The basketball base in our country is developed and nurtured at the youth basketball level. The quality of engagement and training at this level can greatly alter the overall health of basketball in the United States.
Those who coach the youth have an incredible opportunity to mold the youth as students, players and young men. Character and values, along with a sense of teamwork, listening, and hard work are the foundation of a strong philosophy for youth coaches. Yet all too often, this important work is taken at random and followed, albeit with little effort and commitment. The result is a group of young people who are not inspired by the game of basketball and carry with them apathy and poor skill development.
At CoachRB, our goal is to facilitate and challenge youth coaches to take their task seriously and learn as much as they can before and during the training experience. We are here to guide and provide youth coaches with the tools they will need to positively lead and develop young basketball players in our communities and in our country.
For those of you who put your heart into coaching youth sports, we take our hats off to you. His countless hours and effort are being used to enhance the skills and enjoyment of thousands of young players. The work you do can never be fully appreciated by those who have never trained or played in their youth. Congratulations, coach!
Scheme of positive experiences in youth basketball Coaches’ perspective
1. Develop your own coaching philosophy
to. State your main reason for training.
B. Be flexible and adapt your philosophy to everyday learning and experiences.
vs. The young people you train should be your first priority.
D. Keep it extremely simple … this is true from youth to NBA.
2. Communicate with young people
to. Develop the art of communicating with children. This skill will be the key to the completion of your training and the enjoyment of the child.
B. See the game through its eyes, not yours.
vs. Instruction should be positive or constructive only.
3. Work with parents
to. Being a leader means setting guidelines for parents and players. By doing this, you will minimize most potential roadblocks with parents.
B. Let players and parents share their policies and philosophies.
vs. Consider the best interests of the child as if it were your child.
D. Define “Success” and share this with parents and kids THEN work to meet that definition every day.
4. Develop a fundamentals program
to. The best coaches are the ones who know that the game is about passing, dribbling, shooting, and teamwork. Y you can show them to your players on a daily basis.
B. Teaching the fundamentals is a step-by-step process, every day.
vs. Set up a “Fundamentals Mastery Game” where players are evaluated according to their ability to exhibit key fundamentals. By doing this, players will constantly work on passing, dribbling, shooting, and teamwork. WHY? FACT – NBA players aren’t even “masters” of the fundamentals of the games, so why should we think that kids are?
D. Always sacrifice core work and solid exercises for games. We play too many games in our country at an early age.
5. Establish a positive and energetic practice environment
to. Share your practice goals with the players before each practice.
B. Simple design, single-purpose drills involving all players.
vs. Keep the practice short and to the point, mixing a fundamental emphasis with 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 competition.
D. Use a practice checklist to help organize your practice.
me. Finish the practice by discussing the outcome of the goals for that day.
6. Playtime — Teach Life Lessons
to. Games are for children, period. Make this your goal and it will greatly improve your chances of enjoying, performing, and succeeding.
B. Determine the playing time in advance and stick to it during the game.
vs. Offense – If your players can pass, dribble, and shoot, they can play. Design an offense that is geared towards space and movement, NOT the game. Coaches undermine all experience with “plays.” Leave sophisticated plays and strategies to older children.
D. Defense: teach players to run backwards, point out to the player that they are protecting. A DUTY is to properly teach players the concept of “standing between your man and the ball.”
me. Teach players to run into the game and run out of the game.
F. Meet with your team before and after the game off the court. Talk about how great the opportunity to play is and to remember the basics of the game. Teach lessons that will stay with these young people for a lifetime.
They may not remember you in 30 years, but they will remember what you taught them!
7. Evaluation — Preseason and Postseason
to. One of the biggest mistakes coaches make is avoiding this crucial opportunity to help their players.
B. Before the season, rate each player according to a menu of skills that will be taught to him during the season. Do this in great detail as it will pay off later. Share this with the kids and their parents so they know where YOU see them before the start of the season.
vs. Use this information to remind players of areas for improvement as they gain skills and confidence throughout the year.
D. After the season, rate each player the same way you did before the season. THIS IS WHERE KIDS GET EXCITED. Their improvement in many areas will show them what their hard work, listening, and attitude did for them. Parents will also greatly appreciate your efforts to show the improvement of each player. Also show the areas for improvement that they can address on their own in preparation for the upcoming season.
me. You’d be surprised at home that many middle school, high school, college, and professional coaches miss out on this golden opportunity. This could be your greatest contribution to the lives of your basketball players.
Coaches, I encourage you to put your heart and soul in your coaching. The good youth coach knows that it is 100 times more about communicating with youth and keeping things simple than it is about fancy plays, bad habits, or victory.It’s called Youth Basketball for a very good reason. It’s not about anyone’s coach, W’s, parents, or ego … IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS!