NBA, USA Basketball Recommend Lowering Rim, No 3-Pointer in Youth Play

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

A basketball rim and backboard are seen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Iowa in College Park, Md., Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The NBA and USA Basketball collaborated to suggest rule changes for youth basketball on Tuesday.

According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, the organizations called for the lowering of baskets for players from the ages of seven through 11 as well as the elimination of three-pointers until players turn 12.

Windhorst added that the changes are meant to teach young players proper shooting mechanics.

The three-point field goal was instituted in the NBA in 1979-80 after its success in the ABA.

It has become a bigger aspect of the game with each passing year, and it is now a key part of offensive attacks for many teams from the NBA to college basketball and even the high school ranks.

Among the biggest reasons for the Golden State Warriors' success in recent years is the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are among the best three-point shooters in the history of the game.

The Houston Rockets are the top team in the league this season after being the fastest team to ever make 1,000 trifectas in a season, per the NBA's official Instagram account.

In the NBA, the three-point line is 23 feet and nine inches away from the basket, while it resides 20 feet and nine inches from the hoop in college basketball.

Mid-range shooting has become a lost art at the higher levels of basketball, as has driving to the basket in an effort to get to the foul line.

Should youth basketball take the advice from the NBA and USA Basketball, however, young players will have no choice other than to develop other areas of their game besides outside shooting.

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