Northside Wizards Basketball is looking for new people to join our coaching ranks. Helping young players to achieve their full potential can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a coach. Basketball coaches in particular need to be – among other things – a mentor, teacher, psychologist, physiologist, and confidante. Coaches also need to demonstrate skills in diplomacy, negotiation, facilitation, organisation, problem solving and motivation. Read on below to find out more about the coaching pathways available within NWB.
To get involved with NWB coaching pathways please email NWB Development Officer – Lucian McGuinness at email@example.com or phone 0405 622 417.
Grass Roots Coaching (min. Community Coach Accreditation)
Wiz Kidz Programs – Held at multiple venues throughout the northern suburbs, Wiz Kidz is often the first experience many children and their families have with NWB and our sport. Coaches need the ability to teach primary school aged children the skills and rules required to play basketball in a fun and engaging manner.
Junior Holiday Clinics – Held during school holidays at central venues, these full day clinics offer our newest players additional opportunities to have fun, make new friends, and develop their basketball skills. Similar to Wiz Kidz, coaches need a repertoire of games and activities that engage players whilst simultaneously developing their skills and understanding of how the game should be played.
School Programs – NWB often provide support to primary schools and high schools within the region, to help generate ‘excitement’ around the sport of basketball. These programs support the kids to get active and have fun whilst promoting our sport, strengthening relationships with schools and actively recruiting new players in to NWB competitions.
Domestic Coaching (min. Community or Club Coach Accreditation)
Junior Club Competition – NWB facilitate both boys and girls club competitions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the school term. Each team requires a coach and trains once a week as they compete against other teams for a shot at the grand final trophy. Coaches with a basic understanding of the rules, strategies, concepts and skills required to compete are of benefit to NWB competitions.
Club Holiday Clinics – Each school holiday the Wizards provide a set of full day clinics for domestic players keen to develop their skills, play games, and access alternative coaching opportunities. This is the ideal place for new and experienced coaches to pick up additional skills and drills for use with their own club team and players.
Development Programs – Level Up development programs are accessible to players and coaches who want to develop their skills and access alternative coaching opportunities. These programs are facilitated by NWB during school terms as well as in house at club team training sessions.
Junior Representative Coaching (min. Club Coach Accreditation)
Head/Assistant Coach – Northside Wizards representative teams compete against other associations from around Queensland in the quest to be crowned State Champions. ‘Rep’ teams train twice a week and play games on a home and away basis culminating in the Queensland State Championships. Seasoned club coaches or those with some level of playing history are best suited to these roles.
Development Coach – Up and coming coaches have the opportunity to watch and learn from more established coaches by taking on a development position within the representative program. ‘Rep’ teams train twice a week and play games on a home and away basis culminating in the Queensland State Championships. Often this is a good position to learn some new concepts and rills that can be taken back to your club team trainings and games.
Development Programs – Power Up development programs are accessible to representative players and coaches who want to develop their skills and access alternative coaching opportunities. These are facilitated by NWB during school terms and in the lead up to the upcoming representative season.
Holiday Camps – In addition to holiday camps for grass roots and domestic players, NWB offers camps for elite players wanting to take their game to another level. This is the ideal place for coaches to access additional drills and concepts to benefit their own players and team coaching.
Senior Representative Coaching (min. Association Coach Accreditation)
Head/Assistant Coach – Northside Wizards enter senior men’s and women’s teams in to the Queensland State League (QSL). Games are held on weekends on a home and away basis throughout SEQ with teams training twice a week.
Development Coach – Up and coming coaches have the opportunity to watch and learn from more experienced coaches by taking on a development position within the senior representative program. Games are held on weekends on a home and away basis throughout SEQ with teams training twice a week.
Basketball Queensland (min. Association Coach Accreditation)
Future Development Program (FDP) – The FDP is the entry-level tier of BQ’s Performance Program, focusing on the identification, support and development of athletes aged 12-13 years old. Coach development is a major focus of the FDP, with BQ providing expert coaches and resources in the athlete’s respective regions, and support, training and mentoring for FDP coaches.
State Performance Program (SPP) – The SPP involves the systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of athletes in the Under 15 to Under 20 age groups. Coach development is a major focus of the SPP, with BQ providing expert coaches and resources in the athlete’s respective regions, and support, training and mentoring for SPP coaches.
National Performance Program (NPP) – The top tier of the BQ elite development pathway, the NPP is a dedicated and intensive program for Queensland’s elite basketball athletes. Coach development is a major focus of the NPP, with BQ providing expert coaches and resources in the athlete’s respective regions, and support, training and mentoring for NPP coaches.
State and Development Teams – Queensland’s elite junior athletes compete at the Australian Junior Championships each year in Under 20, Under 18 and Under 16 age groups. Younger and new SPP athletes are selected for either the US College Exposure Tour or the Talent Development Programs as preparation for potential selection in the State Teams the following year.
Basketball Australia (min. Performance/Master Coach Accreditation)
Centre of Excellence (COE) – The COE is based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Basketball Australia employees full time head and assistant coaches to lead the development of Australia’s best up and coming male and female talent.
Australian Junior National Program – Basketball Australia appoints head and assistant coaches to roles for U/17, U/19 and Emerging Boomers/Opals National Junior Teams that compete at Oceania and Asia Qualifiers as well as the Junior World Championships.
Australian Senior National Program – The summit of coaching is to lead your country. Basketball Australia employ head coaches, assistant coaches and technical assistants for the Australian Boomers and Opals Senior National Teams that compete at Commonwealth Games, World Cups and the Olympics.