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” »
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!
All effective basketball practices have the same basic structure. The basic structure forms the beginning, body and conclusion of a practice. Within each of these parts of practice the basic structure helps a coach plan, organize and execute a practice plan.
The structure a basketball practice can be broken down into three phases:
- Principle Content
Each phase has a purpose. The purpose of each phase can vary depending on your philosophy, the age of the players, the time of the season and the access to resources. Knowing the purpose of each phase directs your planning of practice.