Youth Basketball Leadership Conference
May 16-17, 2019
2019 Youth Basketball Leadership Conference
The Jr. NBA is pleased to host the third annual Youth Basketball Leadership Conference May 17 – 18 in Chicago. The two-day forum is designed to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and influencers from all levels of the game who are focused on creating positive change in youth and grassroots basketball.
Past speakers featured include: Grant Hill, Muffet McGraw, David Robinson, Jerry Colangelo, Frank Martin, Jim Boylen, Jennifer Azzi, Clark Kellogg, Mike Brey and others.
Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Registration and Breakfast
This is Why We Play: An Inside Look into the NBA’s Youth Development Programs
Presented by David Krichavsky, Head of Youth Basketball Development, NBA
The NBA has long been committed to serving communities all over the world. Over the last few years, the NBA’s youth programs have seen extensive growth with the relaunch of the Jr. NBA, the development of the Jr. NBA Global Championship, and the debut of Her Time To Play, a platform dedicated to inspiring girls to play the game in a fun and healthy way. With a focus on improving coach education, player health and wellness, and creating guidelines for appropriate youth development, we’ll discuss how the NBA continues to shape the youth basketball landscape for players, coaches, and parents.
Back to Basics: Restoring Integrity to Youth Sports
The current youth sports landscape has many challenges. Reports have been filled with stories of toxic sidelines, over-the-top parents, bully coaches, sore losing children, and overall bad sportsmanship. With free play and development often de-emphasized in youth sports, the impact on the growth of our game continues to manifest itself in participation numbers, a shortage of trained referees for play, and increased sports dropout rates at younger ages. What role can we all play to ensure that those in charge of developing young athletes value and promote the right measures of success and bring back the “youth” in youth sports?
Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations
Allan Houston, Assistant General Manager, New York Knicks
Julie Novak, Vice President of Child Safety, Big Brother Big Sister, SafeSport
Barry Mano, President, National Association of Sports Official
Rick Carlisle, Head Coach, Dallas Mavericks
Girls Youth Basketball
The Bounce Out the Stigma Project
Memphis Athletic Ministries
Boys & Girls Club of Lanier
City of Santa Ana
The Basketball Embassy
Presented by TBD
Locker Room Conversations: Communication Skills Every Leader Should Have
Improving your program starts with great communication at all levels of the organization. Great leaders have communication skills that allow them to respond instead of react, ask questions that generate insight, and can skillfully navigate difficult conversations in a way that builds trust and relationship. Participate in this working session and learn how to use language to remove barriers, foster connection, improve culture, and strengthen organizational connectivity.
Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches Coach” and Communication Specialist
Staying Connected: Relating to Gen Z
Gen Z is projected to be 2.56 billion people by 2020, and is already influencing financial, communication, and social trends across the world. Learn what makes this generation tick – from their humanitarian values, to their definitions of success to their average attention span. Overcome barriers and understand the most effective ways of connecting and motivating this next wave of athletes and leaders.
Kathleen Hessert, Founder and President, Sports Media Challenge
Game Ready: Optimizing On-Court Performance
Most coaches judge performance through team wins and losses or individual player stats. Great coaches know that optimal performance begins with how athletes practice to compete, which takes a great deal of mental preparation. Dr. Tiffany will share best practices for developing your team and individual players’ mental strength to achieve their optimal performance. A performance chart will be provided to those who attend as a tool they can refer to when communicating with your teams.
Dr. Tiffany Jones, Owner and President, XFactor Performance Consulting
Lessons in Business: Best Practices for Managing a Successful Sports Organization
Successful businesses understand the need to continuously improve their processes to become more efficient and productive, and to respond to market changes faster while providing better service to their customers. Sports organizations are no exception. Ensure you have the right framework in place that can help position your organization for success for the foreseeable future.
Evan Suttner, President, Pacers Athletic Center
Sports and Society: Supporting Activism in Youth Athletes
Youth coaches and sports administrators play a critical role in the development of youth as athletes, but that responsibility also extends to their growth as individuals. Sports have long been known to transform communities, change attitudes, and break down barriers. Today, young athletes are in a unique position to use their platforms to actively engage with societal issues, influence their peers, and effect change. How can administrators help the leaders of tomorrow find their voices and make connection between athletics, academics and community?
J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism, Northwestern
Isiah Thomas, Studio Analyst, NBA TV
Andy Borman, Executive Director, NY RENS Youth Basketball
JahKil Jackson, Founder, Project I AM
Delise O’Meally, Executive Director, Institute for Sport and Social Justice
Finalists to be announced soon!
Presented by TBD
Coaches and administrators can acquire practical tools to enhance their leadership, develop their athletes on and off the court, and improve the culture of their teams and organizations. This interactive workshop provides key stakeholders with tools to evaluate and improve the culture within their organization through a self-leadership exercise, tips on how to develop team leaders, and analysis of your current organizational culture.
