Do Basketball Drills have to be Fun?
Youth coaches often struggle with the philosophy of practice drills: should they be fun or should they be hard? Many coaches do not want to have fun drills because people view fun as easy and coaches do not want to be characterized as easy.
I think it is possible to run fun, active practices which are also challenging. Apparently, new Toronto Raptors’ Head Coach Jay Triano agrees, as he took a page from Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development and has his players play tag:
Triano dreamed up a new version of tag, making his players chase the designated ‘it’ guy while dribbling a ball.
“It was a drill I’d never seen in 13 years in the league,” O’Neal said. “It was cool because he put some defense in there, that shows great foot speed. Small stuff like that makes (practice) a lot more fun and a lot more competitive. [via True Hoop]
Last year, my friend asked for some drills to use with eight-year-olds. I suggested tag. He said his kids were too old to play tag. Apparently not.