U8 and U10 Development
At the novice level, the Development Program introduces boys and girls ages 6-9 to the game of basketball, with an emphasis on skill development such as footwork, shooting, ball handling, dribbling, passing/receiving, movement and agility. There are separate divisions for boys and girls, each with two age groups:
- U8 – generally for ages 6-7 (beginner)
- U10 – generally for ages 8-9 (intermediate)
The U8 and U10 players are divided into teams of eight players and assigned to a team coach/instructor.
Each week the U8 and U10 groups will work with their instructor in developing skills which will serve as a foundation in their development as a basketball player. The skill development will be taught in the context of drills and modified games that the players participate in during each session. The players use 8-foot rims and a size 5 basketball.
Every five weeks, the players will participate in a 3-on-3 Festival which introduces the players to team play, where they will start to learn to put the skills they are acquiring in the context of a game.
The U8 and U10 development programs are limited to 32 players per group, if demand is higher, attempts will be made to schedule additional groups (coaches and gym time permitting).
When establishing Recreational and Development Basketball teams, the NBBA has a policy of ensuring that teams are evenly balanced in calibre. This ensures the best playing experience for our athletes. This also allows our athletes to experience playing with different players from year to year further enriching their playing and social experience. The NBBA is therefore unable to take friend requests or playing time/location requests when forming development teams.