Description: 55 youth basketball plays and 173 youth basketball drills designed for coaching ages 6-12. One of the most common issues kids basketball coaches face is how to introduce drills that are fun, keep players interested and increase practice intensity.
The purpose of this drill is to practice rebounding and finishing strong around the basket. There are no fouls in this drill, and players are encouraged to fight aggressively (but safely) to get possession of the ball. To make this one even more competitive, split your team into two groups and send one member of each group as a rebounder for each sequence. Rebounders should go up strong for the ball and pull it down with two hands (rather than trying to tip it in). To set it up,  divide the players in half and have one group stand under the basket at one end of the floor and the other group stand under the basket at the other end of the floor.
With younger kids basketball teams, set the goal low, and work it upwards as they become more confident with the drill.
I like that Alabama rebounding drill – will try it with my 9-10 year olds this weekend.
It is said time after time that our youth is the future; unfortunately our youth today are so consumed with television, video games,  and social media that they are learning poor habits earlier and earlier. Teaching youth players the Read & React Offense is the best investment you can make as a basketball coach. It is too early in development to throw a kid in the post and leave him there because he is tall, let him or her learn the game like everyone else!
Need assistance placing an order, or have general questions about our product feel free to contact us. Here is something I do with the group age of 6-7 year olds.  I want to start introducing them to footwork.
I start them off in a line and one at a time they go through all the stations, each time they get to a certain spot on the floor I yell out what move they are doing, so hopefully they will start remembering what they are doing. It helps if you have an assistant to do the same moves on other side of court that way they don’t get bored standing there.
With older kids or as this group starts getting better they have to start yelling what footwork they are doing. At the end of season it has helped them prepare for moving up or just getting familiar with the footwork part of it.


To help the kids break their habits of catching the ball, and immediately putting their head down and putting the ball on the floor and dribbling, we deflated one of our basketballs in practice and made them do full court drills and scrimmage with a ball that is flat.
Make sure that any physical play is safe – no undercutting, pushing, elbowing, or tripping allowed.
On the coach’s whistle the first players will step-up and throw the ball against the backboard, rebound the ball, and pass it to the coach. I will give you an example, I was working a camp recently in which a player was in charge of the lay-up station. Ability to dribble equally well with both hands: It amazes me that players come into our program each year and are very talented but are one-hand dominant. Ability to Shoot Lay-Ups Equally Well with Both Hands: Too often I walk into a youth center or gym and see young players jacking shots from 15-20 feet. Ability to Move Without the Ball: This last component is not necessarily a fundamental but something I feel is just as important to teach at the youth basketball level.
Look at the game of basketball today, how many true back to the basket Centers are there in the NBA?
Ability to Shoot the Ball with Proper Form: I have left shooting last because I think the first four tips will help youth players achieve success at earlier ages with those fundamentals. This one is great for teaching your kids to play through contact and score despite getting fouled. You want the players to bump each other with their bodies and box out aggressively, but not do anything to injure one another. I looked over and he was teaching 8-10 year olds how to perform the Euro-Step; you can imagine my disbelief – I quickly changed the drill! While there are numerous drills that many professional skills trainers promote, at the youth level keep it simple. How often do you watch basketball games from the youth level all the way to high school and see players just standing around and watching. You’ll notice that the players will tighten up as they approach the goal number, and start to miss shots they normally would make.
Below are what I believe are the five most important elements to coaching youth basketball.
But there is no place in the game for youth basketball players to learn 1-hand passes until they become stronger and can properly throw a TWO-handed chest, bounce, and overhead pass. It is extremely important that you teach youth players how to properly shoot the basketball.


Over time, they get more and more fatigued, and it becomes harder and harder to make the layups.
Let me be clear, in this article I am referring to Youth Basketball players as any one younger than 10 years of age. Once they master this, teach them to zig-zag dribble utilizing (in this order) the crossover, between the legs, and behind the back dribble. Again, keep it simple line up your players across from each other and teach them to properly throw two-handed passes with arms extended and thumbs down on the finish. By the nature of the game (and lack of defense) lay-ups are very popular in youth basketball.
Teach them how to shoot using a small ball (size can vary depending on age of child) as well as the height of the rim. But don’t stop there, this needs to be taught and re-enforced at every level of the game. To this day, it amazes how many talented players enter high school with poor shooting mechanics. I will give you a great example, several years ago I coached a highly sought after player at the college level who could not shoot a left-handed lay-up.
But it wasn’t his fault, his previous coaches let him get by with mediocrity because of his athleticism.
However, that is not best for youth basketball because they only learn how to run a play, not how to play in itself.
Teach proper habits and muscle memory early in development so the player can continue to improve their game as they grow older. Space your floor with a simple 5-out and teach your players to pass and cut and fill spots. It seems simple but it is probably one of the most effective plays you could teach in all of youth basketball.



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