Re: Man To Man

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Posted by HoopFan12 on July 05, 2017 at 15:29:07:

In Reply to: Re: Man To Man posted by Caster Troy on July 05, 2017 at 12:05:55:

: : : : : : : Hello I am a new travel ball coach and i am trying to teach my kids the fundamentals of Man to Man Defense but they seem to have a hard time understanding the basic concepts of going from help side to deny off of screens and getting thru. Also i have a team of kids who do not shoot the ball at a high clip and bad shooting forms. Where should i delegate my practice time toward.

: : : : : : What age are you coaching?

: : : : : : You've got to teach both things, but it's probably best to break them up into separate days of focus. Man to man defense will naturally come easier to them than perfecting their shot.

: : : : : : Good luck with the shooting forms. I've seen some really whack stuff out there due to bad habits developing when they're real young.

: : : : : Agree with above post. Spend time on both but start with man to man. I have my kids switch all screens except big little and this keeps them focused. We 30 minutes a practice on shooting . Have them shoot one handed , keeps form correct. Good Luck

: : : : Teach fundamentals, 1/2 practice offensive skill drills and the other 1/2 defensive drills. Agree, so many wild looking shooting forms out there. It is embarrassing to watch high school kids shoot from their chest.

: : : The issue with the bad shooting form comes from young kids starting out on 10 foot hoops. I grew up in a program where a very good high school coach insisted the local grade schools lower their hoops to 8 feet. Very young kids don't have the strength to shoot properly at a 10 foot hoop, and undisciplined coaches who let them huck from the 3 point line are only encouraging worse form/habits. To reach that 10 foot hoop their shot becomes a some form of overhead "throw" or from the hip "shove."

: : : Lower hoops at a young age can encourage better shooting form and habits. It's also creates a greater "love of the game" with kids experiencing more success at a younger age. Coaches, please encourage your youth (grade school level) programs to run on 8 foot hoops.

: : What about for 12yo boys should they shoot on a regular rim height? and what about ball size should they be shooting a 28 or official size ball?? Do i even really need to run an offense until my guys attack with both hands. Being drilling a ton of two hand ball handling and extended Mikan drill. And focusing on communication in transition.

: Repetition, repetition, repetition!!! Have them shoot close to the basket and once they get comfortable with the close shots start moving out a little. Same can be said about dribbling, just keep teaching them dribbling drills and keep focusing on it. It's the small things that mean the most and repetition is a key to it as well. Defensive slide drills are nice to. Gotta teach them to move their feet and to not bring their feet together while they're sliding. Tell them to watch the offensive players hips/stomach area while guarding someone so they don't get caught up watching the ball while the other player is dribbling. The offensive player will go where his hips/stomach area are going and they won't be consumed by someone else's ball handling. Repetition, repetition, repetition!!!

Agree with Caster's great advice here. Regarding 12 year olds on a 10 foot hoop, I think that's fine. Just try to keep them from launching 3s or shooting well beyond their range. The extra oomph they will need to do so will give them bad habits on their form. Use Caster's advice and have them start in close with MADE shots. Then they can scoot back slowly, as long as they continue to MAKE shots regularly. When they start missing, they should take a step in until they start making shots REGULARLY. Let them know strength of shot comes from their legs, not their arms.

The other thing that is important at this (or any age) is the mental and team building side of the game. Make sure they acknowledge a good play by a teammate and value being a good passer. Promote the understanding that when the team wins, they all win, so lose yourself in the team. Most important is to develop "love of the game." At this age it should be about FUN, learning fundamentals, and doing their best. Ultra high expectations, rankings, comparing themselves to others is BS at this age. They should measure themselves against the player they were yesterday.

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