Basketball New Zealand has placed a greater emphasis on managing our athletes’ pathways. At the junior level, the landscape of our player development programs has changed significantly with the introduction of an U17 FIBA World Championship, this has transformed the way we provide access to development opportunities for our athletes and coaches. We now have National representative opportunities for our 14 and 15-year-old athletes, and while we are very supportive of developing athletes playing multiple sports during their formative years, we now need to provide specialist training and an elite training environment to our young developing athletes.
Basketball New Zealand has created a robust and dynamic player development pathway system, a system which starts that the grassroots and community level of the sport and extends right through top the elite High Performance level. This player pathway incorporates the latest technology and innovations, it is a system that prepares our athletes and coaches for the rigours of international competition and it is a well-planned international system driving National teams to international success.