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Youth Development Introductory Level
USA Basketball

Introductory Skills & Drills

Learn fundamental movement skills and build overall motor skills. Participation once or twice per week in basketball but daily participation in other sport activity is essential for further excellence. Group skill competitions recommended throughout the level. Introduction to team principles/concepts ONLY, avoid actual 5x5 competition until fundamentals are further developed.

Health & 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...

  • 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...

Off Court Training

  • 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...

  • Date:
    Dec 3, 2014

Warming up properly will help players maximize their performance in practice and during games. Here are some warm-ups you can try with your team.

Rebounding

  • Author:
    On Court Player Development
  • Date:
    Dec 7, 2010

Ask any coach and he’ll tell you that the art of rebounding is in the positioning, not how big the player is. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, you have to be in the right spot. The Close Out/Box Out drill will teach you how to closeout on the offense while staying under control. Remember,...

Shooting

A good shooting guard can take a pass, square up and shoot in one quick motion. This drill will help your players develop good footwork and shooting form.

Team Offense

  • Author:
    By Vic Pruden
  • Date:
    Jun 27, 2011

Traditionally, in front-court play, coaches have taught perimeter players to assume the triple-threat position immediately after receiving a pass. From this position, they can shoot, pass, or drive. Teaching players that they must assume this set position results in dead time: while a player is...

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