Basketball Coaching And Skills

Training and Coaching Tips for Youth Basketball Practice

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Coaching can be one of the most rewarding things you can do; it allows you to wear several meaningful "hats" and make several impressions with the youth and the community. By "hats" I mean taking on different personalities much like an actor, here are some examples:

1.) A mentor- wise and trusted supporter

2.) An instructor a person that helps another by showing them the proper way to do an assignment

3.) Gives encouragement One that praises another

4.) Leadership- Teaches youth to lead and go for their dreams

Those are just to name a few. A coach has several different issues that go on(like appeasing parents) and that doesn't include the players and the practice, but lets put all that aside and focus on the kids, they are the main priority and a good coach does just that puts everything aside and coaches. The first thing a coach should do is make up a rule sheet, include things like no horse playing no talking when the coach is talking or anything that requires the players to have some discipline.

After the rules on in place its time for practice. The hardest but funniest season is a pee wee league for age's k-3rd grade; it is hard to keep the players attention plus there are probably 4 or 5 others running around. At this age a coach should relax and let the kids have fun, although basic fundamentals should start here. The lay-up and the foul shots should be practiced the most at this age.

The 3rd grade through 6th are more advanced, the players have a better understanding of the game and it gets more competitive. The coach becomes a little more of a tough guy here, scolding the player for missed lay-ups or missed free throws. Basketball plays probably come out around the 4th grade year so by now the players are really working hard. One thing that could really help you coach your team is to talk to the coach at the middle school, ask him about running plays and what defense and offense to run. I went so far as to ask our middle school coach to sit the bench which he so graciously did.

During any players life I am sure that a coach has said they would always be there to talk to them on and off the court and I am sure there are thousands of basketball players from pee wee to the pros that can say that a coach was there for them and gave them great advice.

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