Fundamental skills basketball?

What are they?

How do I coach them?

When do I stop coaching them?

Are their fundamental skills drills I can run with my players?

As a coach, especially as a new coach, an inexperienced coach, these are all questions good question, and questions I think we have all probably asked.  Without a doubt their are fundamental skills for basketball and they are skills that not only need to be taught be need to be reinforced time and time again.  Let’s try to tackle these questions:

  1.  What are the fundamental skills for basketball?

We can all probably name some right off the top of our head very easily.  I’ll tell you the ones that come to mind for me.

Dribbling if you can’t dribble, you will not be able to advance the ball up the court.  As a team if you have people on the floor who cannot get the ball up the court then your opponent will exploit your weakness.  A good coach with a good swarming defense will press you and look to take advantage of your lack of this fundamental skill set.  Teach your team to dribble, it really does not matter if they are your big men or not.  Everyone needs to be a proficient dribbler.

Shooting if you can’t shoot how do you score?  The ball has to go through the hoop to put points on the board.  Some coaches might actually say. We don’t really need to be able to shoot, we can just drive to the basket for points.  Even if it were possible, to simply drive the ball down the lane every time you had it in your possession, this would make you a one dimensional team   Who really wants to be a one dimensional player?

Now I know that their are many more fundamentals skills for basketball that we need to cover and in future posts we will be sure to cover them.  

For right now however, I would like to give a brief answer for the other questions.

How do I coach them over the next couple of days I will give you some drills or some information for drills to use.  The most important thing is to make them fun, design your practice plan in such a way that they want to do the drills.    This is by no means an easy task.

When do I stop coaching them?  We never stop coaching fundamental skills!  The amount of time we spend on drills for those skills may change but the coaching of fundamentals should/will never stop.

Are their fundamental skills drills I can run with my players?  More to come, if you have found this information helpful, have questions or a little insight of your own please leave me a comment below.

More specifically I want to be a coach for basketball.  A coach who teaches basketball basics for all of his players.  No actually basketball basics to anyone who will listen.  Basics or maybe I should say fundamentals mean so much in the game of basketball.  Without good fundamentals you will never be a great player.  

What do I Need to Be a Good Coach?

Maybe the most important quality you need as a coach is to be teachable.  To actually never stop learning the game.  Once you come to the place where you feel you have arrived, your on your way to being a bad coach.  A good coach is always learning and growing.  A good coach is watching other more experienced coaches and learning why they do what they do.  A good coach has strong self esteem, good character, and good communication skills.  A good coach will realize his main job is teaching.  A good coach works to develops players he does not just worry about winning games.

Am I a Basketball Dummy?

This week after reading an article from a well known trainer I realized how little I know about the game of basketball.  I instantly started researching offenses, defenses, and when to use what.  In the article a coach was asked: Can you explain how to manipulate a guard trying to down a angled ball screen to attack at a 45? Can you give me 4-5 options off of a horns set? What are 2 secondary reads off a floppy set? To be honest it sure made my head spin, but more than that it made me realize that there is so much I just don’t know.  Maybe I am a basketball dummy, but then again maybe they’re needs to be a little basketball dummy in all coaches to keep us motivated to keep on learning and growing.