Parents: Please Stop Ruining Youth Sports

Parents Youth Sports

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the most horrifying youth basketball games I’ve ever watched since the time I began coaching.

I won’t specify where it was or which teams participated, but I will give you the details so that hopefully others can learn from them.

I entered the gym as a U12 girls game was about to commence. I’m assuming it was a grand final since the stands were near completely filled.

There were numerous banners being held up and many of the spectators were dressed up in the colors of the teams warming up on the court.

Triangle Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

triangle offense

From 1990 to 2010, the Triangle offense (also known as the ‘Triple Post Offense’) was by far the most dominant offense in basketball.

During this time, the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers used the Triangle offense to captured 11 NBA championships.

Some of the greatest players to ever step on the court thrived in the Triangle offense including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal, and Pau Gasol to name a few.

One might say that the reason the triangle offense is so effective is because it had the above players running it. I wouldn’t disagree with that, but no one can argue that this offense is very effective at putting players in great positions for them to score the basketball.

28 Basketball Plays to Dominate Any Defense

basketball-plays

Selecting and implementing effective basketball plays is one of the most important roles of a basketball coach.

Is there a better feeling for a coach than drawing up a play in the dying minutes of a close game that your players go out and execute to perfection and score from?

If there is, I haven’t found it.

The ability to call the right play at the right time during a game can often be the difference between your team winning a losing.

47 Basketball Defense Tips (Become a Great Defender)

basketball defense

How important is basketball defense to you?

If you go to the park or the gym, most of the time all you’ll see is players working on their offensive game. Rarely do you see players down in defensive stance entire possessions anticipating passes and offensive movement.

You see, basketball offense is fun. It’s ‘cool’.

It’s the crossovers and dunks that make spectators stand up from their seats and cheer and get players excited.

But it’s basketball defense that will have a bigger impact on the amount of success you have individually and as a team.

I challenge all coaches and players to place more importance on the defensive end of the floor in games and practices.

Shot Clocks in High School Must be Mandatory

high school shot clock

Whether all states in the United States of America should implement a high school shot clock has forever been a highly debated topic.

I was recently urged to write this blog post after seeing yet another important high school basketball game come down to stalling the basketball for several minutes before shooting on the buzzer (twice).

The game I’m talking about was a 4 overtime game in Iowa between Ames High School and Hoover High School.

Here’s a quick summary of the overtime periods (4 minutes each):

Man-to-Man Defense (Complete Coaching Guide)

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The traditional man-to-man defense is by far the most common defense in the game of basketball today.

This is especially true as players progress to a higher level of competition. In fact, due to the great outside shooting of professional players, every NBA team almost exclusively plays man-to-man defense.

The man-to-man defense involves all 5 defensive players on the court being allocated one opposition player who they’re accountable for defending whenever they’re on defense.

Of course, there will be times when players switch opponents or help each other on defense, but for the most part, each player is responsible for one player from the opposition.

Basketball Gifts – 2017 Edition

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I love Christmas and the holiday season.

There’s nothing better than seeing a person’s face light up delight after they receive a gift they’ve always wanted.

And for us around the game of basketball, there’s nothing better than giving basketball gifts during the Holiday season.

In this article, I’ve listed the top 14 basketball gifts I recommend for players or coaches.

23 Qualities of a Great Teammate

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Being a great teammate is far more important than being a great player.

Let’s face it…

Chances are that you will never coach a player who goes on to play professional basketball at a high level (the chances are slim).

And if you do, the number will pale in comparison to the number of players you coach who will never play any basketball professionally.

But every single one of the players you’re coaching are going to grow up, get a job, and will be expected to be a contributing member of their community.

So how can we best prepare our players for the rest of their lives?

By teaching them how to be great teammates.

4 Out 1 In Motion Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

4 Out 1 In Offense

The 4-out 1-in motion offense (also known as ’41’) is one of the most popular and versatile basketball offenses in today’s game at all levels.

As the name suggests, this offense consists of 4 players spaced out behind the three-point line and 1 post player inside.

In this article I will mostly focus on breaking down the version of the zone that keeps the post player on and below the low post as this is the best version for youth basketball as it keeps the lane open for dribble penetration.

5-Out Motion Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

5 Out Motion

The 5-out motion offense is a fantastic primary offense for basketball teams at any level, but especially youth basketball teams. It’s a positionless offense that relies on spacing the floor and a set of rules that assists players to determine their movements and actions. Due to players making decisions and reading the play of their […]