Athlete Guide

FIBA’s efforts to increase player awareness of some of the key off-court issues have resulted in the development of the Athletes Guide to Off-Court Development. This document aims to provide professional athletes with a reliable and trustworthy source of basic advice specifically tailored to the needs of sports professionals.

This guide takes four fundamental on-court parameters - team, skills, rules and game plan – and applies them to off-court situations, for an easy to understand entry level guide to managing a career in basketball.

One of the main ideas behind the this comparative approach is to illustrate that many of the keys to success on the court can be easily applied off the court, contributing towards a management of the athletes career that is just as important, but that can have a tendency to be neglected.

Every player is aware of the importance of working together with teammates, his coaches and medical staff. If no player can make it alone on the court, the same applies off the court.
Teamwork includes working with FIBA, agents, media and sponsors, which is essential if a player is to maximize his professional and financial opportunities. Working alongside other stakeholders can also help demonstrate the values of the sport in a positive way, which is not only a moral responsibility, but also an beneficial career move for the athlete.

Players spend large amounts of time working on improving their fundamentals, their technique and their skills.
In the same way, improving and developing communication skills, presentation skills and general professionalism is essential if a player is to make a positive impression on those who can impact their careers in the short and long-term.

For professional basketball players, knowing how to play by the rules off-the-court is just as important as knowing those that govern the game from jump-ball to buzzer.
Living with and adjusting to new cultures is more important than ever today, when careers often involve moving from one country to another and travelling from continent to continent.
Managing conflict off-the-court and avoiding unnecessary obstacles that distract players from performing on-the-court are also part of the daily lives of players.

Game plan
To succeed as a team and an individual, having a pre-defined plan in place before taking to the court is an essential dimension to basketball as with all sports. Similarly, having the right plan in place for managing each step of their career, including life after retirement, deserves a little thought and consideration. Players should set long-term career goals and decide the necessary steps to achieve them (e.g. education, training, etc.).

To set up the right game plan requires a large number of parameters to be taken into account. An important of these include financial considerations, which can be hard to understand and yet have very important consequences.

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Financial Handbook

Financial planning is important for any professional athlete – whether you are a rookie or veteran, having the knowledge to secure your financial future can make the difference between a great career or a bad one.

The Athletes' financial handbook was created in order to provide players who will be making the transition to professional basketball with financial information and tools to start their careers on the right track. A report issued by Sports Illustrated in its edition of March 23rd, 2009 shows that athletes are under financial stress within two years after retirement and that an estimated 60 percent of players are bankrupt within five years of retiring.

We strongly encourage our athletes to go through this online Athletes financial handbook. A free printable version as well as the worksheets that are presented in the document are downloadable in this section.

We hope this will increase your awareness, and help you to move forward with financial stability and success. Pass the message on to your teammates!

Download the Financial Handbook here.

Looking for an Agent?

A sports agent represents an athlete and helps identify, pursue and negotiate jobs and endorsement deals. An agent can help you manage your time, allowing you more time to focus on playing the game and performing on-the-court.

Agents have become more and more prevalent throughout the sports industry. In fact, the sports agent job market is expected to grow between 7-13% by 2016. This means that more and more athletes will be looking for representation, which will increase competition for honest, reliable agents.

Therefore, it is more important than ever to think carefully about what you need and want from your agent and what to look for when choosing one. Your agent will be a critical member of your off-court team, so you want to make sure that members of your team have the skills to help you and the kind of trust you can rely on.

3x3 Player

Everyone can become a 3x3 player regardless of age and nationality. Players can look for FIBA-endorsed 3x3 events to earn FIBA 3x3 ranking points and climb the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking on

There are no restrictions for traditional basketball players to compete in FIBA 3x3 events.

3x3 is a chance for players to make a living thanks to increasing prize money being awarded at the top FIBA 3x3 events such as the FIBA 3x3 World Tour.

It is also an opportunity to represent one’s country in national-team events where 3x3 is played such as the FIBA 3x3 World Championships, the FIBA 3x3 Zone Championships but also multi-sports events like the Youth Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the European Games, etc. FIBA will make an official bid for 3x3 to be added at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


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