Coaches keep up knowledge of the game

Four Basketball Ballarat coaches had the chance to learn from some of the best in the industry as they took part in the Basketball Australia Coaches Conference. 

INFORMATIVE: Basketball Ballarat coaches Nikita Tudball and Lidina Constable with Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence women's head coach Kristen Veal (middle).

INFORMATIVE: Basketball Ballarat coaches Nikita Tudball and Lidina Constable with Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence women's head coach Kristen Veal (middle).

Held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last Monday and Tuesday, leaders from all aspects of basketball – playing, coaching, officiating and mentoring – helped facilitate panel discussions and on-court clinics.

Oregon State University’s associate head coach Kerry Rupp travelled from the United States to talk about player development, Michelle Cosier spoke about making the transition from elite player to official, while Timmy Duggan led a talk on cultural safety and inclusion. 

Other talent offering expert advice and guidance included Opals Olympic and World Championship mentor Carrie Graf, NBA Global Academy’s Robbie McKinlay and FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches president Patrick Hunt.

Ballarat Youth League Rush coach Lidina Constable, who attended the conference with colleagues Nikita Tudball, Daniel Knaggs and Marcus Jenkins, said she had felt like a kid in a candy store.

“Some of them are world-renowned coaches, they’re coaching Australian teams and Kerry Rupp coming over from the United States, he was unbelievable in terms of what he could teach from the American side of it,” Constable said.

“It is always good to have someone from outside of your backyard to talk to and watch how they perform drills, to see whether we’re heading on the right track.”

The coaches will now share what they learnt with the rest of the Ballarat program.