Youth Player Positions – Do they really matter?

As a coach or a parent are you concerned about what position your son, daughter or young athlete occupies while playing basketball. Many coaches today start teaching young athletes about specific positions in basketball and informing those players that they must play that position for the whole season. Children at this age do not know the difference between a shooting guard and a power forward; rather, they just want to play the sport and have fun.

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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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Drill: Wall Taps

Imagine there is 15-seconds left on the clock and your team is up by 2 points.  The opponents take a shot and miss; however, they grab that offensive rebound and score the bucket to tie the game. Your team could have won the game, if only you practiced some of those rebounding drills. How do coaches ensure that their players are going to soar up to get that clutch rebound in the dying seconds of the game to secure the win, or try to get those second-chance opportunities on offence. This drill is designed to help that young athlete improve their vertical to obtain and secure those rebounds, both on offense and defense.

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Keeping Score in Youth Sports

When was the last time you and your friends grabbed a basketball and played “just for fun” on the neighborhood courts? Or going to the park to kick around the soccer ball with your family and friends? Nowadays, many people who play sports are not just doing so for the fun of the game, rather when we do play sports, we are always keeping score. The competitive nature of North American sports may be putting extra stress on these young athletes and taking away the fun associated with playing sports.  However, there are advantages to keeping score and embracing that competitive nature.

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Specialization and the Benefits of Sampling

For young athletes and parents of young athletes, it is important to understand the concept of specialization and how it applies to sport development. Specialization is when an athlete “limits participation to a single sport, which they train for and compete in on a year-round basis.”1 Let’s discuss how understanding specialization and related concepts can help young people develop not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

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