Originally Posted by SCREWstonRockets
It's just for one season. If all goes well, I'll try to coach next season too. Anyways, I just found out that we're going to have player evaluations/"tryouts" this weekend and the following week, we actually get to draft our team. Which is pretty cool because it kind of makes me feel like a GM also lol. Thanks for all the advice, everybody. Can't wait to get my Rudy T/Tex Winter/Phil Jackson on!
This might be a bit long because I've recently started a project with a bunch of kids in the same age as yours, so I have a few thoughts I'd like to share.
It's my first time working with kids this age and I'm doing it to try and develop them over a 5-7 year span and it's different from what I've been used to because at that age you have to teach the kids EVERYTHING.
Last year I had one of the best U-15 teams in my country and my mentor was one of the best youth coaches we have here, he has just recently been a part of the "basketball without borders" camp in Barcelona, and a lot of thoughts on basketball are influenced by him in one way or another.
If you see yourself coaching for more than one year you'll be doing yourself and the kids a favor if you stick with the same group. That way you give yourself a chance to build their skills in layers so to speak by adding on to what you have already taught them.
This is what I focus on, keep in mind that these points are with player development in mind, I don't focus on winning anything for a good 3-4 years, but if it happens it happens.
1) Make sure you are doing the same things in practice that you want to do in games.
2) Fundamentals, fundamentals and fundamentals. Make sure they learn the right techniques.
3) No zone defense, no help man defense. I teach my players that we play 1on1 man defense and it's their job to stop the other guy. If you can't guard your man 1on1 without help you need to get better.
Focus on working 1on1 man defensive technique every day.
4) Turn up the pace. I tell my guys everyday that we need to be the fastest team in the country going from top of the key to top of the key.
Make sure you have the pace up in practice along with the games.
More times going back and forth equals more opportunities to score and play defense which equals more chances to develop as a player.
Running a high paced system also makes it a great incentive for the kids to be in great shape. One of my team goals is also to be the best conditioned team in the country.
Have a rule that says they should always be looking to pass ahead and not dribble the entire length of the court when getting into offense.
5) Don't run a screen offense, you want them going 1on1 a lot working with the ball, do a lot of 1on1 drills in practice. It will teach them both offensively and defensively for what they need in games.
I might write some more later, just got company.
Here are a few sites that should be helpful to you:
Forum with a lot of fine coaches.
Big site with plenty of drills and systems. Everything you need basically, there are youth drills in ever area.