Game: Star Passing

Want your players to become star passers? Well, the game “Star Passing” can make them into one. This game/drill allows your players to work on passing and receiving and it gives the players a lot of touches throughout the game.

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Drill: Pass & Replace

Passing is one of the fundamental skills in basketball that all kids should focus on when learning the game. This is a simple drill that teaches the youth how to pass and catch while also developing the idea of cutting after a pass. This will get the kids into a good habit of passing then cutting, setting themselves up for future success!
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Game: Deny the Touchdown

Deny the Touchdown is a great game to incorporate another sport to teach the skill of passing in basketball.  The game helps to work on when to pass at the right time, how to cut and get open without the ball and learning how to deny passes on defense. Continue reading “Game: Deny the Touchdown”

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”

Game: Numbers Scrimmage

This game is perfect for basketball players of all ages as it works on speed, offense, defense, rebounding, and balance. This drill is a competitive way for teammates to have the opportunity to play against each other in a one-on-one or scrimmage-like atmosphere.

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Trash Talking in Youth Sports

There is one aspect in ALL sports that has just become a regular part of the game at all levels: Trash talking! Here in Canada, some might call it ‘chirping’ and it is used for the sole purpose of ‘getting in your opponents’ head. In my days of coaching, I have seen this theme increase from year to year and my personal opinion is that the young athletes are just emulating the professionals they see on television. But does that make it okay?

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