Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball

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As a parent, it is a proud day when your child joins his or her first sports team. It is important to you to be involved, which may be leading you to think about coaching. Nervous about the possibility? Don't be! With the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball, you will quickly and easily learn how to become a successful youth basketball coach. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference guide will help you create a fun and effective learning environment. You have limited practice time and ...

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Overview

As a parent, it is a proud day when your child joins his or her first sports team. It is important to you to be involved, which may be leading you to think about coaching. Nervous about the possibility? Don't be! With the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball, you will quickly and easily learn how to become a successful youth basketball coach. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference guide will help you create a fun and effective learning environment. You have limited practice time and resources, and you need to know how to make the best of them. With this book, you will cover several key concepts that often elude rookie coaches, including:

  • Identifying your role and expectations as a coach.
  • Tailoring instruction to meet the varying physical abilities of different age groups.
  • Creating a safe playing environment.
  • Knowing how to effectively coach during both practices and games.
  • Learning how to communicate and form alliances with parents, league administrators, game officials and players.
On top of all this great material, we also provide you with access to a website where you can download practice plans, emergency information cards, injury reports, awards and certificates, and season evaluation forms. Ensure that you and your child's first basketball season are a success with Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789733580
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 7/13/2005
  • Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Hanlon has 19 years of professional writing experience - as a journalist, an editor of two coaching magazines, a curriculum writer for a coaching division of a publishing company, and as a book writer and ghost writer for nationally-prominent authors. Tom ghostwrote Teens Can Make It Happen (Simon and Schuster) for Stedman Graham; this book made the New York Times bestseller list in 2000. He has written all or major portions of 39 other books, including seven sport officiating guides, numerous coaches' guides (including baseball; softball; soccer; basketball; and volleyball, among others), and a wide assortment of related sports titles.

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IntroductionIntroduction

It all began so innocently.

Just as the youth basketball league administrator asked for a volunteer to coach your son's team, you scratched the top of your head. All the other parents were studying, with sudden keen interest, their thumbnails or shoelaces. No eyes, except yours, were looking forward.

The administrator saw her chance.

"Excellent! We have a new coach!"

To your astonishment, you saw that she was pointing directly at you. Parents, with relieved looks on their faces, turned to look at you. Some smirked. A few chuckled. All were joyful.

"Relax," one parent said. "The season doesn't start till next week."

"My kid's a shooter. You ought to see him shoot that ball. He's always been top scorer," another parent said as he gave you a good view of the bulldog tattooed on his bicep.

"My son plays small forward," another parent added, as if he bought his son the position from the National Basketball Association, which had granted the boy sole rights to play small forward on your team.

"I never knew you could coach, Dad," your son said as you walked to your car.

"Sure I can coach," you said. "How difficult can it be?" You hoped you at least sounded convincing.

Each winter, all across America, youth basketball leagues swing into action. Every year, thousands upon thousands of new coaches are tabbed to guide the players. The majority of those coaches have little or no experience coaching.

If you are one of those coaches, this book is for you. It is intended primarily for coaches of players from 6 to 12 years old, but it is applicable to coaches of older players as well. Use it as your rudder to guide you through your season. Use this book to

  • Understand your role, and know what to expect, as a coach.
  • Know the keys to being a good coach.
  • Realize why kids play sports and consider how this should affect your approach to coaching.
  • Bone up on the basic rules of basketball and learn how to impart those rules to your players.
  • Provide for kids' safety and respond to emergency situations.
  • Learn the general principles of teaching skills and tactics.
  • Teach individual skills and team tactics.
  • Coach effectively during games.
  • Make the sport experience a meaningful and enjoyable one for the kids.
  • Communicate effectively with parents, league administrators, referees, and players.
  • Form positive alliances with parents, involving them in various ways.
  • Plan for your season and your practices.
  • Discover the keys to conducting productive practices.
  • Celebrate victories and learn from defeats.
  • Keep it all in perspective.

