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

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).

The Four Roles at a Youth Basketball Game

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…

How to Improve Youth Basketball – 36 Experts Explain

Different ways to improve youth basketball is a topic I often find myself having with coaches from all over the world.

While the opinions are often similar, what I love hearing are the different reasons why each coach or trainer wants the specific changes to be made. It’s enlightening to see the different perspectives and view-points each coach has.

So for this month’s question, I decided to focus on exactly that… ways to improve youth basketball.

21 Life Lessons Kids Learn Through Youth Sports

‘Use youth sports as a medium to teach young players life lessons’. Youth sports are going to teach young players a lot more than how to shoot a basketball or how to use a pick-and-roll, there are a lot of life lessons players will learn on their journey through participation in youth sports. These life […]

5 Basketball Coaching Blogs You Must Follow in 2013

Are you always on the lookout for more basketball coaching blogs to read? I know I am, and I bet you are too. I’ve been a passionate reader for many, many years. There’s not much I like better than relaxing on the couch at home with one of my favorite books. Subscribing and following blogs […]

How to Double Your Vertical Jump for Basketball – 12 Week Course

A good vertical jump is a valuable asset for all of your players to possess. It will help your team get more rebounds, blocks, and steals. It will also let a few (or many) players on your team dunk the basketball, which can lead to increasing your teams confidence, enthusiasm, and can it make the […]

How to be a Good Role Model for Your Players

  Having good, positive role models is very important for children and teenagers. Kids look up to certain people in their lives. They look to their role models as an example when they have decisions and choices to make. Children and teenagers strive to emulate their role models, trying to be like someone they look […]

7 Easy Steps to Dealing with Difficult Parents

  Every year, thousands of coaches all over the world dedicate their time to teaching other parents children how to play the game of basketball.  The majority of parents appreciate this good-natured act, but occasionally you’ll find a couple of people that don’t see it this way. Often the love they have for their child […]

4 Simple Steps to Get Youth Basketball Player’s Attention – And How to Teach It

Do you ever find at practice or clinics that your youth basketball players aren’t paying attention? You look over and see them mucking around talking with their friends, or simply day dreaming? Paying absolutely no attention to what you’re trying to teach? They can be sneaky about it too. One minute you think they’re paying […]