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USA Basketball Launches National Standards For Youth Basketball Development

  • Date:
    Feb 12, 2015

Coach License, Organization Accreditation And Youth Development Guidebook Now Available

Youth basketball coaches and organizations in the United States now have the opportunity to become USA Basketball licensed coaches and accredited organizations with the launch of two USA Basketball youth development initiatives. Additionally, USA Basketball has made available online its newly completed Youth Development Guidebook that establishes national standards for all facets of youth basketball, including robust and progressive teaching and playing standards for all levels of the game. Information about the USA Basketball youth development programs and the Youth Development Guidebook are available online at usab.com/joinus.

"The USA Basketball youth development mission is to promote, grow and elevate the sport. One of the ways to do this is the establishment of national standards in the area of youth development. Our vision is to bring more structure to the youth space. We believe these programs will help launch us down that path," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "USA Basketball's goal is for young players to have the opportunity to play in a fun, safe and supportive environment, while being taught the fundamentals by USA Basketball licensed coaches." 

USA Basketball's youth development initiatives already are being utilized. USA Basketball worked in partnership with the NBA to train and license coaches and instructors across New York City to implement these standards throughout the 100 clinics taking place at schools during this weekend’s NBA All-Star 2015 festivities.

Within the basketball model is the player development pathway that is designed to promote ‘basketball for life.’ The curriculum is designed to teach and learn the game based on mastery of skills rather than limiting aspects such as grade, age, position, size or gender.

To become licensed by USA Basketball, coaches must:

  • Complete the USA Basketball online course
  • Complete SafeSport certification
  • Pass a background check
To become accredited by USA Basketball, organizations must:
  • Require all coaches and administrators to obtain their USA Basketball coach license

USA Basketball licensed coaches will be provided with skill-level appropriate curriculum in the USA Basketball Youth Development Guidebook, receive a USA Basketball coach license card, be listed online in USA Basketball’s coach license database and have the ability to promote himself or herself as a USA Basketball licensed coach.

USA Basketball will provide accredited organizations with education and training resources, an online listing in USA Basketball’s accredited organization database and be permitted use of the official USA Basketball youth accreditation logo and full access to the USA Basketball Youth Development Guidebook.         

SafeSport is a program developed by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is the Olympic movement’s response to abuse in sport. The SafeSport online training program teaches about the nature of misconduct in sport: how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action. USA Basketball is committed to being a leader in creating a safe and fun environment for youth.

USA Basketball will also make available online to the public a complete listing of USA Basketball licensed coaches and accredited organizations.

USA Basketball added a Youth Development division that is tasked with the development of youth basketball initiatives that promote, grow, and elevate the game. USA Basketball is committed to providing kids throughout the country the opportunity to play basketball. USA Basketball, the NCAA, and the NBA are working together to expand programming that provides entry-level access to the game in a fun and healthy environment. These programs, operating in conjunction with the USA Basketball license program and curriculum, will ensure that kids have a safe and positive place to learn and play basketball.

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