The NBA and USA Basketball have partnered to develop guidelines designed to promote a positive and healthy youth basketball experience.
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.
Over scheduling of competitive events, overuse injuries and burnout have become too common in youth basketball. The tables below outline recommended and maximum amounts of youth basketball participation, as well as rest guidelines for young athletes, designed to promote a fun and healthy playing experience.