The mission of iHoops is to establish a structure and develop programs to improve the quality of youth basketball in America in order to enhance the athletic, educational, and social experience of the participants.
1. Provide students and families with more information about the value of education, the collegiate recruiting process and eligibility rules, the values of the game and the importance of good citizenship by operating a robust website, iHoops.com with extensive resource information that covers these topics and by direct outreach to top rated high school players through the iHoops First Team program.
- Launch iHoops.com by the fall of 2009.
- Provide additional printed and video resource materials for youth basketball players and parents.
- Establish an enhanced First Team mentoring and outreach program for elite boys high school-age basketball players.
- Add a similar program for top girls basketball players.
2. Contribute to improved coaching of youth basketball players by establishing an on-line education and certification program for non-scholastic coaches for age groups 19 and under.
- Partner with the National Federation of State High School Associations in the development of the on-line curriculum and complete its development by the summer of 2010.
- Market the program through national youth organizations.
- Offer extensive and frequently refreshed coaching assistance tools through iHoops.com.
- Evaluate the development of off-line coaching clinic opportunities.
3. Promote continued improvement of travel and club team basketball with an emphasis on ensuring the health and welfare of youth players by establishing and promoting best practices.
- Develop best practices document with input from individuals and organizations involved in youth basketball.
- Seek commitment to the best practices from national youth organizations that sponsor the sport as well as athletic shoe and apparel companies and club and travel team operators.
4. Place a focus on the development of the skills needed to excel in the sport by focusing on it and promoting its importance in both on- and off-line programming.
- iHoops.com will regularly feature skill instruction and related drills by its launch.
- Develop a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 9-14.
- Develop an enhanced basketball component of the First Team program that includes skill development.
5. Contribute to the improvement and development of youth basketball officiating by offering an on-line program of education and certification.
- Provide officiating instructional content on iHoops.com.
- Develop and implement an online officiating certification course by the spring of 2011.
- Encourage youth organizations to adopt policies that encourage officials to be certified in order to be part of national tournaments.
- Consider development of off-line officiating clinics.
6. Establish a more unified set of key youth basketball stakeholders by offering participation and activation opportunities across the range of iHoops programming.
- Establish a national advisory committee that will provide input on iHoops programming consisting of key stakeholders in the sport.
- Complete activation agreements with select youth organizations.
- Seek input on specific program components by staging periodic meetings of select groups.
7. Promote youth participation in the sport in order to positively impact overall participation numbers through iHoops.com as well as targeted off-line programming.
- iHoops.com to contain entertaining and encouraging text and video content for players and parents beginning with its launch.
- Offer participation opportunities in iHoops National Skills competition.
- Work with national youth organizations to identify methods through which iHoops can contribute to increasing participation opportunities.
- Promote iHoops.com social networking tools to facilitate parents and players knowledge of participation opportunities.
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