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Now, when you continuously develop basketball skills, you show that off by playing aggressive basketball. Imagine at the age of 9 you are already telling 8 or 9 kids that we don't think you are good enough to handle the ball. The coach will instruct the players to use different dribbling moves to dribble up to either the half-court line or full court. Middle School / Jr High Basketball Drills

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This team layup competition will focus on full-speed layups, and staying calm during break aways. This basketball fast footwork warm-up drill is a great agility warm-up drill that focuses on basketball footwork and movements.

This drill works on a multitude of offensive basketball skills. Quick accurate passing, good movement, footwork and cuts, and finishing at the rim.

It encourages players to make good, hard cuts to the basket and then finish. Team Dribble Tag is a fun basketball dribbling drill that works primarily on a basketball player's dribbling skills, but will also improve speed, quickness and awareness on the dribble as well. This is a great basketball free-throwing drill good for individuals or small groups. The 60 Point Shooter basketball drill is great for developing and practicing shooting from all different ranges.

The parent or guardian who has no idea what he's doing coaching his son and thinks his son should get all of the shots. The parent who has no idea what basketball is and thinks little johnny has to take every shot. No certified coaches who teach the fundamentals. I am a 22 year old who wants to be a collegian coach after getting my degree. I have been coaching youth basketball for 6 years now and it always seems like one parent has to question what I do or complain about something.

I have compiled a record of about winning back to back county championships and an intermural championship as well I have had about 10 of my players go on and start at the high school level, both Varsity and JV including 1 going on to play Division 1 next year. I teach nothing but the fundamentals and we spend ZERO time scrimmaging.

We get about an hour and half a week so there is no time to scrimmage. I make it very fun for the kids running similar drills to the above article. The site is very helpful and please keep up the good work. Hi, I was wondering where I could get more information on how to do these warm ups you are talking about, such as bear crawl and defensive shuffle. What if you only have an hour an 15 minutes twice a week?

Fran, here is a helpful article that you can take a look at: Hey, I am coaching a group of year olds, but as I train them straight after school, we only get 45 minutes at best to practice. What are the most important drills to work. Also, I have three guys who are keen to learn post moves, yet as I play guard myself, I am ignorant to any particular moves other than the up-and-under. Can anyone help me with this? Thankyou for this, it will really help out our team who just want to get better, even with an record.

Kobe, Check out the link in the previous comment for some ideas on short practice times. I would spend most of my time on fundamentals in the context of my offense and defense. You can also work on offense and defense at the same time. For example, have one coach watch offense and the other watching defense. You could practice basket cuts and half court motion, while the defense if focusing on positioning, etc.

For fundamentals I would spend most time on ballhandling, footwork, and shooting. I would try to mult-task. For example, work on down screens getting open and a piece of your offense , footwork, and shooting at the same time. For post moves I would teach the footwork from this ebook: So everyone learns the exact footwork and you save a lot of time.

I would also incorporate man to man defensive fundamentals as well. Man to man is a fundamental that will really help the players and improve their athleticism.

For those of you that have a very short time to practice I feel for you I have coached for 3 years before this one. All have been K-2 teams. Now I'm coaching 3rd-6th girls the league was supposed to be and , but not enough girls signed up.

I'm curious if any of you have coached this big of an age gap before. If so, what were your approaches? JC, I coached in a division for grade last season and we also had 5 3rd graders play up with us for the experience of actual basketball as they were very ready. In rec ball, the talent disparity is usually glaring and when you start to combine ages with this big of a gap the talent differences become even more apparent.

Just work on fundamentals. Dribbling, various dribble moves, attacking the basket and one on one defense. If you stick with it, you'll see the girls getting better as the season goes on and hopefully all of your players will be contributing by season's end.

Because of the younger ages being involved, it might be a struggle to install any true offense, but you can definitely stress spacing and movement when your team has the ball.

Other than that, I told our girls that their first option on offense was to try to score by themselves and if they couldn't do that, then they had teammates to look to for help. Because we spent a ton of time on individual offensive skill development, the girls actually began to trust one another as a team because they wouldn't worry about giving the ball to a teammate. I liked to scrimmage 4 on 4.

The first team to score 5 baskets wins. But each player on a team has to score 1 basket before anybody can score a second basket. It makes them work to get teammates open and stresses sharing the ball. I'm a first year middle school coach and this site is very, very helpful. Hi, Joe-- Great site! I was wondering if you have experience coaching young athletes with intellectual disabilities e. Our HS team is looking to fully include a student with Down Syndrome.

Although he will not be able to play in all game situations, we want him to feel like a full member of our practices. For example, what do you do if a drill is too complex, or the athlete lacks the stamina of the others? Do you or anyone else have some ideas for productive sideline work, or for helping out the coach? Thanks for a terrific coaching site!. Johnny - Sorry but I don't have any experience with that type of situation. The only advice that comes to mind is that you praise and reward effort not skill.

For example, you often hear coaches or players saying "nice move!! Well I try to avoid praising things like that when it's just because someone has talent. I might praise a player for trying a "new" move. But generally I look to praise a player that is working hard, showing enthusiasm, and great resilience -- whether it's a "nice move" or not. You can also post on our forum to see if others have ideas: Grandpa looking for help.

Coaching Philosophy - Want a surefire way to be a great youth coach? Billions of people don't even know you exist, let alone feel that your practices and games are important. Recreational league and even elite travel team coaches should understand that kids want to play sports and to have FUN! Let your players figure things out. Ask questions, but don't give instruction or answers. Stop teaching so much and give your players a chance to learn.

Watching them grow will be fun for you too! Communication - Have a team meeting to start the first practice of the season, or as soon as possible thereafter. Limit your postgame analysis to positive things that occurred in the game and deal with what went wrong by establishing a specific goal to work on starting at the next practice.

Ask parents to delay or even eliminate the dreaded postgame interview with their child. When you need to correct a player, use the "compliment sandwich" State something positive the player did well, give a very specific correction, then restate the first positive thing. Continuing Education - All-star coaching requires continuing education. I have been privileged to learn the game of basketball from seven coaches who are in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Each one of them was always striving to learn more.

In your efforts to learn, make sure the substance of the material is appropriate for the skill, age and maturity level of the players that you coach. Use Resources - There are several organizations that offer assistance to youth coaches. Do an online search for youth coaching information sources. Read books, watch videos and attend coaching clinics in-person whenever possible. One hour online could make you a better coach. Practices Play to learn, play to practice, and you will win when you play in games.

Individual Skills - Want to improve your team's ball handling? Games like dribble knockout are very popular. Every player must have his or her own basketball. Coach starts the game. Every player must dribble constantly, stay in-bounds and try to knock the ball away from all other players in the game.

Lose control of your basketball or go out-of-bounds, and you're eliminated. Boundaries for players could start as half the court.

After several players are eliminated, the boundary is reduced to only inside the 3-point area. Boundary is reduced again to the free-throw lane.