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August 08, 2006
Youth Hoops, August 2006 - Hectic Summer Schedules!

August 8, 2006


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Table of Contents

    1. Coach's Corner
    2. Rules Of The Game - Time-outs
    3. Basketball Game - Give & Go
    4. Inspirational Quotes
    5. Pass It On

1. Coach's Corner

Well summer is winding down, and before we know it the kids will start another school year. Does it seem possible that we are almost in the middle of August?

Wow...does your summer seem to be a big blur sometimes? I know mine does. Let me see if I can sum it up for you (this might sound very familiar)! School ends and the kids are already into baseball, softball or maybe even soccer season. Then comes the summer basketball leagues, camps and clinics. Then as summer is winding down, practice for fall football, soccer, or volleyball starts.

As parents, we all wonder...what vacation?!

Honestly, this is the best part of the year for us - even though it's the most hectic. We, as parents and coaches, love to be with our kids and young athletes as they learn, enjoy and grow with their sports.

I hope you've had a great summer...and of course, enjoyed a lot of basketball! There have been many updates made to the Ultimate Youth Basketball Guide, be sure to check them out!

2. Rules of the Game - Time-outs

Calling a time-out seems simple enough, doesn't it? You know, put up your hands in a T-formation and the referee will immediately grant you a time-out.

Uh...not always!

There are very specific guidelines for calling and then being granted a time-out. Are these guidelines important? You bet they are! Time-outs play a critical part in every basketball game - especially at the end of half or game.

These guidelines come directly from The National Federation of State High School Associations rules on basketball.

Granting Time-outs: Coaches attempting to call a time-out during playing action are a continuing problem. When player control is lost, officials must concentrate on playing action while attempting to determine if a time-out should be granted. Coaches should recognize that a request for a time-out does not guarantee that a time-out will be granted until player control is clearly established. Officials should not grant a time-out until player control is clearly established.

30-Second Time-outs: The length of a 30-second time-out has increasingly been improperly extended. Failure to return to the court at the warning signal, continually cleaning up spilled water, and cheerleaders or other on-court entertainment are prime examples. Officials shall indicate to the benches when the warning signal has sounded.

Coaches should immediately prepare players to return to the floor so that the game may promptly begin when the second horn is sounded. Hydrating players should do so near team benches and off the playing surface. Delaying the resumption of play after any time-out due to water clean up may result in the issuance of a team warning. Lastly, cheerleaders or other on-court entertainment are not permitted on the court during a 30-second time-out.

This information should help answer any questions or concerns you might have on properly calling time-outs. For a more complete discussion on the rules of basketball, visit the Youth Basketball Rules Page.

3. Basketball Game - Give & Go

The give-and-go is the most basic play in basketball. The name comes from the action: One player gives (passes) the ball to a teammate and goes (cuts) to the basket, looking to receive a return pass for a lay-up.

The give-and-go exemplifies team play. By passing the ball and then moving without it, the player creates an opportunity to score on a return pass. If the player does not get open on the cut, the movement at least gives the teammate a better opportunity to initiate a one-on-one move, because the cutter's defender will be in a less advantageous position to give defensive help.

After a player initiates the give-and-go with a pass, he or she reads the defender's position before cutting to the basket. If the defender moves with the passer, continuing to guard closely, the passer should simply make a hard cut to the basket.

However, if the defender drops off, moving toward the ball on the pass, the passer should set the defender up with a fake before cutting. The passer should fake by taking a step or two away from the ball, and then, as the defender moves with the passer, the passer should make a sharp cut in front of the defender toward the basket.

The passer can also fake by taking a step or two toward the ball, then make a sharp cut behind the defender. This is called a backdoor cut. The key is for players to read their defenders to know which type of cut (a front cut or a backdoor cut) will be most effective.

Error Detection and Correction for the Give-and-Go

ERROR - Players do not have enough space to get open.

CORRECTION - At the point, start the give-and-go at least a step above the free-throw circle; on the wing, start the give-and-go a step above the foul line extended.

ERROR - After passing, a player doesn't read defender's position and rushes his cut.

CORRECTION - The player should read the defender's position; if he is closely guarded, he should cut hard. If the defender moves back and toward the ball, the player should fake away or toward the ball before cutting.

This is a great play that works well at every level of competition. Players that properly execute the fundamentals of this play, will have great success with it.

For more excellent basketball plays, check out our Youth Basketball Plays Page.

You can also check out these FREE Drills that will help players build a solid foundation of basketball fundamentals.

4. Inspirational Quotes

I absolutely love reading inspirational and motivational quotes - especially by famous athletes! It's fascinating to me to be able to get inside the mind of these highly successful individuals. They're human just like everyone else...but they seem to have that "something special" that makes them succeed.

I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes from some of the world's most famous and successful athletes.

You can find more inspirational quotes here!

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. ~ Muhammad Ali, American Boxer

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus. ~ Carl Lewis

Champions keep playing until they get it right. ~ Billie Jean King

By the way, if you have a favorite inspirational quote that you'd like to share with us, send it to me. I'll include it in the next issue!

5. Pass It On

Feel free to pass this newsletter down court to any friends, parents, or coaches who could benefit from this information.

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