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Coaching 1st to 4th graders?

Develop Better Youth Players
Who Are Excited to Practice and Play

Coach with complete confidence...

even if you have ZERO basketball experience

Dear Coach,

Have you ever wondered if your coaching style is truly best for your players?

Being an effective youth coach isnít just a matter of showing up.

New research shows thereís a youth-centric approach most coaches never learn...

Which greatly impacts their playersí skill development and love for the game.

If you want to truly make a difference in your playersí basketball experience, then keep reading.

Because youíre going to learn from one of the worldís leading experts on youth coaching about:

  • Developing deep confidence in your coaching skills and approach
  • Demonstrating and teaching the most important (age-appropriate) skills to your players
  • Helping players build a sense of joy and excitement around the game
  • Learning the proper skills, drills and coaching style to use with youth players

Youíll also learn exactly what you need to make the most of your unique opportunity to impact kids through coaching...

This will help you even if you have zero basketball or coaching experience.

And also if you used to play at a high level and want to make sure your coaching doesnít go over young playersí heads.

No matter where youíre starting, youíre in the right place.

Weíll get to all that in just a moment, but first Iíd like to make an introduction...

Meet Coach Bigelow

Bob Bigelow is one of the most respected youth coaching experts in the world.

Heís a former hoops star and First Round NBA Draft Pick, playing for the Boston Celtics, Kansas City Kings and San Diego Clippers.

But heís really made his mark working with thousands of coaches to create a positive, rewarding youth sports experience for kids.

  • His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and NBC Today Show
  • Co-authored Just Let the Kids Play
  • Conducted over 2500 talks and clinics on youth sports and basketball since 1990

There is no better expert to teach you the youth coaching principles that will make a difference in your kidsí lives.

With that said, weíre going to turn it over to Bob to explain his approach...

As well as how you can copy it with your team to create a positive and successful experience for your players.

Best,

Jeff and Joe Haefner

These 4th graders were BORED TO DEATH

Hello! Coach Bigelow here.

I can vividly remember the day my entire approach to youth coaching changed.

The year was 1988 and I was doing a clinic in my hometown of Winchester, MA.

The topic was the pick-and-roll, and my audience that day was 3rd and 4th grade boys.

Who better than a former NBA player to teach young kids, right?

Not so fast!

Within a few short minutes, I knew there was a problem:

  • Kids this age hadnít mastered the basic fundamentals needed to run the pick-and-roll (since they were only 9 years old!)
  • They werenít physically at a point where they could do what I was asking
  • There were much more important AND FUN things to teach them at this stage

It was a classic example of teaching what I wanted to teach, not what they needed to learn.

But this wasnít about me.
It was about THEM.

Within 3 minutes, the players were chatting amongst themselves, tuning me out.

I knew Iíd lost them.

By failing to design a youth-specific session, I wasted an opportunity to create a fun experience that would draw them into the game rather than pushing them away.

And itís a mistake I see the majority of youth coaches making...

Even experienced coaches who are truly dedicated to their players.

And the results will ripple through a kid's basketball life for years to come:

  • Never learning the basic fundamentals they need at higher levels
  • Losing their excitement for the game
  • Feeling like the game is serious work, rather than a fun activity they want to participate in
  • Quitting at a young age (and missing out on friendships and life lessons that come with playing)
  • Losing confidence in their game before their body and mind ever develops

While these results can feel grim, itís important to remember...

Itís not the coachesí fault.

No one taught us how to coach kids!

Look, there are a lot of reasons why people go into a youth coaching role:

  • Their childís team needed a coach
  • They want to share their love of the game with their children
  • They want to contribute to the community

But rarely have these folks been trained in childhood development, coaching and teaching sports to young children.

Itís NOT that they arenít good coaches.

Itís that no one has showed them how to be.

Until now.

Re-thinking how we coach youth players

I realized the stakes were enormous for our youth and for the sport.

And Iíve been on a 30 year mission to empower youth coaches with the training and perspective they need to make a lasting impact on their kids.

Among the driving forces are:

  • Focusing on whatís best for the players and their long-term development
  • Creating fun, rewarding experiences around the sport so players love to play
  • Making adjustments based on the developing body/strength coordination of the players
  • Incorporating the science of learning and childhood development
  • Emphasizing the fundamentals so players build on a strong foundation
  • Empowering the coach to make the most of their precious opportunity to impact their kids

Former Players... Listen Up

You might think that a history of playing or coaching high school or college ball means you already know what you need to know.

At one time, I sure thought so.

But former players and coaches at higher levels are often the worst youth coaches...

Because they canít break out of the high intensity/ strategic/ win-now mentality they learned years ago.

They often skip the most basic fundamentals and take the fun out of the game for young kids.

Almost every coach "borrows" drills and coaching style from their former coaches.

But you can see the issue with using an advanced approach with kids who just want to have fun and learn the basics.

Instead, use your coaching opportunity to teach kids the fundamentals and create excitement about playing.

What are "Fundamentals"
for youth players?

For the sake of clarity, let me quickly define the youth-specific fundamentals.

