Coaching Resources

Subbing templates

6 Player Subbing Sheet

7 Player Subbing Sheet

8 Player Subbing Sheet

Coaching Courses

Sport Aus Community Coaching Course (Online)

Coaching Manual

Mini Basketball (5 to 12 years old)

External Coaching resources

Jnr NBA - Practice plans from Rookies to Advanced

Basketball Aus Coaches

Breakthrough Basketball

MOJO - get the app - great game based play ideas

Basketball for Coaches

SportsPlan - 650 Drills & Videos


Coaching tips

  • Keep it Light Resist the urge to teach too much new information. Each practice plan includes time for reviewing key concepts, skills and drills

  • Be Patient Understand your team's needs. If a drill isn't clicking, don't dwell. Step back, rethink how to teach it, and retry next time.

  • Repeat Drills/Skills Some drills repeat with added challenges. This boosts focus on learning skills, not just new drills. Don't rush; focus on key things (but keep moving too).

  • Fast Feedback Keep it short 30 seconds or less on feedback. Give one feedback point, then offer live advice during play.

  • Engage Minds Ask questions that make players think. Avoid yes/no queries. Get them mentally involved.

  • Offense vs Defense As much as possible, teach with an offense vs defense - instruct the defense to go 50% if needed. Only exception is if it is a brand new skill. That should follow teach, train, play methodology.

  • Mix it up Manipulate drills based on space, time, touches, dribbles, number of players or rules.

  • Explain Why Don't assume they get why they're doing a drill. Link it to game stages: Defense, Offense Transition, Offense, Defense Transition. Let them know what stage you're focusing on.

  • Keep Moving Avoid long waits. Shift between drills swiftly to keep everyone active.

  • Fun first Make it enjoyable for all. Remember, coaching has many approaches. Stay focused on your why – your coaching purpose.

3 Stages of coaching

TEACH: The coach showcases the drill, breaking it down into manageable parts and explains its significance.

PRATICE: Athletes walk through the drills or concepts, gradually increasing speed with each repetition. The coach refines techniques.

APPLY: Athletes engage in small-sided games, simulating real game scenarios to practice the drill.

Play by the rules

Let Kids Be Kids

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