Drill 1 – V-Cuts
Repeating the fundamentals will help the movements required during a baseball game become second nature for your team. When performing drills, repeat the same motions until all your players have committed them to memory before moving on to a new drill.
This practice also allows you to correct mistakes in form and gives your team members a chance to ask for additional help if necessary. Separating the team into two groups for most drills helps maximize efficiency and allows for the most repetition. Baseball drills should focus on throwing, fielding, and batting.
For an effective throwing drill, Baseball Basics suggests using a plastic ball, and having your players throw the ball to a teammate or at an interesting target. As the children throw, observe their techniques, encouraging them to throw overhand, turn their shoulders perpendicular to the target, and step with the proper foot. Batting drills for 5- and 6-year-olds should involve repetitive hitting of balls off the tee.
If your league uses coaches to pitch, you may choose to practice without the tee as well. Using a larger ball when first pitching to your players may help them develop hand-eye coordination before moving to a smaller ball.
Fielding drills should focus on squaring up to the ball, using two hands, and keeping eyes on the ball. At first, you may want to have the children practice without gloves so they become accustomed to using two hands when fielding. You will need to show children the ready position of knees slightly bent and hands off knees so they can move easily from side to side to field balls not hit directly at them.
Video of the Day. Tee Ball Baseball Drills. Tips for Youth Soccer Coaching Drills. I could go on and on, but the story is the same. I've probably set these girls back a couple of years in their basketball skills because of my failure to develop the fundamentals. Anyway, just wanted to say that you guys are spot on with the priorities you share for youth coaching.
Winning is not important at the youth level - development of skills is the priority. Get yourself and your kids involved in a program that stresses development - it's the best thing you can do. Hi Bill, Thank you for the kind words and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
I know it took me a few years to figure things out. And that's after I researched and studied. Most parents don't have time to do that. That's why we put together this website. We wanted to help youth coaches get started on the right foot. I am a first time coach who knows relatively nothing about basketball and was thrown into a 10yo team of girls. I was unable to get a response to set up any practice time so what is your suggestion as to how to coach them during a game.
Can I set up some sort of play module or what??? Any help is appreciated. I'm not sure what you can do without some practice. In games, I'm not big into strategy or schemes, especially at the youth level. The only thing you can do is provide positive reinforcement when they do things right. When they do things wrong, you can talk do them on the bench and provide instruction trying to shout and teach during the heat of the game doesn't really work.
My first suggestion is to get some practice time scheduled. My next suggestion is to find a mentor with basketball experience. My daughter began playing basketball when she was 7 years-old. She played Upward and spring rec until she got a badly sprained finger at age She has had to take a year and a half off so it would heal. She was still having pain when she moved it after a year. Her orthopedist says she can go back now. My question is, has she missed to much to catch up to her peers who have been playing all along?
What advice would you give her to prepare her to try out for her schools middle school team one year from now? Should she do fall and summer rec or try club in the fall? Any advice is appreciated. First, I would not be overly concerned because she is still so young. Steve Nash 2-time MVP didn't play basketball until he was Dirk Novitski started around the same time.
Bill Russell and Michael Jordan were no good as sophomores in high school. So I wouldn't be too worried about "getting behind" just yet. With my own children I'm more concerned with their athletic development, coordination, and mental development.
I know that if they are athletes, coordinated, and hard workers, then they have a real good chance to be as good at basketball as they want to be even if the never play bball until middle school or high school. So my advice would be to worry less about catching up and more with a good well rounded athletic development.
Play soccer, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, and flag football seasonally. Get a good skill development trainer for basketball.
Play some bball games seasonally. A good skill trainer will do more than playing games all summer. A good mix is the key. Thank you Jeff, I appreciate the encouragement and the link. She is also on a swim team so she works on other skill sets. I have one more question. She went through puberty about 1 year ago and is 5'2" It does not look like she is going to be tall.
Could she still be a good player if she is not tall? I guess it depends on how you define "good player". She can certainly be a very good high school, college, and even pro player. Of course the taller the better, but there are many other things that make up for a good basketball player.
