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…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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 my reply […]Continue reading
I’m an avid reader. I love it.
This year I’ve been on the road a lot, which has given me plenty of time to devour many good (and some bad) books.
One of my favorite things about the basketball coaching community we have is that there is a clear desire to improve that every coach I have the opportunity to talk to seems to possess.
We are all life-long learners. Not just for improving our basketball knowledge, but for improving other areas of our lives too.Continue reading
Have you ever wondered if there was a ‘correct’ spot on the rim that players should aim for when shooting a basketball?
I know I have… many times.
Admittedly, I’ve always been an “aim at whatever feels most comfortable for you” coach. But recently, I’ve been questioning whether that’s a good enough answer…
So I asked 18 experts and here’s what they told me…Continue reading
We’ve all coached at least one… the player that simply refuses to pass the ball to their teammates. The player that seems to take a shot on every offensive trip down the court. Having this type of player on your team can turn a seemingly happy season into a downright nightmare if it’s not addressed […]Continue reading