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New to Coaching Youth Basketball - What Should You Teach?

By Joe Haefner, Breakthrough Basketball, 11/29/17, 12:00PM CST


Fundamentals are broken into three levels and assigned to age groups

For youth players, we want to focus on the long-term development, not how many games they win when they're 11 years old. 

Many youth basketball coaches don't know where to start or what to teach. Well, we hope to help you out in this area. Below, we provide some advice on what to teach youth basketball players. We break it down between three levels. As you perfect each level, you can advance to the next level to teach more skills and concepts. 

All beginner players should start with Level 1 no matter the age. We put ages next to the level as a general guideline. Depending on the age and skill level, you'll progress through the levels at different rates. You may notice that you'll spend 4 years working on Level 1 with 7 to 10 year olds. At the same time, you may be able to progress to Level 2 after two weeks working with a group of 13 year olds who are playing basketball for the first time.