Centre for Performance (CP) is a national program designed to develop student-athletes to compete at the international basketball level.
The program revolves around the “hot house” approach and focuses on student-athletes in the key years of their development.
The emphasis of CP is to train skills that student-athletes do not otherwise have the opportunity to develop. CP is not based on a competition model. Instead, it is a group of student-athletes training together in regional pods across Ontario with the common goal of improving.
Regional training pods are led by high-level, certified coaches who follow age-specific curriculum developed by Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball. Top athletes from each pod are selected to participate in centralized training weekends.
Notes for the 2019-20 Season
- The CP Boys program went through a restructuring last season to ensure continued identification for provincial and national level student-athletes and to increase synergy with Canada Basketball’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) and Jr. Academy programs. CP Boys Prep (Grades 7 & 8) works in alignment with Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy, which targets student-athletes in the same age group.
- The CP Girls Prep program is a pilot program for the 2019-20 season designed for female athletes in grades 5 & 6.
CP has the following three stages:
Stage 1: Identification/Tryouts
Tryouts* take place across the province to identify athletes for regional training.
*Athletes eligible for the CP Boys Prep (Grades 5 & 6) program can register for regional training until their respective pod reaches the maximum number of participants.
*Athletes eligible for CP Boys (Grades 7 & 8); One open tryout per region will be held for any athletes who were unable to attend Jr. Academy tryouts.
Eligibility (Boys): Athletes in Grades 5 to 8 (born in 2006 to 2009)
Eligibility (Girls): Athletes in Grades 5 to 10 (born in 2004 to 2009)
Dates: September & October
Stage 2: Regional Training
In regional training pods across the province, approximately 15–20 athletes per region train together for a total of 30 hours (20 hours for CP Prep Girls). The training sessions focus on age-specific training and curriculum implemented by high-level, certified coaches, under the guidance of Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball.
Eligibility: Athletes selected by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead and regional coaches*
Dates (Boys): October to January
Dates (Girls): October to April
Cost: $300 ($200 for CP Prep Girls). Program fee includes Ontario-Nike reversible jersey.
Stage 3: Centralized Training
Centralized Training brings together the top athletes from across all the regional pods for a weekend training session led by Ontario Basketball’s Technical Lead. Athletes spend time both on and off the court working on important offensive and defensive concepts and learning about topics like nutrition, time management, and video breakdown.
Eligibility: Athletes from Regional Training selected by regional coaches
Dates (Boys): December & May
Dates (Girls): January & April
Eligibility: Males in Grades 5 & 6 (born 2008 & 2009)
Eligibility: Males in Grades 7 & 8 (born 2006 & 2007)
Note: Athletes who have been selected for Jr. Academy do not need to try out for CP Boys Prep (Grades 7 & 8); the 15–20 student-athletes per region that advance to the final day and/or last session of Canada Basketball’s Jr. Academy will be automatically selected to attend Stage 2: Regional Training. One open tryout per region will be held for any athletes who were unable to attend Jr. Academy tryouts.
Eligibility: Females in Grades 5 to 7 (born 2007 to 2009)
Eligibility: Females in Grades 8 to 10 (born 2004 to 2006)
2019-20 Regional Training
2019-20 Centralized Training
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- Chris Egi – Former captain of Harvard (NCAA) men’s basketball team
- Kevin Pangos – Current FC Barcelona Basquet player
- Negus Webster-Chan – Current Saskatchewan Rattlers (CEBL) player
- Agunwa Okolie – Former Harvard men’s basketball player
- Dakota Whyte – Former University of Wisconsin (NCAA) player
- Kia Nurse – Current New York Liberty (WNBA) player
- Wumi Agunbiade – Former Duquesne University (NCAA) player
- Kellie Ring – Former Ryerson University and University of Ottawa (USports) player
- Megan Lukan – Former University of Wisconsin – Green Bay player, competed at 2016 Olympics in rugby sevens
- Hilary Hanaka – Former McMaster women’s basketball player, 2019 USports National Champion