For individual players...

  • Dribbling
  • Passing and catching
  • Shooting and lay-ups
  • Footwork
  • Individual defense

All players, regardless of position, should learn each of these fundamentals as early as possible.

As a unit, youth teams should run the following:

  • Motion Offense
  • Man-to-Man Defense

These both teach players HOW to play and think on the court...

As opposed to them memorizing set plays (or zone defenses) where they just go to "their spot" without much thought.

The Youth-Centric Model is NOT
Win-At-All-Costs

Itís all too common for youth coaches to bring a mentality thatís more appropriate for higher levels.

With everything geared around winning and competition.

But at youth level basketball, that should not be the priority.

Instead we need to focus on developing individual skills, learning team concepts and having fun...

If you truly want to be
the best coach you can be...

Teach them to love the game...

The rest will fall into place because theyíll be motivated to stick with it.

Players who love to play end up:

  • Practicing more
  • Playing more
  • Developing greater skills
  • Making new friends in and around the game
  • Growing their confidence
  • Having fun every step of the way

The Framework is simple

1. Determine what needs to be taught

This helps you focus your attention on the most important fundamentals and make the most of limited practice time.

2. Demonstrate the skills

Your players will learn more quickly if you can demonstrate the proper technique for the fundamentals youíre teaching.

If you can show them in real-time, thatís ideal. If not, you can show them videos so they can see how itís supposed to look.

3. Perfect your coaching style

Your ability to instruct and correct players in a clear, encouraging way will make a big difference in their improvement.

Great coaches understand that thereís a time for coaching and a time to let them play.

4. Cater to the different skill levels on your team

Your ultimate goal is team-wide improvement throughout the season.

This requires some training, as youíll need to challenge your best players without leaving behind less-experienced players.

We accomplish this through drill "progressions", which are varying difficulty levels of the same drill.

Where do you have the most
room for improvement?

Depending on your past basketball and teaching experience, you may have bigger opportunities for improvement as a coach in certain areas.

Hereís a non-exhaustive list of the key categories to consider:

  • Individual offensive skills (shooting, passing, dribbling, lay ups, footwork)
  • Individual defense (stance, footwork)
  • Team offense
  • Team defense
  • Practice planning for fun and efficiency
  • Getting players ready for game speed
  • Tailoring to different skill levels on your team
  • Communication and coaching style

Once youíre confident in these categories, your playersí development and enjoyment will go through the roof.

Youíll mold better players who burst with excitement every time they pick up a ball.

Take the Shortcut...

Now, I mentioned the simple framework above.

And while it is simple, itís not necessarily easy to figure this all out on your own.

Remember, Iíve spent 30 years perfecting my approach (and Iím still learning more every year)!

Many coaches try to "go at it alone" because they donít realize thereís an easier way...

Or recognize that their kidsí future with the sport is at stake.

But my goal is to help coaches like you find the shortcut to success, so you can have the biggest possible impact on your kids.

So Iíve broken down my complete system into an easy-to-follow program you can put to use starting with your next practice...

Introducing…

Bob Bigelowís
Youth Coaching the RIGHT Way

Youth Coaching the Right Way is a complete roadmap you can follow to develop skilled youth players who love to practice and play.

Youíre getting all the following as part of the program:

  • Step-by-step guide to the proper skills, drills and coaching style to use with youth players
  • 3+ hours of training from youth coaching expert Bob Bigelow
  • 62 Youth-Specific drills to develop your players
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to keep young players motivated and engaged

Youíll learn step-by-step:

  • What to teach (and in what order)
  • How to teach for quick learning and retention
  • Secrets to maximum fun and development for your entire team

This will take away all the fear and anxiety if youíre a first-time coach.

Even if you have basketball experience, Coach Bigelow will open your eyes with ways to tailor your coaching to the youth level...

And improve your all-around coaching and communication skills so kids love to practice and play on your team!

Hereís Whatís Included:

Volume I:

This DVD covers basic skills & has over 30 fun drill progressions for footwork, dribbling, ball handling, passing, shooting, and youth offense concepts.

Introduction to Youth Coaching

  • The challenges of young kids playing basketball and putting things in perspective.

Chapter 1 - The Importance of Pivoting and Movement

  • Why you canít play your best without great footwork
  • How to teach footwork to youth players (including 4 footwork drills)

Chapter 2 - Teaching Dribbling the Right Way

  • The proper way to build dribbling skills for young kids (with 9 drills)
  • The 2 most important dribbling concepts for young kids to learn
  • When and how to add defensive pressure

Chapter 3 - Successful Passing for Kids

  • Why young kids are less inclined to "share" and what to do about it
  • Challenges for young kids passing the ball and how to handle it
  • 12 Drills for improving passing accuracy and hitting moving targets

Chapter 4 - The Right Way to Teach Shooting

  • Matching kids' size and strength with the best shooting techniques
  • The 13 spots to start shooting (with drill progressions)
  • The real reason youth players miss so many lay ups ó and how to fix it

Chapter 5 - Simple Offense for Youth Teams

  • Simple but powerful motion offense for youth teams
  • Understanding the importance and concepts of triangles
  • Teaching youth players to cut, screen and move without the ball

Chapter 6 - 3 on 3 is the Best Way for Young players to Learn

  • How to use 3-on-3 to fast track skill development (and make practices FUN!)

