RedCity Roar welcomes the experience of Mark Hewish who will be providing support to the RedCity Roar pathway from Under18s to NBL1.
Recent changes in Basketball Queensland's competition format surrounding SQJBC U21 which finished in December 2022 and the emergence of the inaugural QSL Youth League (QSLYL) which started in 2023 created a problem for the RedCity Roar pathways to NBL1. QSLYL runs in parallel with Basketball Queensland's NBL1 North and QSL leagues and RedCity Roar considered entering into the 2023 QSLYL, but nominations required both a men's team and women's team. It was doubtful that RedCity would be able to nominate a women's QSLYL team given the bulk of our championship winning QSL2 team was already U21. This left a void for RedCity youth players not already involved at QSL level.
The growth of the women's competition on a Thursday night and the extra year of U18 players graduating from juniors gives the Association a pool of players to field a QSL team and a QSLYL team in both genders. This will hopefully open the door for more RedCity U21 players to participate in QSLYL as well providing opportunity for players to gain some valuable development and quality games of a Sunday evening. Nominations for 2024 QSL and QSLYL coaches will be called for and once appointed, they will be able to select players from the D League competition.
Mark will oversee the content and deliver development sessions for the Sunday night program. Mark was the Director of Coaching at Dandenong Basketball, Victoria Country Under 18 Girls Head Coach, Victoria Country Under 18 Boys Assistant Coach, Bendigo Braves SEABL Men's Assistant coach, Director of Coaching Basketball NT, Australian Junior Camp Coach 4 x times, and was a member of Basketball Australia Coaches commission.
Players wishing to access the pathways program are required register for the first trials this Sunday!