The USA Basketball Development Pathway describes the road we take in experiencing the game of basketball. These experiences should be designed to promote “Basketball for Life”, which encourages athletes to continue on in the sport of basketball and stay involved whether it be as a player, coach, trainer, fan, or referee. Positive basketball experiences are what ultimately determines whether or not we chose to stay involved later on in life.
There are 7 distinct stages that we believe are key in developing basketball players from ground up.
Everyone starts the game in a different fashion. Some of us are first introduced to basketball in school, while some of us start as toddlers with a toy hoop in our home. In either case, this introduction sparks our interest in the sport.
With initial interest comes exploration. Often, we are entered into our local basketball league or registered for instructional lessons as children. Also, we begin to play the sport with friends in our neighborhood or in pick-up games at school. Exploring opportunities to play basketball are vital to our continued interest.
During the exploration phase and beyond, we learn a basic understanding of how to play. Basketball is often learned from parents or guardians, local coaches, and from those that we play with and against. Many players develop skills by emulating their peers or the athletes they watch at higher levels of play.
The next stage is participation, where players take part in the sport at all levels. This includes continued structured play on local recreation teams, travel teams, club programs and school teams. Participation also includes non-structured play without coaching, such as pick-up games, playing in the driveway, or perhaps at an outdoor court.
ADVANCE & PERFORM.
Some of us will find that we will advance into higher levels of basketball. Through hard work, dedication and natural talent, we may perform basketball well enough to become very good high school players or college athletes at both the scholarship and non-scholarship levels.
ADVANCE & EXCEL.
There are a small number of players that possess the attributes of talent, physical and mental ability, and extreme dedication who will go on to excel in the sport. These players move from the perform stage into the excel stage to play basketball professionally. An even smaller number of those players will be selected to play for their country’s National Team.
BASKETBALL FOR LIFE.
It is important to understand and accept that while some will advance to play basketball at higher levels, and some will simply continue to participate in the game, everyone will eventually enter the “Basketball for Life” stage. This stage includes continuing to play the game, but also includes those who continue to take part as coaches, trainers, administrators, fans, officials and referees.
USA Basketball’s Development Pathway
is a road map to enjoying the sport forever. Great experiences along the path will ensure growth of the individual, growth of the game, and the future of the sport.
Coach Jasper had a storied prep career at Paso Robles. As a senior in 2005-06, he led the Bearcats to a 24-4 overall record, an undefeated PAC 5 championship and to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A playoffs. He was named The Tribune’s County Player of the Year in back-to-back years and averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game.
The 6-foot-6 point guard went on to start 27 games at Kentucky and play in the NCAA Tournament before transferring to UNLV following major knee surgery. At UNLV, he helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament twice before graduating.
Under Hall of fame Coach Tubby Smith, where he served as the Video Coordinator for the Red Raiders. His main duty with Texas Tech was opponent Scouting.
After the conclusion of his playing career, Coach Jasper served as a graduate assistant manager, working with the day-to-day operations of practice preparation and game management. He eventually became the Video Coordinator for Texas Tech where he was in charge of opponent scouting.
He was previously the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at his alma mater Paso Robles High School.
Coach Young is the owner of The Lab gym in Paso Robles and also a former Paso Robles High basketball player. He was a member of two Pac 5 championship teams in 2005 and 2006 earning All-League honors as a senior.
He went on to play at the collegiate level for Palomar College in San Marcos, Ca before finishing up his academic career at Cal Poly-SLO as a Kinesiology major.
Coach Young has nearly a decade of training and coaching experience under his belt having worked with athletes of all ages; from elementary school all the way up to the collegiate Division-1 and even professional ranks.
He currently owns and operates The Lab and was previously the Assistant Boy's Basketball Coach at Paso Robles High School. He also holds a USA Basketball Gold Coaches License.