“Coaching Youth Basketball: Offensive Strategies” by Jordan Lyons
Basketball, coaching, youth sports
January 26, 2016
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)
Coaching, in any sport, is one of the most insecure jobs around. At every level, from youth teams to the professionals, there is a lot of work behind the scenes that must be done, including practices. This short book by Jordan Lyons helps youth basketball coaches with that part of the job by introducing the basic terms, some drills and basic plays.
The goal of the book is to give youth basketball coaches a starting point for developing their players so that they may become better offensive players and work together as a unit on the offensive end of the court. The book is broken down into three main sections: terms and positions of the players, drills such as passing and dribbling, and offensive plays.
What most impressed me with this book is the easy language for coaches to follow when working on the plays that are diagrammed. There isn’t too much basketball lingo or jargon in the book – just straightforward descriptions of the drills and the plays. The plays are also flexible so that coaches can modify them once the basic plays have been mastered.
In my opinion, this makes the book perfect for both players and coaches at this level of basketball as they are learning the basics of the game and learning how to play as a team. I do recommend this book for youth coaches who are trying to determine which offensive plays to teach their players.
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