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From 2015 the focus at the national representative level (apart from Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns) will be the Under 17 and Under 19 age groups, and to continue to make our mark in 3X3.
This is consistent with the move by FIBA to move New Zealand into a new FIBA qualifying zone – Asia Oceania. The move to Asia Oceania opens up opportunities for New Zealand to qualify for the Under 17 and Under 19 World Cup events held every second year (alternatively). In the past, we have failed to qualify for these events when we have had to beat Australia to do so.
We understand that the new system will be in place for 2016 so we need to commence with our changes to align with this as soon as possible.
From now on, the World Cup qualifiers and the World Cup events will be the pinnacle events BBNZ focuses our energies on. The Australian State Championships will only be entered as preparation for the World Cup events with the exception of the under 16 State Championships, which are considered the entry point for international basketball for the New Zealand talent development programme (the Korus will continue to exist below the national team level as part of the development programme).
This means that in 2015 we will have:
- Under 16 teams – pinnacle event the Australian State Champs.
- Under 17 teams – pinnacle event the Oceania World Cup Qualifiers.
- Under 19 squads commencing the next under 19 World Cup cycle (aged under 18) – no pinnacle event.
Ideally, the Under 19 teams competing at the World Cup should they win the Oceania Series in December. If they do not qualify, we will not have these teams competing.
Overall these decisions mean we will have fewer national teams – but we will have every chance of seeing those teams qualify for and compete at World Cups – very exciting! Yes we have to look at how we fund good preparation, yes that remains a challenge – and yes we can do it.
In this section you will find information relating to our national teams. Please click on the links to the right to view information on each of our national teams (past and present).