NBA Youth Basketball Guidelines

Basketball is a great game that is played by millions of young people in the United States and around the world.   Playing basketball fosters the development of peer relationships, self-esteem, leadership qualities, and physical health.

However, an overemphasis on early competitive success has led to several well-recognized issues that exist across youth sports, including in youth basketball:

  • Pressure to begin high-intensity training at a young age
  • Early single-sport specialization
  • Frequent and multiple competitive event scheduling
  • Increased risk for injury, burnout, and disengagement from sports

The NBA and USA Basketball are committed to helping shape a youth basketball culture that prioritizes the health and well-being of young athletes – enhancing their enjoyment, participation, and development in the game.

NBA Youth Guidelines