If you are short, you better be skilled, athletic, and a smart player. I could not agree more with your sentiments about promoting skills development and fundamental until kids are closer to 13 or The biggest problem in youth sports today is over-coaching younger kids. Good intentions usually ; bad result. The feeding high school issue is also a big problem. It may be good for that coach who may not even be there in 3 or 4 years but it is often bad for the player who is not exposed to another offensive system.
The concept of a role player has no business in youth sports. In any event, there is no point in a player learning a structured offense if they have no ball handling skills, poor footwork, bad shooting mechanics, no court awareness and no vision. Retention with kids is somewhat of an oxy-moron but fundamental skills are much easier for them to understand and can be practiced at the schoolyard or in the driveway.
The bottom line is that youth coaching should be about building a foundation for the future success of the players. It should not be about living out a Bobby Knight fantasy. The center of today might be the point guard of tomorrow.
Teach everyone the fundamentals and how to play This helps alot thanks! I'm 16 and I am teaching a basketball camp over the summer and I wanted to know what I should teach younger kids becuz I've played for 11 years but have played varsity ball so much haha I wanted to get back to the basics so thanks!
Remember to make sure that they have fun also. You are young but they should look up to you as a role model. Thanks for great information. Youth sports is about developing skills and fun.
I am coaching a 5th grade girls team. We only started with them this past January. We finished up a tournament this weekend and got beaten pretty handily. The major issue is that most other school districts have in-house programs that start in 3rd grade we are a parent volunteer program , so we are essentially two years behind in teaching our girls the fundamentals while the teams we play are very well organized at this point, run set offensive plays, and generally beat us in every facet of the game.
I am a competitive person and find it frustrating that we are having difficulty being competitive. An additional problem is that we have a lack of gym availability in our school district and are limited to practice 3 days a week for 90 minutes each day. I have read various articles on this website and others regarding how to coach youth basketball, but feel that I need more than this to catch up with our opponents. Our ultimate goal is to have the girls be ready for 7th grade when our school's in house program starts, but we don't want the girls to get discouraged by constantly losing.
Any advice on what direction to take is greatly appreciated. Michael - I know that this is tough on you and the girls It is hard to catch up with people teams that have years on you I know what you are saying, I was there too Bottom line, this is where you are at. I think that you should sit down with the girls and parents, discuss your goals and objectives. Your goal is to get them ready to play in the house program Keep teaching them fundamentals, make them as fundamentally sound as you can.
At your level its not about Ws and Ls I can understand the frustration and desire to compete. Been there and I am still there at times. Since I can't stand sacrificing long term development for short term wins, here's one of the ways that I deal with the problem I continue teaching fundamentals and avoid teaching plays and "systems" to help win short term.
I then track stats and sometimes set goals. With a really young team this year, here's what I did You just never know at this age level so we'll try to be prepared to make it a positive experience regardless of their level and ability. Since the score of the game might not be favorable, we are track some stats allowing each girl to have some success on the court. It also encourages them to hustle. Kids just want to see improvement.
If they just see a little improvement each week and each month, even when losing according to the scoreboard, they stay positive and encouraged.
If you want to get them ready for 7th grade, don't worry about winning now. Give them a foundation by teaching fundamental skills like crazy.
And make things lots of fun. Michael, This is what I would do Develop a great man to man defense. If your team can learn to defend, it will keep you in games.
This doesn't mean that you have to spend 45 minutes every practice on defense. You could probably get away with working 15 to 20 minutes on it at every practice, but you emphasize it during games and practices. I would just tell them that their effort on defense wasn't acceptable. If you want to play, our team needs more from you. As they mentioned above, keep working on fundamentals.
Here is an article that might help as well He went from not winning a game in 6th grade to winning the conference championship in 8th grade Great article Joe IF I didn't mention that before I think that gives most coaches a good plan for progression. I coached th graders for 13 years In my last 3 years, I knew I was moving on to the high school level. We started a 6th grade team playing ONLY m2m The 7th grade team ran m2m and we gave them some offense.
When they were in 8th grade we played the majority of m2m defense but switched to a zone occasionally. We did not have a gym but the school rented one for us every day for practice. We were never very good but that last year we won our conference first time ever and played for the league championship I was very proud of that group.
