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Participant Benefits

  • Participation in a national sanctioned basketball program that is endorsed and approved by Steve Nash, Canada Basketball and Provincial/Territorial Federations, and Sport Canada.
  • Certified coaching by new NCCP trained coaches.
  • A proven basketball program with alignment to the Long Term Athlete Development model adopted by Canada Basketball and approved by Sport Canada.
  • Develop fundamental basketball skills through fun drills and weekly games.
  • Develop life skills that are applicable on and off the court.
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Reversible Jersey
  • Molten Basketball
  • SNYB Drawstring Bag
  • Poster
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Parent's Guide
  • National Membership including access to coaching/athlete development resources, videos, news, instruction, retail discounts, contests, etc.
  • Provincial Sporting Organization membership

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CS4L & LTAD

Overview

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. LTAD is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is the CS4L pathway for developing top-rank athletes and increasing overall participation in sport and physical activity. It includes guidelines for training, competition and recovery based on principles of human development and maturation.

LTAD considers the best interests of the athlete, not the goals of coaches or parents who might simply want to win at all costs. LTAD is built on sport science and best practices in coaching from around the world, and it follows 10 Key Factors that influence how athletes train and compete effectively. Coaches stand at the forefront of delivering programs that respect the principles and science of LTAD.


Application of LTAD

The Canada Basketball Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) resource paper, which was developed by Canadian world leaders in the area of child and sport development. The model is an athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science, and partners supported program. It integrates elite, community, and scholastic sport, athletes with a disability, physical education and the general health of the nation.

Canada basketball and Steve Nash Youth Basketball fully adopts and endorses the concept of the LTAD as it provides the basis on which the future development of athletes is planned and implemented. The main principle behind Steve Nash Youth Basketball is built around the FUNdamentals and Learn to Train stages, as well as the 10 key factors of the LTAD, with the goal to ensure young athletes experience both optimal developments in basketball while maintaining lifelong retention in physical activity for improved wellness.

Long Term Athlete Development is a progressive pathway of development that recognizes the distinct stages of physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional development in young athletes.


LTAD:

  • Ensures physical literacy in all children upon which excellence can be built. 
  • Ensures that optimal training, competition, and recovery program are based on biological development and maturation versus chronological age (i.e. although young athletes may be the same age, their bodies are at very different levels of development.
  • Is athlete-centered and coach-driven.
  • Is designed according to sport science to allow equal opportunity for recreation and competition based on the stages of an athlete's development.
  • Encourages healthy, lifelong activity and wellness, while providing a training path for those who choose high performance competition.
  • Is 'Made in Canada', recognizing international best practices, research, and normative data.

The overall aim of SNYB as it relates to the LTAD is twofold. It allows participants to find fun, fitness, social interaction, and self-fulfillment in an all-inclusive environment through the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program. It also helps children build confidence and positive self-esteem while enjoying being physically active and having FUN!


LTAD Stages 

LTAD Stages provide a clear path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement.

Children, youth and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages. 

Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

  • Stage 1: Active Start (0-6 years)
  • Stage 2: FUNdamental (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
  • Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
  • Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
  • Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
  • Stage 6: Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
  • Stage 7: Active for Life (any age participant)

Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.  

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each athlete.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.

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FAQ & Feedback

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Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I sign up to join Steve Nash Youth Basketball?

Steve Nash Youth Basketball sites are set up in various communities across Canada. To sign up for Steve Nash Youth Basketball program in your local community, check for flyers and advertisements in your local community centres, YMCAs and schools. For more information regarding registration, please visit your Provincial & Territorial Sporting Organizations websites.

What is the age group for Steve Nash Youth Basketball?

In general, the target age group for Steve Nash Youth Basketball is 5-13 old. However, since age is not the best way to categorize young people for a developmental experience, the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program may be adopted to accommodate participant who are younger or older.

How do I start up a Steve Nash Youth Basketball program in my local community?

To start up a Steve Nash Youth Basketball program in your local community, please contact your Provincial & Territorial Sporting Organization. Alternatively, you can contact Canada Basketball - Manager, Steve Nash Youth Basketball, Ron Yeung at (416) 614-8037 x209 or by email at ryeung@basketball.ca.

How do I become a SNYB coach and what kind of qualifications do I need?

To become a volunteer coach at a local Steve Nash Youth Basketball program, you will need to locate a current operating site within your community. Simply get in touch with your local site organizer and you will be contacted for further evaluations and training. No basketball experience is required, as all coaches involved with the program will have the opportunity to partake in a New NCCP Community Coach workshop (6 hours). This will serve as the initial step towards attaining a full NCCP certification. All coaches will also be provided with the Official Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaches Manual that features teaching tips, drills and sample lesson plans.