Chapter 7 - Planning and Applying these Concepts in Practice

  • 3 iron-clad rules for youth practices
  • Practice planning - how to ensure that you and your players get the most out of practice.

Chapter 8 - Coaching Youth Games the Right Way

  • Clear directions on what you should be doing on the sidelines
  • When to give critiques and suggestions (and when to let them play)
  • A simple framework for deciding playing time

Chapter 9 - Final Thoughts and Important Guidelines

  • Why basketball is a late developing sport and what that means for your coaching
  • Understanding the development process of young players
  • How to avoid the most common youth coaching mistakes

Volume II:

Volume II builds on the concepts in Volume I to give you an even stronger foundation for your coaching.

Chapter 1 - Basic Rules and Referee Tips (NEW Topic)

  • Rule differences for boys and girls
  • Guidelines on how to referee young players

Chapter 2 - Proper Training Progressions

  • Learn the order that you should teach skills
  • Why it's important to introduce skills by progression

Chapter 3 - Ball Handling

  • 10 NEW ball handling and warm up drills
  • Tips and key coaching points for ball handling drills

Chapter 4 - Dribbling

  • How to properly progress through dribbling skills
  • Tips for youth coaches when they teach dribbling
  • 5 NEW youth dribbling drills.

Chapter 5 - Coordination & Footwork

  • Why certain skills are often introduced too early
  • How to get young players to move at faster speeds and stay under control.
  • 3 NEW coordination, footwork, and movement drills.

Chapter 6 - Passing

  • Passing tips and fundamentals.
  • 3 NEW youth passing drills.

Chapter 7 - Shooting

  • How to teach shooting form for quick learning and improvement
  • Youth-specific shooting drills to develop fundamentals

Chapter 8 - Lay Ups

  • The best way to teach lay ups and progress through each step.
  • 4 NEW youth lay up drills.

Chapter 9 - Rebounding (NEW Topic)

  • Why your best offense is the missed shot
  • Rebounding tactics to score more points
  • Average rebounds available based on age level
  • How to teach proper rebounding technique
  • Unique perspective on rebounding at the youth level
  • 3 NEW and simple rebounding drills

Chapter 10 - Individual Offense (NEW Topic)

  • How to simplify individual offense moves for youth players
  • Teaching jabs and ball fakes to make youth players more effective scorers

Chapter 11 - Team Offense

  • Additional screening and cutting concepts
  • How to cut and get open to create offensive opportunities
  • 3 NEW and simple drills for teaching team offense

Chapter 12 - Defense Tips (NEW Topic)

  • Crucial team defense tips for youth players
  • Keys to reduce fouls team-wide
  • How to lower your opponent's shooting percentage

Chapter 13 - Individual Defense (NEW Topic)

  • How to teach the defensive stance to young players
  • The proper way to shuffle and guard the ball
  • NEW drills and tips for on-ball defense

Chapter 14 - Team Defense (NEW Topic)

  • The type of defense EVERY youth team should play
  • Learn the pillars of great team defense
  • Understanding and teaching proper defensive positioning
  • Help defense principles all players must know

Chapter 15 - Critical Youth Coaching Tips

  • Ways to keep practice moving and keep players engaged
  • Detailed instructions on how to structure your practice
  • How to discipline kids, handle behavior problems, and keep their attention
  • Differences between coaching in practice versus games
  • How to keep less experienced kids from getting discouraged
  • Stats you should (and should not) track at the youth level
  • Common mistakes high school and experienced coaches make with young players

Hereís what coaches like you are saying
about Youth Coaching the RIGHT Way:

John from East Meadow, NY says:
9/13/2019 at 10:17:27 AM

Really great product! A long time ago I coached 8th and 9th grade and now I am coaching my son's 4th grade team. Obviously there is a big difference from a physical and maturity standpoint between 9 yr old's and 14 yr old's and Bob's DVD's really helps youth coaches with a philosophy and structure for coaching, teaching and developing youths in basketball.
This is a great DVD, especially if you are completely new to coaching youth basketball, or even if you have coached older kids and are embarking on coaching younger kids for the first time.


Matt Touhey from Norwell , MA says:
1/27/2016 at 8:56:07 AM

I love it. It has given me so many different options to use when teaching basketball. I am already incorporating a lot of the first two disc into my practice.. The kids seem to really enjoy it. Win all the way around.


Amanda says:
1/29/2014 at 10:45:33 AM

I have played basketball nearly my entire life, however, when it came to teaching 6-8yr olds how to play the sport, I felt I was at a loss on where to begin and what aspects of the game to focus on. Bob Bigelow does a great job in this DVD of giving you ideas on how to introduce the fundamentals of basketball to young children and telling you exactly what to focus on in your coaching. It's a GREAT resource!


