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Question from Pat:
What are some good try out drills we can use?

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K Herman says:
3/12/2015 at 9:13:55 PM

I am personally offended as a parent that tryouts even occur at ages under 10. It's ridiculous.

So, here I am a parent of a 10 year old and I have to spend all summer teaching him basketball skills. Ya, he'll make the travel team. I'm just saying that it is stupid.


greg stopp says:
9/16/2014 at 12:43:30 PM


For under 10's and under 12's is a motion offense the best offense to run for man to man? And for zone defenses what are your thoughts on a 3 out 2 in high low post or two post players working the triangle? Finally,should we expect to see full court pressing in both these age divisions?




Darren Clay says:
2/20/2012 at 2:54:14 PM

i coach a girls AAU 7th grade team ,last year we had about 15 girls tryout for 10 spots this year i anticapate having @ 25 girls. We are trying to form an "A" and a "B" team with that many girls what drills should i focus on.I do have quite a few girls that would be on the fence for the A team.


Ken says:
1/23/2012 at 4:50:51 PM

Aaron -

This all depends on your age, level you are trying out for and your skill level.

To put it simply, you can never work to hard at improving your game. What is your training going to involve?


aaron says:
1/23/2012 at 4:33:03 PM

i wanna know how long i should train before i see results and after that how long should i wait to try out


Bosworth says:
12/2/2010 at 5:21:30 PM

You said: "I decided we weren't going to have tryouts, we started practice. If you wanted to play on the team, you came to practice every day until I told you not to come. Everybody went throught the same drills, teaching, conditioning and competition. Naturally most of my attention was focused on the players that I knew I needed for the season, but if others stood out, then they had a shot at the team. We usually took about 3 days to make the first cut and usually had it down tot the team by 6 days."

Love it.

Our junior high 7th grade has over 80 boys being "evaluated" (can't call it tryouts) over 3 days, 6 hours, for 22 slots.

The coach is a PE teacher for this age group and although PE time is not suppose to be for "evaluation" the youth have been playing basketball for the last 2 1/2 weeks. The coach has to be using the time to get a feel for who he is interested in and who are without a doubt no's.

Your approach is more realistic than trying to evaluate over 80 boys in 6 hours with only two coaches and 7th grade girl managers to track/score the boys at each evaluation station. Or using PE time and denying it.


Jeff Haefner says:
10/19/2010 at 2:30:32 PM


Spend the majority of your practice teaching skills (dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork). Do not run plays. Instead teach a free form motion offense so kids learn "how to play". You can also teach skills and build your motion offense at the same time so it's a more efficient use of practice time.

Teach man to man defense. Do not press or play zone defense.

Keep the drills lots of fun. Check out these pages for more information about coaching youth basketball:


Carlos says:
10/19/2010 at 12:12:25 PM

I volunteered to coach 4th-5th grade (9-11 yr olds) basketball. I've played in high school and many leagues ... but I don't know what drills and what the appropriate strategy is to teach this age group. Help or tips? Thanks...


peter marino says:
7/25/2010 at 6:15:56 PM

basketball for 32 weeks


Brad says:
2/16/2010 at 4:32:32 AM

I was the assist coach last year for a 4th grade aau team. This year i am going to be coach them by myself basically. I played ball and coach but teach the basic and trying to not overload them with a lot of plays. My question is should i run the team as starting 5 unit press hard, run and gun for 3 mins then begin in the second unit. Its work at the 8th grade level. I dont know if it work at the 5th grade level.


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