Seven Locations Announced for 2019 USA Basketball Open Court Programs
USA Basketball today announced seven locations will begin running USA Basketball Open Courts – presented by Nike – in August, giving young basketball players the chance to experience the sport in a fun and safe environment for free.
At USA Basketball Open Courts, children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3 and station options. Sessions are free to the community and open to children of all ability levels.
Each location will feature a total of 12 Open Court dates for sessions that are broken down into one-hour blocks for 6-9 year olds and two hour sessions for 10-12 year olds and 13-17 year olds.
On Aug. 11, USA Basketball Open Court programs will hold their first sessions at Marion High School in Marion, Indiana, at Rising Sun High School in Northeast, Maryland, and at Southwestern Central High School in Jamestown, New York.
On Aug. 13, USA Basketball Open Courts will kick off at Propel Andrew Street High School in Munhall, Pennsylvania, and at Northwest Recreation Center in Salt Lake City.
A USA Basketball Open Court will launch on Aug. 19 at Emmorton Recreation Center in Bel Air, Maryland, and on Aug. 26 at Pasco High School in Pasco, Washington.
More information on the schedules for each USA Basketball Open Court location are available online.
As one of USA Basketball’s youth development initiatives, open court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball licensed coaches.
All participants must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before participating in their first session. Waivers are available at the program location
Open court participants earn points by attending sessions. Also, bonus points may be earned when a player brings a friend, has perfect attendance or makes a social post about their experience. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear. The breakdown of how to earn points and prizes can be found online.