National Performance Program

Developing Queensland's top basketball athletes to represent Australia

About

The top tier of the Basketball Queensland (BQ) elite development pathway, the National Performance Program ( NPP ) is a dedicated and intensive program for Queensland’s elite basketball athletes, providing development, training and support for athletes identified at the national & international level.

BQ, in conjunction with Basketball Australia’s (BA) Centre of Excellence (CoE), identifies Queensland’s elite junior basketball athletes for selection into the NPP each year. The aim is to identify international standard athletes & prepare them for selection into the Australian Under 17 and Under 19 Junior teams, or for a scholarship at the AIS as part of BA's CoE.

The BQ NPP is a decentralised program and operates in both South & North Queensland for identified athletes.

Training Focus

Training programs focus on individual physical skills, technical skills and tactical knowledge at the international level. Each NPP athlete receives individually customised training programs, with a team of dedicated coaching, sports science and other support staff through BQ and the Queensland Academy of Sport managing each player’s training, work and study commitments, to give athletes every chance of success.

Eligibility

Australian National teams operate internationally on three-year cycles and as such national identification is based upon athletes’ DOB as determined by the international competition calendar & for building to World Championships at U17 & U19 age levels.

Currently, this is U14, U16 & U17 BQ age eligible association teams and for athletes, meeting the stated National selection criteria.

Athletes must be Australian residents & eligible for or hold an Australian passport.

Selection Criteria

2023 NPP Groups and Service Levels:

NPP Freshman: Born 2009  |  NPP Sophomore: Born 2008  |  NPP Junior: Born 2007  |  NPP Senior: Born 2006

Athletes wishing to enter into the National Performance Program must provide an application. Applications are made via this link  and are open between October 1st and October 31st.

BQ and BA selectors will identify athletes from their applications who best fit the future Boomers and Opals characteristics.

Individual athletes’ physical attributes, commitment & elite athlete mindset, athletic talent and potential basketball talent all form part of the selection criteria.

Selected Players will have the potential to be identified for or have been identified for the following national teams or programs:

- Under 17 Crocs (men) and Under 17 Sapphires (women)

- Under 19 Emus (men) and Under 19 Gems (women)

- CoE or NBA Global Academy Scholarship

For more information about the National Performance Program please contact:

BQ State Performance Manager - Luke Cann - luke.cann@basketballqld.net.au

Address

Logan Metro Sports & Events Centre
357 Browns Plains Rd
Crestmead, QLD 4132

Contacts

E: admin@basketballqld.net.au 
P: (07) 2113 4835
PO Box 534,
Capalaba QLD 4157