FUNdamentals: Steve Nash Youth Basketball
Learn to Train: Steve Nash Youth Basketball
As basketball rises in profile, popularity and participation among Canadian youth, we feel now is the time to improve this country’s basketball infrastructure. Basketball as we know it in Canada is about to change. It is time to offer more and better programming at all levels within the system. Canada Basketball will lead this change and establish us as a world leader in basketball.
Along with teamwork, basketball teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Basketball’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of eight stages.
- Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Makes play and physical activity a fun, daily routine.
- FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Begins teaching fundamental movement skills and the ABCs through basketball, while continuing to focus on enjoyment.
- Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Establishes the fundamental movement skills that are the cornerstone of all athletic development.
- Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Continues to build the athletic base while introducing, emphasizing and refining specific sport skills.
- Train to Compete (M 16-18, F 15-18) – Teaches athletes how to compete under any kind of circumstance, with consideration for athletes who are late entering the sport.
- Learn to Win (M 18-25+/-, F 18-23+/-) – Maximizes fluency of all basketball and position-specific skills needed for success at the high performance level.
- Train to Win (M 25+/-, F 23+/-) – Introduces new strategies as well as offensive and defensive sets and philosophies, with a focus on technical and tactical refinement.
- Active for Life (M, F any age) – Transitions high performance athletes into physical activity and encourages everyone – with either a competitive or recreational focus – to remain active for life.
Canada Basketball Long-Term Athlete Development Model
The Canada Basketball Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Re- source Paper, developed by Canadian world leaders in the areas of child and sport development. The LTAD Model is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science, and partners supported. The model integrates elite, community, and scholastic sport, physical education, athletes with a disability, and the general health of the nation.
Basketball BC: Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Implementation Plan
This document outlines the actions Basketball BC will undertake to implement CS4L’s LTAD.
Steve Nash Youth Basketball is a national youth basketball initiative designed to develop FUNdamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball.
The Community Coach program has been developed by Canada Basketball in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada to deliver an extensive coach education program for the volunteer coach who works with children at the FUNdamentalsstage.
The Intro to Comp coaching program has been developed by Canada Basketball in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada to deliver an extensive coach education program for the volunteer coach who works with children at the Learn to Train stage.
The Intro to Comp Advanced is an extension to the Intro to Comp coaching program and is designed for the coach at the Train to Train stage of development.
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