A Youth Basketball Coaching Guide

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iUniverse, Oct 1, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 228 pages
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A complete "must have" guide for the new or veteran coach who is coaching basketball to children in grades 1 through 8.

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I am extremely upset at the youth basketball today, this book on page 106 explains why. WHY would you be teaching our kids to GRAB THE BALL. This is the most useless skill and does not teach a kid any skills whatsoever except how to create fouls, cause harm, and start fights. Nowhere else do you see this practice used when they grow into scholastic, amateur or professional play. I referee and help coach youth at grades 3 and up and I see this practice of grabbing the ball on a lot of opposing teams. I for one teach our kids to face your opponent with your hands up, do not grab at the ball, 99% of the time you will foul the opposing player. It also has no academic effect on the strategy and skills of scholastic ball into which they will be entering in the next few years. I hope that someday we get adults that coach to learn how to teach the kids to play basketball and not just out to win the game by GRABBING THE BALL. Too many kids are getting hurt and it is causing kids to stop playing organized basketball because of this practice. Especially the smaller one when they cannot even play effectively because they get an opposing team player a foot bigger than they are walk up and grab the ball. Most of the grabs I have seen are over the arm and a body being pushed into the player, hence a foul. There is so much of it most referees call jump balls all game long. Be adults, teach kids the skills of basketball,, not how to win at the cost of just GRABBING THE BALL. This author is an idiot. 

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