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.
Americas Mini Basketball Week
FIBA Americas and the American Basketball Academy have confirmed
the second week of October of every year as the official Mini
Basketball Week of America.
It should be a very
satisfactory activity, involving every National Federation, in
establishing and developing this annual celebration that means so
much to the boys and girls of Mini Basketball.
Basketball being the base of the development of the future
generations of players, it is crucial that we give it the
importance that it deserves, through a great, well-organized
It should be a week full of games and fun for the
family, that serves as motivation for a better development of
social activities that involve coaches, referees, table officials,
players and the community.
The purpose of each exercise
should be to help the development of the child, using Mini
Basketball where their motor, mental and social skills are
We recommend the following activities to be
implemented during Mini Basketball Week:
of Referees and coaches of Mini-Basketball.
Type of Competition
b- Rules of the game
c- Rules of
d- Game exercises
about the Philosophy of the game with coaches.
Participation in harmony with our philosophy
b- How to interact
with the parents
c- Teach kids game fundamentals
3- Organize a workshop with the parents to teach them how
to treat kids, referees and coaches.
b- Player / coach relationship
c- Know the purpose
4- Establish social activities
with parents, directors, coache and referees.
Award to the kids for their excellent work in school, art and
sports, community, church and social relationships, etc.
Happy birthdays and game celebrations
schools during Mini-Basketball Week
a- Invite kids
b- Offer basketball clinics
Organize game activities for the kids
c- Ball relay
e- Free-throw competition
It is recommended for every Federation to invite media in
order to communicate the activities that have been done in the
Mini-Basketball Week. Federations should appoint personnel to
gather the information about the activities in order to evaluate,
to make the necessary recomendations and improve on them. We wish
you success in this wonderful celebration.
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
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.
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:
establish a plan or an educational program for the training of the
• 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 the children.
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 demands.
• To achieve the comprehension of the importance of planning,
organization and methodology that every Coach should possess.
That every Coach obtain his Certification so that he can work in
the federative program.