Do Players Stand in Line During Your Practices?
If you stop to think about it, I'll bet 9 out of 10 coaches will say... "Too often!!"
In my opinion, players should NOT be standing in lines during practice!
I have noticed that as the season goes on I let this slip too much and I have noticed lots of other coaches do too. It drives me a little nuts when I see this happening...
Standing in lines = BOREDOM! Your players should be getting lots of touches and reps or they're going to lose focus FAST.
Not to mention, how will a player get better if he/she is standing in line? They must be doing something and working on a skill to get better. Your lines should be very short and your practices should be fast paced!!!
With a little planning you can keep ALL of your players busy. Of course, there will be times when you have an activity that doesn't allow for participation of the entire group. During these times, give your players "busy work" drills they can do on the side with little supervision.
Here are some ideas for "busy work" drills and/or activities to keep your players active and learning at all times.
- Jump rope (for quickness and conditioning)
- Two Ball Dribbling
- Mikan Drill
- Free Throw Challenge
- Partner Passing
- Lay up drills
- Rebounding drills
- Spider Dribbling
- Figure 8 Dribbling
- One on One
- Form Shooting
You should also choose drills that require little standing around. I can't stand those drills where 1 player is shooting and 10 other players are standing in line behind them. Don't do those drills. We have plenty of drills on this site to give you ideas on better ways to keep players busy and keep them from standing in line.
In addition, every player should have a ball.
This is important because it allows each player to get more touches and makes practice more enjoyable for the players.
It pains me to see practices when two players have a ball (or maybe none) and a bunch of players are standing around. Sure, there are things you can do without a ball. But when it comes to skill development (which is really important for young players), how do you expect players to get better if they don't have a ball in their hands?
Players need lots of touches! They need to be passing, dribbling, and shooting as much as possible. They all need a basketball to do that.
Source: eBook - 60 Fun Youth Basketball Drills
What do you think? What are your experiences? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions?