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October 06, 2006
Youth Hoops, October 2006 - Just Around The Corner!

October 6, 2006


Here is the latest issue for youth basketball coaches, players and parents.

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Table of Contents

    1. Coach's Corner
    2. Rules Of The Game - Cocussions
    3. Basketball Game - Creating Passing Lanes
    4. Inspirational Quotes
    5. Product Spot Light
    6. Media Center
    7. Pass It On

1. Coach's Corner

It's just around the corner! You know...the upcoming basketball season!!

As our youth football season winds down, we are beginning to look forward to the upcoming basketball season. Now depending on where you live, what level you compete at, and how your leagues are set up will have an impact on when your season actually starts.

We live in a small community where the kids usually participate in a different sport every season - right now my two oldest sons are finishing up their youth football season. They will then start their youth basketball season.

I know in the larger areas players can participate in organized basketball year-round if they want to. We don't have that opportunity here - unless we want to travel to the closest city (which we don't at this point). However, I think this helps the coaches and athletes focus on their current season and then look forward to the upcoming season with excitement and anticipation. So...we are anxiously awaiting the start of a new season.

Now for the exciting news! I've recently been approached by the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at our school and he's asked me to head up a new youth program for our 5th & 6th graders. In the past these boys have participated in a Saturday morning recreation program at our school. The program included instruction followed by semi-organized games. It was a nice program but it didn't allow the players to compete against other schools/teams.

So, needless to say, I'm very excited to take on this new challenge especially since both of my oldest sons will be playing. Well...Matt's only in 4th grade but he'll still be part of the team in some way!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's no greater thrill in the world than coaching your children. It's an incredible experience with so many feelings and emotions that help build and strengthen that parent-child bond.

Maybe an even greater feeling is to be able to bring a new program like this to the children of our community. I know some of you might be thinking, "Hey what's the big deal? We've been doing that for years!" Well the big deal is that I want to be in a position where I can provide not only my children but the children of the community with the best youth sports programs possible. This is one big positive step in that direction!

I will keep you posted as we get underway with this new season. I think it will be an awesome experience to share with you - it may even inspire you to start a team/league in your community.

By the way...I'd love to hear from you if you have any experience coaching competitive 5th & 6th grade basketball. What has your experience been with this age group? Any great advice you can share with us? I consider myself a student of the game and am always on the lookout for great advice. Let me know!

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2. Rules of the Game - Cocussions

I know what you're probably thinking...what do concussions have to do with the rules of basketball? Right?

Well as I was researching the National Federation's rules of basketball I came across this valuable information on recognizing the symptoms of a concussion. This information made me think back on my sons' football season and how many times they or their teammates got up after a collision and looked a little "woozy". There were also times when my sons came home after a game or practice complaining of a headache.

Now, I'm not saying they were suffering from a concussion - they never complained of any of the symptoms listed below. But what I am saying is that it's important for coaches, parents and players to understand what a concussion is, what the symptoms are and how to properly deal with it. is a contact sport with collisions, flying elbows, falls to the floor and other instances that can cause a concussion. Do your athletes a favor and become familiar with the symptoms listed below.

If you suspect that a player has a concussion, you should take the following steps:

1. Remove the athlete from play.

2. Ensure the athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.

3. Inform the athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them information on concussions.

4. Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional.

These signs and symptoms may indicate that a concussion has occurred.

Signs Observed by Coaching Staff:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment
  • Forgets plays
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events prior to hit
  • Can't recall events after hit

Symptoms Reported by Athlete:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double vision or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion

For a more complete discussion on the rules of basketball, visit the Youth Basketball Rules Page.

3. Basketball Game - Creating Passing Lanes

This month I want to spend some time talking about creating passing lanes on the offensive end of the court. One of the most important aspects of running an offense is to create proper passing lanes and angles. This seems simple enough and maybe not even that important to some - but try executing an offense without this important component. It makes everything so much more difficult than it needs to be!

The information below will give you a basic idea of how to properly create passing lanes. This should be the foundation of your offense - regardless of your level of competition. Now obviously, these concepts can be modified depending on the type of offense you're running - but the underlying principles should still be in place.

To move the ball effectively, your team needs to move well without the ball and create passing lanes. A passing lane is the space between offensive players where a pass can be made.

