10 THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN YOUTH BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

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What Pro Skills Basketball is Thankful for in Youth Basketball

With Thanksgiving approaching, there is so much to be thankful for, but I wanted to specifically reflect on the 10 things we, at Pro Skills Basketball, are thankful for in youth basketball.

So without further ado, here is what we are thankful for when it comes to youth basketball:

1. Parents who Simply Love to Watch their Kids Play

Many parents claim to love to watch their child play, but yet, while “watching”, they scream and yell at the refs, their child, the coach, and even sometimes the other team. I’m talking about the parents who truly just love to watch their child play, and sit there calmly, just enjoying the play of their child without all the screaming and yelling or at least yell with excitement and encouragement.

In fact, research has found that the best thing parents can say to their children after a game is simply “I love to watch you play”. Young children can misinterpret constructive criticism, and having too many “coaches” in the bleachers, on the bench and/or around the dinner table can be added pressure on kids. We are thankful for parents that understand the mission of our organization and can support their children without bad-mouthing others, screaming or fighting in the bleachers.

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THE 5 MINUTE BASKETBALL WARM-UP

By: Ross Schraeder

Basketball Warm-Up

Dynamic 5 Minute Pre-Game Basketball Warm-Up

“Be ready to go right from the start.” “Play hard above all.” “Let’s get after them on defense from the start.”

As a coach, these are a few of the things that I have said to my team before a game starts in the final huddle. They are all true and necessary, and usually the team that comes out ready to play is the one who prevails in the end. So what are you doing in order to prepare them physically and mentally to come out with the aggression and desire that you want to see as coach? The basketball warm-up is super important for any team to get off to a fast start!

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HOW TO GET PLAYING TIME IN BASKETBALL

By: Logan Kosmalski

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What to do if your Child isn’t getting Playing Time?

Dealing with disappointed kids can be extremely challenging. Even as a coach, we know when the player on the end of the bench is down in the dumps. But basketball coaches, especially at the youth level, have to walk a very fine line.

Do you focus on winning or focus on giving everyone an opportunity?

Do you play your best kids a vast majority of the time or have a more level playing field? Do you rotate 4 or 5 players at point guard or stick with your best ball handler? We know that we are dealing with kids and there are no easy answers. However, there can be lessons learned either way…and isn’t that the point of youth athletics? To learn? Sometimes playing time in basketball is hard to come by when there is a lot of talent on one team.

3 Ways to Support your Child that’s Disappointed in their Playing Time

#1 Encourage your child to find something their team is missing and work to specialize in those areas.

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3 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR SHOT IN BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

Often times players think they need to drastically change their shooting form and spend hours upon hours to completely break down their shot in order to improve their shooting, and in some cases this may be the best course of action, but in many cases, players could institute a few small changes or areas of emphasis, and see instant improvement with their shooting accuracy.

This is not to say the below shooting tips are easy, but they are often simply overlooked or not done due to a lack of concentration or understanding. With a bit more focus and effort, players could begin to institute the below shooting tips today, and see better results.

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