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Tryouts are a very important. A great deal of time should be spent planning drills, creating teams. It is important to provide players with opportunities to show basketball skills to the evaluation team.
The follow tryout schedule can be used for a youth basketball tryout (75 minutes)
Dribbling: Dribbling is a basic skill that can often separate above average players from the others. It is fairly easy to see who is comfortable dribbling the basketball. This segment is designed to evaluate how comfortable the players are with the basketball!
Line the players on the baseline. If it a larger group use the sideline too. It is recommended that each player is assigned numbers for the tryout. Line the players by number lowest to highest. This will make it easy for evaluators.
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Ballhandling (15 minutes) Each player should have the ball to maximum repetitions.
0:00 – 15:00
Stationary Dribbling: The players should follow the coaches direction. Depending on the age and skill level, you can vary the dribbling drills. Simple drills can be right hand dribble, left hand dribble, and alternating hands.
One Hand Dribble Vs: low, high, down and back HEAD UP
Dribble March in place 1:00 side dribble if necessary
Dribble Walk in place 1:00 side dribble if necessary
3 Trips (Right, left, alternating) speed and conditioning
Zig zag cones (crossover, between the legs, back
SHOOTING (10 minutes)
15:00 – 25:00 Spot shooting (1:30 per spot / count it out) (by numbers)
Basket #1 1 – 5
Basket #2 6 – 10
Basket #3 11 – 15
Basket #4 16 – 20
Basket #2 21 – 25
Basket #3 26 – 30
Lay-ups & passing (10 minutes)
25:00 – 35:00 Full court lay-ups (2 groups) court #1 . . court #2 . .
3 Lines lay-ups (dribble jump stop, lay-up cut FT line ext., rebound dribble out)
Flash Give and Go passer get ball AROUND AROUND AROUND the drill!
35:00 – 55:00 ½ court games (5 minutes each)
55:00 – 75:00 full court scrimmage
SPEED and CONDITIONING (Line up by height)
Half-court full court & suicide