NMBA Embraces Junior NBA Program


 The Northside Minor Basketball Association is earning a well-deserved reputation for putting development of its young athletes ahead of scoreboard results.

 The work has not come easy, but through a dedicated board and numerous coaches who share a common goal of developing young players and the Canadian Sport for Life model, the NMBA is becoming a success story.

 On court success is indeed blossoming at the under-14 levels, but the key group from six to 10 is also earning a heaping helping of development when it comes to basketball.

 With its Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program in the fall, the NMBA has also joined forces with the NBA Canada and is offering the JrNBA with a full slate of children participating.

 The JrNBA is beneficial in many ways:

What is Canadian Sport for Life?

*Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a Canadian movement to provide age and stage appropriate programming for athletes, from playground to podium.

What Is Physical Literacy?

*Physical literacy is defined as an individualís ability to move competently and confidently in all types of environments; it is the literacy of movement.

How Does Jr. NBA Fit into Canadian Sport for Life?

*Jr. NBA program falls within the FUNdamental stage of Canadian Sport for Life. During this stage, the focus is on fun, being with friends, and developing self-esteem. Skill development will occur through a variety of safe, challenging games and quality instruction.

*Jr. NBA will focus on the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility, and co-ordination. The program will also work to begin the development of some of the fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rebound and playing defence.

 Jr. NBA Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Principles for Jr. NBA Coaches

1. Have fun and teach through games.

2. Winning comes from doing something well, not from keeping score.

3. Use the modified equipment (lower baskets and smaller balls).

4. The curriculum has been designed to maximize the frequency of 'touches' each player gets with the basketball and includes shooting, passing, and ball handling drills.

5. Group kids according to developmental age and NOT by chronological age.

6. Ensure maximum participation and remember that all players are equal. When doing things in lines, the magic number is three people per line.

*For more information on the Canadian Sport for Life model, visit http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca