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Coaching Youth Basketball 101

How do you teach 4th graders (9 & 1o-year olds) how to play basketball in a competitive travel league when your players are not too talented? Right now, I do not know. In a preseason tournament the team lost 4 games, mostly by 20 or more points.
The 1st question you need to answer is what can my players do and start from that point? I start with looking at what should have been learned the previous year in 3rd grade!
Most 4th grade teams have players with a wide range of talent differences. Start with the lowest common denominator. What can each player do successfully? Devote a great deal of time to fundamental skills. Try to create drills that simulate game situations.
The 1st offense we use is the “Defensive Give and Go.”
The “Defensive Give and Go” is a term that I have never heard in my life and I am not sure it is completely accurate, but if you google it, My Town Tutors will be the on the 1st page of a search.
1. “Defensive Give and Go” or “Rip and Run“: Each player on your team can run this simple one man offense. Click on the links to learn more. Start every practice with this offense. You will be glad you did. It is an ideal 1st offense for teams with limited offensive skills.

Check our 4th grade basketball page to learn more drills and ideas as the season continues!