Game: Dog, Cat, Chicken

Dog, cat, chicken…oh my! The name of the game may sound like a riddle, but there is nothing puzzling about how this game is played. It is a good twist on the traditional “Octopus” game with the goal in helping the youth learn fundamental movement skills and to focus on agility, speed while increasing their heart rate before they jump into basketball activities. Continue reading “Game: Dog, Cat, Chicken”

Game: Dead Ant Tag

Dead Ant Tag teaches players to keep their heads up and encourages them to communicate to each other whenever they need help. It also works on fundamental movement skills, agility, speed and coordination. This game requires minimal to no setup and is a great modification to the traditional tag to keep the game fresh and engaging. Continue reading “Game: Dead Ant Tag”

Drill: Body Fakes

This drill encompasses the competitive nature of your young athletes as well as involving the fun aspect in basketball. This drill will have your young athletes competing head-to-head to try and score in a one-on-one setting. Practicing this drill in your practice will get your athletes excited and ready to play.

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The Guide to Being a Youth Sports Parent

Have you ever been or experienced that parent at your son or daughter’s basketball game asking the referee if they need new glasses? Or in the middle of the game, calling your child’s name so you can personally coach them from the sidelines? I’m sure all of you can relate to those examples above and maybe sometimes you were that parent!

I could say that throughout my athletic career, my parents definitely had their moments (even a couple ejections from the crowd, but we won’t talk about those ones); however, my parents were always my number one fans. As a young athlete, looking out into the crowd, I was always so happy to see them there cheering me on. Although there were those long ride homes critiquing and/or praising my performance for that game, I would still say that without my parents, my sporting career would not have been as rewarding.

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Is HIIT Dangerous for Young Athletes?

High intensity exercises with short rest periods in between… doesn’t sound too safe, does it? Well surprisingly, there are a lot of benefits when performing high intensity interval training, and HIIT is becoming more and more popular!

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