Kevin from Columbus, OH says:
12/18/2017 at 11:07:58 PM

Only made it through the first video so far, but it alone is helping immensely. There is allot of wisdom that can be learned from what Mr. Bigelow teaches. Not just what to coach, but how to coach. Don't explain fundamentals, let this kids play ball. Get it in their hands for more minutes. I love it.

The True Value of Following
a Proven Plan

After seeing everything thatís included in Youth Coaching the RIGHT Way, you may be thinking that the cost will be through the roof.

Given Coach Bigelowís world-recognized expertise and 30+ years in the field...

Plus the lifelong skills youíll develop as a coach and teach your players...

And the enormous time-savings for following a proven plan...

And the peace of mind knowing youíre giving your best to your kids...

This program is easily valued at $200.

But we recognize the enormous impact youth coaches have...

And we donít want cost to be an issue for anyone.

So weíve worked out a special deal with Coach Bigelow to give you access to his entire program well below its actual value.

Supercharge Your Coaching
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($19 Value)

Because itís so important to keep young players interested and having fun, we want to arm you with even more drills you can use in your practices to develop kidsí skills and show them how fun and exciting the game can be.

So weíre including 60 FUN Basketball Drills and Games for Youth Coaches

In addition to dozens of skills development drills, youíll also learn:

  • Tips for keeping players on their best behavior
  • How to shorten the learning curve for every player on your team
  • Simple rules for turning kidsí basketball experience into a fun event where they feel successful
  • Ways to earn players' respect so they WANT to follow your lead
  • How to get max effort from players at practice and in games

This digital PDF sells in our store for $19 and itís been a favorite of youth coaches for years now!

Itís the perfect complement to Youth Coaching the Right Way and weíre including it FREE when you join the program today.

Hereís Everything Youíre Getting

As a recap, youíre getting:

  • Step-by-step guide to the proper skills, drills and coaching style to use with youth players
  • 3+ hours of training from youth coaching expert Bob Bigelow
  • 62 Youth-Specific drills to develop your players
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to keep young players motivated and engaged
  • Crash course in youth coaching expertise that will serve you for the rest of your life

As I said, the true value of this program is through the roof...$200 at least.

And given how dramatically youíd impact your players, it would be tremendous value even at that price.

But when you join today...

Get the Complete Youth Coaching the RIGHT Way and Special
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Hereís more feedback from coaches like you

Ray Card from Crystal Lake, IL says:
2/13/2019 at 11:24:22 PM

Very well done. Love his perspective on focusing on the fundamentals and the process of developing players and not winning and losing. Focus on the day to day improvement and winning takes care of itself. Failure is part of everything we do and we only fail if we donít learn and we stop trying to improve.


Bob Maronde from Grafton, WI says:
4/3/2017 at 7:36:09 PM

Absolutely the best videos for youth basketball coaches. As a head coach it is not always easy (availability of head coach & youth coach) to effectively communicate and demonstrate the proper teaching and teaching progression of skills. These videos do it clearly. Another voice (Bob's) reinforces my beliefs and thoughts exactly. Well done!


Reno from Novato, CA says:
1/19/2016 at 10:56:37 AM

I loved these DVD's. I have coached for many years at multiple levels and I have to say the instruction in the video explains exactly the best way to help kids understand and learn the basics without them thinking about it. If you are a first time coach this will take out all the fear and anxiety of if you are doing the correct things for the children.


Jason from Lexington, KY says:
11/20/2014 at 8:33:59 PM

This video presents a perfect framework for teaching young players and even older players needing work in fundamental technique. I feel much better prepared to coach the 3 teams I will have this season!


Nikki Bradford from San Diego, CA says:
2/2/2013 at 7:37:44 AM

Excellent instruction on coaching youth players. Every coach should watch to understand the developmental needs of young players and how to best teach them the fundamentals of the game. I played basketball but not at the young level I'm coaching (9 and 10 year olds) and the game really should be introduced and practiced differently than the way many of us might remember our varsity playing days. I will be recommending some changes to our local rec center league and have already shifted my focus as a coach of young players. Highly recommend!

Your coaching plays a HUGE role
in playersí fun and success

Donít underestimate the impact you can have on the kids!

A positive experience with you could be the start of a lifelong love for the game, great memories, new friends and maybe even a college scholarship down the road.

But a less-than-stellar experience could stop all of that in its tracks.

Which is why we recommend ALL coaches follow a proven step-by-step plan.

It just doesnít make sense to risk it with trial-and-error when your kids are counting on you.

Itís up to you how this next season goes...

And how the kids on your team learn and experience basketball in their formative years.

You can eliminate the guesswork now and have an incredible season if you follow this proven plan.

Click the "Add to Cartí button below to take the first step.

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To your coaching success!

Coach Bigelow

P.S. This is the fork in the road where you have 3 options...

Option 1: Do nothing

But since you read this letter all the way through, I believe you understand the consequences of "winging it".

Option 2: Go at it alone

You could try to figure this all out on your own. But remember, it took me years to do that (and I had a lot of great mentors and a professional playing career to lean back on).

