If you have developed an interest in the sport, you may have considered USA basketball tours. Basketball is taken very seriously in the States, and it is a good idea to develop an understanding of the organisations and categories before you take a tour.
A Little History
USA Basketball is the nonprofit organisation and governing national body for basketball in the United States. The company is based in Colorado Springs and was established in 1974 as the Amateur Basketball Association of the U.S. The name was changed in 1989 after the rules were modified by FIBA to allow professional players to participate in competitions.
As the governing body recognised by FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and USOC (United States Olympic Committee), USA Basketball has the responsibility to select, train and field USA teams.
The Member Categories
There are five categories of basketball in U.S Basketball. The three professional leagues are the National Basketball Association, National Basketball Association Development League, and Women’s National Basketball Association. These are the teams you will see on NBA basketball tours. There is also a collegiate category that has the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes and National Junior College Athletic Association as members.
The Scholastic category features the National Federation of State High School Associations. While the Youth category contains the Amateur Athletic Union. The final category is the Associate category with members including the Harlem Globetrotters, National Basketball Players Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, United States Armed Forces and College Commissioners Association.
Between 2009 and 2012, there were 1273 players and 235 coaches participating in USA Basketball. The teams compiled a fantastic 264/35 win loss record across FIBA competitions and other championships and competitions.
The competitions USA teams participate in include FIBA World Championships, the Olympics, Nike Hoops Summit, FIBA 3x3 World Championships, World University Games and Pan American Games.
USA basketball tours allow you to see the biggest names in basketball. The tours are designed to allow you to take a tour of some of the best NBA basketball teams for a true fan experience. There are extra options including sightseeing, functions, and dinners, allowing you an exceptional, once in a lifetime opportunity. You can also gain access to tour merchandise to purchase keepsakes for all the basketball enthusiasts in your life.
If you are interested in USA basketball tours, you should speak to us. Tomorrow’s Stars not only offers basketball coaching, but also a selection of USA and NBA basketball tours. You’ll also find our team ready to answer any queries or questions you may have to help you plan your once in a lifetime basketball adventure. Get in touch with us today; we’d be delighted to assist you.