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Youth Development Foundational Level
USA Basketball

Foundational Skills & Drills

Learn all fundamental and basic basketball-specific skills, establish building blocks for overall basketball skills. 70% of time is spent on individual fundamental training and only 30% of the time is spent on actual game competition. Teach position concepts, but DO NOT assign player positions at any point in the level. Divide actual competition between special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, skill games) and 5x5 play, trying not to focus on actual 5x5 competition until later in the level.

Health and Safety

DEALING WITH BUMPS AND BRUISES By Tamara Pool, Athletic Trainer For the vast majority of bumps, scrapes and so on, ice is always the best approach. Ice the injury immediately for 15 minutes, and if necessary, keep using the ice sporadically over the next day or two. The RICE approach is best -- R...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein
  • Date:
    Jan 11, 2017

I love the English language and have always been fascinated by words. While I'm a basketball strength and conditioning coach by vocation, writing and public speaking are two of the mediums I use to disseminate my message of safe, purposeful, and innovative training techniques and concepts all over...

  • Date:
    Dec 14, 2016

If you've played basketball for any amount of time, this probably has happened to you. You're going up for a rebound. Or you're trying to steal a pass from the other team. Or your dribbling was disrupted by a defender. Whatever the case, the ball was deflected and awkwardly struck the tip of one of...

Confidence

The 1 Percent Club is that small group of players who go the extra mile in their training -- stay late after practice, do more than is required. That's what it takes to make it to the next level.

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Jan 8, 2018

I truly believe that everything in life comes down to relationships. Everything. To be successful in any walk of life, from basketball to business, you have to know how to build and maintain solid relationships. As author Jeffrey Gitomer said, Quality relationships lead to success, wealth, and...

  • Author:
    Spencer Wood
  • Date:
    Dec 5, 2016

If you asked almost any middle school, high school, collegiate and professional coach to name the one basketball skill or character trait that is THE MOST important to the future success of a player, and most benefits the team that the player is on, many coaches (if not most) will tell you...

Off Court Training

The 1 Percent Club is that small group of players who go the extra mile in their training -- stay late after practice, do more than is required. That's what it takes to make it to the next level.

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Mar 8, 2017

In order to be your best this summer, and again next preseason, you need some rest. Most players will be going hard with individual workouts, regional tournaments, summer league games, and elite camps. I know of several players who haven't slept in their bed at home for more than a dozen times the...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein
  • Date:
    Jan 11, 2017

I love the English language and have always been fascinated by words. While I'm a basketball strength and conditioning coach by vocation, writing and public speaking are two of the mediums I use to disseminate my message of safe, purposeful, and innovative training techniques and concepts all over...

Rebounding

Screening

Level: Foundational | Skill: Screening

Level: Foundational | Skill: Screening

Shooting

  • Date:
    Dec 12, 2017

Level: Foundational | Skill: Shooting

Level: Foundational | Skill: Shooting

  • Date:
    Feb 28, 2017

Level: Foundational | Skill: Shooting

Team Defense

Level: Foundational | Skill: Team Defense

  • Date:
    Nov 13, 2017

Level: Foundational | Skill: Team Defense

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