Someone sent me this pic of me coaching my son this weekend and It prompted me to share a thought about criticism and feedback- clearly my 8-year old has got it down ...
Master the fundamental footwork and mechanics for shooting a layup.
Yeah I get it. When it comes to basketball we all want our child to be the highest jumper, the quickest and best athlete on the floor. After all, if our kids are going to make their middle-school team, that AAU select team, or start on Varsity at the local high school- they gotta be the best...right?
When the ball-handler retreats in his/her dribble- it's almost a natural reflex for the defender to relax and come out of their stance, which is when the player with the ball attacks.It's also a great move for the offensive player to scope what's going on behind his defender and base the next move off their … Continue reading Move of the Week: Retreat Dribble
Dick Bennett -- who is best known around these parts as the creator of the "Pack Line" defense (and as Tony Bennett's father) -- has a simple four-step checklist for defense that I believe every coach would benefit from adopting. As follows: 1. Get Back and Stop the Basketball As we chat about all the … Continue reading 4 Steps for Great Team Defense from Coach Dick Bennett
Five Spot Shooting is one of the best all around shooting workouts developing players can utilize. In fact, if there's ONE workout you ever use to become a good shooter- this would be it!Five Spot Shooting is a progressive workout that covers every aspect of shooting from every spot on the court. It's extremely thorough … Continue reading Five Spot Basketball Shooting Workout
When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. The reality is that very few go pro. Estimated probability of competing in men's college basketball High School Participants NCAA Participants Overall % HS to NCAA % HS to NCAA … Continue reading What Are the Odds of Competing in Men’s Professional Basketball?
Yesterday I read an interesting article by a man who says young players shouldn't watch the NBA. And he backs this up with many solid points: The NBA is chock-full of: Poor sportsmanship Yelling at referees Technical fouls and ejections And it's not great for our young, impressionable youth to see these things on a nightly … Continue reading Why Young Basketball Players Should NOT Watch the NBA
1. Cheer for all players (even those on the other team!). Leave the coaching to the coaches. 2. Write down your goals for your child for this season. Talk to your child about these goals, as they likely are not the same as his or hers! 3. When setting goals with your child, remember … Continue reading 10 Tips for Sports Parents
Two-Ball Dribbling Over the last 7 years is the deficiency of ball handling skills in many youth basketball players. A vast majority of youth players can dribble with their dominant (strong) hand, but not with their weak (off) hand. This ball handling drill forces kids to do two things: 1. Utilize the off (weak) hand 2. Challenge/Develop … Continue reading The Best Ball Handling Drills for Youth Basketball Players