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When considering playing time, make sure that everyone on the team gets to play at least half of each game. This should be your guiding principle as you consider starting and substitution patterns. It is also nice if each player has a chance to start one game during your season.
Offensive players use cuts to change direction quickly (while staying in balance) and “lose” their opponents in order to get open for passes or shots. Defenders will find it difficult to keep up if they are unable to respond correctly to the cut.
Make early-season basketball practices fun and effective
Early-season practice sessions should establish that basketball is a fun game. Limit the time for each drill to 10 minutes or less. Try to keep players moving during drills and moving from one drill to another, allowing time for them to get a drink between drills.
Written by the American Sport Education Program, in conjunction with expert coach Don Showalter of USA Basketball, Coaching Youth Basketball equips coaches to fulfill their coaching duties, run effective practices, and learn all they need to know about the fundamentals of coaching and developing young players.
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Coaching Youth Basketball, Fifth Edition, will help you run organized practices as you develop your players’ fundamental skills. Written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), in conjunction with expert coach Don Showalter of USA Basketball, this book covers all aspects of player development that you need to know:
Preparing for and conducting efficient, age-specific practices
Teaching and developing skills
Providing a safe playing environment
Identifying and correcting errors in performance
Communicating with and encouraging players
You’ll also gain court-tested tips on running your team; communicating with players, officials, parents, and other coaches; providing basic first aid; and keeping it all fun. The book contains 47 drills and 29 coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices and improve players’ performance. In addition, you receive many photos and diagrams to facilitate your understanding of the skills and drills.
Ideal for coaches of players ages 5 to 14, the fifth edition of Coaching Youth Basketball will help you focus on long-term athlete development by creating an environment in which your players can learn, progress in their skill development, increase their understanding of the game, and, most important, have fun.
Welcome From USA Basketball
Key to Diagrams
Part I. Managing Chapter 1. Responsibilities Chapter 2. Preparations Chapter 3. Game Days
Part III. Practicing Chapter 10. Practices for Ages 5 and 6 Chapter 11. Practices for Ages 7 and 8 Chapter 12. Practices for Ages 9 and 10 Chapter 13. Practices for Ages 11 and 12 Chapter 14. Practices for Ages 13 and 14
About the Authors
The fifth edition of Coaching Youth Basketball was written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with USA Basketball’s Don Showalter.
Showalter has coached the USA men’s developmental national team since 2008, leading them to gold medals at the 2009 and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. He was named the USA Basketball Junior Developmental Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2009 and coached in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game in 1999. Showalter has been the head boys’ basketball coach and activities director at Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Iowa, since 1984. His winning percentage is .669 (557-275), and he has been named Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year nine times. Showalter has directed basketball camps in Russia, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, England, and Scotland.
ASEP has been developing and delivering coaching education courses since 1981. As the nation’s leading coaching education program, ASEP works with national, state, and local sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate ASEP’s philosophy of “Athletes first, winning second.”
“In Coaching Youth Basketball, Fifth Edition, USA Basketball developmental national team coach Don Showalter gives coaches the information and tools needed for their players to succeed on the court.”
Mike Krzyzewski-- Head Men’s Basketball Coach Duke University
“The fifth edition of Coaching Youth Basketball covers everything from conducting successful practices to encouraging players. Don Showalter offers hands-on advice to help coaches develop players’ skills and increase their enjoyment of the game.”
Roy Williams-- Head Men’s Basketball Coach University of North Carolina