Basketball Victoria provides High Performance opportunities for elite athletes across Metropolitan and Country Victoria. Rising into our High Performance pathway through selection tryouts, camps and program invitations, each year Basketball Victoria gives 100s of elite athletes an opportunity to expand their knowledge base, improve their skills as well as meeting and exceeding their potential on and off the court.
Each year Basketball Victoria operates a number of programs and camps as well as providing elite opportunities for 13 High Performance teams to attend Australian Junior Championships.
In 2019 Basketball Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Government, expanded its High Performance Coaching staff and programs to better provide for Victoria’s elite junior basketball athletes. The Victorian Government funding led to the creation of four individualised High Performance Head Coach positions as well as 10 High Performance Hubs throughout Victoria.
High Performance Head Coaches
Our High Performance Head Coaches – Jenni Screen (Victoria Metropolitan Women), Ash Arnott (Victoria Metropolitan Men), Zoe Carr (Victoria Country Women) and Nathan Cooper-Brown (Victoria Country Men) – work in coordination to provide Victorian athletes with the best possible coaching environment.
They are charged with leading the coaching of the State Development Program, State Team Program and High Performance (Victorian National Performance Program) portfolio for identified Victorian athletes and coaches.
They will enable our elite players and coaches to successfully perform at a national and international level, with each Head Coach to prioritise the development of future Victorian Olympians, Paralympians and World Championship participants.
High Performance Hubs
With increased demand for elite basketball coaching and training in suburban and regional areas, the Victorian Government has partnered with Basketball Victoria to create seven High Performance Hubs established by a $5 million contribution in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget at Broadmeadows, Geelong, Werribee, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Traralgon. Basketball Victoria also independently established three hubs at the State Basketball Centre (Wantirna South), the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (Albert Park) and Casey Stadium (Cranbourne).
Athletes at each Hub will be coached by Basketball Victoria appointed head coaches to develop the necessary skills to play in elite leagues around Australia, throughout the world and to earn scholarships to American collegiate basketball.
Players are selected to participate in the Basketball Victoria High Performance Hubs following selection in State Development Program or the Victorian National Performance Program.
State Teams Program
Basketball Victoria provides opportunities for athletes to represent Victoria, Victoria Country or Victoria Metropolitan in age groups from Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 as well as our Ivor Burge (athletes with an intellectual disability) and Kevin Coombs Cup (wheelchair basketball) teams.
Athletes are selected from tryouts held yearly by Basketball Victoria’s High Performance staff to attend the Australian Junior Championships and represent their state against the best of Australia’s junior talent. Victorian teams have consistently shone at Australian Junior Championships, with a number of national championships won over the past 50 years.
To tryout for the State Teams Program, athletes are nominated by their association’s Directors of Coaching for each round of tryouts.
Victorian National Performance Program
Elite under-16 and under-18 players from Metropolitan and Country areas are selected each year to be part of the Victorian National Performance Program (VNPP).
The VNPP is an elite opportunity for Victoria’s elite junior basketballers to take up scholarships and develop their skills within the program. These players are awarded scholarships based on their performances at recent Australian Junior Championships or have been identified by our High Performance Coaches as having the potential to represent Australia in the future.
Basketball Victoria’s High Performance Coaches, Hub Lead Coaches, State Team Coaches and State Development Coaches host the event to provide further training and development opportunities for the invited players.
For further enquiries about Basketball Victoria’s High Performance programs and pathways, please contact:
Basketball Operations General Manager