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Youth Basketball Plays

Youth basketball plays are the foundation of any youth sports team’s strategy for winning a basketball game. Without youth basketball plays, the team will be unable to defend against an organized competitor who will have developed their own plays for just such a situation. Plays should be on par with the athletes’ level, useful in competition, and simple enough for everyone to learn.

Age-Appropriate Youth Basketball Plays

Some plays are just not designed to be youth basketball plays. They may be too complicated, assume too much of the other team, or be too hard to memorize. Coaches need to pick plays that take into account the athletes’ talent level, response time, ability to memorize, and overall playing ability of the opponent.

Helping Memorization

Youth basketball plays are useless if no one can remember them during the big game. Coaches need to help athletes remember their plays and keep them separate, as the team is likely to have more than one play for each situation. A key element of successful basketball coaching is helping athletes remember individual plays in several ways.

Each youth basketball play should be titled differently. Unique names help athletes remember the general concept. When teaching the play, start with a demonstration or video to help show the big picture. Teach the play in parts so that athletes have a chance to comprehend all aspects of the play instead of letting things slip through the cracks. Encourage repetition. Athletes need to practice something over and over until they can execute the play perfectly and differentiate it from another play.

Out of Bounds Stack

The play is useful when the ball is out of bounds under the basket. Players 2-5 line up vertically in a “stack.” The first two players should be the best outside shooters. When Player 1, who has the ball out of bounds, starts the play, Players 2 and 3 break right and left and look for an open pass.

Player 4 comes down and into the middle, replacing Players 2 and 3. Usually, Player 4 will be open for an easy lay-up, which should be the play everyone on the team is looking for. Player 5 heads back to the top of the key and also looks for a pass. If Player 4 is not open for the lay-up, Player 1 should pass to Player 5.

Start the Clock

This play deals with the tip-off. The tallest, highest jumper should be in the center, while the fastest runners should be next to each other on the defensive side of the circle.

Player 1 is the tipper. Players 2 and 3 are the fast runners on either side. Player 4 is just outside the circle on the offensive side, and Player 5 is deep on the defensive side to stop any breakaways from the other team.

If Player 1 gets the tip, she should send it to Player 4. When the action starts, Players 2 and 3 break to the wings. If Player 4 gets the ball, she immediately passes to either Player 2 or 3. The player without the ball provides extra coverage for the one that does. The player with the ball heads for an easy lay-up before the defense can get organized.

Final Thoughts

Youth basketball plays have to be easy enough for athletes to remember but still effective against an opponent. Plays should be practiced often to help memorization and should have different names to help athletes differentiate them. When learning plays, athletes should see the big picture as well as their individual role.

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