NITCP / SASI Squad Numbers
In any one year generally there is only scope to invite about 15 new male and 15 new female players who will turn 15 in that year into the NITC Program, with the expectation that some or most will remain in the program for 3 years until the end of their top age Under 18 year. That is not to say that players cannot be added to the squad at later stages if warranted.
In the first two years players are generally regarded as NITCP athletes, with SASI Associate status that gives them some limited access to SASI services.
In any one year there will be 15 – 25 athletes on Full SASI scholarship status, with access to wider range of services from SASI support staff. This group comprises predominantly of players in their final year of the program but could include younger players who, for example, have already been selected to attend Australian Junior Development camps and / or be part of national junior squads.
At any one time there are about 70 – 80 NITCP and Full scholarship athletes in the program.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) leads the development of elite sport and is widely acknowledged in Australia and internationally as a world best practice model for elite athlete development. The AIS is a pre-eminent elite sports training institution in Australia with world class facilities and support services.
The AIS has 35 sport programs in 26 sports.
The modern game of basketball has become one of aerobic endurance and power, and players need to have an integrated training program that nurtures both of these qualities. This is where the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Basketball program excels.
Basketball was one of the eight founding sports of the AIS. The program began in 1981. It is based in Canberra and offers residential scholarships to men and women.
The program has developed a strong tradition of striving for excellence in basketball and in life, through a family-like atmosphere that supports the development of talented junior players.
This tradition of excellence and professionalism ranks the Basketball program with the best of the AIS programs, and sees the program recognised around the world as one of the best of its kind.
Coaches in the program are dedicated to the ideal of ensuring players' daily improvement in their basketball development, academic progress, employment, welfare and personal growth. There is a full-time support network of highly qualified sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, a nursing sister, physiologists, biomechanists, psychologists, academic tutors and house parents to assist with players' specific needs.