17 nationals in the appropriate year and the under 17 NTP process – similar to that described above for the under 17 World Cup process except we won’t have two teams per gender – likely a wider training squad only.