Regional Academy 2022/23 – Coach and Officials | Expressions of Interest
Coaches and officials play a crucial role in the development of youth players, so basketballscotland are delighted to be incorporating both coaches and officials in the Regional Academy programmes. The programme will see players, coaches and officials develop and improve together as we aim to continue the growth of the game in Scotland.
What are the Regional and National Academies?
The Regional Academy is basketballscotland’s development programme for players in U14-U18 age groups, for coaches and for officials. The Regional Academy is on helping players, coaches and officials who are serious about improving to develop key knowledge and skills that will help them progress within the game. Players will focus on physical, technical, tactical, psychological and social elements of the game, following a phased curriculum that has been designed to help maximise development opportunities. Rather than being based in the traditional regions, where the numbers of players may vary year to year, the Regional Academy will take the form of a series of central venue events, incorporating practice and games.
The National Academy is the programme in which a small number of players selected mainly from the Regional Academy come together as a team and prepare for competitions against teams from other nations. A major aim of the National Academy programmes is to help players and coaches to enhance their chances representing the Great Britain teams competing in European championship competitions each year, whilst also helping officials on a path towards FIBA certification should they wish to pursue this.
What is the commitment for coaches and officials?
Sessions will be held at the Regional Performance Centre in Dundee. Each day for coaches will run from 9:30-17:30 and from 12:30-17:30 for officials. Sessions for female players will usually be on a Saturday and for male players on a Sunday. Coaches will be asked to attend a briefing before the morning practice and officials will be asked to attend a briefing before the afternoon games. Coaches and officials will also be asked to attend a briefing at the end of each day.
For coaches, you would be expected make the effort to attend all of the Regional Academy sessions that the age group you are working with takes place, as each day in the programme builds upon the previous one.
For officials, the commitment would be at least one weekend per month, moving between U14, U16 and U18 age groups to gain a greater variety of experiences.
This level of commitment aligns with the basketballscotland Regional Academy Talent Behaviours, which can be found in the video here
The dates for all Regional Academy sessions can be found in the images below:
What will the coach and official development element look like?
basketballscotland will provide bespoke to support to each person. This will be a mix of technical and tactical (Mechanics & Rules) and development topics (Communication, Feedback, Setbacks etc). Every session will include a coach/referee developer observing and generating some feedback from the live environment. We will also have a topic in place for both coaches and officials on the day, which will allow for some discussion and reflection. The coaches within the programme will work towards the Programme Coach award which sits on the SQA framework at SCQF Level 7. The officials will also work towards a qualification.
If I am interested to be involved, what should I do?
At this time, we are asking for expressions of interest in being part of the Regional Academy programme, which can be completed using the links below. A formal application process may follow this and, where necessary, a selection process may be required and details of this would be provided.
All expressions of interest must be submitted by: 25th July 2022
Officials’ expression of interest here
Coaches’ expression of interest here
If you have any questions about the information provided, please contact: Emma.Edwards@basketball-scotland.com