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Basketball Practice Plan For Youth Coaches (Jr. NBA Rookie)

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The Jr. NBA (@jrnba), a PCA National Partner, is the NBA's official youth basketball participation program for boys and girls ages 6-14 that teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for all. PCA played an integral role in helping develop the Jr. NBA instructional curriculum.

The curriculum features four levels – Rookie, Starter, All-Star, and MVP – that provide proper instruction to youth players at every level of skill development.

The Rookie level (typically ages 8 and under) focuses on having fun, being active, and learning the basic fundamental skills of basketball. This is the first introduction to basketball for most players and it should be a positive experience. Five-on-five competitions should be limited until later in the level(s). The goal of the Rookie level is to engage in activity and form a base of motor skills.

To view the full practice plan, click here.

To visit and learn more about the Jr. NBA's instructional curriculum, click below.

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