Coaching Youth Basketball: What’s Your Philosophy?

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Preparing for a basketball season at any level takes a great deal of preparation. Among the many organizational concerns are: determining practice facilities, practice times, and team expectations.

Before taking care of the countless details of your responsibility as a coach, it is important to establish a personal coaching philosophy.

What do you need to consider when developing a philosophy? How do you develop a philosophy?

I would recommend reading some books and speaking with other coaches. A few books that I have found extremely helpful are:

Inch And Miles A childrens’ book written by John Wooden and Steve Jamison. (Both authors pages for additional resources.)

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court Written by John Wooden and Steve Jamison. (Both authors pages for additional resources.)

Coaching Basketball Successfully 2nd Edition by Morgan Wootten, Dave Gilbert (With), John Wooden (Foreword by) (This is a great resource for coaching high school basketball and may be a little advanced for youth coaches.)

Youth Basketball Drills: 110 basic to advanced drills by Burrall Paye and Patrick Paye.

These books will not only provide philosophy ideas, but drills as well.

The biggest thing when developing your coaching philosophy is to make sure the philosophy is consistent with your personality. Do not try to be something or someone that you are not.

Good Luck!


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