What is an NBA Basketball School?

NBA Basketball School is a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to international male and female players ages 6-18.  The initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA’s existing basketball development efforts, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball without Borders (BWB) and NBA Academies.  NBA Basketball School is unique in its approach based on “the NBA way” of developing players in a structured program and environment focused on skill development and promoting positive values such as integrity, teamwork, respect and determination.  Each NBA Basketball School will feature year-long, tuition-based programs open to international male and female players ages 6-18.  The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to help players, parents, coaches and organizations better understand the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts.  The comprehensive curriculum covers oncourt training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players ages 6-18 and will be implemented by local coaches working directly with the NBA’s International Basketball Operations staff around the world.

Each NBA Basketball School will feature year-long, tuition-based programs open to international male and female players ages 6-18.  The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to help players, parents, coaches and organizations better understand the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts.  The comprehensive curriculum covers oncourt training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players ages 6-18 and will be implemented by local coaches working directly with the NBA’s International Basketball Operations staff around the world.

NBA Basketball School Locations

The first NBA Basketball School was launched in April 2017 in Mumbai, India, as part of a multiyear agreement announced with India On Track (IOT). Additional NBA Basketball Schools will be launched in India and around the world in the coming months.

Program Overview

The mission of NBA Basketball School is to inspire young athletes and to provide a unique development opportunity through exposure to established coaches with proven training techniques. The coaches will introduce and familiarize all student-athletes with NBA Basketball School elite training methodology and techniques.

  • With input from NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts, NBA Basketball School developed a comprehensive basketball curriculum approved by the National Basketball Coaches Association that will be introduced in partnership with school coaches
  • The program provides on-court training, strength and conditioning exercises, and basketball education for young athletes between the ages of 6-18 who are interested in playing basketball
  • The program is executed by trained NBA Basketball School coaches approved by the NBA
  • The program is led by teams of foreign and local coaches with NBA regional heads overseeing all training operations

Program Philosophy

The NBA Basketball School philosophy is to share the game of basketball with young athletes across the world by teaching skills, values, and wellness in a positive and fun environment.  The holistic approach is intended to strengthen the culture of youth basketball, teach life lessons, and empower young athletes to succeed both on and off the court.  NBA Basketball School believes this philosophy leads to developing complete and well-rounded basketball players and individuals.

Basketball Curriculum

The NBA Basketball School curriculum has been developed to help players, parents, coaches, and organizations better understand the process of improvement.  The curriculum is a developmentally-based progression that depends on players mastering new skills before advancing to the next level.  It’s not based on a player’s age, but rather on his or her proficiency at key skills.

In the first four levels of the curriculum, coaches will focus on teaching student-athletes the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball, and will use a skill progression checklist that helps players advance through developmental levels.  As they progress through each level, players will be challenged by increasing the level of difficulty and intensity of the drills.  This approach helps players to continually develop and enjoy the positive reinforcement of mastering new skills.

After completing the first four levels, student-athletes advance to an elite level of player development. This second stage focuses on the advancement and mastery of basketball skills learned throughout the first four stages, while placing significantly more focus on team concepts and competition.  Coaches will introduce more complex basketball techniques, concepts and tactics that are commonly used in elite high school, university, and professional basketball programs.