Basketball coaching

Reward Your Players

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Small rewards make an enormous amount of difference to players (of all ages). It doesn’t have to be the MVP trophy either, sometimes a candy bar is all they need The beauty of sweets is that a small bar of chocolate or candy can be used to encourage even the weakest player who perhaps has... MORE

Invest Time In All Your Players

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A successful team is often a stable team. You may have a very clear idea of the basketball skills and qualities your players possess, but what do you know of them beyond that? By gaining a greater understanding of your players as individuals, you can help improve your ability to understand and motivate them. Try... MORE

Make Sure Your Players Are Listening

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If your players aren’t listening, how will you get your important message across? Remember these six simple points to keep them concentrating when you are coaching Connecting and communicating with your players is not an easy thing. Have one player who is distracting the others or not paying attention, and your entire message is lost. In... MORE

Make Your Training Sessions Fun

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Possibly the most important key to successful youth basketball coaching is making training sessions fun for everyone – including you. You can only do this with careful planning Your practice plan should take into account the ages and capabilities of your players, but generally your sessions should follow this pattern: • A warm-up to raise... MORE

Play 3-On-3 Rather Than Full-Court

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When players are young, focus most of your drills and scrimmages on half-court skills by playing half-court 3-on-3 rather than 5-on-5 in the full-court setting Playing 3-on-3 allows players more opportunities to pass, dribble, shoot and move around the court. There is more space in the half-court area when just six players occupy it. This... MORE

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