What do I learn from the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program?

Through the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program, participants are instructed to learn and understand the fundamental skills in the game of basketball. The game can be divided into the following: footwork, ball handling/dribbling, passing/receiving, shooting, rebounding, offense and defense. Also, an important component of the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program is to help young people in their overall development. Life skills are taught throughout the program to provide a powerful positive influence on all participants, such as: fair play, teamwork, education/career, health & nutrition, mental training, etc.

What is the cost to join Steve Nash Youth Basketball?

The cost to join Steve Nash Youth Basketball varies across different program locations. This is due to the facility costs associated with the different school boards in various communities across Canada. Program costs may also vary due to other miscellaneous variables associated with the program: i.e. administrative costs, additional supplies/equipments, etc.        

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Nutrition Information for Young Athletes

Fueling the Young Athlete

Taking part in recreational or competitive sports at a young age helps develop skills, confidence, good health, and fitness. The child and teen years are also important times for growth and development. So how do young athletes get enough fuel and nutrients for their sport and growth needs? A healthy meal plan for a young athlete should include:

  • Enough food energy (i.e. Calories) for exercise and growth
  • Lots of carbohydrate choices, such as grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, milk and yogurt. Carbohydrate is the main fuel source for all sports
  • Enough protein for growth and to build and repair body tissues. Protein comes from: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk products, legumes, nuts, nut butters and seeds
  • Moderate to low-fat choices so Calories are available from carbohydrates and lean proteins
  • Enough fluid for the body’s needs and to prevent overheating
  • Variety to provide all vitamins and minerals
  • Frequent meals and snacks to make sure they get enough energy

Tips for getting enough energy

Active children may need 500 to 1500 more Calories each day than their inactive peers. To get enough energy, kids may need to:

  • Eat often with three nutrient rich balanced meals plus three or four healthy snacks each day
  • Pack portable nutritious snacks and fluids into the training bag every day

Tips for making healthy choices

Quality food choices are just as important as quantity! To help kids make healthy food choices:

  • Encourage them to eat nutrient rich foods from all 4 groups
  • Involve them in menu planning, food selection, and preparation
  • Try the following healthy and tasty menus on the back page
Balanced Breakfasts Loaded Lunches Designer Dinners Superior Snacks
  • Scrambled Egg, Rye Toast, Strawberries, Milk
  • Peanut Butter or Cheese, Bagel, Banana, Vegetable Juice
  • Whole Grain Cereal, Milk, Blueberries, & Lean Ham or Turkey Bacon, Water




     
  • Whole Wheat Pita Sandwich with Turkey & Vegetables, Carrot Sticks, Milk & Granola Bar
  • Soup, Multigrain Crackers, Cheese, Apple, Oatmeal Cookies, Milk or Juice
  • Roast Beef Whole Wheat Sub, Fruit Salad, Yogurt, Fig Cookies, Juice or Water
     
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad, Milk & Fruit Cobbler
  • Roast Chicken, Baked Potato, Steamed Vegetables & Rice Pudding, Milk or Juice
  • Stir-Fry Vegetables with Meat, Poultry or Tofu, Steamed Brown Rice & Angel Food Cake with Fruit, Milk
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Yogourt & Granola
  • Applesauce & Muffin
  • 1/2 to Full Sandwich
  • Hummus & Pita
  • Banana or Corn Bread
  • Veggies & Dip
  • Homemade Pita Pizzas


     

Pre-sport eating:

Pre-exercise foods and fluids provide energy, while preventing hunger and dehydration during exercise. Eat meals 2-4 hours before starting activities, and snacks 1-2 hours before sports. Focus on fluids, carbohydrates and leaner protein. Energy drinks and caffeinated beverages are not recommended for athletes before or during exercise as they may interfere with athletic performance and health. Try one of the following pre-sport meals:

Pre-Exercise Meal Ideas (2 – 4 Hours before Exercise):

  • Submarine Sandwich, Milk or Juice
  • Oatmeal with Toast and an Egg, Milk or Juice
  • Pasta with Meat Sauce, Salad, Water or Juice
  • Chicken, Rice, Vegetables, Milk or Juice

Pre-Exercise Snack Ideas (1 – 2 Hours before Exercise):

  • Toast with Peanut Butter, Water or Juice
  • Cheese and Crackers, Water or Juice
  • Cereal Bar or Granola Bar, Water or Juice
  • 1/2 to 1 Sandwich, Water or Juice

During sports:

Staying hydrated is key for all athletes. When exercise lasts longer than an hour, most athletes will need some carbohydrates to keep up their energy and focus. Sips of a sport drink, bites of a sport bar or fresh orange sections are practical solutions to fuel longer exercise sessions. Kids have a poor sense of thirst and need to be reminded to drink during sports. Dehydration can easily occur as an athlete sweats to cool off while exercising. Water is the best thirst quencher, but many children will drink more when their beverage is flavoured. Regular sips of an unsweetened, diluted juice or a sports drink during exercise are a good choice.

