Coaching Opportunities

Coaching young players to achieve their full potential can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Basketball coaches in particular need to be – among other things – a mentor, teacher, psychologist, physiologist, and confidante. They also need to demonstrate skills such as diplomacy, negotiation, facilitation, organisation, problem solving and motivation. Northside Wizards Basketball is always looking for new people to join our coaching ranks. Read on below to find out more about NWB coaching pathways.

To get involved with NWB coaching pathways please email NWB Development Officer – Lucian McGuinness at lucian@northsidewizards.com or phone 0405 622 417.

Grass Roots Coaching

Wiz Kidz Programs – Held at multiple venues throughout the northern suburbs, these programs are for new players aged between 4 to 10 years. Run during after-school hours and in term blocks, Wiz Kidz is often the first experience many children and their families have with our sport.

Junior Holiday Camps – 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 within a safe and supportive environment.

Primary School Programs – Northside Wizards often provide support to primary schools within the region. These programs support the kids to get active and have fun whilst promoting oursport, strengthening relationships with schools and actively recruiting new players in to NWB competitions.

Domestic Coaching

Junior Club Competition – Northside Wizards facilitate both boys and girls club competitions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the school term. Each team require a coach and trains once a week as they compete against other teams for a shot at the grand final trophy.

Club Holiday Camps – Each school holidays the Wizards provides full day clinics for domestic players to develop their skills, play games, and access alternative coaching opportunities. This is the ideal place for coaches to pick up additional drills they can use with their 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

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.

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 rep program. ‘Rep’ teams train twice a week and play games on a home and away basis culminating in the Queensland State Championships.

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

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

Future Development Program (FDP) – The FDP is the entry-level tier of the Performance (talent) 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 Basketball Queensland 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 Basketball Queensland 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 Basketball Queensland 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 Basketball Queensland 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

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.