Presented by Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center
More Than an Athlete: Supporting Total Wellness and Mental Health
Teens and young adults are struggling with mental wellness at alarming rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 5 American children ages 3-17 — about 15 million — have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year. There has been a significant amount of research linking physical activity with enhanced mental health, as such, sport is uniquely suited to help young people heal, especially when used intentionally. Learn some tangible strategies that you can use to help young people manage their reactions to stress, overcome isolation and improve their overall wellbeing.
Megan Bartlett, Founder, We Coach
Arvind Gopalratnam, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks
Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Coach, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Derick Anderson, Sports Psychologist and Consultant to the NBA
Winning Isn’t Everything: Promoting Healthy Competition in Youth Sports
Learning how to manage competition is one of the most valuable lessons that sports can teach. However, not every child has the same experience or comfort with competition and the stress that comes with it. Join a group of panelists led by Up2Us Sports for an interactive workshop that will examine the realities of competition and how youth sport coaches can leverage competitive environments to maximize skill-building and performance.
Andrew Neilsen and Andres De La Peza, Up2Us
Sam Taub, Director of Youth Basketball and Development, Celtics
Jeff Petty, Director of Sports Operations, Gold Crown
Meghan Morgan, Executive Director, Girls in the Game
Establishing Your Coaching Philosophy
Developing your coaching philosophy means identifying the purpose of your coaching, your coaching values and choosing your leadership style. It allows for a better understanding of yourself and where your gaps lie. In this workshop, coaches will establish their “why,” identify core values, and then utilize them as they are introduced to developmental factors for coaching – physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Coaches will learn to incorporate their style and philosophy into evidence-based approaches to coaching for the most successful outcomes.
Devin Markle, CEO, Fulton Psychological Group
TJ Rosene, Director of Coach Development, Point Guard College
Mike Goings, Director of Alumni Youth Marketing, Philadelphia 76ers
Sports Innovation: Staying Ahead of the Game
In an era of digital disruption, those in the business of coaching are increasingly using new technologies to help solve age-old issues. This panel will highlight technologies that youth basketball organizers can use today to make their organizations better. The companies highlighted in this session have addressed training, player registration and data collection, video and highlight streaming, and even practice and game carpooling. The speakers will share practical tips and insights into applying innovation into your organization, and how to identify and utilize new technologies.
Jeremy Goldberg, President, LeagueApps
Stefanie Lemcke, Founder and CEO, GoKid
David Shapiro, President of Youth Division and Head of Sales U.S., Pixellot
Alex Wu, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Sponsorships, HomeCourt
Matt Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Hudl
Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Girls and Women in Sports
The WNBA and NBA recognize the valuable role sports can play in the development of young girls and the advancement of women as leaders in society. However, there are many factors influencing participation of girls and women in sports; only 23% of youth sports coaches are women (Aspen Institute). This group of esteemed panelists will discuss how we can all can champion change on behalf of girls and women, helping them participate fully across all sectors and giving them a forum to connect, collaborate, and actively engage through our game.
Stefanie Dolson, WNBA Player, Chicago Sky
James Wade, General Manager and Head Coach, Chicago Sky
Lynn Holzman, Vice President of Women’s basketball, NCAA
Jason Terry, Co-President, Lady Drive Nation
Thank yous and takeaways.
Jr. NBA will provide transportation services for attendees to the evening’s reception.
Social and networking opportunity open to all attendees.
Hosted by Fran Fraschilla
Saturday Conversation with TBD
Practice Management Before Game Day
While practicing and training ahead games is often routine, game day preparation can present unique challenges to both coaches and players. Learn the steps that teams can take to ensure players are physically and mentally prepared on game day, including proper nutrition, effective walkthroughs and warmup techniques to help prepare your players for the game.
Ashley Howard, Head Coach, LaSalle University
Training Smarter: Where Science Meets Athletic Performance
Dr. Marcus Elliott will present on injury prevention, performance and data-driven player development trends, including insights from a biomechanical study of hundreds of NBA players at P3. Dr. Elliott will focus on trends among young NBA players and how injuries are often telegraphed before they occur. Dr. Elliott will be available to discuss best practices for youth player development.
Dr. Marcus Elliott, Founder, P3
Skill Development Drills
John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
Leaders influence people through their words, actions, and attitudes. Honing your communication skills and learning the best methods to reach your audience are crucial characteristics of an effective leader.
Dr. Charles Gooch, Head of Leadership Department, IMG
Break for lunch
Translating Character Development into On-Court Success
In addition to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, sports can lead to character development for young athletes. It is important to understand that everyone has different character traits which impacts their performance potential. Learn how to identify the various strengths weaknesses among members of your team, and how to maximize their playing potential by catering to individual character traits. Coaches can build team morale, confidence and chemistry by properly recognizing and managing each player’s character development.
Joe Kennedy, Mental Conditioning Coach, IMG
Building a Team Defense
Jerry Stackhouse, Head Coach, Vanderbilt University
Hosted by Fran Fraschilla
Buses depart to Renaissance and Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Renaissance Chicago Downtown
1 W. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL, United States
The staff of the Jr. NBA is happy to answer questions regarding the conference. Please email JrNBAConference@nba.com and a representative will be available to assist.