This guide presents the foundational concepts that effective coaches follow, and it shows you, step-by-step, how to incorporate those concepts, plan your season, and conduct your practices. It provides many forms you will need, including sample and blank season and practice plans, a sample letter to parents, an injury report and emergency information card, and a season evaluation form. It has games and drills you can use to teach your players the skills and tactics they need to know. It details how to execute the fundamental skills and tactics, so you will know what to teach—and it lays out how to teach. It is also replete with practical tips that will help your season be a success.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized in two parts. Part I covers coaching basics, and provides guidance in a number of areas, include your basic approach to coaching, communication keys, safety principles, and practice planning. Part II delves into the specifics of the skills and tactics your players will need to learn, ending with an entire chapter devoted to games and drills you can use to teach those skills and tactics.

Following Part II are six appendixes that you should find useful. This material includes a sample letter to parents, a medical emergency form, an injury report, blank season and practice plans you can use for your own planning, and a season evaluation form you can use at the end of your season.

Special Elements

Throughout the book you will find the following special elements:

Caution - Cautions give you a loud "Heads up!" regarding issues or situations you want to avoid. These point out pitfalls, potential safety hazards, and any other items that could pose trouble to you or your team.

Note - This is a note element. Notes give you relevant information that doesn't necessarily fit in the text flow.

Tip - Tips are given to help you do something more efficiently or to give you the "inside" view on how to accomplish something related to coaching basketball.

Warning - Warnings are always safety-related and are used with issues or situations of more serious consequence than those associated with cautions.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.

Table of Contents.

Introduction.

How This Book Is Organized.

Special Elements.

