Steve Nash Youth Basketball Overview

Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB) is a national youth basketball initiative designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. This grassroots program supports and empowers community-based recreational groups and facilities, schools and other institutions across Canada in an effort to positively influence youth through basketball. The goal of the program is to allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline and self-esteem. For complete details about the program, visit the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program on the Basketball Canada site or check out the new SNYB Blog.

Background

An initiative was undertaken by Basketball Saskatchewan in 2011 to assist rural communities throughout Saskatchewan to start the SNYB program. The program began in the North Battleford and Yorkton areas, and are now starting their 6th season. The program has expanded to include the Weyburn/Estevan, Melfort and Swift Current areas and participation in these areas continues to grow.

Program Information

There are 5 divisions:

  • Grade 1 & 2 Mixed (in some communities)
  • Grade 3 & 4 Girls
  • Grade 3 & 4 Boys
  • Grade 5 & 6 Girls
  • Grade 5 & 6 Boys

The program consists of approximately 10 – 12 practices in each community some time between February and April followed by a tournament near the end of April or early May. Dates will vary for each area and are available on the area web page.

Our goal is to develop fundamental skills so practice plans focus on the skills appropriate for the age group and tournament rules support the best development opportunities for young participants. For example, the grade 3 & 4 play 3 on 3 and grade 5 & 6 play 4 on 4.

Players receive:
  • Reversible basket jersey
  • Size 5 basketball appropriate for children grade 6 and under
  • Shoe bag
  • 10 – 12 practices in their local area
  • Tournament (grade 3 – 6 only)
Coaches receive:
  • Practice plans developed to provide the appropriate skills for each age group
  • NCCP clinics specific to grades 1 – 6 Steve Nash Program
  • Coaching manual
  • Book of Games
  • Shirt
  • Whistle

If you have question concerning the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program or problems registering, send an email to snyb@sasktel.net
If your question is specific to your community, contact your coordinator (see your community page).