Players verse each other on court as part of the Basketball Queensland SPP

Developing & preparing young athletes to represent Queensland

The State Performance Program (SPP) involves the systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of athletes in Under 16 and Under 18 age groups, through to Under 20s, with the aim of preparing players to represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Championships (AJCs) across those age groups.

The program operates in two separate regions – north and south Queensland – to enable players to access specialized and dedicated individual and team resources, regardless of the athlete’s location in the state.

Athletes who meet the state selection policy criteria nominate & trial for selection through the OwnUrGoal platform and are assessed against state & national performance criteria before engaging in a dedicated training program ultimately leading to selection in the Queensland State team and experience at the Australian National level.

Program objectives



Identify elite althetes at Regional & State Championships, SPP trials and through the FDP



Transition ‘potential’ into ‘talent’ by developing and reinforcing positive training habits & providing technical and tactical instruction


Guided Training

Increase training contact time with expert coaches under the direction of State Performance Manager



Educate athletes about how to optimise physical and mental performance in the elite environment.



Effectively prepare athletes individually and as a state team for National Championships


Support coaches

Provide effective performance and coaching support for State Team coaches



Prioritise and Improve the preparation and development of lower-age players


Regional support

Provide regional support for identified talented SPP coaches and athletes through a remote management plan

Teyahna Bond

Junior Association
Cairns Basketball
QLD Junior and NBL1 Player
State Performance Program Participant
Teyahna Bond

Joshua Hughes

Junior Association
Northside Wizards Basketball
QLD Junior and NBA Global Academy Athlete
State Performance Program Participant
Joshua Hughes

Meila Goodchild

Junior Association
Southern Districts Basketball
Australian 3x3 Player and WNBL Player
State Performance Program Participant
Meila Goodchild

Sam Froling

Junior Association
Townsville Basketball
Australian Boomer and NBL Player
State Performance Program Participant
Sam Froling

Joining the program

Identified athletes work on technical, tactical, physical, mental skills and concepts in a dedicated SPP by age program designed to improve both understanding and performance by each athlete within a team context for the duration of the SPP in their regional hubs.

Program selection

Selection process

Each athletes performance history within FDP & SPP and at trials is recorded to assist assessment and ongoing selection as part of the selection process. SPP athletes are offered feedback on their development at the end of each cycle.

Final state team
Selected athletes (a final 10) compete at national championship tournaments in their relevant age groups.
The final state team of 10 for the Australian Junior Championships is selected by an independent chaired panel familiar with the National standard after a selection camp and SPP training and viewing Regional and State championship games.

Selection criteria

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Exceptional athlete

Displays physical attributes of an elite basketball player with a demonstrated high level of sustained performance

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Skill level

Demonstrated skill level and competency under competitive play.

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Game sense

Assessed competency at game standard level being able to adapt and perform at higher national level.

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Athletic development

Including speed, power, endurance and an attitude or desire to become a player at the highest possible level

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Demonstrated acceptable and applied behaviour, potential to be socially compatible sense of “team ethic” within a group.


A full outline of eligibility criteria is available in the selection policy.

In order to be eligible for SPP trials athletes must be registered members of an association affiliated to Basketball Queensland. Athletes must be born within the respective age range for the program and have played in the most recent top two division of Junior Representative competitions or State Championships.

Athletes are sent direct communications about SPP trial dates, times and locations.

Frequently asked questions

Need a bit more information?

Want to learn more about the State Performance Program? Get in contact with our BQ State Performance Manager, Luke Cann via

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