Drill: Partner Running

Being quick and developing leg strength is important for the game of basketball. In this drill, it will introduce resistance to a simple movement while slowly increasing the load in helping to improve acceleration and lower body power.

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Drill: V-Cuts

Introducing the V-Cut to youth will help them to understand how to create space between the defender and themselves. The V-Cut drill is very simple to teach and helps them to improve creating separation through fakes, hesitations, and change of pace.

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Drill: Mikan Drill

The lay-up is a skill that seems easy but requires constant practice before it becomes second nature. Practicing it at an early age with both hands will help the youth become more confident to get those easy baskets whenever those opportunities arise.

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Equal Playing Time in Youth Sports

Have you ever been part of a basketball team comprised of twelve players; however, the coach only plays eight of them? The only time the coach will play the other four players will be through a couple minutes in the fourth quarter against weaker opponents when the team has secured the win. Now imagine how those four athletes feel in comparison to the other players on the team. Do you think it is fair to those other four players that spent the season on the bench?

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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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Believe in Yourself!

A skill that separates an exceptional athlete from the rest is the degree to which that individual believes in themselves and trusts that they can be successful in the sport. Confidence is defined as how strongly an individual believes that he/she can achieve the desired goals. This skill is applied at all levels within sport and is developed over time. The way that Tom Brady is able to make that winning touchdown pass or LeBron James making that defensive stop in clutch moments all stems from this confidence and the belief that they can perform these tasks on a regular basis.

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