Option 3: Take the proven path

Leave behind the confusion and anxiety and move forward with complete confidence. The small investment is a minimal price to pay for setting yourself and your players up for success this season and beyond.

Of course, I hope you join me. But no matter what, I wish you the greatest success and fulfillment on your coaching journey!

Best,

Bob



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5 Eric Levesque from Nashua, NH says:
4/13/2010 at 7:39:11 AM

I like that he shows some drills I'd never done before, and he does them very age-appropriately. I love the triangle and screen section of motion ofense drills. It was the concept that I tried and failed to teach last year, and will be able to get across this fall.

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5 mr loser from Findlay, OH says:
4/13/2010 at 8:59:07 AM

Excellent DVD with loads of practical suggestions for successful youth b-ball player development. We will use the wall, triangle and 3-on-3 more next season. Only change: come down even harder on coaches about playing time. Kids "win" by learning fundamentals, getting to play in games, having fun and developing a love for the game, rather than on the scoreboard.

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4 Steve Katalinich from minneapolis, MN says:
4/14/2010 at 9:51:29 AM

A great video. The triangle concept and 3 on 3 ideas are excellent and easy to communicate to the kids--that alone was worth the purchase.

I would have liked to see his "shooting mechanics", which he referred to but did not detail. His comments on basket height and ball size were great for the various age groups was very helpful.

The various dribbling, passing drills were very helpful.

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5 Scott from MT. LAUREL, NJ says:
4/21/2010 at 10:21:09 AM

Loved it. Particularly liked the parts on pivoting/footwork, running a motion offense (vs. structured/set offense), and running lots of 2on2 and 3on3 during practice.
Also appreciated the emphasis on skill development and fun vs winning games.
Anyway, thanks for the DVD and the other valuable information on your website.

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5 Nick from Clintonville, WI from Clintonville, WI says:
5/12/2010 at 8:34:25 AM

This is a great DVD for youth. Will help them get started and also develop their skills. Bob shows great drills for any coaches to use. He also explains why he is using them. It is easy for parents and kids to understand Bob. I will refer to this DVD when coaching youth and running clinics.

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5 Nelson from Los Angeles from LA, CA says:
12/2/2010 at 6:54:32 PM

Entering my 5th year coaching youth from 5-10 years old, and having read a ton of books and seen a bunch of dvds, i can without question say this is the best coaching advice I seen. Bob's philosophy is right on and he shares a few pearls of wisdom that every youth coach should know. That being said, most of the drills and offensive ideas (Vol 1 does not cover defense) are most helpful to 4th graders and up. Younger than that, creating a fun experience for kids requires some shortcuts like a simple 3-2 zone D and games focused on real fundamentals. For instance, the Steve Nash vid has great ball handling drills you can begin at 5 or 6. But once kids get a little sentient and develop more patience than a hamster, follow Bob's advice. It's brilliant.

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4 Paul from spruce head, ME says:
1/13/2011 at 11:46:24 AM

The DVD offers lots of good ideas on how to teach basic fundamentals to youth players. Quite often youth coaches take for granted that kids know how to do this stuff, and as a consequence they are never taught the basics. This DVD should be viewed by anyone wishing to coach youth hoops.

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4 rob smith from Hauppauge, NY says:
12/11/2011 at 4:11:35 PM

Very good DVD.
Well explained.
Easy to understand.
EXCELLENT points made about the right ways to teach young kids.
Also shows how NOT to teach them.
All the drills in the DVD will be beneficial to all young players.

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2 Craig says:
11/30/2012 at 3:43:47 PM

Dissapointed - not in the video but myself for buying it. This is VERY fundamental. Great information if you have never played the game.
I was hoping for more coaching tips centered around creating and running an offence for youngsters as well as some half court defence. I should have spent my money on a different video. I'll sell mine back to you?

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5 John from East Meadow, NY says:
9/13/2019 at 10:17:27 AM

Really great product! A long time ago I coached 8th and 9th grade and now I am coaching my son's 4th grade team. Obviously there is a big difference from a physical and maturity standpoint between 9 yr old's and 14 yr old's and Bob's DVD's really helps youth coaches with a philosophy and structure for coaching, teaching and developing youths in basketball.
This is a great DVD, especially if you are completely new to coaching youth basketball, or even if you have coached older kids and are embarking on coaching younger kids for the first time.

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5 Mark from Moorpark, CA says:
11/7/2019 at 2:09:52 PM

These videos are a good option for inexperienced youth coaches. They provide the basics in an easy to understand format.

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5 Roy from Elk Grove, CA says:
3/25/2010 at 3:52:35 PM

This DVD is GREAT! I will be using Coach Bigelow's drills and philosophy with my 9-10 year old players I am currently coaching. Thanks also to Breakthrough Basketball for all the good insights on how to coach youth basketball.

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5 Coach Schwager from South Bend, IN says:
4/13/2010 at 5:41:09 AM

Great video. Nicely put together. Gives really well thought out tips and ideas for workig with this age group. Gets back to the fundamentals. Can't wait to put these ideas into practice next year.

