CHINA YOUTH BASKETBALL: THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY

youth basketball in china

My first trip to China for basketball was in the summer of 2016 when we were hired by Nike Basketball Camps to run 3 weeks of camp in Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Going in, we didn’t know a ton about China youth basketball except that basketball was by far the most popular sport in China. In fact, we had read and heard about a pretty staggering statistic …

The number of people who play basketball in China is roughly the same as the population of the entire United States, which is about 300 million people!

Needless to say, we were super impressed and inspired in China by the popularity and love of basketball. We saw first hand the kids who were at the basketball camps as well as talked to as many people as we could, and we even played pick up basketball in the parks in Shanghai. We were so inspired actually that we decided that we wanted to open up Pro Skills Basketball full-time in China!

And that brings us to 2017, and currently as I’m writing this, we’ve just finished our first official summer as Pro Skills Basketball China. We ran 8 weeks of camp in 4 different cities, including Wenzhou, Bengbu, Chengdu, and Hong Kong, which you can read about here.

In this 2nd summer of youth basketball in China, we learned even more about Chinese youth basketball and that’s what I want to share today …

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Youth Basketball in China!

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