Teaching Kids the Game of Basketball
"It's amazing how much a youngster's hearing improves when he or she hears praise.
from Coach Jim Harrick, head coach University of Georgia
This is a brief outline as to how one should approach the teaching aspect in youth basketball.
- General Thoughts
- Lack of fundamentals
- Overall knowledge of how to play the game
- Lack of team play
- Dealing with constructive criticism: 'Coaching'
- Your Role as a Teacher First - Coach Second
- Be aware of your influence over a youngster
- Take great pride in your responsibility to the kids
- You are an authority - A Model!
- You are a person who can make a great impact on the character development.
- Character Development
- Respect for the coach: demand their attention and their effort
- Desire to Excel through hard work
- Develop sportsmanship
- Have great enthusiasm - a must!
- Competitiveness - by the rules
- Be a team player - respect your teammates; be unselfish
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Coaching Traits
- Praise Praise Praise. Coach with encouragement.
- Exhibit great patience - too mny beginner's don't
- Show compassion for an honest effort
- Self-control - Keep your emotions in check
- Impartiality - give each player a fair chance
- Integrity and honesty - a constant.
- Teach with enthusiasm.
- 'Know what you teach and teach what you know!'
- Developing Your Philosophy
- Your job is to effectively teach the execution of various fundamentals.
- Don't give them too much - do a few things well!
- Be clear and simple in your explanations
- Devise a balanced offensive and defensive system
- Stress playing the game without the ball
- Demand quick execution of the fundamentals
- Remain POSITIVE
- Key to success
- Have a sound knowledge of your subject
- Have discipline and accountability
- Be organized - Maximize your practice time
- Have Public Relation skills: Parents, refs, administrators
- Demand attention and concentration
- don't assume they know what you are talking about
- Demonstrate drills
- Use easy to understand terminology
is the key to success
- Coaching Methods
- The Learning Process: Whole-part-Whole
- Reinforcement of good will repeat the action
- Make a clear presentation of a drill or play
- Explain necessity and importance of your teaching
- Use teaching aids - video film sessions, chalk talks, etc.
- Set realistic goals and strive for excellence
- 'Inch by inch, life's a cinch, yard by yard, life is hard.'
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