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PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018, 10:49 

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Location: Bedford, UK
Hello All,

I am a coach in the UK in which we run multiple age group teams within our club. Under 10's, Under 12's,Under 14's, Under 16's and Under 18's.

Each group are apart of a league apart from the Under 10's. As there are no leagues within our area for this age. (Not Yet)

All the other age groups get quite a lot in comparison. Competitive League play, video analysis from practise/games, a strength and conditioning program, time in the classroom/gym session.

We are trying to think of a way of offering more to the younger kids which doesn't involve to much cost or time and falls in line with our philosophy of 'Fun' for the under 10's . We only train on a Sunday but are in the process of expanding this to at least one more midweek session. We have 25 kids.

We do in-house games once a month which we bring in a qualified ref and get them playing games in a realistic environment. Big score on the board, crowd of parents watching, official referee. Just to give them the experience of playing as there aren't any leagues.

But we feel they should get more as the other age groups have so much. Is there anything you guys might be able to suggest that we could offer our younger kids?

Any thoughts or idea's would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Coach David


PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018, 11:09 
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Kids that age need to have fun, develop coordination, balance, basic skills (dribbling, passing, catching, pivoting), and fundamental movement skills. So I'd offer 1 or 2 sessions a week giving those things.

We used to work with kids once a week for 1 - 2 hours. Start with athletic development stuff... balance, tag, coordination, etc. Then some skill work. We often would work on a skill with no defenders and then play a game to work on those skills (passing keep away, dribble tag, etc). Then we'd finish with 3v3 games (full or half court) to try and incorporate all those skills of dribbling, passing etc.

When I did this I reffed, coached, and did everything with a group of 20-30 kids. A few dads helped manage the group and/or reffed. We only charged for cost to rent the gym.

Small sided games... 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, , and 3v3 are fun and great for player development. Lots of ways to structure things... one day a week, two days, and so on.

Jeff Haefner

PostPosted: 31 Dec 2018, 15:00 

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^ This

Our local bball gym/association offers something just like this where the coaches teach skills and run the whole deal. Perfect solution. You can have the kids make up team names for the 3 v 3. Sounds like you have 25, so maybe 1 team has an extra player? Teaching skills for the first part, then letting them play 3 v 3 in the second part and asking them to implement one of the skills you taught them earlier.

Depending upon on what time of year you do this, you could probably recruit some college or high school players to help.


PostPosted: 01 Jan 2019, 10:28 

Posts: 3
Location: Bedford, UK
Thanks for the replies guys,

With everything you've mentioned. We already do all of this also during our normal sessions. We are just trying to work out what more we can offer the younger group as the older groups get so much. We are currently working on an extra session mid week, but with court cost, this is proven to be difficult. It is hard in the UK to have your own court. not many teams have the accessibility to. We currently use one of the primary schools as are home court.

We did come up with maybe doing some sort of medal system. As said before we run in-house games each month. The winner/runner up would receive a medal (just your standard one, nothing fancy) We would mix teams up each month and the person with the most medals would receive some sort of prize at the end of the term as our development plan is split up into terms in accordance to their school times.

I suppose there isn't much more we can do than we already are. It is just hard to try and find balance with all the age groups.

Thanks again

Coach David


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