As a coach, you always want to put your team in position to win, help your players develop and grow, and just be successful. We spoke to arguably one of the best and most influential high school coaches, in Team USA U17 head man Don Showalter, and he gladly shared his coaching secrets with us. Continue reading “Interview: Secrets to high school coaching with team USA U17 Don Showalter” »
At this age, you’ll probably be introducing basketball to kids for the first time. It is at this age that they will start to develop what will hopefully become a lifelong passion for the game. I’m a big fan of Basketball Canada’s Long-term athlete development model (LTAD) and this post is largely based on that model.
If there’s 1 thing to take away from this post, it’s to make practice FUN and ENCOURAGING.
We’ve blogged about plyometric jump training and our 22 most popular conditioning drills. Fitness and conditioning is a vital and often underrated part of coaching youth basketball. On the court, the team that has the energy to keep on hustling through the fourth is often the team that wins the game. There’s also the balance between developing a young player’s athleticism and avoiding over training and injuries.
This week we’ve reached out to 5 of our expert coaching partners for their best practices. Click on each link to get advice for the age group you coach:
– AAU Coach Ryan Holliday (for u11 teams)
– Games Based Training Coach Brian McCormick (for u18 teams)
– NBA Skills Coach and 2011 Coach of the USA Pan Americas Games team, Don Kelbick (for u16 teams)
– Coach Chris Oliver, Head Coach of the University of Windsor Lancers (for u18 teams)
– Coach Nick George, former Team GB International (for u18 teams)
I’ve outlined the appropriate age groups for each coaches advice, but no matter what category you coach in, each section will have some insights inside for you!