Basketball Victoria NITP coaching staff applications open

BASKETBALL Victoria is now taking applications from suitably qualified and able coaches to join its National Intensive Training Program (NITP) coaching staff.

The NITP is the Basketball Australia model for players to develop the individual and team fundamentals necessary to become an elite level basketball player.  The program follows a systematic, thorough and unified approach to identifying and developing elite athletes, and it is responsible for the development of many international representatives.

Click here to download the NITP coaching staff application form.

The Victoria Metropolitan offering of the NITP will provide its athletes with a platform to develop the skill-set that athletes will require to compete at both a national and international level.

There are three elements to player development:

(1) Individual technique – the acquisition of the fine motor skills necessary to compete at an elite level (i.e. shooting form and technique).

(2) Individual tactic – the athlete being able to take this shooting form and technique and create an advantage for them in a game setting (catch and shoot ability given the sound shooting form).

(3) Team tactic, knowing how this skill is best used in a competitive situation where decisions must be made at full speed (catch and shoot v. catch and post feed v. catch, drive and attack a poor closeout).  NITP workouts will be designed to improve the absolute fundamentals of the game – footwork and dexterity – all while addressing various national style of play concepts that are delivered out of the Centre of Excellence in Canberra.

The 2017-18 High Performance season is slated to begin the week commencing 9 October 2017. The program, which will cater to our under 16 and under 18 athletes, will largely be delivered out of satellite venues around metropolitan Melbourne across two mornings a week.  It will run alongside the VJBL season with six and four-week blocks of work to be delivered around key national and international events.

Role of NITP Coaching Staff

  • Create a teaching and learning environment privy to the development of elite basketball players
  • Demand continued development and growth for all athletes involved
  • Teach the fundamentals of the game to all athletes and ensure their skillset evolves over time
  • Adequately prepare for each session by appropriately planning for and executing a session plan
  • Record and communicate all relevant data in order to maintain accurate athlete records
  • Attend the NITP All-State camp (date and venue to be confirmed)
  • Assist at the NITP Selection Camps the following year (dates and venue to be confirmed)

Program Dates 

Block Length Commencing




Block 1 6 weeks October 9, 2017 November 17, 2017
Block 2 6 weeks February 5, 2018 March 15, 2018
Block 3 6 weeks May 7, 2018 June 28, 2018
Block 4 4 weeks July 30, 2018 August 23, 2018

The 2017-18 NITP will operate two mornings a week across 22 weeks of the year.  The timing (and content delivered) of the four blocks of work that the athletes and coaches will complete, takes into account both the Basketball Australia and FIBA calendars.  In addition to the weekly program, other dates to consider are:

  • Coaches Induction – TBC
  • NITP All-State Camp – October 29, 2017
  • 2017-18 Program Review – September 11, 2018



The 2017-18 program will be delivered out of multiple satellite venues across metropolitan Melbourne.  To ease the travel burden on athletes, their families and our NITP coaching staff, venues have been identified to cater for all member associations.  NITP staff coaches are able to select a location that best suits their living situation and morning work commute.  A list of these locations are as follows:

Boroondara Sports Complex

Casey Basketball Stadium

Eagle Stadium, Werribee

Eltham High School

Keilor Basketball Stadium

Mornington Secondary College (TBC)

Mill Park Basketball Stadium


Sandringham Basketball Stadium

State Basketball Centre


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In order for Victoria Metro to continue to produce an elite standard of basketball player, there are a number of fundamentals to basketball that must be addressed, coached and taught in our high performance setting.  To give our athletes the best possible development, the following must be addressed every session:

  • Passing and catching – in a game at national and international speed, we need athletes that can pass and catch off both pivots, and with both hands.
  • Shooting – shooting is now and will forever be a point of difference for athletes. It requires time to be a great shooter, and we must invest that time into our elite athletes.
  • Decision-making – the game is played with a short clock and against a disadvantage for a significant portion of the game. Our athletes will be required to make great decisions in both settings, and it is our responsibility to influence that.

It is the aim of the NITP that our athletes, with the appropriate amount and type of instruction, will be able to demonstrate the above to an elite standard.

To apply for a position on the Victoria Metro NITP coaching staff, applicants are asked to complete and submit this form.  Any questions regarding the program can be referred to Michael Czepil, Metropolitan High Performance Coach:


Applications for the NITP coaching staff will close September 20, 2017. 

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