Below you’ll find an excellent video by Mike MacKay called A Games Approach to Teaching Basketball Skills.
I’m a huge fan of game based drills and learning. This videos give you some really good drills and ideas on how to develop your players using “games approach”.
You’ll also learn how to create your own drills and how to adapt any drill to your players.
Here are a few other tips from the video…
1) Know the Stages of Player Development
It’s important to know the stages and adjust your coaching based on the physical, emotional, and mental needs of each age level. The LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development) model is an excellent guide for you to reference.
2) Three Things Coaches Must Do
No matter what the stage, there are three things we must do as coaches:
- Make each individual player better — basketball skills, physically, emotionally, mentally, fitness, and socially. Develop the whole child. It’s about developing them.
- Get all those individuals to work together as a team.
- Build dreams.
3) Blend Game Based and Unopposed Drills
With a games based approach, you do lots of teaching through playing games. But you don’t do this totally. It’s a mixture. Blending is important.
4) Loading is the Art of Coaching.
Loading is the art of coaching. You must make sure a player’s skill equals the challenge. You continually adjust the rules and boundaries to provide the correct challenge. If you stay with it the same thing they’ll get bored. If it’s too hard they’ll get frustrated.
This is a really important concept. Simple adjustments to the rules of your drills will challenge players, keep them engaged, and allow them to continue improving. If you challenge them too much, they will lose confidence. If you don’t challenge them enough, then they are not improving and/or getting bored.
5) Error Correction and Detection
Give players a chance to self-correct and a chance for self discovery. But you still have to do error detection and correction during the drills. Sometimes you can correct by changing the rules or boundaries. Other times you have to go back to unopposed drills to develop a needed skill or concept. Then go back to the game.
6) Debrief after each drill
After each drill, quickly debrief players to reinforce concepts. With young players, it’s a very short debrief. Regardless of the age, use QUESTIONS to enhance learning.
Watch this video to see how Coach MacKay adjusts rules, boundaries and utilizes game based drills to teach players and develop skills.
Here are the drills from the video. Each link below includes diagrams and documented progressions for each drill.
Passing Drill – 10 In A Row (One of my favorite drills)
This fun drill teaches young players how to pass and move without the ball. There are many variations that can be added to progress your team’s development.
Dribble Tag – Everyone It (One of my favorite warm up drills)
This fun warm up game uses the elements of childhood favorite tag, to teach ball handling and dribbling with your head up.
Capture the Flag Dribbling
Young kids love Capture The Flag. Introduce aspects from that game to create a fun and competitive dribbling drill.
Protect the Nest
This unique game helps develop teamwork and dribbling by creating a fun and competitive environment.
British Bulldog (One of my favorites for young kids)
This fun twist on a classic game creates a competitive game where players must use strategy and teamwork in order to succeed. It works on trapping, dribbling and court awareness.