Guidelines to Create a Healthy and Positive Youth Basketball Experience
11 July 2022
Today’s youth sport programs are often filled with a heavy focus on competitive success—without a clear developmental pathway. That’s why the NBA and USA Basketball have teamed up to create a youth basketball environment that prioritizes the health and well-being of young athletes.
Specifically, they’ve developed a set of guidelines that coaches, parents, and league organizers can follow when implementing and participating in youth basketball programming. In this series, you’ll find:
- Participation guidelines to avoid over-scheduling, burnout, and overuse injuries.
- Research and recommendations around sport specialization.
- Player segmentation model with appropriate age groupings.
- Rules and standards for each age division.