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Steve Nash Youth Basketball

Steve Nash Program


The Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program (SNYB) is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game for basketball. This grassroots initiative 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, self-esteem and sportsmanship.

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Steve Nash Youth Basketball is an integral component of Canada Basketball's and the NLBA national development strategy. With a focus on Growing the Game, SNYB Objectives are:

  • Participation - Introduce and provide opportunities to encourage participation for children/youth aged 5 - 9 across Newfoundland and Labrador to become a part of Steve Nash Youth Basketball - developing young athletes, creating a passion and exposing them to the values, qualities and skills required to succeed in basketball and in life
  • Education - Address the need for young players to receive skill and developmental age appropriate coaching following the Long Term Athlete Development model; while educating parents of their role towards their child's development
  • Development - Create a developmental pathway for coaches and officials of Steve Nash Youth Basketball through introduction to New NCCP modules and officials training designed by the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials
  • Progression - Further encourage children and youth with increased potential for development to achieve a higher level of performance by providing consistent national development models that teaches skills, knowledge and attributes that are required for participants/athletes to safely progress and maximize development in the sport of basketball
  • Character Building - Allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline, self-esteem and sportsmanship

With each program, participants will have an opportunity to learn both basketball lessons and drills dedicated to conditioning and skill development as well as recreational play and life skills. The Vision of the program is to create opportunities across Canada for all children and youth aged 5-13 to:

  • Participate in basketball
  • Learn and play basketball, using qualified coaching and programming
  • Learn to compete in a supportive and development-focused environment
  • Improve the “Health of the Nation” and "Develop the Game"

The program has Benefits for participants, coaches, and the local organization:

  • Participants
  • Participation in a national and provincial sanctioned basketball program
  • Certified coaching by New NCCP trained coaches
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Dri-Fit Reversibles Jersey
  • Rubber Basketball
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Parent's Guide
  • Canada Basketball national membership
  • NLBA provincial membership
  • A proven basketball program with alignment to the Long Term Athlete Development model adopted by Canada Basketball and approved by Sport Canada
  • Certificate of Participation

  • Coaches
  • Canada Basketball and Coaching Association of Canada sanctioned clinics using the new NCCP Community Coach Model and curriculum including a 3-hour on-court Community Coach workshop
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaching CD Workbook
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coach's T-shirt
  • An introductory guide to the LTAD model
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Access to extensive and qualified coaching resources
  • NLBA provincial membership

  • Local Organization
  • Endorsement and affiliation with Steve Nash, Canada Basketball, the NLBA, and Sport Canada
  • Use of Steve Nash images and brand to communicate his values and commitment
  • A comprehensive national and provincial marketing campaign and advertising strategy that will assist in the promotion and recruitment of participants and coaches for the program
  • A step-by-step Steve Nash Youth Basketball operations guide
  • Integration of your organization with Canada Basketball and NLBA programming
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaching CD Manual – LTAD focused curriculum with sample drills, lesson plans, teaching tips, modified rules, checklist, etc
  • National membership including access to coaching/athlete development resources, videos, news, instruction, retail discounts, contests, etc

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If you are considering starting a program for the kids in your area, please contact Judy Byrne @ or by calling 709-576-3392

Program sites

Sprucewood Academy, Grand Falls Windsor

  • 16 full hours of basketball
  • 16 weeks of FUNdamentals; 8 weeks before and 8 weeks after Christmas (including year-end banquet)
  • $100.00 per player/participant (tax inc.)
  • 1 - one hour session per week
  • Players will receive a Dri-Fit Jersey and an age appropriate Basketball
  • Instruction from certified coaches
  • Open to boys and girls in Kindergarten to Grade 6
    Please note: all program is currently full as of September 16, 2015

  • For registration or information contact Brian Cooke by email or go to the website at

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Registration Forms - Youth, Coaches & Sites

Click here to down load a copy of the Player/Participant Registration in PDF format.

Click here to down load a copy of the Coach Registration in PDF format.

Click here to down load a copy of the Site Application Form in PDF format.

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KidSport™ Newfoundland and Labrador supports the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program. This foundation provides financial assistance for children to participate in organized sport. Please contact Kidsport to see if you are eligible for funding.
Web site:
Telephone: 709-579-5977

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