I get a lot of requests for[tag] youth basketball coaching tips[/tag].  Here are a few ideas to use that will enhance your team’s performance on the court.

If your [tag]basketball[/tag] team is struggling with turnovers, in particular bad passes, I don’t think they are really grasping how important it is to take care of the basketball.  Have a pre-practice talk and at the end of the talk introduce a scoring system to be ued at each game to determine a plus minus on good passes.

The way it works is simple:
– Make a good pass, one point.
– Make a bad pass–causing either a turnover or a tie up–-you lose one point
– Make a good pass that results in an assist and you get another point

At the end of the game, announce the passing leader for the game (note not assist leader as this does not account for bad passes).  A small recognition prize is given.  Since it is a plus minus scale, the post players can win as easy as the point guard.

To make the free throw drills, killer drills, etc. more effective publish the winner via e-mail to all the team/parents.  Now everyone knows when you say the winner of this next [tag]basketball drill[/tag] is getting published, the kids give 110%.