Launch of the ‘Futures’ Junior Player Development Program
Basketball ACT is pleased to announce the ‘FUTURES’ individual player development program for talented junior players in the ACT. The skills based program will focus on the development of fundamental skills in addition to teaching the basic concepts and principles of basketball to male and female junior players in the 11 to 14 years of age group. The FUTURES program will underpin the National Intensive Training Program (NITP) which will be expanded to support further athletes and increase the depth of talent in the BACT’s high performance junior player development and State programs.
The NITP currently underpins the National Performance Program (NPP) which targets and supports ACT’s most talented and promising junior basketball players. The NPP works collaboratively with Basketball Australia’s National Teams program and BA’s National Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the AIS and is supported by the ACT Academy of Sport to service NPP athletes with athletic development (strength development, body movement fundamentals etc.) and sports science servicing including sports nutrition and performance psychology. (Please click here to access BACT High Performance Pathway)
The FUTURES program will be conducted in school terms starting in the Term 3 of 2016 and will involve a once per week intensive individual and small group skills development session. The FUTURES program will be on an invitational basis following player nominations from ACT Development and State Representative Coaches and the BACT Head of High Performance and Coach Development Phil Brown. The program will work collaboratively with the U12 and U14 Development and U16 State Programs to compliment and support the development of our young players to further strengthen BACT’s High Performance Pathway.