Program Information

The International Coaching Apprenticeship in Basketball (ICAB) program is an intensive coaches’ education training course that consists of four modules. Descriptions of each module are detailed below.

2024 Dates

The full program runs from June 3 to November 6, 2024. Module dates are:

  • Module 1: June 3–September 30, 2024 | online-virtual
  • Module 2: October 8–10, 2024 | in-person, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
  • Module 3: October 11–November 3, 2024 | in-person U.S.-based apprenticeships
  • Module 4: November 3-6, 2024| in-person presentations and NBA visit

Module 1

2024 Dates: June 3–September 30
Location: Virtual/online

Module 1 will be a virtual hybrid model that will utilize synchronous and asynchronous sessions that will include lectures with leaders and coaches of intercollegiate basketball in the US as well as group work and practical assignments related to their current coaching environment.  Sessions will be offered twice a month.

Virtual Model Topics

  • Course Introduction and Participant Introduction
  • College Basketball: A Conference and NCAA Perspective
  • The college basketball coach:  Philosophy, leadership, staffing, planning, yearly schedule, role on campus and in community, culture
  • The NBA Perspective General Manager’s Perspective on Basketball in the United States
  • The G League: Its role in player development and relationship to college basketball
  • Preparing Players for College: High School, Club, and individual player development environments
  • Analytics to Drive Performance
  • Integrated sport science:  Statistics, video, sport science and tracking to drive performance
  • Division I College Basketball Programs and the University
  • Coaching in the USA: An International Coaches Perspective and Experience
  • College Coaches Panel

Module 2

2024 Dates: October 8–10
Location: In-person, Newark, Delaware U.S.

Module 2 is a two-day program at the University of Delaware to prepare participants for their apprenticeship experience with the intercollegiate basketball program.

Module 3

2024 Dates: October 11–November 3
Location: In-person apprenticeships, U.S.

Module 3 consists of a three-week apprenticeship with a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s and or women’s basketball program. This module will provide the opportunity for the candidates to shadow, observe and interact with the coaching staff of that program. NCAA rules prohibit the participants from training the players. The candidates will maintain a log of the experience, execute several assigned projects, participate in a weekly online seminar, and develop a presentation on how they plan on implementing ideas from the experience into their coaching and team development.

Activities will include:

  • Observing team and individual training and practice sessions as well as strength and conditioning sessions
  • Being on or near the bench during scrimmages and contests to observe timeouts and halftime talks
  • Conducting statistical analysis of practice and or game for the team
  • Shadowing members of the coaching staff in those activities/ responsibilities away from training that would be deemed appropriate (e.g., staff meetings, video breakdown sessions, press conferences, speaking engagements with external groups, etc.)
  • Interacting and discussing sport-specific coaching topics with staff
  • Participating in coaching development opportunities away from the site (e.g., coaching clinics, visiting other knowledgeable coaches)

Module 4

2024 Dates: November 3-6
Location: In-person, Newark, Delaware, U.S.

Module 4 will be a three-day program that consists of a final presentation by the participants on their experiences and a trip to an NBA franchise.

Supporting Organizations & Partners

The ICAB is fully managed by the University of Delaware and the USOPC. The program is supported by FIBA/WABC (World Association of Basketball Coaches) and Olympic Solidarity (IOC).

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