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4 Al Lively from Dunbarton, NH says:
4/13/2010 at 6:19:10 AM

It was well done. And at the corect level.
Some additional fun/compeitive drills would have been good.
We are using it with our AAU U10's.

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5 Bill Darroca from Fishers, IN says:
4/13/2010 at 7:46:43 AM

Excellent!!! Started to install Rick Torbett's Read and React system last season. This video is a wealth of ideas to help with our fundamentals to fine tune our offense. Gives great ideas for "quick hitters" to initiate the offense.

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4 Michael Borkowski from Menomonee Falls, WI says:
4/13/2010 at 7:53:38 AM

This is an excellent part 1 to youth coaching. I would like to see part 2 teaching team concepts and play at this level. Keep up the good work.

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5 Bill from adams, TN says:
4/13/2010 at 8:32:08 AM

All I want is to prepare my players for Middle/High School. This DVD will give me even more tools to accomplish that. It's nice to get a few wins along the way. I believe these fundamentals will help to accomplish that too. Thanx Bob, and thanx Breakthrough Basketball for making it available.

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5 Mike says:
4/13/2010 at 1:38:23 PM

I was (and remain) very impressed with the content. I am currently coaching 7th grade boys and will be stepping back and working with 5th graders in the coming years, and I am absolutely going to incorporate much of this into our practice routines.

Probably one of the top 3 purchases I've made as I strive to become a better youth coach!

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5 Doug from Glen Ellyn, IL says:
4/13/2010 at 1:54:08 PM

Great DVD. We utilized Breakthrough Basketball.com heavily in this last season of 10 yr old girls basketball and it really paid off, but we often struggled to find age-appropriate drills to teach key fundamentals. I wish I'd had this DVD @ the beginning of the season as it provides great drills and priorities for those of us who start with kids who have very few skills.
The DVD would be even better if it included a little more on defensive drills and skills development. That said, I'd strongly, strongly recommend it for any youth coach.

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5 Debbie from Miami, OK says:
4/13/2010 at 5:54:08 PM

I have not reviewed all of the DVD yet. The sections that I have checked out have been quite helpful and age appropriate for my 6th grade girls team. I wish it would have came with a hard copy of the different drills - then I could refer to it during practice.

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4 Jeff from Wyoming, OH says:
4/13/2010 at 9:36:51 PM

Great subject matter and presented in a nice format. Very easy to take this straight to the court and practice effectively with your kids. Could use some better editing, as a few times the camera focused too much on Bob, while the kids were demonstrating a skill. I would love to see more!

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5 Preston Parker from St.Paul, MN says:
4/14/2010 at 9:10:06 AM

Great video it's everything that's need to become a great coach!

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5 mike from ringwood , NJ says:
4/14/2010 at 5:04:58 PM

Great way to teach fundamentals. I will be recommending our rec department give this dvd to all the 3rd and 4th grade coaches. It will really help teach the kids the rihgt way

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5 Tim Turner from wallkill, NY says:
4/18/2010 at 9:34:50 AM

This was an excellent DVD. Although I don't coach @ this level it was very informative in regards to the progression that is needed in order to master certain fundamentals. I coach in an HS inner city setting and some of the basic drills could assist some of the players. Nevertheless, the one thing that stands out in my mind is that we all crawl before we walk and we walk before we run.

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5 Scott Morse from Spokane, WA says:
4/20/2010 at 12:00:36 AM

This was a great DVD for coaches working with young players. While I have coached for many years, I was looking for some good ideas for a group of nine year old boys. This DVD had a lot of good information on all aspects of the game. I particularly liked the section on footwork and pivoting. The analogy of the basketball being like a medicine ball for a child, gave me a good perspective for working with these younger age groups. Coach Bigelow did an awesome job with this video and I would recommend it to other coaches. I would be very interested in one of his clinics or future videos if they are produced. Nice job!!!

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5 Bernard from welkenraedt, None says:
4/21/2010 at 12:21:17 PM

Excellent DVD coach Bigelow. Nice tool for youth coaching. It is plenty of good ideas to guide our young players and gives us a important lesson : we have to respect their level.

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5 jim schoenenberger from evansville, WI says:
4/22/2010 at 11:04:38 AM

great dvd would recomend for any coach .Bob breaks down all the fudamental tells you what you should teach and what the kids comprehend . will help me in making my summer camp for grades 1st- 8th better.

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1 Patricia Tullen from Beringen, None says:
4/25/2010 at 1:28:13 PM

Sorry, but I am a little bit disapponted.
I expected a DVD for Youth to get better in fundamentals. Not to start learning fundamentals.

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5 Christopher says:
4/30/2010 at 10:35:39 AM

This is a treasure for the coaches who handle the very young enthusiastic students. Certain things even though we know and know how to teach, sometime we forgot teach. This DVD makes me understand how important the correct basic fundamentals are. By seeing this DVD at least once in a month may make me refresh. I personally feel this is a treasure for me.
Thanks for the coaches and all involved in this.

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4 Yony Epshtein from Herzliya, None says:
1/8/2011 at 11:56:04 AM

The DVD is very low quality - especially the sound. That is too bad since the substance of it is very nice and it kinda ruins the whole experience of learning from bob.

