USA Basketball to Conduct Mini Academy for Mexican Youth Basketball Coaches
USA Basketball, in conjunction with the Sports Diplomacy Division at the U.S. Department State, will host a mini academy for 17 specially selected youth basketball coaches from Mexico on Monday, March 19 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The academy has been organized at the request of the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division to share information about youth-basketball-specific coaching techniques, coaching methodology, on-court and off-court youth development, the role of a youth coach as a mentor and the development and execution of youth basketball programs.
The content for the event was crafted using USA Basketball’s Youth Development Guidelines, as well as teachings delivered at USA Basketball coach academies and to USA Basketball licensed coaches, such as coaching education, safety in sport and proper skill development pathways.
“This is a nice opportunity for USA Basketball to share some of the core teachings we value with youth basketball coaches from Mexico, and we look forward to hosting them,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO. “We have developed youth basketball curriculum and courses, and the values contained within are important to share, along with some of the other best practices in coaching and event administration.”
The mini academy participants will begin the day with a tour of USA Basketball’s new headquarters in Colorado Springs, where they will learn about USA Basketball’s history, culture and governance. The group next will move to the El Pomar Sports Center at Colorado College, where it will receive on-court instruction from USA Basketball coach director youth division Don Showalter; followed by teaching on basketball curriculum and coaching philosophy from USA Basketball youth division director Jay Demings; and key strategies for managing a program from USA Basketball manager, youth division Andrea Travelstead. After lunch, Showalter will close the mini academy with a session focused on developing a youth program for all age groups.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, in coordination with the Mexican Basketball Sport Association (ADEMEBA), the national governing body for basketball in Mexico, which oversees the development of basketball in Mexico at all levels, selected the coaches that will participate in the mini academy. The coaches were selected on the basis of previous outstanding work performance in the field of youth basketball; their desire to grow professionally; and their proven track record of successfully developing and leading youth basketball programs in their home states. All candidates have specialized expertise in both youth and high performance training and have been part of a youth basketball team’s staff at either a state or national level.