If you need ideas for [tag]coaching youth basketball drills[/tag], try the game of Sharks and Minnows.  Sharks and Minnows is a great game for them to play at the end of [tag]basketball practice[/tag].

I have used this with kindergarten kids; this is the first time most of them have touched a ball or been on a [tag]basketball[/tag] court.

First, they love to run.  Second, they turn their uniform shirts over from blue to white when they are tagged.  This helps them with identifying team mates and opposite team players. “  We stress teamwork for the sharks also so they can begin to work as a team.

We practice together for one month meeting for one hour, two times a week.  Let the kids open shoot for 10-15 minutes first since they love to shoot.  The rims are set in the gym at 8.5 feet and cannot be lowered.  We incorporate 5 pushups several times during practice to help the kids strengthen their shooting muscles.

At the beginning of the season, 10% of the kids could reach the rim with a basketball.  One month later, almost all of the kids can make baskets.