I like the way he simplifies things and his philosophy on kids and kids basketball.

I try these ideas in my practices and think the concepts of bob's DVD are right on the spot.

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5 John from TAMA , IA says:
1/8/2011 at 12:17:02 PM

A valuable input to the discussion surrounding "youth" basketball. I'm just getting back into bball coaching, with my grandson as motivation. (He's nine). I agree with most of Bob's conclusions and advice. The balance of his ideas is not a matter of disagreement, but rather hypothesis which I'm now testing. For example, use of weak hand for lay ups is completely out of the question for nine year olds on 10 foot baskets. Who could argue the eight foot baskets proposition? He's also right about zone presses and zones in general. With limited gym time, any time spent countering the zone is doable at the high price of fewer reps on what I consider essential fundamentals. An example of the undecided and testable is his notion of 3 on 3 and half court. I lean toward his opinion, but think the concept of weak side help and transition defense are important to introduce too. All in all, with other inputs available, Bob Bigelow is a must in the mix.

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4 steve zapien from wheat ridge, CO says:
1/8/2011 at 2:49:26 PM

Very helpful! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned an incredible amount. However, I was very disappointed with the shooting aspect of this video. I coach a girls 9-10 year old team and understand the real need to lower the basketball rims to a more acceptable height. This video does not help with the immediate problem of trying to teach these young ladies how to shoot a ball every day at practice or during the game. Very frustrating!

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4 Andrew Schweller from TAMA , IA says:
1/9/2011 at 8:41:13 AM

Liked the drills. Wish I could purchase second video separately. Take advantage and buy both a same time..... This guy has a lot of good ideas....

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5 Steven Gauze from pilgrim, KY says:
1/9/2011 at 9:38:02 AM

Great video. I coach 7-8 year olds and the video really let's you know what to focus your practice on. I have played and coached for many years but learned so much from this video.

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5 Lonny Hagen, Elem girls basketball coach Glenville-Emmons, MN from Glenville, MN says:
11/15/2011 at 9:30:55 PM

I cannot say enough on how much I learned from the DVDs and how much the elementary girls are enjoying our practices. The drills are so suited to them and the thought process Bob gives really shines through when you can actually see progress in development with skills and their enthusiasm to keep practicing. I have girls asking me all summer when does basketball practice start...and we dont start until November. Thanks Bob. You are truly a sports ICON.

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4 Luc Salvas from Drummondville, QC says:
12/10/2011 at 11:45:12 AM

An interesting reminder of the Life of a youngster on a basketball court.

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5 Dan Thibeault from Sterling, MA says:
12/10/2011 at 11:51:11 AM

Great resource for me as a first time coach (of any sport). After watching the video, I came to the court with five 6 year olds ready to help them develop appropriate skills with fun drills. The video helped me organize my practice, conceptualize some viable goals for the 3 month season and begin to execute them during the time on the court. Bob's philosophy about youth sports is invaluable. His ideas and methods make for a sound and sane introduction to BBall, but still can/should be transfered to many other sports. Some of the other coaches have also subscribed to the Breakthrough newsletters and we are now "diciples". I hope to attend a coaching seminar with Bob, he really has the knowledge and passion for the sport, but most of all, for what is right for our children.

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5 Doug from Portland, OR says:
12/2/2012 at 10:36:14 PM

Excellent coaching aide. As a first time coach for a 3rd grade team, volume 1 been very helpful. I plan on ordering volume 2 soon.

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5 Lee Scovern from Seattle, WA says:
12/11/2012 at 12:40:18 PM

This DVD helped me to understand the capabilities youth basketball players have and how to develop drills that can compliment them developmentally.

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5 Nikki Bradford from San Diego, CA says:
2/2/2013 at 7:37:44 AM

Excellent instruction on coaching youth players. Every coach should watch to understand the developmental needs of young players and how to best teach them the fundamentals of the game. I played basketball but not at the young level I'm coaching (9 and 10 year olds) and the game really should be introduced and practiced differently than the way many of us might remember our varsity playing days. I will be recommending some changes to our local rec center league and have already shifted my focus as a coach of young players. Highly recommend!

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5 Amanda says:
1/29/2014 at 10:45:33 AM

I have played basketball nearly my entire life, however, when it came to teaching 6-8yr olds how to play the sport, I felt I was at a loss on where to begin and what aspects of the game to focus on. Bob Bigelow does a great job in this DVD of giving you ideas on how to introduce the fundamentals of basketball to young children and telling you exactly what to focus on in your coaching. It's a GREAT resource!

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5 Jason from Lexington, KY says:
11/20/2014 at 8:33:59 PM

This video presents a perfect framework for teaching young players and even older players needing work in fundamental technique. I feel much better prepared to coach the 3 teams I will have this season!

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5 Rob from Murphy, TX says:
6/6/2015 at 7:45:02 AM

The most informative DVD for a cioach to have in his/her library. I found this DVD easy to use and it helped me with a variety of practices.

