USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
USA Basketball’s Youth Development Division was formed in 2013 to promote, grow and elevate the game of basketball throughout the United States. As part of the initiative, the USA Basketball Development Model was created to help guide players, coaches, parents and administrators through the sport. The model includes many types of initiatives, tools, resources and offerings, all of which focus on the health and well-being of young people to enhance enjoyment, participation and development in the game.
USA Basketball is excited to present this guidebook as a resource for players, coaches, parents and administrators. Inside the guide is the USA Basketball Player Development Curriculum, a robust and progressive teaching and playing standard for all levels of the game. Whether you are a basketball novice or a veteran of the game, we hope that you will utilize this curriculum while guiding young people.
We urge you to continue your development in the game by visiting us at www.USAB.com to take advantage of all the resources and initiatives that USA Basketball Youth Development has to offer.
Retired General Martin E. Dempsey, who was named USA Basketball chairman in 2016, touches on a wide range of topics including maintaining USA Basketball’s competitive edge to focusing on player safety to continuing to develop youth initiatives.