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Estrella Foothills to host USA Basketball Open Court

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The goal of USA Basketball Open Courts, presented by Nike, is to provide children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

By West Valley View staff

West Valley children ages 6 to 17 can participate in the USA Basketball Open Court program starting August 13 at Estrella Foothills High School.

The goal of USA Basketball Open Courts, presented by Nike, is to provide children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball.

The sessions at Estrella Foothills High School are scheduled for 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays from August 13 to October 29. Open Court sessions are free and open to children of all ability levels.

The complete schedule and more information can be found at usab.com/opencourt.

As one of USA Basketball’s youth development initiatives, the Open Court program connects players to local facilities, and the free-play environment allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball while earning prizes for participation.

Each participating facility conducts 12 sessions that are broken down into one- or two-hour time blocks for 6 to 9 year olds, 10 to 12 year olds and 13 to 17 year olds.

All participants must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before participating in their first session. Waivers are available at each program location.

The program encourages free-play, inclusion, development and fun through basketball stations and games and is designed to emphasize the concept of playground basketball. Each Open Court program is supervised by USA Basketball licensed coaches.

Open Court participants earn points by attending sessions. Also, bonus points may be earned when a player brings a friend, comes to consecutive sessions, has perfect attendance or makes a social post about their experience. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike prizes. Participants will have the opportunity to earn at least one prize through their involvement in Open Court. The breakdown of how to earn points can be found online, as can the available prizes.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in International Basketball Federation-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball.

The USA Basketball Youth Development division is tasked with the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety, while promoting, growing and elevating the game.

Current USA Basketball Youth initiatives include coach licensing and education; organization accreditation; coach academies; regional skill camps for boys and girls; open court programs; and a 14U National Tournament for boys and girls.

 
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