Many coaches struggle with [tag]team basketball[/tag] coaching tips. Here is a suggestion that James sent in that has worked for him in the past.
The one thing I would like to add is about getting the best out of your team. I coach middle school kids and the one thing I have learned is not all of them are on the same level. Don’t slow down the learning of the 1,2,&,3 best players, so the 10,11,&12 can catch up.
You need to separate them in practice as much as possible to keep them learning in a pace suited for each group. Don’t hold anyone back get the others to catch up.
This is NOT to say only coach the good ones. [tag]Coach[/tag] them all the best you can just don’t hold your team back. Just get them all to excel the best they can which is different for some.
Here’s another idea from Tony:
At least once a week I end my practice with “let’s make a deal.”
I talk with my coaches & we come up with something we want the kids to work on.
I coach girl’s high school & girl’s travel [tag]basketball[/tag] U10’s and it works well with both.
I ask the players to chose Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3.
The best part is the interacting between them to pick a door.
Behind the doors could be:
sink a foul shot at each basket, or sink a jumper from the elbow at the main baskets, 5 pushups & 5 sit-ups, run two “4 in 15s (4 sidelines in 15 seconds), or a left-handed lay-up at each basket and so on.
I usually increase the suspense by saying if you had chose door #2 here is what you would have got.