August 9, 2009

Coaching Course

The Youth Basketball Coaching Association Level I course is an introductory course for first-year coaches or youth coaches working with 8-14 year-olds. The Level I certification course covers basic coaching methodology and basketball fundamentals and is divided into five broad topics:

  1. The Youth Player
  2. The Youth Coach
  3. Practice
  4. Skill Development
  5. The Game
  6. YBCA Level I Certification Test

(Click on the topics above to start the course or read below to see a course outline).

Part I: The Youth Playerballer

  • The Early Years/Romance Period
  • Child Development
  • Psychological Development
  • Learning Orientation
  • Learning Styles
  • Attention
  • Motivation

Part II: The Coach

  • Coaching/Leadership Styles
  • Coaching during the Romance Phase
  • Coaching Philosophy
  • Communication Skills
  • Instructions
  • Demonstrations
  • Feedback
  • Cue Words
  • Questioning

Part III: PracticeShooting Clinic2

  • Create a Seasonal Goal
  • Parent’s Meeting
  • Expectations/Guidelines
  • Planning Practice
  • Practice Concepts
  • Practice Activities
  • Fun Games
  • Types of drills
  • Drills: Random vs. Block Practice
  • Good vs Bad Drills
  • Everyday Drills
  • Dynamic Warm-up
  • Sample Practice Format

Part IV: Skill Developmentdribbling

  • Three stages of skill acquisition
  • Teaching Skills
  • Basketball Skill Breakdown
  • Footwork
  • Stopping
  • Pivot foot
  • Live ball moves
  • Triple Threat/Hard2Guard
  • Ball Protection
  • Finishing
  • Lay-up technique
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Passing
  • Individual Defense
  • Rebounding
  • Athletic Stance
  • Jump/Land
  • Acceleration/deceleration
  • Court Spacing
  • Cuts
  • Screens
  • Help Defense
  • Fast Break
  • Press Break

Part V: The Gamejump ball

  • Game Preparation
  • Learning about Competition
  • Rules of the Game
  • Coaching in the Game
  • Teaching through the Game
  • Post-Game

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