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Trial & Program Info

Program Background:

The Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy has re-engineered its development and representative programmes to provide services that better cater to its athletes, and provide a complete athlete pathway from grassroots development through to high performance representation.

The first phase involved re-engineering the Summer Development League (SDL) to the Waitaha Performance Program (WPP) and aligning this with the Waitaha Representative Teams. There were already many linkages and crossover between the two programs, with the same athletes participating in both programs, therefore it made sense for the two programs to combine.

The second phase of re-engineering the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy involved the creation of the Canterbury Regional Development Program (CRDP). The CRDP serves to bridge the gap between school/club athletes and representative athletes, whilst also providing an avenue for those athletes that don’t have any desire to play representative basketball but wish to improve their skills.

The third and final phase of the re-engineering the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy involves the development of our U13 athletes and emerging coaches through the Future Development Program. This program involves a large pool of athletes and represents the “wide end of the funnel” for entry into Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy.

For more information on these programs see below:

The WPP is a Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy representative player and coach development strategy involving the systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of players in the Under 15 to Under 19 age groups.

The primary aim of the WPP is to guide the development of identified potential representative players and coaches by improving their individual skills, understanding and training standards.

Identified players work on technical, tactical, physical, and team concepts in a dedicated age specific high-performance training environment, designed to improve both understanding and performance of each player and coach at the National level.

The WPP runs across both Term 4 and Term 1, with trials held at the start of Term 4 only.

The WPP consists of two sessions a week; one skills session and one team concepts based session with a heavy focus on individual skill development and introduction and reinforcement of core team concepts consistent with the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy.

Technical direction for the WPP is provided by the Performance Pathways Manager and works to establish Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy Style of Play philosophies and concepts in line with New Zealand Junior National Team best practice.

OBJECTIVES OF THE WPP

  • Identify players displaying the characteristics and ability of an elite player at club and school competitions, WPP trials and through the association depth charts
  • Transition ‘potential’ into ‘talent’ by developing, reinforcing and monitoring positive training habits and providing progressive technical and tactical instruction to WPP players
  • Introduce and reinforce core team concepts and individual skills consistent with the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy Style of Play
  • Increase players training contact time with expert coaches under the direction of the Performance Pathways Manager
  • Educate players and coaches about sports science and sports medicine and how it relates to performance through the use of the OwnUrGoal app
  • Effectively prepare players and coaches for National Championships and beyond, through a well-planned program encompassing on court and off court aspects
  • Provide effective performance and coaching support for Waitaha Representative Team coaches
  • Prioritise and improve the preparation and development of bottom age players

WAITAHA REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS

The WPP underpins our Waitaha Representative Teams, with players within the WPP forming part of the selection pool of players from which to choose the Waitaha Representative Teams; as well as any identified players that are not in WPP (e.g. summer sport athletes, athletes moving to Canterbury etc.).

U15 & U17

After the end of both Term 4 & Term 1 WPP, WPP Tournaments will be held in order for WPP athletes to showcase their improved skills and conceptual understanding, as well as trial for the U15 and U17 Waitaha Representative teams. U15 and U17 Waitaha Representative teams and reserves will be selected after the Term 1 WPP Tournament.

Waitaha Representative Teams will prepare via team camps throughout Term 2 and will attempt to qualify for the BBNZ National Championships in the July school holidays via the National Qualifying Tournament held over the Easter Weekend.

The Canterbury Metro Development Program and Canterbury Metro and North Canterbury Mainland Teams are further options for players who miss selection in the WPP and/or the Waitaha Representative Teams but wish to further develop and continue playing competitively.

U19

In Term 1, an U19 Selection Camp will be held, after which final U19 Waitaha Representative teams and reserves will be identified.

Waitaha Representative Teams will prepare via team camps throughout the remainder of Term 1 and also Term 2 in preparation for the U19 National Championships in June.

SUMMARY OF COSTS

Waitaha Performance Program:      $240 Term 4 & Term 1 inclusive

U15 & U17 WPP Tournaments:        TBC

U19 Selection Camp:                        $120

National Qualifying Tournament:    TBC

National Championships (including team preparation camps):

  • If held on the Nth Island $1,000
  • If held on the Sth Island $750

The Canterbury Regional Development Program (CRDP) focuses on the skill and concept development of athletes aged 14 – 17 years old, and on the development and support of identified aspiring representative coaches.

The CRDP serves to develop athletes who are not in Waitaha teams that wish to improve and grow their basketball skill set and IQ. The Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy is committed to providing a program that engages and extends this level of athlete, in turn strengthening the North Canterbury and Metro Mainland teams and improving the overall standard of athlete in our club and school system.

The CRDP is available across both Term 1 and Term 2 and consists of one session a week.  The CRDP runs at various venues around the region, with athletes able to choose the session that suits their schedule best, allowing for maximum engagement and attendance.

The CRDP is led by Development Programs Manager – Lori McDaniel under the direction of the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy Performance Pathways Manager – Mel Downer

OBJECTIVES OF THE CANTERBURY REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

  • Provide development opportunities for athletes who are not in Waitaha teams.
  • Develop and foster athletes with a passion for growth
  • Identify, mentor and support intermediate level coaches
  • To reinforce training habits and the key fundamental skills based on the 5-point skill package that underpin athlete development
  • To reinforce appropriate aspects of the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy style of play, player attributes and technical and tactical skills
  • To foster successful mental and physical approaches to tournament play

SUMMARY OF COSTS

CRDP:                                   $120 a term

Mainland Tournament       $500

The U13 age group sits firmly within the development space of the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy, known as the Future Development Program. The Future Development Program focuses on the talent development of athletes aged 11 – 13 years old, and on the development and support of aspiring coaches.

The U13 Future Development Program recognises that athletes develop at different rates and as such is committed to talent development, as opposed to talent identification, in line with Sport NZ guidelines for athletes in this age group.

The Future Development Program aims to expose coaches and players to the training habits, individual skill development, and age appropriate team offensive and defensive concepts that underpin athlete development. The Future Development Program seeks to improve athlete understanding around the ‘why’ of offensive and defensive decision making and is committed to providing dedicated skill development that will allow for the successful execution of those decisions.

The FDP is available across Term 2 and Term 3 and consists of one session skills session a week.  The FDP runs at various venues around the region, with athletes able to choose the session that suits their schedule best, allowing for maximum engagement and attendance.

Athletes within FDP form part of the selection pool of players from which to choose the U13 Canterbury Metro Development Teams; as well as any identified players that are not in FDP.

The FDP is led by Development Programs Manager – Lori McDaniel under the direction of the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy Performance Pathways Manager – Mel Downer

OBJECTIVES OF THE FDP

  • Develop and foster emerging and beginning talent
  • Identify, mentor and support emerging and beginning coaches
  • To introduce training habits and the key fundamental skills based on the 5 point skill package that underpin athlete development
  • To introduce age appropriate aspects of the Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy style of play, player attributes and technical and tactical skills
  • To introduce athletes to tournament play

SUMMARY OF COSTS

Future Development Program:                                                     $120 a term

U13 BBNZ Southern Regional Tournament:                                 $750

U13 Canterbury Regional Invitational Tournament:                   $160

Program Structure: