State Performance Program

Developing & preparing young athletes to represent Queensland


The State Performance Program (SPP) involves the systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of athletes in U16 and U18 age groups, with the aim of preparing players to represent Queensland at the Australian Junior Championships.

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.

Open selection trials for SPP U16 & U18 are held geographically and in regions throughout Queensland.

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.

Each athletes performance history is recorded to assist assessment and ongoing selection as part of the selection process.

Selected athletes (a final 10) compete at national championship tournaments in their relevant age groups – Under 20, Under 18s and Under 16s.

Basketball Queensland has a proud history of good performance and medals at Australian Junior championships and athletes selected for National Squads and Centre of Excellence.

New and younger athletes are given representative experience through the State Development Team tour to USA to further develop each athlete’s skills and game awareness against tough & challenging opposition beyond a state Championship level.

The final state team of 10 for the Australain Junior Championships is selected by an independent chaired panel familiar with the National standard.

State team and Emerging Team coaches are provided with National best practice training, sport-science resources, in addition to ongoing technical tactical support from regionally-dedicated State Performance Manager North or South

Program Objectives


Identify athletes displaying the characteristics and ability of an elite athlete at Regional & State Championships, SPP trials and through the Future Development Program,


Transition ‘potential’ into ‘talent’ by developing, reinforcing and monitoring positive training habits & providing progressive technical and tactical instruction to SPP athletes


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


Educate athletes about sports science and sports medicine and how it relates to their own performance.                         


Effectively prepare athletes individually and as a state team for National Championships, both in their home environments and through centralised camps or well-planned program.


Provide effective performance and coaching support for State Team coaches


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


Provide regional support for identified talented SPP coaches and athletes through a remote management plan, including the use of the BQ OwnUrGoal APP and other technology

20/21 U18 State Performance Program 

For a full list of 20/21 U18 SPP athletes, click here.

2021 U16 State Performance Program Trials

Registrations for 2021 U16 State Performance Program (SPP) Trials will open later this year, with trials scheduled for January.

BQ is conducting open trials for registered U16 players. From these trials a SPP squad will be selected. Both North and South Queensland State U16 teams will be selected from the SPP squad after further assessment from SPP training and from viewing regional and state championship games.

Eligibility : Athletes born in 2006 and 2007 are eligible to trial for the 2021 U16 SPP. 

Cost: To be confirmed

South Trial

Wednesday, 20 January

Venue: The Arena, Sleeman Sports Complex
Time: 9am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm (must attend both sessions)

Thursday, 21 January

Venue: Cornubia Park Sports Centre
Time: 9am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm (must attend both sessions)

North Trial

Saturday, 30 January - Rockhampton

Boys & Girls
Venue: Rockhampton Basketball
Time: 9am - 10:30am & 11:30am - 1pm

Sunday, 31 January - Cairns

Venue: Cairns Basketball
Girls: 8am - 9:30am & 11am - 12:30pm
Boys: 9:30am - 11am & 12:30pm - 2pm

For more information please contact:

BQ State Performance Manager - Luke Cann -


The Arena
Sleeman Sports Complex
Cnr Old Cleveland & Tilley Rds Chandler QLD 4155


P: (07) 3377 9100
PO Box 534,
Capalaba QLD 4157