I. COACHING BASICS.

1. Your Coaching Approach.

Your Coaching Philosophy

Physical Development

Mental Development

Emotional Development

Social Development

Some Final Thoughts on Your Coaching Philosophy

10 Attributes of a Good Coach

Take Your Role Seriously

Be Comfortable with Being in Charge

Be Dependable and Stable

Be Patient

Be Flexible

Enjoy Getting to Know Your Players

Desire to Help Kids Learn and Grow

Be an Encourager

Be Willing to Learn

Have a Sense of Humor

10 Keys to Being a Good Coach

Know the Basics of the Sport

Plan for Your Season and Practices

Conduct Effective Practices

Teach Skills and Tactics

Correct Players in a Way That Helps Them Improve

Teach and Model Good Sporting Behavior

Provide for Players' Safety

Communicate Effectively

Coach Effectively During Games

Know What Success Is

Final Thoughts on the Keys to Being a Good Coach

What to Expect As a Coach

What Is Expected of You As a Coach

Equipment and Insurance

Last, But Not Least: Why Kids Play Basketball

2. Rules of the Game.

Basic Youth Basketball Rules

Court, Equipment, and Time

Players

Scoring

Fouls

Violations

How the Game Is Played

Terms

Signals

Keep on Learning

Teaching Rules to Your Players

Situational Plays

Scrimmages

Brief Discussions

Players' Experiences

3. Communication Keys.

10 Keys to Being a Good Communicator

Know Your Message

Make Sure You Are Understood

Deliver Your Message in the Proper Context

Use Appropriate Emotions and Tones

Adopt a Healthy Communication Style

Be Receptive

Provide Helpful Feedback

Be a Good Nonverbal Communicator

Be Consistent

Be Positive

Communicating with Parents

Preseason Meeting or Letter

Preseason Call

During the Season

Be Understanding-and Set Boundaries

Challenging Situations

Communicating with League Administrators

League Information

Coaches' Meetings and Clinics

Questions and Concerns

Communicating with Opponents and Referees

4. Safety Principles.

Communicating the Inherent Risks

Being Prepared

CPR/First Aid Training

Chronic Health Condition Awareness

First Aid Kit

Providing Proper Supervision

Plan Your Practices

Inspect the Court and Equipment

Provide Proper Instruction

Supervise Each Activity

Responding to Minor Injuries

Cuts and Scrapes

Bruises

Sprains and Strains

Responding to Emergency Situations

Heatstroke

Heat Exhaustion

5. Practice Plans.

Planning Your Season

Purpose

Tactics and Skills

Rules

Adjusting Your Season Plan

Sample Season Plan

Planning Practices

The Best Option: Simultaneous Stations

Player Safety

Coaching Instruction and Feedback

Sample Practice Plan

Conducting Your First Practice

12 Keys to Conducting Effective Practices

1. Be Prepared

2. Set the Stage

3. Involve Parents

4. Be Active

5. Be Active with a Purpose

6. Make It Fun

7. Provide Instruction

8. Give Feedback

9. Be Encouraging and Supportive

10. Promote Teamwork and Camaraderie

11. Discipline Players As Necessary

12. Wrap Up the Practice

6. Player Development.

The Process for Teaching Skills and Tactics

Set the Stage

Show and Tell

Practice the Skill

Provide Feedback

Six Keys to Mistake Correction

Be Encouraging

Be Honest

Be Specific

Reinforce Correct Technique

Explain Why the Mistake Happened

Watch for Comprehension

7. Game Time!

The Practice Before the Game

Game Particulars

Game Focus

Before the Game

Team Warm-up

Starting Lineups

Last-Minute Words

During the Game

Your Approach to the Game

Player Substitutions

Appropriate Behavior

After the Game

Team Meeting

8. Ingredients of a Successful Season.

A Tale of Two Coaches

Evaluating Your Season

Did Your Players Have Fun?

Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills?

Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

Did Your Players Leave the Games on the Court?

Did You Leave the Games on the Court?

Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways?

Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players?

II. SKILLS AND TACTICS.

9. Offensive Skills and Tactics.

Triple-threat Stance

Footwork

Pivot

Cut

Jump Stop

Stride Stop

Jab Step

Rocker Step

Dribbling

Control Dribble

Speed Dribble

Crossover Dribble

Spin Dribble

Half-spin Dribble

Passing and Catching

Bounce Pass

Chest Pass

Overhead Pass

Baseball Pass

Catching

Shooting

Outside Shot

Layup

Free Throw

Rebounding

Initial Positioning

Blocking Out

Knowing Where the Ball Is Going

Hustling

Controlling the Ball

Passing Game

Screens

Fast Break

Basic Plays

Pick-and-Roll

Give-and-Go

Inbounds Plays

10. Defensive Skills and Tactics.

Defensive Concepts

#1: Get Back Quick!

#2: Apply Pressure

#3: Cut off Passing Lanes

#4: Deny the Ball Down Low

#5: Don't Commit Unnecessary Fouls

#6: Provide Help

#7: Communicate!

Individual Defensive Skills

Maintain Good Positioning

Use a Slide Step

Get Hands up on Shots

Go for the Steal

Box Out to Rebound

Team Defensive Tactics

Defend Against Screens

Double-team When Appropriate

Use a Full-court Press

Use a Player-to-Player Defense

Use a Zone Defense

11. Games and Drills.

Dribbling Games

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

Passing Games

Game One

Game Two

Shooting Games

Game One

Game Two

Rebounding Games

Game One

Game Two

Various Offensive Skill Games

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

Fast Break Games

Game One

Game Two

Special Plays Games

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

Individual Defensive Skill Games

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

Team Defensive Skill Games

Game One

Game Two

Game Three

III. APPENDIXES.

A. Sample Letter to Parents.

B. Medical Emergency Form.

C. Injury Report.

D. Season Plan.

E. Practice Plan.

F. Season Evaluation Form.

1. Did Your Players Have Fun?

2. -Did Your Players Learn New Skills and Improve on Previously Learned Skills?

3. -Did You Help Your Players Understand the Game and Its Rules?

4. -Did You Communicate Appropriately and Effectively?

5. Did You Provide for Your Players' Safety?

6. Did You Plan and Conduct Effective Practices?

7. -Did Your Players Give Maximum Effort in Practices and Games?

