Youth Basketball Tips - How To Motivate & Encourage Players With Bob Bigelow

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In the video clip from Bob Bigelow's Coaching Youth Basketball The Right Way, Bob talks about some great ways to motivate less-skilled players.

As Bob mentioned in the video, it's very important to make everybody feel like they're part of the action even if they're not scoring points. This is not only vital at the youth level, it's vital at every level.

Here are some stats that you can track to make everybody feel involved in the team's outcome:

  • Rebounds
  • Assists
  • Gretzky's / hockey assist
  • Pick / screen set
  • Making consecutive passes without being intercepted
  • Catchable passes
  • Successful box outs
  • Hand up on defense

These are just a few statistics to get you thinking. There are plenty more and if you think of any other ones, feel free to leave them below in the comments section.

As Bob mentions, make sure to point out these things that the players do well as this will motivate everybody to do more of the little things.

Related Pages and Helpful Resources:

Coaching Youth Basketball - Drills, Offense, Tips, Etc.
Why Every Youth Coach Should Avoid Assigning Positions
How To Plan For Success In Youth Basketball!
What Defense Should You Teach Youth Players (Zone, Man, Press)??

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Coach Van says:
1/20/2018 at 2:02:41 PM

'm interested to hear how this all turned out. I''ve lived through a similar situation as a player. And only by a chance tip in I did''t beat my coach half to death after a loosing season and being humiliated for the entire season. I don't know what goes through some coaches minds but I do know there are a lot of politics going on at a lot of schools and programs. Makes me crazy. I hope your son is
enjoying the game, and he may be a coach some day too. Coach Van, N E Oklahoma.


Gary says:
1/13/2015 at 1:55:55 PM

Why would a coach come down harder on this player.Disipline. 1st a little backstory. My son from almost as soon as he picked up a basketball, has been a good shooter. I have been his coach or assistant coach since 5th grd. His 7th grade season he really was already becoming very proficient. Averaged 22 a game and 36 was high for the year, with 3 games above 30. 8th grade new school. Already had coach that had been coaching the team for 3yrs +. As new player on team he had to prove himself. Lead the team again.. Didn''''t score as much. Once he started pulling away in points it was as if teammates would go the other way. This was year I was assistant and couldn''''t do much if head coach wasnt. Fine we still had winning season. As a freshman this year 1st game 31. Coach goes off on him 1st quarter of 2nd game and sits him most of the game. Next game he dosnt start. Plays 2nd &3rd quaters only get 16. Following game26. Next one34 with 20 in the1st quarter. Next game injury. Fracture in growth plate. 1st game back last Saturday dosent play him 1st half. Gets 20 in the second in a triple overtime loss. Didnt play him last ot. Coaches can displine/yell whatever. My question then is why does he come down harder on him than others. Not imagining this as other parents seam to agree. This kid loves the game but just thinks this coach hates him. And seams to be getting depressed about this. Wont try to talk to coach as he thinks it will make maters worse. What do I do about this if anything.


karissa says:
1/25/2013 at 10:39:25 PM

I think those three things i listed up above (Ball Tips, Steals, and Blocks) can help your team score points or even win your team's game.


karissa says:
1/25/2013 at 10:30:06 PM

Ball Tips is when you tip the ball out of the opponet's hands.
Steals is when you steal the ball from the opponet.
Blocks is when you block the opponet's ball.


Ken says:
12/13/2012 at 1:14:08 PM

I loved it when my players took charges... they are game changers. Anybody that is willing to take a charge can play for me.


Thomas Hall says:
12/13/2012 at 12:16:46 PM

I do taking a charge


Al says:
12/12/2012 at 9:49:03 AM

Great video. Especially for really young players its important to spread the recognition around to help players who are not as good continue to be excited about playing and developing. Great reminder to focus on the whole team.


Jeff says:
12/12/2012 at 7:29:26 AM

I fully appreciate this concept. We have tracked stats for the last 3 years and you will not beleive how kids will bust themselves to get included in the book. Thanks.


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