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Youth Dev.-Are your players practicing with both sides of their body?

Is is really that important that you have your players practice right and left hand dribbling, right and left foot pivoting, right and left hand lay-ups and right and left hand passing?  Well it is if you want them to be the best they can be!! 

Youth Dev - Baseball

Following a "Games Approach", "Baseball" is a fun game for kids to play and work on several basketball skills.  One team is designated the fielding team and the second team is at bat.  The coach will be the pitcher.

4 on 4 with a Coach

One of the difficult tasks for coaches of kids just learning to play the game of basketball is how to get kids with the ball, to do anything but dribble (usually to the right hand corner), and for the kids away from the ball not to run at the ball and scream at the player with the ball.

Youth-Point Per Pass Basketball Game

This is a strategy you may want to use with your youth teams if you find the players are passing and standing. 

Hot Potato

Here is a great youth game from Canada Basketball's Mike MacKay that initially begins very simply but can be progressed to increase the skill and conceptual development.  The games approach makes it more enjoyable for the kids and keeps the enthusiasm high.

Speed Work and Listening Skills-Get Ups

Most kids, when part of a large group, will simply react to the group. When instructed to do something individuals will follow what the group does, instead of focusing on the instructions.