What Does it Mean to be an Official USA Basketball Youth Organization?
Pro Skills Basketball is extremely excited to announce we are now an official USA Basketball Youth Organization! Over that past year or two, USA Basketball has been attempting to change youth basketball for the better by developing a youth basketball coach licensing and organization accreditation program. Of course any time there is an organization like USA Basketball attempting to positively impact youth basketball, we want to be involved and help spread the word!
After hearing about the the coach licensing and organization accreditation program, researching it further, and talking with USA Basketball Youth Development Director, Jay Demings, about it, we decided to fly out to Las Vegas to attend their first ever “Coach Academy” to learn more about everything. While there, we attended a coaching clinic, which covered our classes needed to obtain our coach licenses and got to meet many of the USA Basketball Youth Development staff involved in the project. It was an awesome experience!
There, we learned about the benefits to getting a coaching license as well as becoming an accredited organization and decided to pursue all of it further for Pro Skills Basketball. Some of the benefits include:
- Access to their Youth Development Guidebook
- Online youth basketball resources
- An organization profile page
- Their online community
In order for organization’s of all sized to be accredited, all of their coaches must obtain their USA Basketball Coach License, which means each coach must take two online courses as well as pass a background check. This was a no-brainer for us – our coaches got the chance to continue their basketball and child safety education as well as had to pass a background check (although we were already doing the checks)!
Our Pro Skills Basketball directors and coaches immediately bought into the idea, and after a month or two of taking classes and passing background checks, ALL of our directors and coaches now have their Youth Coach License and we, Pro Skills Basketball, are now a USA Basketball Official Youth Organization!
If you’re a coach who wants to get licensed or have an organization that wants to become accredited, go to the USA Basketball Youth Development website and start the process today! As for us, we can’t wait for what the future holds with USA Basketball leading positive change in the often crazy world of youth basketball!
Interested in participating in one of our cities’ programs? We have skill development programs in Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Sacramento. Click on the city pages to see the offerings in each city!