Players can create passing lanes by doing one or more of the following: Using cuts and screens, Maintaining space and court balance, Keeping the middle open, and Quickly moving to a vacated spot on the court. Let's take a closer look at maintaining court balance, keeping the middle open, and moving to a vacated spot.

  • Maintaining court balance. Players should start in an open formation about 12 to 15 feet apart. They should be spaced high at the top, wide on the wings, and at the midpoint between the basket and corner on the baseline.

  • Keeping the middle open. When a player cuts to the basket and doesn't receive a pass, they should continue through and fill an open spot on the side of the court with fewer players. This will keep the middle open and the floor balanced. Players shouldn't stay in the post area for more than a one count.

  • Moving to a vacated spot. The person who is the next player away from a cutting player should move quickly to the vacated spot. This is especially important when the player has cut from the point or top position. When replacing the player at the point, the new player should swing wide above the three-point line, creating a better passing angle from the wing.

This is a very basic concept - yet extremely important to the success of any offense! Best of luck!

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

As you know from past issues, I usually include three quotes in this section from some of the most successful athletes and coaches in the world. Well...I'm going to change that this month!

I recently came across the "Bill Of Rights For Young Athletes" from Guidelines for Children's Sports that I thought I would share with you. Since we are all quickly approaching our upcoming basketball season, I think this information is extremely relevant and important to each of us - whether you are a player, parent or coach.

This Bill of Rights should inspire and motivate all of us to keep everything in perspective as we enter our seasons.

Bill Of Rights For Young Athletes

Right to participate in sports

Right to participate at a level commensurate with each child's maturity and ability

Right to have qualified adult leadership

Right to play as a child and not as an adult

Right of children to share in the leadership and decision-making of their sport participation

Right to participate in safe and healthy environments

Right to proper preparation for participation in sports

Right to an equal opportunity for success

Right to be treated with dignity

Right to have fun in sports

I don't know about you, but that gives me a clear and concise description of what participation in youth sports is all about! I hope this information is helpful for you as you approach your season!

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. Product Spot Light

Each month I will spotlight a new product designed to improve a specific skill of the game. Basketball training aids and equipment have become a huge part of today's game. There seems to be a piece of equipment for each skill needed to play basketball. Unfortunately, there's a lot of junk on the market and it can often seem impossible to find the right piece of equipment at the right price.

Well, I want you to feel confident in knowing that I only recommend the best products on the market today - from the best companies. No junk, no rip-offs, no overpriced items - just great products to help improve a player's game!

Jumpsoles attach to your sneakers and create a training environment for your leg muscles that increases your speed and jumping ability.

With consistent training Jumpsoles will help you increase your vertical jump by 5 - 10 inches, and decrease your 40 yard dash time by .2 seconds. The results are PHENOMENAL! This incredible system comes complete with a training manual and video.

Get more valuable information on Jumpsoles and other basketball training equipment here!

6. Media Center

Basketball videos and books play an important role in the overall development of players, coaches and parents. These simple little tools are an effective way to improve your knowledge and understanding of the game.

Building your basketball library is an essential way to enhance your "Basketball Education". One of the greatest aspects of using videos and books is that once you buy them, you can refer to them at any time. If you need a refresher on a certain topic or you need help putting together your practice plans - simply pull out your books or pop in your DVDs and you're in business!

Similar to the product spotlight section, each month I will feature a basketball video or book that I feel would help improve your overall understanding of the game. Again, no junk, no rip-offs, no overpriced items - just great books and videos to help you improve!

Score More Hoops will help you discover the secrets of playing and coaching great basketball. This is a simple yet highly informative ebook series developed by veteran Youth Basketball coach Steve Pavlovic!

Steve covers the basics of basketball such as: Shooting, Ball handling, Dribbling, Team Defense, Passing & Rebounding.

In addition to this, Steve also covers more advanced techniques such as: Pressing, Trapping, Fast Breaks & Ball Fakes.

This informative and valuable ebook series includes: Score More Hoops ebook, Defend the Hoop, Dribbling Handbook, Passing Handbook, Rebounding Handbook & Advanced Basketball Techniques.

Steve's teaching comes from 21 years of hands-on coaching experience. His insights and information will help the beginning as well as the veteran coach and player. An incredible value for the price!

Get additional information on Score More Hoops and other basketball books and videos here!

7. 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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