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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 264
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3358-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3358-0

As a parent, it is a proud day when your child joins his or her first sports team. It is important to you to be involved, which may be leading you to think about coaching. Nervous about the possibility? Don't be! With the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball, you will quickly and easily learn how to become a successful youth basketball coach. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference guide will help you create a fun and effective learning environment. You have limited practice time and resources, and you need to know how to make the best of them. With this book, you will cover several key concepts that often elude rookie coaches, including:

  • Identifying your role and expectations as a coach.
  • Tailoring instruction to meet the varying physical abilities of different age groups.
  • Creating a safe playing environment.
  • Knowing how to effectively coach during both practices and games.
  • Learning how to communicate and form alliances with parents, league administrators, game officials and players.
On top of all this great material, we also provide you with access to a website where you can download practice plans, emergency information cards, injury reports, awards and certificates, and season evaluation forms. Ensure that you and your child's first basketball season are a success with Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.

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Table of Contents

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.

Table of Contents.


How This Book Is Organized.

Special Elements.


1. Your Coaching Approach.

    Your Coaching Philosophy

      Physical Development

      Mental Development

      Emotional Development

      Social Development

      Some Final Thoughts on Your Coaching Philosophy

    10 Attributes of a Good Coach

      Take Your Role Seriously

      Be Comfortable with Being in Charge

      Be Dependable and Stable

      Be Patient

      Be Flexible

      Enjoy Getting to Know Your Players

      Desire to Help Kids Learn and Grow

      Be an Encourager

      Be Willing to Learn

      Have a Sense of Humor

    10 Keys to Being a Good Coach

      Know the Basics of the Sport

      Plan for Your Season and Practices

      Conduct Effective Practices

      Teach Skills and Tactics

      Correct Players in a Way That Helps Them Improve

      Teach and Model Good Sporting Behavior

      Provide for Players' Safety

      Communicate Effectively

      Coach Effectively During Games

      Know What Success Is

      Final Thoughts on the Keys to Being a Good Coach

    What to Expect As a Coach

    What Is Expected of You As a Coach

    Equipment and Insurance

    Last, But Not Least: Why Kids Play Basketball

2. Rules of the Game.

    Basic Youth Basketball Rules

      Court, Equipment, and Time





    How the Game Is Played



    Keep on Learning

    Teaching Rules to Your Players

      Situational Plays


      Brief Discussions

      Players' Experiences

3. Communication Keys.

    10 Keys to Being a Good Communicator

      Know Your Message

      Make Sure You Are Understood

      Deliver Your Message in the Proper Context

      Use Appropriate Emotions and Tones

      Adopt a Healthy Communication Style

      Be Receptive

      Provide Helpful Feedback

      Be a Good Nonverbal Communicator

      Be Consistent

      Be Positive

    Communicating with Parents

      Preseason Meeting or Letter

      Preseason Call

      During the Season

      Be Understanding-and Set Boundaries

      Challenging Situations

    Communicating with League Administrators

      League Information

      Coaches' Meetings and Clinics

Questions and Concerns

    Communicating with Opponents and Referees

4. Safety Principles.

    Communicating the Inherent Risks

    Being Prepared

      CPR/First Aid Training

      Chronic Health Condition Awareness

      First Aid Kit

    Providing Proper Supervision

      Plan Your Practices

      Inspect the Court and Equipment

      Provide Proper Instruction

      Supervise Each Activity

    Responding to Minor Injuries

      Cuts and Scrapes


      Sprains and Strains

    Responding to Emergency Situations


      Heat Exhaustion

5. Practice Plans.

    Planning Your Season


      Tactics and Skills


      Adjusting Your Season Plan

      Sample Season Plan

    Planning Practices

      The Best Option: Simultaneous Stations

      Player Safety

      Coaching Instruction and Feedback

      Sample Practice Plan

    Conducting Your First Practice

    12 Keys to Conducting Effective Practices

      1. Be Prepared

      2. Set the Stage

      3. Involve Parents

      4. Be Active

      5. Be Active with a Purpose

      6. Make It Fun

      7. Provide Instruction

      8. Give Feedback

      9. Be Encouraging and Supportive

      10. Promote Teamwork and Camaraderie

      11. Discipline Players As Necessary

      12. Wrap Up the Practice

6. Player Development.

    The Process for Teaching Skills and Tactics

      Set the Stage

      Show and Tell

      Practice the Skill

      Provide Feedback

    Six Keys to Mistake Correction

      Be Encouraging

      Be Honest

      Be Specific

      Reinforce Correct Technique

      Explain Why the Mistake Happened

      Watch for Comprehension

7. Game Time!

    The Practice Before the Game

      Game Particulars

      Game Focus

    Before the Game

      Team Warm-up

      Starting Lineups

      Last-Minute Words

    During the Game

      Your Approach to the Game

      Player Substitutions

      Appropriate Behavior

    After the Game

      Team Meeting

8. Ingredients of a Successful Season.

    A Tale of Two Coaches

    Evaluating Your Season

      Did Your Players Have Fun?

      Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills?

      Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

      Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

      Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

      Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

      Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

      Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Court?

      Did You Leave the Games on the Court?

      Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

      Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways?

      Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

      Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

      Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players?


9. Offensive Skills and Tactics.

    Triple-threat Stance




      Jump Stop

      Stride Stop

      Jab Step

      Rocker Step


      Control Dribble

      Speed Dribble

      Crossover Dribble

      Spin Dribble

      Half-spin Dribble

    Passing and Catching

      Bounce Pass

      Chest Pass

      Overhead Pass

      Baseball Pass



      Outside Shot


      Free Throw


      Initial Positioning

      Blocking Out

      Knowing Where the Ball Is Going


      Controlling the Ball

    Passing Game


    Fast Break

    Basic Plays



      Inbounds Plays

10. Defensive Skills and Tactics.

    Defensive Concepts

      #1: Get Back Quick!

      #2: Apply Pressure

      #3: Cut off Passing Lanes

      #4: Deny the Ball Down Low

      #5: Don't Commit Unnecessary Fouls

      #6: Provide Help

      #7: Communicate!

    Individual Defensive Skills

      Maintain Good Positioning

      Use a Slide Step

      Get Hands up on Shots

      Go for the Steal

      Box Out to Rebound

    Team Defensive Tactics

      Defend Against Screens

      Double-team When Appropriate

      Use a Full-court Press

      Use a Player-to-Player Defense

      Use a Zone Defense

11. Games and Drills.

    Dribbling Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Passing Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Shooting Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Rebounding Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Various Offensive Skill Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Fast Break Games

      Game One

      Game Two

    Special Plays Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Individual Defensive Skill Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three

    Team Defensive Skill Games

      Game One

      Game Two

      Game Three


A. Sample Letter to Parents.

B. Medical Emergency Form.

C. Injury Report.

D. Season Plan.

E. Practice Plan.

F. Season Evaluation Form.

    1. Did Your Players Have Fun?

    2. -Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills?

    3. -Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

    4. -Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

    5. Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

    6. Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

    7. -Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

    8. Did Your Players Leave the Games at the Gym?

    9. Did You Leave the Games at the Gym?

    10. Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

    11. -Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways?

    12. Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

    13. -Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

    14. -Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players?



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