Drill: Tennis Ball Coordination

Ever wonder how Stephen Curry’s hand-eye coordination got so good? During some of his training routines, he would use more than just 1 basketball to focus on multiple things at once. In this drill, we’ll introduce a basic version of what Steph does, but at much simpler scale that will help improve the athlete’s coordination and hand speed. Continue reading “Drill: Tennis Ball Coordination”

Ultimate Basketball

Have you ever heard of the game called Ultimate Basketball? I know I haven’t. However, when I looked at the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and how that can be related to basketball, there are actually some similar learning tactics for each sport. This game focuses on the passing elements of basketball without the dribbling and the combination of two sports that results in a fun and somewhat competitive environment for your young athletes to learn specific skills of both sports.

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Importance of Practice Planning

How important is it to create a plan for practices when coaching sports for any particular age groups? I used to think that having a practice plan was not necessarily required; however, that opinion has changed since I have become a coach. I found it much easier to run a practice with planned out drills; rather, than ‘flying by the seat of your pants.’ I think it is important to have a practice plan ready before the practice day because instead of thinking about what drill to do next, you can focus on providing critical feedback to the athletes.

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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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Drill: Pass and Chase

Imagine you are in a very close game with 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter and your team is on defense. You steal the ball from the opposing team, and are now on a breakaway with defenders sprinting down the court to try and stop you from making that basket. How do you make that lay-up while moving at such a fast pace and under various amounts of pressure? Developing this skill may take some practice; however, this drill will help young athletes feel more comfortable in making lay-ups under pressure in a fun and engaging way.

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