For more than half of a century, basketball has been organized at various levels in Guyana. Whilst there have been some measures of successes over these many years, there has not been any real measure of structured, sustainable, development taking place. The effect of this has greatly hindered the growth of the game at every level and none more so than youth (boys/girls) basketball.

To correct this problem one must focus on the foundation of the game and begin to build the necessary infrastructure to support progressive future development. TheGABF for several years has been trying to create such an infrastructure for school basketball in Guyana. But with the enormity of work that is needed to adequately address this problem, it has necessitated that we put in a much larger effort.

This multi-dimensional approach will provide a structure and create programmes that will improve the quality of youth basketball in Guyana.

Our mission:

To build an expansive structure for youth basketball by establishing better links between grass-root and youth/school involvement, right up to senior level competition. And to providing greater opportunities for our youngsters by promoting the value of education through the formation of well rounded student athletes.

The necessity of structure to youth basketball is at the forefront of this initiative but with such growing concerns over illiteracy, HIV/ Aids and other dangerous trends facing our youths, we will place equal emphasis on education and personal leadership.

Our hope therefore is that we can play a role in shaping the game for the next generation by working with stakeholder groups, be it the NSC, Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education, partners like the Haynes Foundation and the various associations. We would not be able to do everything, but we can do something. The question then is what is the best that we can do that will create an environment for youth basketball to strive and to lay the foundation for the game to grow in Guyana.

Main Focus areas:

• Develop key areas needed for excellence in the sport.
• Create a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 8-15.
• Organize regular camps and youth related activities.
• Establish an enhanced Junior Elite Programme for boys and girls.
• Create competition structure at various levels of youth basketball.
• Improve coaching of youth basketball players through regular clinics and training.
• Provide opportunities for the development of youth basketball referees and officials.
• Provide instructional materials, videos and equipment for youth players at reasonable cost.
• Promote the health and welfare of youth players by establishing and promoting best practices.
• Establish an Advisory Board that will provide input about the direction of youth basketball Guyana.
• Develop and maintain a highly resourceful website for youth basketball.

Mini-Basketball

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 Americas.

"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.

The 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.

Mini 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 event.

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 exposed.

We recommend the following activities to be implemented during Mini Basketball Week:

1- Meeting of Referees and coaches of Mini-Basketball.

a- Type of Competition
b- Rules of the game
c- Rules of participation
d- Game exercises

2- Conversation about the Philosophy of the game with coaches.

a- 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.

a- Game behavior
b- Player / coach relationship
c- Know the purpose of Mini-Basketball

4- Establish social activities with parents, directors, coache and referees.

a- Award to the kids for their excellent work in school, art and sports, community, church and social relationships, etc.
b- Happy birthdays and game celebrations

5- Visit schools during Mini-Basketball Week

a- Invite kids to tournaments
b- Offer basketball clinics

6- Organize game activities for the kids

a- 3x3
b- 2x2
c- Ball relay
d- 4x4
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.

Basketball Academy

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 Commission Association.
• 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.

1. Theory
2. Technique
3. Practice divided into three progressive levels. (1) - (2) - (3)

Certification Project

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 each Federation.

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 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.

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