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AAU collaborates with USA Basketball to offer youth competition guidelines.

10/17/2016, 5:15pm EDT
By Staff


Emphasize Player Participation & Segmentation Policies; Encourage Delaying Sports Specialization Until at Least 14 Years Old
USA Basketball, through its Youth Development Division, is excited to share these youth basketball guidelines and recommendations, which are aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game. 

To view the new guidelines, visit:
USA Basketball encourages you to adopt these guidelines into your program and share among your basketball peers. 

In the spring of 2016, USA Basketball collaborated with the NBA to establish three expert working groups focused on the following areas: Health and Wellness, Playing Standards, and Curriculum and Instruction.  The groups are comprised of successful coaches and administrators from all levels of the sport; former men’s and women’s players, including several that played collegiately and professionally; and leading medical experts from around the world.  
Additional guidelines for youth basketball are continuing to be developed by the working groups and will focus on creating developmentally-appropriate game rules, curriculum and instruction. The continued work of the groups will be released in stages as its complete.

For more information about all USA Basketball programs and initiatives, visit



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