The York North Basketball Association (YNBA) is a not-for-profit sports organization that is committed to providing quality programs for children and young adults of all skill levels.
The YNBA ensures that all of its athletes experience optimal basketball development as well as a lifelong love of physical activity.
CLUB PHILOSOPHY AND THE LTAD
The Canadian Sport Centre has produced an important document titled "Canadian Sport for Life" which introduces the Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) to parents and coaches. In the very first section of the document, the following list of reasons why children play sports is provided:
- To have fun
- To experience thrills
- To be with friends or make new friends
- To do something they are good at
- To feel good about themselves
- To feel accepted
- To improve and learn new skills
(Canadian Sport for Life - A Sport Parents Guide, 5)
The Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) provides a consistent framework from which coaches can work. This document has been designed with the input of sport scientists and coaches from across the country. It is a long-term player/athlete development model that illustrates to coaches, parents, volunteers and administrators at the local, provincial and national levels, the importance of a systematic and consistent approach to the development of athletes. It also recognizes the importance of participation in securing the health of the nation.
The model is to be used as a guide for coaches and administrators. This will assist them in understanding the importance of teaching particular aspects of the game to athletes at specific stages of development. It is hoped that with this systematic approach, skills and abilities needed to achieve excellence in basketball will be reachable. It will also ensure that all participants will receive the appropriate training that will produce well-rounded people and maintain a lifelong passion for the sport.
The goals of the YNBA are to encourage children to develop a love of sport as a lifelong activity as well as promote and develop basketball skills and to provide a training path for those who might choose high performance competition. To accomplish these goals it is essential that we recognize and nourish "the distinct stages of physical, mental, cognitive and emotional development in child athletes." (Canadian Sport for Life - A Sport Parents Guide, 7).