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Excerpt — Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball-2nd Edition

Creating Successful Practice Plans

After you’ve survived the initial practices and have come to know your players better and understand their strengths and weaknesses, you’ll need to design practices that make the most of your team’s allotted gym time.

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Now the fun starts. Everybody likes to score, but very few people know how to shoot. In youth basketball, players are so consumed with reaching the rim that they don’t care how they do it.

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Defending the Post

Teaching young players how to defend a player who wants the basketball in close to the basket is another challenge. It requires defenders to get even more up close and personal with their opponents.

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Out-of-Bounds Plays

The ball flies, bounces, skips, and ricochets out of bounds dozens of times during a game. Bringing the ball inbounds at the other team’s end of the court actually can be pretty difficult against a tenacious defense, so it’s important to have at least a couple of inbounds plays ready that can accomplish two goals: Ensure that the ball is securely inbounded and provide an opportunity to score.

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Managing the Game Positively

Before you talk to your team about the specifics of playing the game, take care of a few essential tasks.

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