For the past month, Country High Performance Coach, Curtis Sardi, has been travelling across Country New South Wales focusing on delivering educational development programs and overseeing squad selections of the U16 & U18 Country State team trials.

Sardi has concentrated on administering his expertise in the progression of both the Talented Athlete Program (TAP) trials and the State Performance Program (SPP) workouts simultaneously, each week. He attends these programs on a regular basis in order to help progress the development of young basketball players within the Country catchment area.

The Talented Athlete Program (TAP) is a single camp-based program that aims to expose selected athletes to the NSW/Australian Style of Play and concepts of play whilst also providing educational opportunities for athletes in the field of nutrition, injury prevention, and effective rehabilitation exercises.

The State Performance Program (SPP) is the first tier of Basketball NSW High-Performance Program. The program is run over a three terms and from the athlete’s perspective, there is a strong focus on the identification, development, and support of individuals aged 13-17.

In conjunction with his commitment to the SPP athletes & coaches and TAP trials, Sardi has also been present and supporting the U16s and U18s Boys & Girls Country NSW state team trial selection process along with his fellow High Performance staff members.

Sardi said he was impressed by the large number of participants that attended the Country TAP trials during the last month and was pleased with the amount of impressive athletes that trialled.

 “Being able to see the talent and depth develop within the team has been a great experience,” Sardi said.

“From having 130 boy & 110 girl participants register in the U14 TAP trials, it has been a challenging task in selecting squad numbers.”

“I would also like to say a huge thank-you to all 19 coaches that also assisted in the process.”

Sardi will now look towards continuing SPP visits around the wider State & supporting the Country U18 Australian Championships campaign which is in Geelong, Victoria 21st – 28th April.

Following the completion of the championships, his focus will shift towards the U16 NSW Country squads, whilst also continuing his dedication to the SPP weekly workouts and TAP Camp in May at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narribeen, along with continuing his professional development within his High Performance staff.

 The U16’s Championships will be played 6th-13th of July on the Sunshine Coast.


2018 High Performance Calendar

Click on the link below to view the 2018 Country High Performance Calendar