Thinking of new ways to make basketball fun, enhance your summer program, or trying to keep basketball skills sharpened? If you're not an NBA player, designing a kids basketball program might be intimidating. Here are a few tips to come up with basketball drills for kids that improve confidence, skill, and knowledge of the game.
The first thing to keep in mind is motivation. Both children, coaches, and parents need motivation. Ask yourself what your motivation is. Are you coach, parent, player, camp director, or babysitter? Your motivation for seeking new resources speaks volumes and will offer its own direction to shape your practice.
The next thing to focus on is fun. The primary motivation for getting involved in sports is to have fun. Sports offer respite from a rough life, end the lazy summer doldrums on a boring afternoon, and bring kids to wield a teamwork unstoppable. Begin your practice session by keeping fun in the forefront.
If you're a coach and designing a formal practice, or if you consider yourself a self-made master and are looking to step up your game on your own, start with a stretching warm up - and make it fun. Set out to top your last number, go farther than last time, and make a game of pushing yourself or your team farther. Coming up with fun ways to do a circle 8 around your legs can take some of the pressure off the fact that practicing is hard work.
Take your game from from stationary stretching to some move-over motion with fun, energetic transitions. By adding simple things like clapping 3 times before a new drill or at the end of each lay-up, your drills will elevate the energy levels and enthusiasm of all putting everyone into a mesmerizing zone fit for the challenges of the game ahead.
Try changing things up. By changing the traditional 2-line cross-over layup from half-court to incorporate natural surroundings and their inherent obstacles, team members will sharpen their skills and get them ready for anything. Add a hop and a skip over a bleacher, put a chair in the middle of the court, or ask your team to play tag-team ball after every point earned. When you offer ways to change up the traditional drills, you're giving your team an edge come game-time.
Try ending sessions with emphasis, and always end on a good note. Positive reinforcement at the last challenge instills confidence, endurance, and stamina in positive ways. Adrenaline coupled with success will keep your kids focused, learning, and eager at the next opportunity to overcome challenges.
Anyone can Google athletic drills and come up with the tried and true ways to coach kids. There are only so many ways to make a basket. But by keeping these tricks in mind as you plan your basketball drills for kids, you'll ensure successful practices, build successful teams, and mold winners willing to give more with each opportunity. Motivation is the key to advancing a casual game of horse hoop to developing razor-sharp skills fit for competition.