Coaching Youth Basketball
10 Basketball Coaching Tips 

So, you're interested in coaching youth basketball? You're going to love it!

Especially if you're new to the game and not quite sure what to expect, I want to share 10 basketball coaching tips I've learned through my experience teaching basketball for kids.

coaching youth basketball

Whether it's coaching your own child one-on-one out in your driveway or working with a little league basketball team, you'll get a lot of satisfaction as you see the kids gain new skills they didn't have before.

There's nothing like the smiles on those little faces when they have success performing brand new skills that you taught them!

Though certainly not all-inclusive, I want to share 10 observations I've made through my coaching experiences.

Coaching Basketball for Kids: 10 Coaching Tips

  1. Basketball should be FUN!
  2. Don't over-coach
  3. Have realistic expectations
  4. You don't have to be an expert
  5. Be positive!
  6. Try the "sandwich" technique
  7. Not every kid likes basketball
  8. Success does NOT equal winning
  9. Keep the high pressure out of youth sports
  10. Modify, Modify, Modify

Coaching Youth Basketball Articles

Before hitting the court for your first organized practice, how about some specific coaching tips guaranteed to help you conduct a training session that both you and your players will love?

Coaching Youth Basketball: 10 workout tips

Kids Basketball Practice: 15 Court Management Tips for Coaches

Stages of Training: The Secret to Coaching Young Athletes

How to Prevent Athlete Burnout

The goal of this website is to equip parents who want to teach kids how to play basketball with the tools and knowledge they need. The drills I have chosen can be performed with as few as 1-3 people and a minimal amount of equipment.

You may find yourself coaching your son's or daughter's youth basketball team. If that's the case, you'll need some good basketball practice plans to help you get the most out of your time on the court.

You also need to know some basic youth basketball rules that are pretty standard in most leagues.

If you'll be coaching really young players, like kindergarten or early elementary school age, you may need to modify some of the basketball drills and concepts to fit their developmental level. Using appropriate size equipment (smaller balls, lower rim height, and smaller playing area) along with keeping it fun and having age-appropriate expectations for intensity level will be key to making sure kids have a positive introduction and experience to this great game.

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