It really depends on your players strengths and weaknesses. And believe it or not, it depends on YOUR strengths, weaknesses, philosophy, and coaching style.
- Are you very knowledgeable on executing half court offense, reading screens, cuts, and so on? - Do you prefer to run and gun? - Are you good at teaching post moves to perimeter players? - Do you prefer motion offenses or a patterned offense that are more controlled?
Many times it helps to focus on your strengths and not try to fake it.
For example, let's just imagine that you're very knowledge and believe in fast paced offenses that run, gun, cut, penetrate and kick. You know how to teach this style, you've run it before, and you believe in it.
Now if you try to implement a completely different style, it will be a challenge for you to learn the new style, and your players might see through you. They can tell when you believe in something or not.
So that's just one reason why you need to take your own strengths and weaknesses into account.
You also need to consider your players:
- Are your players good at posting up? - Are they fast? Strong? Good ballhandlers? Good at penetrating and passing? - Are your players good outside shooters? - What are their backgrounds? What have they been taught? Reading screens, fast breaks, etc?
With that said there are MANY offenses that work well with a bunch of guards or perimeter players. However, I've seen many 6'5 and under players dominate in the post. Height is NOT the most important factor. Strength and footwork can help smaller players dominate bigger players in the post.
There are too many offenses to list here but here just a couple that work with guards.
- Swing (posts up ALL your players, even your point guard) - Flex - Cutters (5 perimeter players that utilize back doors cutting, penetration, and quickness. virtually no screening) - 5 Out Motion - 1-4 Series
hi can u all help me?? this coming weeks i have a 3 day camp coming up!! the weakness of the team is that they see opponets to play. eg if the opponents is not so good they are slack if the opponents is strong they play very good as to win them and they did hw can i change their attiude?? and how do i use 3days to increase their stamina?? can help me as their tourament is coming up soon
Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
12/23/2007 at 8:46:51 AM
One way to fix your players' problem with not playing hard versus the weaker teams is to always stress "intensity." Have them practice with fierce "intensity" and don't accept anything less. If they don't use that intensity during practice, they don't play. If they buy into it, that intensity should transfer to the court against the weaker opponents.
In response to increasing their stamina in 3 days, there is not much you can do. To increase stamina, take time to schedule practice so all of the drills require hard work and continue at a fast pace to condition the players. If all else fails, condition them at the end of practice by running.
So I should only count baskets that result from assists? Interesting. That sort of presumes that looking for the pretty pass - the one that leads to the basket - isnt almost as big a problem as shooting too much. Both represent ballhogging. Setting conditions to your scrimmages isnt groundbreaking news, but if you're going to do it, do it in a way that encourages team play, not an advanced form of selfishness.
I need help. My basketball team is very good, but i feel they are not playing their best until the next day. So we will lose all of our games that day but then the next we win them all. How do i get them to play their best all the time? Please answer soon.
It's been a few years but I can vividly remember coaching a club team of about that same age. I was a very young and inexperience coach at the time. I remember how frustrating it would be for them to play incredible one day and then it was like they were sleeping the next day or even the next game. I know that morning games were horrible for us and it seemed like the players were still sleeping, while the opponents kicked our butts.
I have heard many other youth coaches say the same thing and I think it comes with the territory. They are still young and they don't think or act like adults. They are still developing mentally, emotionally, and physically.
At the time, I was overly concerned about winning. Now I don't think the ups and down would bother me as much.
So my first suggestion to you, is to not be overly concerned about winning with a youth team like this. The most important things are to teach fundamental skills, develop the players for the future, teach life lessons, set a good example, and have fun. Sure you want to win, but the things I just mentioned are more important.
Hey there, I am about to enter into a coaching job of a middle school team, ages 12-15. This team is fast. I am a firm believer in the run and gun offense, as in getting the ball straight up the court as soon as the ball goes in the basket, and having a shot off very soon after. I really want to get the ball up and down the court fast with my players because of their great speed. I also want to run the trap defense. Can you please give me some speed, agility, fast pasted drills to run with this club? (fastbreak, full-court pressure, etc.)Thank you! Steven Jones
I have a bunch of other speed agility and skill development drills for fast break. But none are on the website yet. It will take a while but we have video footage of all of them and they'll be put on DVD. As long as your on our email newsletter you'll get notified when the DVD comes out.
Hey coach, great advice. I am coaching a team of 8 5-6 year olds, and have mixed results this season getting them to share the ball on offense.
We have 2 kids that are superstars. They can dribble drive on pretty much anyone and score. Although, I have to plead with them to get them to share the ball. The next 4 kids could be as good as the 1st 2. However, they are not as aggressive. One seems perpetually confused about what I'm saying. Another is a gentle giant. The 3rd is a dynamo of a little guard, but he rarely shows up to practice, and b/c of this rarely does what i want him to in the game. He grabs on defense. He ball hogs on offense. The 4th is my son. He does what I want, almost to a fault. I emphasize sharing the ball. He'll often share the ball with someone whom doesn't even know the ball is coming. The last 2 are way behind. One has serious attitude issues, faking injuries to get attention, and throwing tantrums in practice. The last is new to the game, and making strides each week.
