Youth

Youth

Tag and Dribble Tag

Speed expert, Lee Taft called "tag" the greatest game to train athleticism.  Not only is "tag" fun for kids, it also helps train the athletic qualities of speed, agility and quickness. There are also several benefits to the basketball player that can transfer to team play.  Here is a version of "tag" and see if you can recognize how there are basketball concepts that can be developed:



Games Approach-"Numbers Dribbling-Passing Game"

It is best for youth coaches to get skill repetition for their players through a variety of games.  A games approach will increase the likelihood of an enjoyable experience for the kids while still achieving the repetition necessary for improvement.



Dribbling-Pounds

To be a truly valuable player at the offensive end of the floor players must be able to dribble the ball. The ability to dribble the ball will help to escape pressure, improve passing angles, and drive to the basket. 



Palms to the Ball Drill

It is important that players learn to show their "palms to the ball" when catching a pass. This drill has a myriad of fundamentals incorporated in it, but



Full Court Pivoting

I have written several times that I believe pivoting is the most under taught skill in basketball.  Footwork is the foundation of the game. The ability to pivot to create passing and driving lanes, and effectively perform against pressure defence, is based on a player's ability to pivot. 



Shooting-Learning to Hold the Basketball

The following is an excellent technique for teaching young players how to hold the basketball for their shot. Place the basketball on the floor just in front of the player. The player should form their hands like cups and then create the correct intersection with their thumbs as shown in the picture.