Tips for junior teams' coaches
I have always thought that a very important element in coaching a junior team is to use the time wisely because there are fewer training sessions available.
This means correctly choosing the useful and important aspects of the game and forgetting those that aren't.
Second key element: teaching children to use both hands and pivot feet, basically making them as much as possible able to go left and right, being complete players and not confined to one side in offense.
The third important element is to focus on providing the knowledge of playing in a team, knowing the spaces, recognizing when a shot is a good choice or when the best option is to pass the ball, teaching to play with general rules but at the same time with a lot room for individual decision depending on how the defense behaves, recognizing and reading the game and finding answers to the defense ‘s choices.
Another important element is to try to give everyone a role in the team, which helps in:
1) Developing those athletes that have the potential to become good players and have room for improvement.
2) Balancing the team, making it compact and efficient so even the players who have no chances to become professionals may well be find their time on the court, have fun and play basketball, and at the same time promote the progression of the most talented players.
Another piece of advice I would give is to devote time to the mental training of your children: teach them to face difficulties, to overcome the obstacles that can arise in being in a group, to educate them mentally for the competition but also to respect others, to know how to play together.
Since the time to train is usually not very much, I suggest to move the section dedicated to the psychological and mental aspect of the game before or after the training, even with the use of tools such as videos of the trainings or videos of the team playing, which will give a visual aid to teaching, help them realize the things they do well but also those that are incorrect. As I said, it is very important that this takes place outside of training, to extend the time available without taking it away from the work on the court.