After two hugely successful U13 Regional Development Tournaments (RDTs) back in July, September gives the opportunity for the U15 and U17 RDTs to provide over 480 players with a chance to take their steps along the Performance Pathway. The tournaments are an integral selection tool for the U15 and U17 England development teams that in turn feed the U16 and U18 GB National Teams. With both tournaments accommodating the girls and boys on the same weekend, the RDTs are sure to provide a great curtain raiser to the season before the Jnr National League gets underway on 23rd September.
First up on the 9th and 10th September, the U17s take to the court at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, Manchester. In 2016, London took the honours in both the girls and the boys competitions so will surely be looking for another strong showing this year. They’ve been paired with East and South West in Pool A of the girls competition, and East and Yorkshire in Pool X of the boys competition. Elsewhere Pool B contains South East, North West and West Midlands and Pool C pits Yorkshire, East Midlands, North West and South against each other to round out the girls line up. Pool Y for the boys gives us the opportunity for a Midlands derby as East and West Midlands go head to head, joined by the North West to make up the trio. The group of 4 in the boys competition, Pool Z, is a largely Southern affair with South East, South and South West all represented along with the North East.
Games on the Saturday start at 10am and run through until around 7pm, with the final game of the day tipping at 5:30pm. The tournament has a 5 court set up, with 1 court dedicated to the heats of the British Shooting Test. Sunday is another 10am start as classification games get underway early and run throughout the day to help determine the final standings once all is said and done.
For a complete breakdown of the U17 RDT schedule, please click HERE.
London managed to take the boys competition at last year’s U15 RDTs, but couldn’t make it a clean sweep of 4 from 4 as East were victorious on the girl’s side of the tournament. This season’s U15 RDT gets underway on the 17th September and concludes on Sunday 18th. In a slightly different format to the U17s, both the boys and girls have 2 pools of 5 teams. In Pool A for the Boys, London will mount their defence against Yorkshire, East Midlands, South West and West Midlands. In Pool B, East will lock horns with South, North West, South East and North East. For the girls, Pool X contains East, South East, South, Yorkshire and North East whilst East Midlands are in Pool Y with North West, South West, London and West Midlands.
With more pool games to play, Saturday is a busy one as play starts at 10am and the final game of the day getting underway at 7pm. Sunday is once again dedicated to the classification games for putting together the final standings. The British Shooting Test will also be going on throughout the weekend.
For a complete breakdown of the U15 RDT schedule, please click HERE.
As always, it won’t just be the players on display who are learning and improving. With experienced assessors on hand for all referees, table officials and coaches, games will be watched with eagle eyes to provide valuable feedback for all those in attendance.
Programme & Pathway Integration Manager Charlie Ford said, “The Regional Development Tournaments provide a fantastic opportunity for our talented players to come together and test the skills they have attained through club and Regional Performance Centre sessions. Over 480 players will travel to the ‘home of basketball’ the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester to compete and enhance their progression along the Talent Pathway which hopefully will one day see them suit up for Great Britain and continue the success that our National Team programmes have achieved so far this summer. It’ll also be a great opportunity for officials and coaches to learn, improve and take the next steps in their journey to.”
Both events are free entry throughout and we’ll have significant coverage of both weekends on our social media channels.