Once identified, players will be invited to attend one of Basketball New Zealand’s age-group National selection camps. It is from these camps that athletes are identified and selected to represent New Zealand at an International age-group tournament. The National selection camps happen 3 times each year:
February National Selection Camp: (the weekend closets to the Waitangi Day Holiday)
April National Selection Camp: (This will be held in the second week of the school holidays)
October National Selection Camp: (This will be held over the Labour Day weekend)
The National selection camps have been created introduced to expose athletes to the national team style of play, physical testing of athletes for performance standards required at an international level and the preparation of athletes for international competition. These camps act as the entry point to the national team programme, involving players who demonstrate the potential to reach that level as a junior or as a senior player. These camps will be held 3 times each year; February, April and October; and will involve our U17 and U19 National team athletes. 24 athletes will be selected to attend each camp; athletes are identified by way of National depth charts; observation and assessment at BBNZ National age-group tournaments and through international observation for eligible Kiwis who reside abroad. These camps have also been designed to teach athletes and coaches the 3×3 version of the game; with a significant portion of the camp being dedicated to learning how the game is played and using it as a selection opportunity for junior 3×3 National teams.