Last week, I sent out a request for my newsletter subscribers to send in their best [tag]youth basketball coaching tips[/tag].Â Check out Steve’s [tag]basketball[/tag] [tag]coaching[/tag] tip below (very creative!).
My young players, 5th and 6th graders, have a wide range of talent levels plus are still in their early years of learning the game and positions.Â Some playersâ€™ [tag]attitudes[/tag] get to be a real problem with [tag]ball hogging[/tag], not [tag]blocking out[/tag], and taking very poor shots, etc.
What I have found to be a very good correctional tool is:
1) I will find my [tag]substitute[/tag] player on the bench and tell them for who and why.
2) The player I substitute out must sit by me on the bench.
3) Calmly and with specifics I tell them what the POSITION they are playing requires.Â (GUARDS must protect the ball, keep under bodily control, play with their head up, and lead the offense.)
4) Then I say, â€œWhen you are ready to do what the POSITION requires let me know and I will put you back in.â€
Sometimes this is only until the next whistle, other times the player’s attitude is defiant and it takes awhile.Â Either way, once they return to the game, they have a clear understanding of what is required.
Also the substitute player I put in the game understands the instructional role they just played.