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USA/NBA Youth Guidelines

By Joe Crispin, 03/23/18, 7:15PM EDT


USA Basketball and the NBA have recently clarified their youth development guidelines. I like what they have put together a lot. 

I believe these guidelines should be reviewed by every youth coach and parent. Or really anyone who works with any youth player in any way, shape, or form. 

Here is the link:

I don't necessarily agree with every detail, but their overall model and their emphasis upon general athletic development are very, very positive. 

As most of you know, I really love to emphasize the importance of free play and individual ownership. One of the primary ways we do so is by tinkering with the set-up of our games. The more kids can own their own games, the better. For them, for us, and for the basketball future. 

Now that the season is done, I will say more in the weeks ahead, but that is enough for now. Check those guidelines out. Or more importantly, allow those guiltiness to check you out! It's a simple way we can learn to better serve our kids!