I’m often asked for advice on [tag]basketball coaching tips[/tag]. Here’s are a couple of tips sent in by Robert and Glenn that will pay huge dividends with your team.
My [tag]coaching[/tag] tip that I learned this year is that in [tag]youth[/tag] [tag]basketball[/tag], you should save all your timeouts until the end of the game. In my league we get 4 timeouts and we are not allowed to press until 4 minutes to go in the game.
There is no reason to waste [tag]timeouts[/tag] during the game even if the other team is on a run. To break momentum, just substitute. That way when the game is on the line, you are in a position to use the saved timeouts when most needed.
This is more of a motivating tool than a [tag]drill[/tag].
When coaching young players, particularly girls, it’s sometimes hard to get them to play aggressively and with passion. They want to ‘play nice’. I, on the other hand, want them to be fiesty and make things happen!
To counter this I tell them to leave their smiles on the bench, and play with some anger! I like to call it ‘competitive anger’. You’re not mad at anyone in particular, you just want to show everyone you mean business! This usually works short term, so you must keep reminding them of this concept.