Ten resolutions for grassroots basketball 

January, 2, 2014
I believe that grassroots basketball has made significant progress in recent years. We’ve seen improvements to the NCAA recruiting calendar, an improved emphasis on skill development for our young players, and the rise of USA Basketball as a potentially unifying brand regardless of sneaker affiliation.

But there is still work to be done and in the spirit of the new year, here are 10 admittedly idealistic “resolutions” for how grassroots basketball could better itself moving forward:

1. Get everybody at the same table: Widespread change to grassroots basketball is especially difficult because it’s a world without a clear hierarchy. The NCAA, USA Basketball, AAU, and each of the major sneaker companies have all made positive steps in recent years but the reality is that there is no single group capable of spearheading unilateral change on their own. However, if all of these major groups ever committed to a common set of principles and/or regulations, the rest of the youth basketball world would have no choice but to follow suit.