How Does Jr. NBA Support Canadian Sport for Life Principles?

What is Canadian Sport for Life?

  • Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a Canadian movement to provide age and stage appropriate programming for athletes, from playground to podium.

What Is Physical Literacy?

  • Physical literacy is defined as an individual’s ability to move competently and confidently in all types of environments; it is the literacy of movement.

How Does Jr. NBA Fit into Canadian Sport for Life?

  • Jr. NBA program falls within the FUNdamental stage of Canadian Sport for Life. During this stage, the focus is on fun, being with friends, and developing self-esteem. Skill development will occur through a variety of safe, challenging games and quality instruction.
  • Jr. NBA will focus on the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility, and co-ordination. The program will also work to begin the development of some of the fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rebound and playing defense.

6 Jr. NBA Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Principles for Jr. NBA Coaches:

  1. Have fun and teach through games.
  2. Winning comes from doing something well, not from keeping score.
  3. Use the modified equipment (lower baskets and smaller balls).
  4. The curriculum has been designed to maximize the frequency of “touches” each player gets with the basketball and includes shooting, passing, and ball handling drills.
  5. Group kids according to developmental age and NOT by chronological age.
  6. Ensure maximum participation and remember that all players are equal. When doing things in lines, the magic number is three people per line.

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