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NLBA Basketball Development Model - BEING OUR BEST

Goals of Being Our Best:

  • Increase participation at all levels
  • Recruit, retain, and certify new male and female coaches
  • Finish in top six in standings in boys and girls U15 and U17 National Championships
  • Finish in top six at Canada Games

Basketball Development Model Presentation

Development Cycle

Athlete's selected through tryouts enter the program at the point appropriate for their age and skill level. Typically Grade 7s and 8s are in the Development Pods. At the end of the year the Grade 8s move on to the High Performance Program as well as some of the best Grade 7s. The remaining Grade 7s will remain in the Development Pods as Grade 8s. The Midget 15U team will be selected from the High Performance Program athletes.

At the end of midget years, athlete's enter the Juvenile Program. Each year the National Juvenile 17U team will be selected from the Grade 11s and best Grade 10s. Every 4th year the Canada Games competition takes the place of the Juvenile Nationals.


Devel Model

Devel Model performance


2017-18 East Coast Being Our Best Programs - Tryouts

Grade 7's and 8's (Born in 2004 & 2005)
Grade 9's (Born in 2003)

Brochure: East Coast Being our Best Tryout Brochure
Registration Form:East Coast Being our Best Tryout Registration Form

October 13th - October15th, 2017
Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Center
100 Crosbie Road, St. John's
Registration Fee: $50.00

Being Our Best Programs
In preparation for the 2018 - 2020 Midget National Championships, the NLBA is continuing the "Being Our Best" program to prepare the athletes for these competitions. The program commences at the Developmental phase stage and then feeds into the High Performance phase.

Developmental Program: Grade 7 and 8 boys and girls

Coaches: Angela Torraville (Female) & Matt Bruce (Male)
This program will be conducted from October 2017 - March 2018. The developmental program will consist of a pool of 40+ players per gender who are selected through a tryout. There will be roughly 20 grade 7's and 20 grade 8's selected, TBD by the head coaches. Parents and athletes should be aware this is a "skills development program" which focuses on teaching proper basketball skills to assist the individual to perform on the court at a higher level in the future. This is not intended to be a game oriented program and there will be very few games.

Athletes selected to the program will receive a reversible jersey, an indoor Spalding 1000 basketball, a hoody and approximately 75 - 80 hours of training including a nutrition, injury prevention and mental training session. Players will be exposed to former provincial team athletes and coaches who will teach skills as guest instructors. The total cost of the program will be $600.00 (admin. fee included)

In April 2018, open tryouts will be held to select an U14 provincial team to attend an invitational event in Atlantic Canada. This is a separate program and costs for this are not included.

High Performance: Grade 9 boys and girls

Coaches: Doreen Pond (Female) & Steve Ryan (Male)
This program will be conducted from October 2017 - March 2018. Approximately 20 athletes will be selected to train to have the opportunity to compete at the Midget National Championships in 2018. Athletes selected to the programs will receive an indoor Spalding 1000 basketball, reversible jersey; a hoody and approximately 75 - 80 hours of training. Selected athletes will also start a comprehensive weight training program under the guidance of Jerome Brenan at the NLSC including a nutrition, injury prevention and mental training session. Players will be exposed to former provincial team athletes and coaches and a variety of guest instructors. There will be approximately 10 - 12 games played during this program. The total cost of the High Performance program will be $950.00 (admin. fee included).

In April, open tryouts will be held to select an U15 provincial team to attend the 2018 National Midget Championships. This is a separate program and costs for this are not included in the above fees.

Brochure: East Coast Being our Best Tryout Brochure
Registration Form:East Coast Being our Best Tryout Registration Form

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