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5 KD from Vancouver, WA says:
11/19/2015 at 11:24:27 PM

Great help for a new basketball coach such as myself! The first DVD is full of good ideas and simple tips that I never would have figured out on my own. Highly recommend this to coaches looking for some guidance on the right way to help children learn the game.

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5 Marc from Salina, KS says:
12/23/2015 at 2:34:54 PM

What a fabulous resource for any youth basketball coach. The focus is where it should be - on teaching the fundamentals properly and on introducing them in the correct order. Bob does a masterful job of simplifying subjects that might otherwise be complex. He's got a ton of great ideas for how to teach this stuff, and his philosophy on coaches not obsessing about winning with such young kids is very admirable. This is my go-to guide. Thanks, Bob!

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5 Reno from Novato, CA says:
1/19/2016 at 10:56:37 AM

I loved these DVD's. I have coached for many years at multiple levels and I have to say the instruction in the video explains exactly the best way to help kids understand and learn the basics without them thinking about it. If you are a first time coach this will take out all the fear and anxiety of if you are doing the correct things for the children.

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5 Matt Touhey from Norwell , MA says:
1/27/2016 at 8:56:07 AM

I love it. It has given me so many different options to use when teaching basektball. I am already incorporating a lot of the first two disc into my practice.. The kids seem to really enjoy it. Win all the way around.

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5 Maren from Mesa, AZ says:
4/12/2016 at 2:46:47 PM

These DVD's were wonderful! I volunteered to coach my daughter's team of 2nd and 3rd graders, and this gave me a great place to start for coaching ideas, drills, etc. The jump stop drills, and dribbling drills were particularly helpful.

The one thing I wish though, is that there was more specific instruction for really younger kids. Last season, I coached Kindergartners, and now I am coaching 2nd and 3rd graders, so what they can do physically and mentally differs from that of a 5th grader. I found doing the passing drills much harder with this group. I'd love some more age appropriate rebounding drills. And of course, the kids want to shoot - but Bob says not to teach them shooting yet - so what to do?

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5 mark parnell from kosciusko, MS says:
6/10/2016 at 11:51:55 AM

It is very informative, great drill ideas for hands on coaching, I like his philosophy on coaching children.

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4 David Law from Bradenton, FL says:
9/7/2016 at 8:14:50 AM

Coach Bigelow's strong point is helping the youth coach go back to his childhood and remember that kids basically care more about playing than winning, and that they are not "little adults" when it comes to motor skills and strengths. I would have liked to see more in the way of how to teach offensive and defensive strategies to 10-11 year olds. Would also have liked advice about how to "coach" the parents in youth leagues as they can be both extremely helpful and sometimes extremely unrealistic regarding their children's skills and playing times. Perhaps he could share the rules and regulations for his youth league to give us something to base ours on.

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4 Tyrone A Smith from Malvern, AR says:
11/29/2016 at 11:33:43 AM

Thank you for such a fine product. I would never have been able to coach my youth basketball team without these videos. I have been a basketball fan since I was a kid but never actually played the sport to know the ins and outs. Your videos are an excellent resource. That being said, I would really love a video or eBook showing the court layout, what the "key" is, how to line up for foul shots, where exactly the "wings" are, how and where to inbound from, what and where the post position is, everything that a person who has never stepped onto a basketball court would need to know. I look forward to ordering this item when it is ready. Thank you again for all the excellent products that you currently offer. I have really gained a better understanding of the game from using them.

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5 Ariel Escobedo from South Gate, CA says:
12/28/2016 at 12:15:02 AM

Great resource for individuals who have no background in coaching youth basketball.

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5 Bob Maronde from Grafton, WI says:
4/3/2017 at 7:36:09 PM

Absolutely the best videos for youth basketball coaches. As a head coach it is not always easy (availability of head coach & youth coach) to effectively communicate and demonstrate the proper teaching and teaching progression of skills. These videos do it clearly. Another voice (Bob's) reinforces my beliefs and thoughts exactly. Well done!

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5 Paul Meier from Deer Park, TX says:
6/7/2017 at 9:57:16 AM

I'm a first time head coach for an 8 and under basketball team. I purchased both sets of Bob's videos and they've been a great help for me to understand which elements of the game to focus on for my young players. The videos also give you plenty of drills for practice and will help you develop plans for structuring your practices.

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5 Kevin from Columbus, OH says:
12/18/2017 at 11:07:58 PM

Only made it through the first video so far, but it alone is helping immensely. There is allot of wisdom that can be learned from what Mr. Bigelow teaches. Not just what to coach, but how to coach. Dont explain fundamentals, let this kids play ball. Get it in their hands for more minutes. I love it.

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5 Vamsi from Arlington, MA says:
4/20/2018 at 11:04:00 PM

Great Video and Content.

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5 Ray Card from Crystal Lake, IL says:
2/13/2019 at 11:24:22 PM

Very well done. Love his perspective on focusing on the fundamentals and the process of developing players and not winning and losing. Focus on the day to day improvement and winning takes care of itself. Failure is part of everything we do and we only fail if we don’t learn and we stop trying to improve.

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