PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENT
Mini Basketball is a game for boys and girls. It is essentially a
modification of the adult game that has been adapted to the needs
of children. The philosophy is simple: do the children play a game
that is not convenient, but you change something to suit them.
The aim of Mini-Basketball is to provide opportunities for
children of all abilities to enjoy rich experiences they
transferred to Basketball with enthusiasm.
The game of
basketball is played with a large ball, on boards that are too
high for most children. In Mini-Basketball ball size is reduced
and the height of the boards and the basket is lowered. Basketball
has many technical rules, in Mini-Basketball these are minimized.
However, more rules can be introduced as children progress in
their skills and learning abilities. Respective FIBA Zone must
deal with finding a way for countries to apply the same rules and
use the same philosophy.
FIBA Americas has launched the
official logo of Mini Basketball, to be used for all events and
activities, as well as all communications related to Mini
basketball and promotional activities in the American continent.
"The design concept was developed with children in mind.
Everything came out of that thinking process, bold colors and
simplicity in the figures of the players, looking to appeal to the
basketball kids in our continent. The most important point however
was the inclusion. This is a logo that has both a girl player and
a boy player, locked inside of the same circle enjoying the
sport." said Fernando L. Rolon, graphic designer from FIBA
"Our mission is that all our federations and
sports enthusiasts recognize that the Mini basketball is the
foundation for the development of all the children participating
in basketball. We at FIBA Americas continue working hard to bring
the importance that this level deserves. The creation of this new
logo is another step in our efforts to unify the development
vision and effort that Mini-basketball needs across our
continent.", said Victor Ojeda, director of the Basketball Academy
and head of Mini Basketball program in FIBA Americas.
Mini Basketball Commissions shall have the following duties:
To appraise all matters specifically of the category according to
established by the Youth Basketball Commission. The President of
this Commission must be part of the Youth Basketball Commission.
• To prepare an annually program of the International
Activities to be held and will present it to the Secretary General
for their approval. It must maintain permanent communication with
the corresponding Commissions of the National Federations.
The Americas Basketball Academy is a philosophical and practical
concept that is established responding to the basic need for
education and learning for Coaches, Referees and Table Officials.
This vanguard movement arises through a study that demonstrated a
series of deficiencies in the development of the players on the
part of the Coaches of all levels.
The absence of basic
training of the Coaches has been demonstrated when the only demand
that they have is for the players to win without going through the
learning process. The lack of values, responsibility, commitment,
respect, organization, discipline, planning have been the
determining factors that do not contribute to the integral growth
of the players.
The fundamental purpose of the Americas
Basketball Academy is to achieve the unification of basketball
education in the formative stage through all the Continental
America Federations in order to improve the quality of education.
Specific Objectives of the Academy
• To unify the
education and training of the Coaches, Referees and Table
Officials in all of the Federations.
• To establish the “Youth
Coach Project” to achieve the certification that would accredit
them to work with youths.
• To make the federative members
aware of the importance of working with a work plan and in teams
with the Coaches, Referees, Table Officials and Technical
• To establish and keep records of all
the Coaches, Referees, and Table Officials and obtain their
Certification through each Federation.
• To enhance the image
of the Coach by its values and principles and to reveal a better
person in order to convert him into a better Coach.
Youth Coach Project
This is a “Work Plan” designed to teach and develop Coaches under
the progressive process of training and enhancing the personality
and the value of the Coach. The “Youth Coach Project” consists of
three basic learning components.
3. Practice divided into three progressive levels. (1) - (2) - (3)
This is a vanguard Project where its major objectives is to
develop an educational process for the Coaches, Referees and Table
Officials in order to train them with knowledge and necessary
tools on the teaching of technique, theory and practice of the
game in order to apply this in the development of the child.
This Certification program should comply with the requirements
established by FIBA-AMERICA and the Basketball Academy through its
federations, who are the only governing body that grants the
certification, in harmony with the requirements established by
Objectives of the Project:
• To establish a plan or an educational program for
the training of the Coaches.
• Obtain training for Coaches and
certify them through an educational process so that they may carry
over the correct education to other Coaches and consequently to
• To develop a new generation of Coaches guided
through an apprenticeship of values, moral principles and ethics
together with the technical and tactical knowledge that basketball
• To achieve the comprehension of the importance of
planning, organization and methodology that every Coach should
• That every Coach obtain his Certification so that he
can work in the federative program.