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“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”

CLICK HERE for the Weekly Character & Sportsmanship Development GamePlan
for coaches and players


A comprehensive selection of individual and team skills categorized by four age and talent levels:  
introductory (suggested ages 3-9), foundational (suggested ages 8-13),
advanced (suggested ages 12-17), and performance (suggested ages 15-18+).  

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and licensing, and safety.  Co-Founder of Mission 5&2, Steve Cloran, has been a Gold-Licensed USA Basketball Coach since 2016.  

3v3 Basketball - The Best Developmental Pathway

To best answer the question "why play 3v3 instead of 5v5?" click on this 7-minute video:

Credit to Brian McCormick, Ph.D.

Offense vs Man Defense

Offense vs Zone Defense

Tips for a Positive experience

The goal of each game is that the kids have fun, learn how to be a good teammate and advance their basketball skills. Our staff watches up to 900 games each season and has compiled this list of tips to help all the teams achieve that goal.

  1. Before your first game explain to your kids that they will line up and high five each player and coach on the opposing team after the game. Please emphasize that they should never say anything negative to an opposing player. They should also high five the refs...5&2 in action every single game!
  2. The kids will take their sportsmanship cues from their coaches. If you complain to the refs, they will too. On the contrary, if you applaud a great play by an opposing player, they will too!
  3. Take a few minutes before the game to tell the kids to tie their shoes. It wastes time on the court when the ref or a coach has to help tie a shoe.
  4. Try to avoid water spills at the bench area as it can cause injuries if not cleaned up well.
  5. Defense is played with your feet! Do not teach the kids to swipe and reach at the ball. Teach them to slide their feet.
  6. Although it might be fun for a little while, teach the kids to slow down on offense and if possible give them 1-2 plays to run. They will learn more and the overall play and flow of the game will improve for BOTH teams. 
  7. It is SO helpful to review the rules for your division and if there is a question at the game, every scorer's table has a copy of the rules. Politely ask the ref to stop the game if you have a rules question or concern, or use one of your timeouts. Together you can consult the rules. 
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