After the 1st game, which was all ball hogging, I got the top 2 kids to share the ball (a little) over the next couple games. But, the last 4 games, I feel like the sharing component has steadily regressed.
It's hard because the other 4 kids are not the greatest about getting open. When they are open, the top 2 are thinking about showing off for their parents with some circus drive. And, sometimes when we got behind, I laxed, and let the top 2 go solo.
Because the sharing regressed, I feel like the whole team is regressing. Because the top 2 shoot so much, when the other 4 get the ball, they then want to go one on one and shoot.
I like your speech above. I've actually been thinking about giving awards for assists. However, given the age of this kids, how much sharing can I expect, and what other things can I do to encourage sharing that might be specific for 5-6 year olds?
Pete - This article was written for older players but maybe you can take a piece of the concept and use it to teach younger kids.
With 5-6 year olds, I would not be too concerned about the trouble you are having. I have never coached a team that young. The youngest I have worked with is my daughter when she was 7-8. And that was mostly just to get her and the kids moving, developing some coordination, balance, etc. We only played 3on3 when it came to games.
I think younger kids should be playing soccer, swimming, gymnastics, t-ball, martial arts, flag football, tag, and age appropriate activities. So a couple thoughts...
- Just play 3on3. I don't think kids should play 5on5 until maybe 3rd or 4th grade at the earliest.
- In practice you can play 3on3, 4on4, or 5on5 no dribble. That should solve the problem for you. When I coached my daughter at 7-8 years old, we played 3on3 full court no dribble. When we actually played games, they didn't dribble enough and I had to remind them... "you can dribble too".
Hope this helps. Keep it lots of fun. At this age some kids just aren't mentally ready for a sport of basketball. Have fun, teach a few skills, get them moving, and be a positive role model for them. That's about all that matters. Good luck!
I am a new coach and I have 2 teams I must develop in a particularly aggressive/competitive youth league. My age groups are 8-9 and 10-11.
I am not sure how to conduct practices with them so they won't be discouraged, as most of them are first time players.
I have been stressing conditioning, passing and dribbling, with less focus on offense. I want them to learn the teamwork concept and to be effective on both ends of the court as a unit.
Are there specific skills or drills that make it easier for first time coaches teaching first time players to be effective against skilled players? I feel like I have too much knowledge and no direction. Please assist :)
Ok so here's my problem... I'm a player playing highschool basketball my team has decent athletes but we don't work together at all only certain people get the ball there is no help on the floor no trust between teammates and no trust in ourselves we could be a very decent team but we can't seem to mesh together correctly we do a run and gun offense really no set plays just running a motion offense.. We end up running around the perimeter and chucking up 3s (we aren't a very old shooting team) not sure what I can do to help my team move forward into becoming the team I know we could be and reaching our full potential any ideas??
Hello , im a basketball player at my school .. and i have a group of lazy kids in my team and everytime when we play a game they always in lala land .. they dont do NOOO defense and they complain when we loose a game .. i also feel that my coach doesnt knoe how to coach every game we have all they do is stand there and dont do anything .. we hardly have practice (well we do ) but .. they just dont knoe how to coach .. but when my old coach mr.C comes coach our games he helps us . and we win games or we loose by 4 .. We need help .. i dont know what to do . I just want my team to become better and do well on every game .. can u help me ?
You are going to have some coaches that you like and some that you dislike, the longer you play this game. You are going to learn some things from every coach that you play for, some good and some bad. Separate the two.
When you win the coach is great, when you lose, he knows nothing... just goes with the territory. There are good and bad in all walks of life... and this is part of your learning experience as you are growing up.
Try to have some fun and then look forward to next year and hopefully you will have a better experience.
thanks .. and thats soo true .. But im in middle school and they say that next year we cant play because its our last year .. but yea we have to step upp .. and im going to try to do my best this year as always and thanks for the advisee :)
I'm not sure if this thread is up and running, but I thought I would give it a try. I am an experienced coach- 7th and 8th grade girls. This year I have a VERY TALL TEAM 5'9"- 6'3" (2 6'3" girls) I've never had such a tall team. We will be, by far, taller than any team we face. I have 6 returners including my point guard but she's 5'11" now. 5'9" can handle the ball. I've always run a set offense depending on the defense obviously. I want to really take advantage of the height. I've read about double screens down low, but what else? Truthfully, I was just thinking of taking jumpers and offensive rebounds. But, I don't want to be just an unorganized mess. I understand basketball and have imagined many things, but I don't want to make it super complicated for them either. Any advice would be great!