FIBA’s efforts to increase player awareness of some of the key
off-court issues have resulted in the development of the Athletes
Guide to Off-Court Development. This document aims to provide
professional athletes with a reliable and trustworthy source of
basic advice specifically tailored to the needs of sports
This guide takes four fundamental on-court
parameters - team, skills, rules and game plan – and applies them
to off-court situations, for an easy to understand entry level
guide to managing a career in basketball.
One of the main
ideas behind the this comparative approach is to illustrate that
many of the keys to success on the court can be easily applied off
the court, contributing towards a management of the athletes
career that is just as important, but that can have a tendency to
Every player is
aware of the importance of working together with teammates, his
coaches and medical staff. If no player can make it alone on the
court, the same applies off the court.
working with FIBA, agents, media and sponsors, which is essential
if a player is to maximize his professional and financial
opportunities. Working alongside other stakeholders can also help
demonstrate the values of the sport in a positive way, which is
not only a moral responsibility, but also an beneficial career
move for the athlete.
spend large amounts of time working on improving their
fundamentals, their technique and their skills.
In the same
way, improving and developing communication skills, presentation
skills and general professionalism is essential if a player is to
make a positive impression on those who can impact their careers
in the short and long-term.
professional basketball players, knowing how to play by the rules
off-the-court is just as important as knowing those that govern
the game from jump-ball to buzzer.
Living with and adjusting to
new cultures is more important than ever today, when careers often
involve moving from one country to another and travelling from
continent to continent.
Managing conflict off-the-court and
avoiding unnecessary obstacles that distract players from
performing on-the-court are also part of the daily lives of
To succeed as a team
and an individual, having a pre-defined plan in place before
taking to the court is an essential dimension to basketball as
with all sports. Similarly, having the right plan in place for
managing each step of their career, including life after
retirement, deserves a little thought and consideration. Players
should set long-term career goals and decide the necessary steps
to achieve them (e.g. education, training, etc.).
To set up
the right game plan requires a large number of parameters to be
taken into account. An important of these include financial
considerations, which can be hard to understand and yet have very
Download the Athlete Guide here.
Financial planning is important for any professional athlete –
whether you are a rookie or veteran, having the knowledge to
secure your financial future can make the difference between a
great career or a bad one.
The Athletes' financial
handbook was created in order to provide players who will be
making the transition to professional basketball with financial
information and tools to start their careers on the right track. A
report issued by Sports Illustrated in its edition of March 23rd,
2009 shows that athletes are under financial stress within two
years after retirement and that an estimated 60 percent of players
are bankrupt within five years of retiring.
encourage our athletes to go through this online Athletes
financial handbook. A free printable version as well as the
worksheets that are presented in the document are downloadable in
We hope this will increase your awareness,
and help you to move forward with financial stability and success.
Pass the message on to your teammates!
Download the Financial Handbook here.
Looking for an Agent?
A sports agent represents an athlete and helps identify, pursue
and negotiate jobs and endorsement deals. An agent can help you
manage your time, allowing you more time to focus on playing the
game and performing on-the-court.
Agents have become more
and more prevalent throughout the sports industry. In fact, the
sports agent job market is expected to grow between 7-13% by 2016.
This means that more and more athletes will be looking for
representation, which will increase competition for honest,
Therefore, it is more important than ever
to think carefully about what you need and want from your agent
and what to look for when choosing one. Your agent will be a
critical member of your off-court team, so you want to make sure
that members of your team have the skills to help you and the kind
of trust you can rely on.
Everyone can become a 3x3 player regardless of age and
nationality. Players can look for FIBA-endorsed 3x3 events to earn
FIBA 3x3 ranking points and climb the FIBA 3x3 Individual World
Ranking on 3x3planet.com.
There are no restrictions for
traditional basketball players to compete in FIBA 3x3 events.
3x3 is a chance for players to make a living thanks to
increasing prize money being awarded at the top FIBA 3x3 events
such as the FIBA 3x3 World Tour.
It is also an opportunity
to represent one’s country in national-team events where 3x3 is
played such as the FIBA 3x3 World Championships, the FIBA 3x3 Zone
Championships but also multi-sports events like the Youth Olympic
Games, the Asian Games, the European Games, etc. FIBA will make an
official bid for 3x3 to be added at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.