These [tag]secrets to coaching youth basketball drills[/tag] were sent to me by one of my readers. This [tag]basketball coaching[/tag] philosophy can work with all age groups.
The day before every game I ask my players to state their goals (outside of scoring a bazillion points) for the team.
After each [tag]basketball[/tag] game (the next practice) we talk about those goals (as a team) and if we met or exceeded them. The purpose is to get the players to play within themselves as they develop in other areas and consistently excel at what they already do well.
Whatever skill they do excel in (defense, shooting threes, rebounding etc) needs to be done to the uttermost and in excellence. We’ll work on the rest over the course of the season. By talking before and after commits each player to a task to better the team and keeps them accountable when not done.
It has been amazing as the team’s focus has increased and their play has gotten better. My rebounders focus primarily on rebounding. My point guard on directing traffic and making sure we’re in the correct sets. My off guard shooting and getting back on defense and so on.
Have each player (bench included) state goals to be achieved for team success.