Complexity and Small-Sided Games

At halftime of a recent college game, two youth teams played at halftime. The children were tiny, and the crowd loved it, and everyone went crazy when a player finally scored as they were leaving the court after 10 minutes. In 10 minutes of fullcourt 5v5 basketball, more children face-planted by tripping on their own feet than made a shot! […]

Coaching Frosh Basketball 2.0 – Week 8

With Christmas falling in the middle of the week, and our next game more than a week away, we practiced twice this week. We had 8 and 9 players show up for the two practices. Whereas I would have been disappointed with this turnout in California, I was surprised to get that many to a freshmen practice in Utah. Sports are not as all-consuming as they are in California, which I suppose in the big picture is a positive. […]

What’s the objective of youth basketball leagues?

On the Forum, there is a discussion of 1st and 2nd grade basketball leagues. Personally, I find no reason for 1st and 2nd graders to play organized basketball and suggest martial arts, gymnastics, swimming and/or soccer as sports which provide a better initial sporting experience.

However, if one runs a league for 1st and 2nd graders or puts his son or daughter into such a league, what’s the objective? Why play? […]

Small-Sided Games & Player Development

Many sports adapt or modify rules to create more meaningful competitive environments for young participants. On the playgrounds, young children modify rules to create more equal competition, but few organizations modify the game. Most modifications have to do with the size of the ball or the height of the basket. Small-sided games, and specifically 3v3, Read more about Small-Sided Games & Player Development[…]