Five Pillars of Player Development

There are Five Pillars of Player Development

At Rangers Basketball Club we are dedicated to developing the whole athlete.  To be able to succeed in the sport there are five pillars that have to be trained and nurtured.  Each of programs from the Minis to our High School Elite teams have this in mind.  We have a structured development pathway to help every athlete get the most out of their abilities.  The five Pillars along with an explanation is below

1.     Basketball Committed

Recognising a players’ motivation and engagement in our sport reflects our

commitment to a player-centred approach, one that reinforces independent

goals and the work we wish to do to support our basketball players. In

particular, this ‘Pillar of Development’ will encourage the individual performer

to make decisions based on being the very best athlete and basketball

player they can be. This includes a focus on work ethic, a willingness and

commitment to learn and improve, and consideration of the lifestyle that

underpins those goals. The “soft skills” associated with Pillar 1 include being

organised, punctual, and having an ability to express emotional intelligence.

Cognitive processes such as problem solving are also an important element

of elite performance, particularly so within invasion games like basketball.


Basketball is a sport that requires quick, strategic decision-making from

both players’ and coaches. In fact, many team sports are promoting problem

solving, decision-making, dialogue and reflection as important parts of skill

development. A basketball player who is Game Aware understands game

play, everyone’s role on the team, and can ‘read’ in-game situations and

adapt accordingly. These attributes are central to the idea of an ‘Independent

Thinking Athlete’, a player that can contribute to the ‘Game Model’ employed

at a particular level of play. The secondary focus of this Pillar is the speed

and accuracy with which our basketball players are able to make basketball

decisions, and the development of autonomy and confidence as a means of

promoting tactical awareness and execution.


Basketball is a highly dynamic, complex activity and as such, technical

development is an important part of player advancement. We introduced

 a curriculum that clearly displayed the

technical requirements of the sport as athletes moved through various

level of competition. This Pillar will continue that work and promote

the development of a basketball player that is able to demonstrate

competence in the full range of basketball skills and is also able to perform

those skills under in-game pressure.


We wish to support all of our plans with a focus on sound, research

informed methods of physical development across our Talent System

and Pathway. In doing so, the different areas of fitness that are required

for success within basketball (highlighted in the Areas of Emphasis –

Athletic Development and a consideration within the Club Skills Guide)

become central to player development. This Pillar considers the physical

and physiological characteristics of the developing basketball player,

including height, weight, body type, relative size, as well as fitness,

strength, power and agility. This aspiration will be supported by the

provision of sport science and as an integrated part of our



Central to basketball success are the non-physical features of our

players, which are underpinned by the Psychological Characteristics

of Developing Sport (PCDE’s). These areas reflect a basketball player’s

ability to recognise and manage training and competition. For example,

focus and distraction control, goal setting, imagery, planning and

organisational skills, and self-awareness are just some of the PCDE’s that

are important for developing a basketball player’s resilience and mental

toughness. We believe that in order for our basketball players to reach

their very best, the development of these PCDE’s is vital to the process of

enabling elite level performance.

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