Navigating the landscape of youth sports and specifically youth basketball can be complicated. This is especially the case with the emergence of quality feeder programs (those aligned with a high school) and new basketball “clubs” surfacing it seems every year.
So how do you select the right program for your child?
- You should look for a program that teaches players how to “play” the game instead of just running a bunch of set plays designed to get the “best” player the bulk of the scoring opportunities
- Practices with a Plan in place featuring a balance of skill development, offense concepts and defensive concepts
- Coaches maximize their practice time to get the players ready to compete at the best of their abilities during games
- Coaches see the games as valuable opportunities to continue the teaching process. Games should be treated as an extension of practice.
- Make it a priority to be with a coach that believes in the process/compound effect vs. instant success due to teaching concepts that will have early pay offs but not long term gains (Positionless basketball)