Water Odyssey - Fun Ways to Spray and Play! - See More
Recreation Management - Ideas and Solutions for Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facility Managers

Feature Story

May 2017


USA Basketball Open Court Sessions Get Youths Into the Game

Recent Rec Report Feature Stories

Educators Push Legislators to Support Health & Physical Education Programs - May 2017

NFHS Revises Rules for Competitive Spirit Squads - May 2017

Pool & Spa Professionals Fight Immigration Restrictions - April 2017

Grants Available to Boost Dog Parks - April 2017

New Aquatic Management Program Aims to Improve Safety, Efficiency - April 2017

16 Cities Nationwide to Receive Park Improvement Funding - April 2017

Study Confirms: People Pee in Pools - March 2017

Volunteers Get Hands-On History Experience in Virginia - March 2017

Park Hop Inspires Park Usage - March 2017

National Health Campaign Reaches 228,000 Youth in Three Years - March 2017

Outdoor REC Act Signed Into Law - February 2017

Happy 125th B-Day B-Ball! - February 2017

Study Shows Majority—Even Athletes—Are 'Overfat' - February 2017

Gym-Goers Like YMCA Best; Planet Fitness Winning Market Share - February 2017

Georgia State Park Celebrates Its Dark Sky Status - January 2017

Texas Tech Focuses on Functional Fitness - January 2017

Preventing Pool Closings - January 2017

Majority of U.S. Households Visit Attractions - January 2017

City of Henderson Awarded for Water Safety Programs - December 2016

Grant Brings Outdoor Fitness Area to Park - December 2016

Alliance Recommends Actions to Improve Kids' Activity Stats - December 2016

Retractable Enclosures Help YMCAs Cut Costs, Boost Membership - November 2016

Huge Project Seeks to Rebuild Monarch Habitats - November 2016

Report: Camping More Popular Than Ever - November 2016

ACSM Predicts 2017 Fitness Trends - November 2016

CDC: More Than One-Quarter of 50-Plus U.S. Adults Don't Exercise - October 2016

Park District Recognized for Collaboration Efforts - October 2016

Americans Support Increased Local Funding for Parks & Rec - October 2016

High School Sports Participation Up for 27th Consecutive Year - October 2016

National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years of Successful Partnerships - October 2016

Study Shows High Obesity Rates Among Student Athletes - September 2016

Forest Service Celebrates 100-Year-Old Campground - September 2016

Study Shows Artificial Turf Composition Influences Injury Prevention - September 2016

Study Shows Artificial Turf Composition Influences Injury Prevention - August 2016

Council Announces Release of Second Edition of Model Aquatic Health Code - August 2016

Study Finds Seniors, Women Less Likely to Use Parks - August 2016

Level Up Your Park With Pokémon Go - August 2016

Research Shows Light Pollution's Impact on Night Sky - July 2016

Trail-Oriented Development Eases Congestion, Encourages Activity - July 2016

Nonprofits Aim to Boost Inclusive Fitness Opportunities - July 2016

Research Shows Benefits of Nature for Older Adults - June 2016

Destination Play Comes to Draper, Utah - June 2016

New Report Breaks Down the Data on City Parks - June 2016

Virtual Reality, Immersion & Interaction Lead Amusement Park Trends in 2016 - June 2016

National Leaders Team Up to Promote Physical Activity Plan - May 2016

Growing Economic Confidence Means More Visitors for Attractions Industry - May 2016

SHAPE America Recognizes Just Dance School of the Year - May 2016

Surgeon General Visits Gregory Gym in Austin - May 2016

By Dave Ramont

USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. They're responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in the Olympics and other International Basketball Federation (FIBA) competitions, as well as some national competitions.

But they are also dedicated to the development of youth basketball initiatives, and they'll be operating 12 Open Court programs throughout the United States in 2017. The goal of the program is to provide kids a fun and safe environment to partake in free-play basketball while also earning prizes for participating. The Open Court sessions—presented by Nike and free to the community—are open to kids of all ability levels, ages 6 to 17.

Each facility will hold 12 sessions, which will last for either one or two hours, depending on age, for the following groups: 6-to-9-year-olds; 10-to-12-year-olds; and 13-to-17-year-olds. The sessions will focus on basketball stations and basketball-related games, encouraging fun, development, inclusion and free-play in the style of playground basketball. USA Basketball-licensed coaches will supervise each Open Court program.

Participants also can earn points by attending sessions. The program registrar will track each individual's points, which can be traded in for USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike prizes at the end of the sessions. Every participant will have the opportunity to earn at least one prize through their involvement in the program. Additional points can be earned by attending consecutive sessions, bringing a friend (or friends), making a social media post about the program, or achieving perfect attendance. Just a few of the many prizes available include hats, sweatshirts, backpacks, shorts, water bottles, bracelets, notebooks and duffle bags.

Programs have already begun in San Diego; North East, Md.; Dorchester, Mass.; and Durham, N.C. In Montbello, Calif., a program will begin this month. And programs will start in June in Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago; Bethpage, N.Y.; and Hazelwood, Mo. Three additional locations are being finalized.

If you have a facility and meet certain facility and staffing requirements, you can apply to host an Open Court program. Requirements and application guidelines can be found at usab.com/opencourt. There, you can also find complete schedules and specific location details, as well as a breakdown of how to earn points and the available prizes.


Belson Outdoors - Your Outdoor Superstore
Recreation Supply - The Pool Supply Specialists
Pilot Rock - Summer Planning Starts Now.- Shop Now
Commercial Recreation Specialists - It's all here.
Zeager - Bonded WoodCarpet(R) Systems  - Safe & Beautiful - Accessible & Natural
PPremier Polysteel - The Best Commercial Outdoor Furniture Available. Period.
Kay Park Recreation - American Made Park Equipment Since 1954
No Fault - Safe Play Starts with Safe Surfaces