Colorado RoughRiders Basketball Organization

Our Mission

As a member of the Colorado Roughriders, you will have access to a wealth of resources, opportunities, and assistance through our highly experienced and professional staff. The “RoughRider Way” is a collective method of basketball coaching and play; a system that embodies more than just the type of basketball skills and techniques we teach on the court. It reaches beyond the notions of winning and instead challenges players to focus on success and fulfillment of both on and off the court achievements.

The RoughRider Way shapes the very essence of our development program. It incorporates player welfare, integrity, individual effort, academic support & college preparation, sportsmanship, work ethic, brand loyalty, and an unparalleled sense of honor and respect for the game.


Our focus extends beyond giving kids the opportunity to succeed in basketball — we want kids to succeed in their futures.



The RoughRider Age Specific Basketball Curriculum provides each player the opportunity to play basketball in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes player development in a challenging, yet enjoyable way. It is a superior alternative to recreational team programs and offers Boys and Girls age U7-U19 the opportunity for advanced team development in basketball through a detailed progressive curriculum.

The RoughRider Basketball Curriculum is committed to bringing more technical expertise into each specific age-group program, creating a curriculum of instruction specific to developmental needs at each age group level. The RoughRider Basketball Curriculum has the focused objective of developing players of all skill levels and preparing those players for the game at the highest competitive level.

The Curriculum is based on key developmental needs that have been identified for each age group. The program is divided into modules that follow a progressive curriculum that focuses on fundamentals, applied techniques and spatial awareness in game situations. The RoughRider coaching staff will follow the coaching curriculum developing the technical, tactical, physical, and mental components of the game in an age appropriate manner.

Through this curriculum, coaches are able to lead and develop players and teams effectively and efficiently in a way that best fits their developmental needs.


Our club is player-centric. We are able to focus our attention on player development and put less emphasis on team success by connecting our teams together with this common curriculum and encouraging player movement and training opportunities within the club. We also continue to provide better opportunities for basketball development by stressing individual creativity and free play over regimented team structure and team results. By following the RoughRider Way, our model for successful player development, we will build our player’s self-esteem and creative abilities and accelerate the learning process.

College placement for our players will remain a top priority and we aim to place a large number of our players into college programs by developing technically sound players, educating them on the college recruitment process via our college preparation program, and networking with our friends in the industry.


Introductory Level

Learn fundamental movement skills and build overall motor skills. Participation once or twice per week in basketball, but daily participation in other sport activity is essential for further excellence. Group skill competitions recommended throughout the level. Introduction to team principles/concepts ONLY, avoid actual 5x5 competition until fundamentals are further developed. Approximate Age: 3-9 years old.

Foundational Level

Learn all fundamental and basic basketball-specific skills, establish building blocks for overall basketball skills. 70% of time is spent on individual fundamental training and only 30% of the time is spent on actual game competition. Teach position concepts, but DO NOT assign player positions at any point in the level. Divide actual competition between special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, skill games) and 5x5 play, trying not to focus on actual 5x5 competition until later in the level.  Approximate Age: 8-13 years old.

Advanced Level

Build the aerobic base, build strength towards the end of the level and further develop overall basketball skills. Early in the level, 60% of the time is spent on individual training and 40% is spent on competition including 5x5 play, special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, skill games) as well as team-oriented practices. Later in the level, depending on mastery of skills, the switch can be made to a 50:50 training to competition ratio and positions can be assigned. Approximate Age: 12-17 years old.

Performance Level

Maximize fitness and competition preparation as well as individual and position-specific skills. Optimize each player’s ceiling in regards to skills and performance. Training to competition ratio in this phase shifts to 25:75, understanding that the competition percentage includes team-oriented practices and other competition-specific preparations. Approximate Age: 15-18+ years old.

The RoughRiders Basketball Organization is striving to be the best Basketball Club in the country by changing the current youth basketball culture for our players.



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