Basketball NSW would like to announce some exciting changes to the format and dates of D-League for 2020.
The new dates and age groups are:
8 November (Penrith) – U15 Boys & Girls (born 2007) and U16 Boys & Girls (born 2006)
15 November (Minto) – U15 Boys & Girls (born 2007) and U16 Boys & Girls (born 2006)
22 November (Penrith) – U14 Boys & Girls (born 2008) and U18 Boys & Girls (born 2005/2004)
29 November (Penrith) – U14 Boys & Girls (born 2008) and U18 Boys & Girls (born 2005/2004)
The aim of the D-League is to identify talented players and coaches, who are competing and coaching within the NSW Spalding Waratah Junior Leagues, and assist with their development by having them train, play and coach against each other in a tournament-style environment.
With the disruptions caused by COVID-19 this year, the selection process for athletes for D-League will vary slightly. The following process will be followed when considering all applicants:
- Attendance at the Country and Metro High Performance Trials;
- Recommendations from Associations Coaching Directors, BNSW network coaches and BNSW High Performance Coaches;
- Past performances at NSW events
Basketball NSW General Manager of Coaching and Development Brett Coxsedge was optimistic that the changes to D-League would see it remain as an integral part of the Development Pathway for athletes and coaches.
“It was necessary to make some changes to D-League given the current climate. Our goal was to reduce the travel component on athletes and parents by conducting D-League over two weekends only. We are also hopeful that by pushing the event back a bit in the calendar, this will make the event more viable. As always, we will continue to be guided by the NSW Department of Health’s guidelines in the leadup to the League.”
So far, close to 800 athletes and 90 coaches have submitted an expression of interest (EOI) to participate in D-League. Applications currently remain open.
For more information regarding D-League, including where to register, please CLICK HERE.