The 2019 Basketball NSW U14 Talented Athlete Program (TAP) camp has successfully concluded for 2019.

The TAP camp has recently been revamped with a greater focus on developing athletes both on the court and off the court.

The on-court component of the camp focuses on developing the individual athlete’s fundamental skill, as well as providing them an insight into the concepts of play involved within the NSW State Performance Program and NSW State Team Program.

The off-court component of the camp focuses on 4 key areas; how to watch video, learning how to manage their workload, how to become a self-regulated athlete, and how to develop & grow their support network.

50 girls (25 Country+ 25 Metro) & 50 (25 Country+ 25 Metro) boys attended the camp with the girls at the start of the week 27th-29th and the boys rounding out the program between the 29th-31st May.

Basketball New South Wales, Metro High Performance Coach, Sam Gruggen said that it was a fantastic week that saw an immense variety of talent and instrumental amounts of growth and maturity shown by all athletes during the camp.

“TAP Camp was one of the first camp-based programs that Basketball NSW introduced and over the years athletes have had the unique opportunity to learn about the Basketball NSW Style of Play, compete against athletes with similar goals and dreams, and form everlasting friendships, said Gruggen.

“We are very excited about the new group coming through the NSW pathway, and it is great to see the work that associations have put into athlete skill development.”

Basketball New South Wales, Country High Performance Coach, Curtis Sardi reiterated the importance of the Talented Athlete Program and the significance it has on our developing athletes from both Country & Metro regions.

“The TAP camp is really the first time we are able to see the athletes in a pre-elite environment. We are able to learn about them on & off the court,” said Sardi.

“We are able to reiterate the importance of education & study, whilst putting the athletes through on court testing, four classroom sessions, & six on court sessions. We are also able to show the athletes what it takes & what we are looking for to be a NSW player.”

Basketball New South Wales would also like to say huge thank-you to all the athletes and association coaching staff that dedicated their time to the program this past week.

Association Coaches:
Macs Monk
Tamara Minato
Renae Garlepp
Bob White
Alvin Caoyonan

CLICK HERE to check out all the snaps from the week on the Basketball NSW Facebook page.