5 Tips for Coaching Youth Basketball
- It’s not the X’s and the O’s – It is important to understand and always keep in mind that you may be the greatest basketball mind since the Wizard of Westwood, but it isn’t what you know that is important, but what your players know. Don’t ever expect your players to execute a skill you have not taught them and allowed them to adequately practice through drills.
- Be the Great Communicator – One of the easiest ways to keep your player’s parents happy is to keep them informed. Another way is to manage their expectations and the best way to do that is to conduct a Parents Meeting as close to the first practice as possible.
- Organizing is Coaching – As a youth basketball coach we often don’t have all of the practice time we would like. Because of this fact practice time is precious and should not be wasted. Consequently we feel one of the most important things you can do as a youth coach is have a written plan for every practice.
- Games are won on the Practice Court – Having a plan is not enough without proper execution. Below are some key points to follow when conducting your youth basketball practices:
- Be positive and enthusiastically encourage your players.
- Be consistent and set parameters you won’t allow to be crossed.
- Encourage teamwork
- Don’t use abusive language and be careful when touching a player.
- Keep practice moving at a rapid pace and prevent players from standing around.
- If a drill isn’t working, move on to the next one and revisit it at a later time.
- Sweat the small stuff and remember what you allow is what you teach.
- Be confident in what you are doing and why you are doing it.
- Don’t take yourself to seriously and always find ways to show your players you care.
- End on time and on a positive note.
- “The Hay is in the Barn” – Anonymous – This is one of our favorite quotes when it comes to game day and stands to remind us our work is done and it is time for some fun. It also reminds us at this point we are who we are and to resist the temptation to try and add any special adjustments/plays we haven’t practiced.
If your are interested in learning more, we encourage you to take a look at our Youth Basketball – Coaching Guide eBook below: