Going through your first practice as a basketball instructor can be a little overwhelming. However, this is not necessary! As long as you do a good preparation before practice, you will be able to do things fairly easily. All you have to do is build a good schedule of what to do and how long to do it. So how do you make a program?
Making a schedule is something that will get easier as you do it. I recommend having written or even typed it a few nights before. The most difficult program to make it the first because you don’t know your team yet and you don’t know what they need to work on and train on. The way to combat this is to cover all areas of the game and work on the fundamentals that all teams will need to work on. We can now go into some details.
The start of practice should begin with stretching and warming up the muscles. Some coaches are part of training from the start, others make it clear to players that it is part of their job and that they should warm up before training and be ready to go at the first whistle. I think the scale is more suitable for older groups. As far as the youth training goes, I think that should be part of the training to make sure the players warm up properly. This warm-up can last about 15 minutes and include stretching and running. It will speed up the heart rate and hopefully the players can start to sweat. From there, a nice transition to handling the ball usually goes well.
Ball handling exercises can include a ball or two. Examples of two-ball drills would be dribbling two balls at a time while standing still, then dribbling two balls while walking / running on the court. For any ball handling exercise it is important for you as the coach to focus on seeking while the players are dribbling. It is important for them to become familiar with dribbling without looking at the ball. Other ball handling exercises include dribbling a basketball in one hand while catching a tennis ball in another. Personally, I liked this one because I thought it was the most useful in reaction time. Coaches will throw the tennis ball at the player and they will need to catch and return it while dribbling. Once this becomes easy, the player should be asked to do movements like crosses or behind the back between throws of tennis balls. After about 30 minutes of handling the ball, you can move on to teamwork exercises.
An example of a teamwork exercise would be the “3 Man Weave”. this is an exercise in which three players walk the court together, weaving around each other. A video explaining this in more detail can be seen here. The benefits of performing this exercise are to improve communication while practicing the game like speed. This drill tends to be handy at first for younger teams. If your team is really struggling with this, don’t waste all the practice working on it. Give it some time (eg 15 minutes) and after that time move on to your next exercise. However, don’t forget the drill. Come back to it the next day and the next. You would be surprised how quickly players will notice it the next few times you do.
From there you can move on to more game situations. A good example of this would be the scrum. This is a great way for kids to get a good idea of what it will be like during games and what kind of coaching you will be giving during games. Trying to stay consistent with your messages to players is important so they know what you want from them. During the scrum, do not hesitate to whistle and stop the game. If there is a situation where a play can be used as a learning experience, it should definitely be explained so that everyone understands. what didn’t work. It is best to do this right after it happens rather than at the end of the practice.
To finish training, I always appreciated when our coaches set up end-of-game training situations. It would force them to give us a certain situation, like being 2 points back with the ball and 15 seconds to play, and then we have to practice what we would do if it was a real game. This drill would be done 5 on 5 and would generally change offensive and defensive after each try. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it puts players at ease with “high pressure” shots.
Overall, setting a workout schedule shouldn’t be stressful, but exciting. You should be happy to improve the abilities of your players. The more practices you plan, the easier they will become. Once you see your team playing a few games, you’ll have a better idea of what to work on and where the time can be spent during practice.
Some comments on coaching. All coaches have different styles and the way they teach is different. That being said, it’s important for you to find what works for you. If you get better results from being a positive, upbeat coach and leading by example, you should. If you’re the kind of coach who pushes your players to their limits and isn’t afraid to scream, this could also work if your players respond well to it. It depends on the players and on you. I know coaches who completely tailor their coaching styles to suit the group of players they have.
Overall, improving players is the most important thing as well as having fun when playing.