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HBO Real Sports - Problems With American Basketball- By Joe Haefner
This is a piece done by HBO Real Sports about the problems with the American basketball system and why the rest of the world has caught up with the United States.
Did you notice the skipping and agility drills they do in the video? It's similar to what we recommend in the sample practices for youth teams.
Sample Practice for 7 to 10 year olds
Sample Practice for 11 to 14 year olds
We recently interviewed Don Kelbick about developing offseason workouts (which we hope to release soon). In the interview, we discuss the same problem as they did in the video about Americans playing way too many games and not spending enough time working on skills.
Think about it. A player may touch the ball 20 to 40 times and shoot the ball 10 to 15 times during a game. How are they supposed to get better? When do they do the skill work?
In a typical workout session, the player has the ball in his hands the entire session and may shoot 300 to 500 shots. Summer is the time to work on skills.
If the United States wants to continue to be the leaders in basketball, there can not be a dependency on the superstars every year. The U.S. needs to build players from the bottom up through Developmental Leagues.
What's Wrong With Youth Basketball Leagues
What To Teach Youth Players (Ages 7 to 14)
Could 3 on 3 Be the Best For Youth Players
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