Use fewer drills for youth practices

When I first started coaching my son's second and third grade rec team, I fell into a trap that prevents a lot of youth coaches from getting the most out of their team.

I was using too many new drills, thinking it would make our practices more exciting and effective.

But the truth is, it actually made our practices more inefficient and frustrating for everyone-players and coaches alike!

That's because it took too much valuable practice time to teach the new organization and structure of the drill.

This led to less time actually practicing and improving on the skills.

So I decided to try something different - to focus on using fewer drills and mastering the ones we did use.

And guess what? It worked like a charm!

The players were able to spend more time actually playing basketball and getting better, instead of wasting time trying to learn too many new drills.

We were able to build on the skills they'd already developed, and it led to noticeable improvements in their performance on the court.

Since then, I've made it a priority to use fewer drills in all my practices, and to focus on mastering the fundamentals. Sure, I layer in some slight variations and progressions to the drills in order to keep them fresh and exciting, but they all progress from the same core drills.

And I strongly believe this lesson is one that can benefit all youth basketball coaches who want to speed up their players' development and make their practices as efficient as possible.

So, if you find yourself constantly trying new drills in your practices and you're not seeing the results you'd like...

Or you're just tired of having to spend hours on hours researching new drills...

Then try simplifying your approach with a few tried-and-true drills, and you'll see a noticeable improvement in your players' skills and performance.

And if you want simple practice plans that allow you to focus on using a few core drills for maximum efficiency, then check out Coach Huber's comprehensive Youth Coaching System here.


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