22 Ways to be an Awesome Youth Sports Parent

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Shouting abusive comments, stomping their feet, yelling at the referees, mocking the coach; we all know a negative youth sports parent when we see one.

These images are never a good sight at a youth basketball game. The other parents sitting in close proximity feel embarrassed to be associated with them and their own child watches on in bewilderment at the actions of their parent. There’s really no place for a parent that acts this way in youth sports.

Screen Shooting – Shooting Drill

Screen Shooting

How the Drill Works:

Players will start at the top of the key, cut underneath the basket, and then cut off a screen and take a shot using one of the screens on either side of the floor.


This drill will teach your players how to score and make the appropriate read off an off-ball screen.

Partner Form Shooting – Shooting Drill

Partner Form Shooting

How the Drill Works

Players each have a partner and line up about 10 feet apart facing each other. They then shoot the ball to each other using correct technique so that their partner can catch it without moving.


This drill should be used almost every training at a young age until each player has mastered basic shooting technique. It’s a great drill to get in many quick repetitions and gives the coaches a chance to correct the shooting form of all players.

30 and 1 – Shooting Drill

30 and 1 Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players will split up into groups. The coach picks three different spots on the floor that each group must make 10 shots from and then to finish the game the group must make one long-range shot as the game-winner. Equalling 31 made shots.


A fun, competitive shooting drill that works on shots from different spots on the court.

Chase Down Layups – Shooting Drill


How the Drill Works:

Two lines of players on the baseline at each end of the court. The offensive player starts with an advantage and sprints the court and must lay the ball up while under pressure from the defensive player.


To teach players layups at full speed while under pressure from a defender. Also works on chase-down defense.

Fatigue Shooting – Shooting Drill

Fatigue Shooting

How the Drill Works:

Players are in groups of 3 or 4. The drill involves each player passing the ball to a shooter, sprinting the floor, receiving a pass for the shot, and then rebounding their own shot to pass to the next person.


A fast-paced drill that allows athletes to practice shooting while fatigued. Great drill to improve conditioning in all players.

2-3 Zone Defense – The Complete Guide

2-3 zone defense

The 2-3 zone is by far the most common zone in basketball and is more than likely the specific formation that will come to a coaches mind when they hear the term ‘zone’ relating to basketball.

The 2-3 zone defense involves two players across the top of the zone near each high post; these players are referred to as the ‘guards’ (1 and 2), two players a step outside of each block; known as the ‘forwards’ (3 and 4), and a player in the middle of the key referred to as the ‘center’ (5).

Tennessee Drill – Shooting Drill

Tennessee Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

The ball starts under the basket. On every trip down the floor there will be two passes and a layup. The first two passers must switch sides of the floor and then take a jump shot from either the high post or three-point line receiving the ball from the players on the sideline. The player that performs the layup then initiates the next trip down the floor with the two players that passed the ball to the shooters.


Allows players to work on layups as well as shooting from different areas on the floor. Two other benefits are practicing passing the ball ahead to a teammate running at full speed and the drill is also great for conditioning since the players are under a time limit.

Partner Shooting – Shooting Drill

Partner Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players take sets of 10 shots each. One person rebounds while the other shoots, back-pedals to half way and spots up again for the shot. Then they swap over.


To work on shooting while fatigued. Great drill to get up lots of repetitions when you have a lot of players. Also can work on a variety of shots.

5 Spot Variety – Shooting Drill

5 Spot Variety Drill

How the Drill Works:
All players grab a basketball and line up behind the same cone. Each player takes four different shots from 5 different cones. The core four shots are two layups and two jump shots.

A great drill for practicing a variety of shots from all over the floor. While I’m usually against lines, this drill moves quite fast and the players will never be standing for too long.