A Basketball Australia Podcast for Coaches and Volunteers in clubs and associations around the country to hear some interesting discussions from people all over the world talking about issues that directly relevant to them to give them some new ideas or confidence to keep putting their hand up.
Mackenzie Stewart - Building Better Basketball
Today is a bit of a special episode, Neil is joined by the 2023 Ford Aussie Hoops Coach of the year, Mackenzie Stewart from the Cockburn Cougars in Western Australia.
I’m just going to include the section from the nomination form that got Mackenzie the award, and then you will hear my chat with her and hopefully you are as impressed as I am by a young lady with a very bright future in coaching basketball if she wants it.
Mackenzie continues to focus on providing high quality programs that offer development of basketball skills, fundamentals and gameplay understanding for all junior skill levels. Meaning our programs meet both participation and performance needs for our community.She actively researches other sports introductory programs identifying new concepts, variety of coaching styles, different sporting contexts, training regiments, and socialenvironments that may have a positive influence on our programs for our athletes.As Mackenzie continues her coaching pathway, she is invested in providing high quality leadership and mentoring to our developing coaches, ensuring opportunities for all andfosters a life-long support for the game.She is a harmoniously passionate coach, who ensures all participants experience happy emotions whenever she is involved in coaching the Aussie Hoops program. She hasgreat satisfaction when she sees participants gradate from our Aussie Hoops programs into our Domestic Competition and other programs.As a dedicated volunteer, she aims to teach people how to play the game and compete. She recognizes there is a need to support other volunteers within our community with high quality, consistent, accessible coaching and upskilling. This is fundamental to the development of players, coaches, pathways in sport and of the game in Australia.
Jarrod Moore - Building Better Basketball
Neil is joined by Jarrod Moore, the Coach Development Manager from Basketball NSW. The discussion covers nurturing confidence, balancing development levels and the age old debate is there a difference between teaching and coaching!
Sami Whitcomb - Building Better Basketball
In today's episode, we are thrilled to delve into the inspiring journey and expertise of Opal Sami Whitcomb, a dynamic force in the world of basketball. With an impressive career spanning both domestic and international arenas, Sami's unique insights, skillset, and dedication to the game make her a standout figure in the basketball community. Join us as we explore her experiences, insights, and the invaluable lessons she brings to the court, offering our listeners a wealth of knowledge for building better basketball skills and strategies.
Tyrone Thwaites - Building Better Basketball
Welcome back to season 4 of Building Better Basketball. Neil Gray Game Development Manager at Basketball Australia is joined by Tyrone Thwaites from the Cockburn Basketball Association in Western Australia. Cockburn are an association with 336 teams, the largest Aussie Hoops program in Australia for 2 years running and home to a Womens NBL1 Championship side and an NBL 1 Coach of the year who also happens to be their Chief executive Officer! No prizes for guessing that’s Tyrone!
JP Nerbun - The Sports Parent Solution - Building Better Basketball
Our first return guest on Building Better Basketball and he is back to talk about one of the biggest issue that coaches face, PARENTS!
He has a fantastic new book out called the Sports Parent Solution and in this episode he dives into the questions, the solutions and the experiences in that book across the vast spectrum of parent involvement in the game.
A must listen for any coach working with young athletes!
Mark Alabakov - Building Better Basketball
Todays guest is Mark Alabakov, the NBL1 Championship winning coach with the Bendigo Braves. Mark has also had significant involvement at the WNBL level with the Bendigo Spirit, Melbourne Boomers, Townsville Fire and the Sydney Uni Flames as they then were as well as an understanding of Basketball at the community level with Diamond Valley Basketball Association.
On this episode, we'll talk about the incredible season Mark and the Braves have just had and the secrets behind the championship success.
Love it. Great guests