After sports:

To fully recover after activities young athletes should eat carbohydrates, protein, and fluids as soon as possible, especially if the athlete plans on being active the next day! Try the following:

Post-Exercise Recovery Food & Fluid Ideas:

  • Homemade Shake (Milk, Yogurt, Fruit, Juice), Submarine Sandwich, Water
  • Lasagna, Salad, Bun, Milk or Water
  • Cereal, Yogurt or Milk, Fruit Salad, Juice or Water
  • Lean Steak or Chicken or Fish, Baked Potato, Salad, Vegetable Juice or Milk

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Athlete Hydration

Sports Drinks: Their role in hydration for athletic performance

Why Do I Need to Drink During Exercise?

Anyone who exercises can be at risk for dehydration. When we exercise we produce heat, which our bodies can help to control through sweating. If our core body temperature climbs just a few degrees Celsius, then heat illness, heat stroke and even death can occur. When we sweat we can help cool our bodies but can become dehydrated. Athletes can lose 0.4 to 2.0 L of sweat (1 to 4 lb loss) in just one hour, especially if exercising intensely or in heat or humidity. As little as 2% dehydration (e.g. a 3 lb loss for a 150 lb – or 68 kg – individual) can hurt your athletic performance. 

When Should I Choose a Sports Drink?

Sports drinks are specially designed to replace the sweat and electrolytes (mineral salts) that you lose in sweat and to provide energy in the form of carbohydrate for active muscles and the brain. They can benefit a wide variety of athletes, including those:

  • With very high sweat rates (1L/h or more);
  • Exercising either very hard or for a long time including endurance and team sport athletes;
  • Exercising in hot and humid conditions or while wearing protective sports equipment such as with hockey and football.

What Should I Look For in a Sports Drink?

Water

  • This is the first and most important ingredient.
  • Make sure your sports drink is not carbonated so that it is easy to drink and doesn't make you feel full or bloated.

Flavour 

  • Flavour can help us drink more by improving the taste.

Sodium 

  • Sweat contains more than water. Have you ever noticed a white powder on your workout clothes or skin? That is the salt you lose in sweat. The salt in sports drinks improves hydration and may even help to prevent muscle cramps in some individuals.
  • Sports drinks should contain at least 300 to 700 mg of sodium per litre although ultra-endurance athletes or athletes prone to cramping may require more.

Carbohydrate (sugar)

  • Sugar improves the taste, helps you drink more, keeps blood glucose from dropping, and helps fuel active muscles and the brain so that you can exercise longer and harder.
  • Consuming between 30-60 grams of carbohydrate per hour of activity can improve endurance and high-intensity stop and go sport performance, prolong time to exhaustion, improve power output and delay fatigue.
  • On the other hand, too much carbohydrate can upset your stomach and hurt your performance. To prevent stomach and intestinal upset be sure your drink has no more than 80 grams of carbohydrate per litre. Your body is able to easily absorb anywhere from 40 to 80 grams of carbohydrate per litre. Note that juice, pop, and energy drinks contain more than 100 grams of carbohydrate per litre, so they are not intended for using during exercise.

Bottom Line

Many different types of athletes can benefit from the use of a sports drink that contains carbohydrate and sodium to help improve hydration and athletic performance. It is always important to try a sports drink in training first before using it in competition. Competitive athletes should consult a Registered Dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition to help them develop a hydration routine that meets their individual needs.

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Active Healthy Kids Canada

The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is an evidence-informed communications and advocacy piece that provides a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s “state of the nation” each year on how, as a country, we are being responsible in providing physical activity opportunities for children and youth.

Each year, the Report Card communicates a “cover story” reflective of emerging research and trends with respect to physical activity for children and youth. The 2013 Report Card focuses on the issue of “active transportation”. Previous cover stories have included: active play, screen time, early years, and after-school.

View Short Form Report Card (attach PDF) 

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