I have been coaching for 2 years and have used your advise and tips and drills and I now have a team of 9 year olds who look out for each other and do all the little things on court that go unrecognised in a game. Thank you for helping me teach them the game in a way I wouldn''t of been able to without your website and ebooks. I recently discovered this website, and I love it! I am a young coach from Belgium, teaching kids from years old and I just wanted to say that this site, all the info is great.
I have learned many things thanks to this site, nit only for my kids, but also for my own game Hi, I just started to coach a six graders team of mostly13 year olds. I just want to teach them proper fundamentals. I was taught on defense to stay between the man and the basket. I notice that you said between the man and the ball. Some of my players have been taught to stay between the man and ball by another coach.
We call that denying the man the ball and I think its ok at times. What often happens to my players is they get burned by back door cuts to the basket.
The other players don't switch and help out fast enough, so we give up a lot of points that way. Dwayne - Take a look at what Jeff, Joe and myself have been posting on this subject. Check this out - http: I have a 13 year-old daughter who has played two years HS feeder ball, three years rec.
She is currently on an AAU spring team. I was looking for drills that may improve throwing accurately and catching-both offensively and defensively basic ball control. Other teams are very opportunistic in this reguard and I think this the next step for her.
Winning the turnover battle could mean a lot. Thank you for the advice both in the material and in the responses. My 6th grader was talked into playing basketball by her club soccer coach. I tried for many years to fet her to play. She''s in love with it now but has some catching up to do and I was quite sure where to start or what to exactly work on to get her confidence up.
Defense came almost naturally to her this season. Thomas, Here are some drills that will help with catching, receiving, and turnovers: My son want to play basketball if any questions please call My little girl was put on the alternative list. The coach claims she is only allowed 12 players, how many players is 3rd threw 5th in tennessee allowed? The boys had 15 on the roster last year. Chip - I'm not sure how many players are allowed on a team in TN. However my guess is the state does not have a rule but maybe the league you are in has a rule.
Generally the youth rules are on a local league level and vary from league to league. With that said, I think players on a roster is just about right. With 15 players on a team each player only gets 13 minutes in a 40 minute game. That's going to be boring for the 10 players sitting on the bench and not enough minutes for kids to develop or learning anything.
So I think players is just about right. There is little sitting on the bench and all the players get plenty of playing time. Hi, I have a kid who is We want to introduce one more training a week which would be on the day when he already has a training session. We are a little concern not to put him under a risk of physical damage. How many hours a week would you consider to be too much for a young aspiring athlete?
Remember, he is only 10 and there is more to life than basketball. Make sure that he is having fun and is learning a lot of fundamentals. Every kid is different.
My 9 year old son is playing in an organized basketball league for the first time. He doesn't get much playing time in games or practice. When the starting 5 are practicing, he and 2 other boys are sitting the bench, so they are not getting much experience to learn the plays. When he does get in the game, his coach tells him that he doesn't know what he is doing.
He gets the least playing time and honestly the other boys are better. I am just wanting to know how to help him to remember the plays? He is so nervous of messing up during the game. I don't want him discouraged and I don't expect him to start because he is not at that level, but I want him to feel more comfortable. Jill - Maybe the coach can send you the plays and you can practice them at home? And make sure your son knows it's ok to make mistakes. As long as you are trying as hard as you can, mistakes are ok.
Will he be able to learn them by looking at the plays on paper? Some read and get it. Some see a demonstration and get it. Some require multiple methods. So I would suggest trying a couple different methods -- paper, try walking through it at home, try drawing up the play on paper, maybe try having him show you the play in the living room. We will try it. Do you teach your kids alk positions? Or do you make them all knowledgeable in every aspect of the game? My daughter had been playing for a few years now.
She had only been taught one position The games are a little different but it does get old watching her stand there. I was just curious to know if that's how they're usually taught. Tabetha - Yes, unfortunately that is how many youth players are taught. But that is not what I would recommend. For my youth teams, all players learn the post, perimeter, and point guard positions.