The game of basketball has come a long ways since the founding in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. Today basketball is being played in countries around the globe and has opened doors for many players. Ever since the sport has become competitive at the professional and recreational levels players from all over enjoy the game of basketball. International play has not only given players opportunities to see the world, but also to accomplish their goals of becoming a professional basketball player. Players aren’t the only individuals that get the opportunity to see the world, but coaches are also given the chance to become a part of an international basketball league or organization.
There are many steps that can be taken for a coach to start coaching basketball overseas. The main requirement that is needed whether or not an individual is coaching in their home country or overseas, is the knowledge of the game. The knowledge the game is critical in all coaching jobs. This is what many basketball organizations look for when choosing an individual for a coaching position. If an individual is looking to become a basketball coach overseas he/she is required to obtain a passport. This allows a potential coach to go outside his/her country when traveling overseas.
Coaches from the U.S. must be eligible to become FIBA approved coaches. Individuals must have either held head coach or assistant coaching positions or any combination for at least 5 years on a professional, collegiate or scholastic level that is a part of USA Basketball. The prospective candidate must also provide legal documentation proving his/her career as a coach along with references and must be a legal citizen of the United States of America. There is also a $30 administrative fee that is to be paid to USA Basketball. Once the above criteria has been met the individual must wait for approval and then can start their career as an international basketball coach.
Of course, the easiest way to get a foot in the door is to make contacts by taking trips and participating in coaching camps and clinics. Also, if you’ve been a head coach for some time, you might have to have a little pride and become an assistant to prove your skills.