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USA Basketball Youth Development Program

 USA Basketball’s 2015 Pilot Program Information


On September 11, 2014, The Winston-Salem Stealers were notified that they would be one of twelve club programs, boys or girls, nationally to be a pilot program for USA Basketball’s Youth Development Initiative for 2015!
Coach Robinson has been fortunate to be a part of USA Basketball since 2005 in various positions, winning two gold medals (2013 and 2014) and a silver medal (2007) in the process.USA Basketball has a new mission to improve the game by teach their curriculum to younger age / grade players instead of beginning at the U16 grade group (Click HERE).The Winston-Salem Stealers are proud and honored to be entrusted to be one of a select few to try and help USA Basketball reach that goal.USA Basketball has a long and storied tradition (Click HERE), and members of the Stealers have had a small part over the years in this tradition (Click HERE).  We now hope to take on a larger role in the grassroots efforts of USA Basketball in the hopes of developing good ambassadors of the programs and the game.On this page you’ll find updates on each skill development session, seminar, camp, league, or identification trial that will take place in our program from November 2014 – December 2015.  All grades will eventually be allowed to participate in the program, with the 5th-8th grade participants allowed to register first and the high school grade groups to follow in late September / early October.The USA Basketball Youth Development Initiative will launch nationally in 2016.

5th-8th Grade Pilot Program Package.


The 5th-8th Grade pilot program package will included Ganon Baker Camp held in October, the November and December Basketball camps, Winter Stealers (league is full) and any USA Basketball Program that we host in 2014-15.The camps that we were already set to host will now fall under the pilot program so that we can video and share with USA Basketball.Email Tammy HERE for a registration form. Only program participants can participate in our pilot program.Currently, thirty 5th-8th grade participants are allowed in the program.

Parent Quote:

From 2/21/15:

Parent Terri Hoyle shares the following via email:

In one of the games yesterday,   Maddie passed Abby the ball and she did some quick touch pass to Hannah.
I asked her last night if she meant to do that or if she just wasn’t able to catch the ball before she passed it.
She said “Oh no I meant to do it. We worked on that in USA (practice) one day.”
Somewhere along the way a coach taught her that the key to becoming a better basketball player was to listen and transfer.
She has apparently bought in to that teaching.
Thanks. 🙂

Middle & High School Registrations.


For our the initial 5th-8th grade developmental program, thirty participants will be the limit for now. The USA Basketball Youth Developmental Initiative Program for high school age / grade players will begin in February 2015 with registration opening up on September 26, 2014.
1) Hope Brafford
2) Emma Kiger
3) Elle Sutphin
4) Sydney Roberts
5) Lelia Rice
6) Amira Williams
7) Ava Tharpe
8) Kelly Nesser
9) Hannah Parker
10) Brittney Gammons
11) Maddie Scheier
12) Callie Scheier
13) Emily Elder
14) Taylor Gantt
15) Aniah McManus
16) McKinley Rice
17) Caroline Deal
18) Daia Dawkins
19) Amaya Shackley
20) Lauren Kranis
21) Abigail Hoyle
22) Mattie Moxley
23) Brooke Schaffer
24) Emily Kottak
25) Destiny Griffin
26) Isabella Pardino
27) Michelle Rodriguez
28) Grace Hynek
29) Briauna Booth
30) Amanda Finch


The USA Basketball Youth Developmental Initiative Program for high school age / grade players will begin in February 2015 with registration opening up on September 26, 2014.Registration will be limited to 25 participants initially.Email Tammy HERE for a registration form.The program is open to current W-S Stealers / 292 Basketball participants.The payment button for the USA Basketball Youth Developmental Initiative Program is posted below.Registrations:
1) Emily Elliott
2) Taylor Holt
3) Amaya Tucker
4) Taylor Blakely
5) Skyler Curran
6) Hannah Cranford
7) Kristen Roberts
8) Michelle Rodriguez
9) Bridget Simmons
10) Aubrianna Peebles
11) Diamond Williams
12) Destiny Williams
13) Allison Livengood
14) Danielle Nieters
15) Kiera Brennan
16) MaKenna Johnston
17) Layla Walker
18) Ashlyn Hampton
19) Aleksandreja Kulits
20) Michaella Collins

4th Grade-and-under USA Developmental Program.


The USA Basketball Youth Developmental Initiative Program for our 4th Grade-and-under participants will begin on November 1st and run through 2015.There will be a registration limit of 15 participants initially.Registration forms and payment buttons are available by emailing Tammy HERE beginning Sunday, September 28th.The program is open to current W-S Stealers participants only.- The button below (4th Grade-and-under) is for The USA Basketball Program only.Registrations:
1) Emily Smith
2) Jeldy Rodriguez

USA Basketball Youth Development Initiative- Coaching Staff.


The coaching staff for the USA Basketball Program have to submit an application to the national office and then go through the SafeSport program.The coaches, once approved, can then work with the pilot program participants. The coaches that have been approved so far are (“Green” Light means approved):
1) Brian Robinson
2) Walter Hamilton IV
3) Rick Anderson
4) Laurie Mulqueeny
5) Josh Thompson
6) Sherri Elliott
7) Trish Grant
8) Merritt Rizoti
9) T.J. Eggers
10) Richmond Lyons
11) Samantha Craven
12) Sterling Charles
14) Shannon Jarvis
14) Tommy Lockwood
15) Daymond Lindell
16) Anne Crutchfield
17) Bryce Douglas

USA Y.D.I. Practice Session Schedule – All Grade Groups.


  • All Grade Groups:
    Saturday, November 1: 11:00-1:00
    Saturday, November 29: 8:00-10:00
    Saturday, December 6: 8:00-10:00
    Saturday, December 27: 8:00-9:45
    Saturday, January 10
    : 8:00-10:00
    Saturday, January 17: 8:00-9:45
    Saturday, January 31: 8:00-10:00
    February 7: 10:30-12:00
    February 28: 8:00-9:30
    March 29: 3:00-5:00
    April 26: 3:00-5:00 (at Gateway YWCA)
    May 16: 9:00-10:30 (at Gateway YWCA)
    May 31: 3:00-4:30 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • June 27: 12:00-1:30 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • July 26: 2:30-4:00 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • August 29: 12:00-1:30 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • August 30: 1:00-2:30 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • October 4: 1:30-3:00 (at Gateway YWCA)
  • October 11: 1:30-3:00 (at Gateway YWCA)


Program runs through December 2015.