8. Did Your Players Leave the Games at the Gym?

9. Did You Leave the Games at the Gym?

10. Did You Conduct Yourself Appropriately?

11. -Did You Communicate Effectively with Parents and Involve Them in Positive Ways?

12. Did You Coach Appropriately During Games?

13. -Did You Win with Class and Lose with Dignity?

14. -Did You Make the Experience Positive, Meaningful, and Fun for Your Players?

Index.

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Preface

Introduction

It all began so innocently.

Just as the youth basketball league administrator asked for a volunteer to coach your son's team, you scratched the top of your head. All the other parents were studying, with sudden keen interest, their thumbnails or shoelaces. No eyes, except yours, were looking forward.

The administrator saw her chance.

"Excellent! We have a new coach!"

To your astonishment, you saw that she was pointing directly at you. Parents, with relieved looks on their faces, turned to look at you. Some smirked. A few chuckled. All were joyful.

"Relax," one parent said. "The season doesn't start till next week."

"My kid's a shooter. You ought to see him shoot that ball. He's always been top scorer," another parent said as he gave you a good view of the bulldog tattooed on his bicep.

"My son plays small forward," another parent added, as if he bought his son the position from the National Basketball Association, which had granted the boy sole rights to play small forward on your team.

"I never knew you could coach, Dad," your son said as you walked to your car.

"Sure I can coach," you said. "How difficult can it be?" You hoped you at least sounded convincing.

Each winter, all across America, youth basketball leagues swing into action. Every year, thousands upon thousands of new coaches are tabbed to guide the players. The majority of those coaches have little or no experience coaching.

If you are one of those coaches, this book is for you. It is intended primarily for coaches of players from 6 to 12 years old, but it is applicable to coaches of older players as well. Use it as your rudder to guide you through your season. Use this book to

  • Understand your role, and know what to expect, as a coach.
  • Know the keys to being a good coach.
  • Realize why kids play sports and consider how this should affect your approach to coaching.
  • Bone up on the basic rules of basketball and learn how to impart those rules to your players.
  • Provide for kids' safety and respond to emergency situations.
  • Learn the general principles of teaching skills and tactics.
  • Teach individual skills and team tactics.
  • Coach effectively during games.
  • Make the sport experience a meaningful and enjoyable one for the kids.
  • Communicate effectively with parents, league administrators, referees, and players.
  • Form positive alliances with parents, involving them in various ways.
  • Plan for your season and your practices.
  • Discover the keys to conducting productive practices.
  • Celebrate victories and learn from defeats.
  • Keep it all in perspective.

This guide presents the foundational concepts that effective coaches follow, and it shows you, step-by-step, how to incorporate those concepts, plan your season, and conduct your practices. It provides many forms you will need, including sample and blank season and practice plans, a sample letter to parents, an injury report and emergency information card, and a season evaluation form. It has games and drills you can use to teach your players the skills and tactics they need to know. It details how to execute the fundamental skills and tactics, so you will know what to teach—and it lays out how to teach. It is also replete with practical tips that will help your season be a success.

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized in two parts. Part I covers coaching basics, and provides guidance in a number of areas, include your basic approach to coaching, communication keys, safety principles, and practice planning. Part II delves into the specifics of the skills and tactics your players will need to learn, ending with an entire chapter devoted to games and drills you can use to teach those skills and tactics.

Following Part II are six appendixes that you should find useful. This material includes a sample letter to parents, a medical emergency form, an injury report, blank season and practice plans you can use for your own planning, and a season evaluation form you can use at the end of your season.

Special Elements

Throughout the book you will find the following special elements:


Caution - Cautions give you a loud "Heads up!" regarding issues or situations you want to avoid. These point out pitfalls, potential safety hazards, and any other items that could pose trouble to you or your team.


Note - This is a note element. Notes give you relevant information that doesn't necessarily fit in the text flow.


Tip - Tips are given to help you do something more efficiently or to give you the "inside" view on how to accomplish something related to coaching basketball.


Warning - Warnings are always safety-related and are used with issues or situations of more serious consequence than those associated with cautions.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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