How to Win Every Youth Basketball Game (8 Terrible Tactics)

How to Win Every Youth Basketball Game (1)

I was once asked to fill in as the coach for a team competing in an U12’s grand final game because the normal coach of the team had fallen ill the night before.

I was happy to help out and said yes despite not having any idea what players were on the team.

When I arrived at the game the next day I was delighted to find out that we had a great team. I had previously coached most of the players and had watched the others play before.

But the player that immediately stood out to me was our team’s biggest player. Let’s call him Tom (not his real name).

Pat Summitt – A BFC Tribute

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Last night we lost one of the all-time great coaches in the history of basketball, Pat Summitt.

Pat coached the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers for 38 years and became the winningest coach in NCAA division 1 history amassing an incredible 1,098 victories.

She passed away at the age of 64 after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia in 2011.

Run and Jump Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

Run and Jump Defense

The ‘Run and Jump’ defense is a full-court man-to-man press with rules that encourage jump-switching and trapping. It was first created by Dean Smith at North Carolina during the 1970’s.

This full-court defense is best suited for a team of athletes that want to play an uptempo style game. Big and slow teams should avoid this offense as the rotations require quick movements to be effective.

The Four Roles at a Youth Basketball Game

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We have a terrible problem in youth basketball. And it’s getting worse.

Here are three examples of it… (see if you can guess what it is).

1. Coaches are always screaming at referees about calls they disagree with.
2. Spectators are coaching kids from the sideline.
3. Players are constantly arguing with the referees.

While this might seem like 3 different problems, it’s really not.

They all come down to this…

Four Corners Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

Four Corners Offense

The four corners offense was invented by John McClendon in the mid-1950’s but was made popular to the masses by Dean Smith during his long tenure at North Carolina.

The four corners offense was most commonly used as a delay offense before a 45-second shot clock was introduced in the 1985/1986 season. In fact, offenses like this one are the main reason that the shot clock was introduced to the game of basketball.

The offense involves four players standing on all the four corners of the half-court and one player with the basketball in the middle.

6 Mistakes I Made My First Season Coaching Youth Basketball

6 Mistakes I Made My First Season Coaching Youth Basketball

My first year coaching youth basketball I had the privilege of coaching an under 12 boys basketball team that was made up of nine wonderful kids between the ages of 9 and 10.

Being my first time, I grew tremendously as a coach throughout the season. I was constantly being put into new, challenging situations that allowed me to gain more life and basketball coaching experience.

But, as much as I enjoyed it, the season definitely wasn’t the perfect start to my coaching career that I had initially hoped for…

Zone Defense is Terrible for Youth Basketball

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A coach sent me an email last week that said this (summarized): “Hi. This week we’re playing against a team that runs a tight 2-3 zone all game. They have much taller players than we do and they barely ever leave the key on defense. What should we do?” Do you want to know what […]

Box and 1 Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

Box and 1 Defense

Do you ever come up against teams with a single dominant player? One player that scores a majority of their team’s points every game?

When you do come up against a team like that, it’s the perfect opportunity to implement the box and 1 defense.

The box and 1 defense is a junk defense commonly used against teams with one great offensive player surrounded by players of less offensive talent.

1-2-2 Zone Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

1-2-2 Zone Defense

The 1-2-2 zone defense is a variation of the more commonly used 2-3 zone.

The main difference is that the 1-2-2 zone defense is a great defense against teams that score a majority of their points from the perimeter, whereas the 2-3 zone provides more inside presence.

This is because, in the 1-2-2- zone, all 5 defenders have a responsibility to guard an area on the perimeter.

This allows quick closeouts and the ability to contest every shot taken from the three-point line.

Therefore, the 1-2-2 zone is often used against teams that have strong guards and three-point shooters but aren’t strong on the inside.