The basic rules of basketball are pretty simple and there are only about 10 of them that carry any game. However, did you know that there was very recently an announcement jointly made by USA Basketball and the NBA that distinguishes pro- and age-appropriate game rule recommendations and what the differences are? Or do you know that there are some rules that are misunderstood by many coaches and game officials? As a youth basketball coach it is part of your job to know the rules, teach them to the players, and help to hold each game accountable to those rules whether they favor your team at any given point in time. However, it is also incumbent on you to know what rules your league follows, since not everyone will follow the same ones. That said, Hustle Fitness is here to help you have confidence on and off the court and to help you know your game.
The following are the rules that every single player, all coaches, and all officials must absolutely know. Note that in some cases, these are impacted by the USA/NBA announcement, but for the most part the transition to those rules will be slow, so for now, in the summer of 2018, these all apply almost entirely across the board, unless otherwise noted:
Some of the changes that USA Basketball and the NBA announced include:
These and other training and practice guidelines have been released in an attempt to make youth sports healthier for the athletes. As a coach of a youth team, following any announcements made by USA basketball, as well as continuing to follow Hustle Fitness for more tips and tricks, will keep you sharp, on your game, and ahead of the curve. Your players, their parents, and the officials will all thank you for being aware of the rules and the trends and it will make for a more rewarding and easier job for you.
Remember that not every one of these changes, or rules, will apply to your league, so it is incumbent on you to find out which ones do and adjust your coaching and your teams’ skills and knowledge to them. It is also incumbent on you, as the coach, to be part of making sure that during games the rule book is followed. It can be uncomfortable to confront an official, and you should approach them with the utmost respect, but if you know the rules you will be on good standing doing so.
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