With School, Club and Representative basketball all starting up, it is important that our young players do not overburden themselves
We have formulated our recommendations for High School Aged Basketballers, in order to send a consistent message that we (in terms of club, school and representative basketball) and BBNZ are all communicating. BBNZ’s General Manager of High Performance (Leonard King) recommends a limit of 15 hours a week of sport related practices and games (USA Basketball has similar guidelines) for school aged players.
What it boils down to is:
While all three programs are underway, a normal week could look like this:
Rest Day – it is important that athletes over the age of 12 have at least one day of rest per week
It is important to have some flexibility between programs as needed (i.e. when Representative tournaments are on, another team’s session could be eliminated for that week). Also important – the fifteen hours recommended covers all sports and athletic undertakings (i.e. if an athlete is doing two sports concurrently, their recommended hours does not double to 30)
This message is wholeheartedly endorsed by the Canterbury Basketball Association, Canterbury Regional Basketball Foundation, Mainland Eagles, and Basketball New Zealand
The memo can be downloaded from our document page, or by clicking here