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Elburn Basketball is now the "Kaneland Youth Basketball League"  The KYBL is designed to serve the youth basketball needs of the entire Kaneland Area; Sugar Grove, Elburn, Kaneville, Maple Park, Virgil and all the surrounding communites.  Check back here often and you'll be able to get news, information, schedules, rosters, game results, directions and much much more.  We are going to be making a lot of exciting changes, if you would like to be involved and contribute to the us...!



Set Plays Are Killing Youth Basketball...

Decision-making skills (or basketball IQ) is one of the most important skills to develop in a youth basketball player if you want them to succeed long-term.

A lot of coaches know this, yet the way they coach their team completely disregards the importance of this skill.

One of the biggest things holding players back from developing their decision-making skills is the overuse of set plays in youth basketball.

While I've been attending many tournaments, I've watched team after team run set plays every single time down the floor.

In fact, I was part of many teams that did this throughout my youth basketball career.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing as the players get older, but for young players just beginning to learn the game, you should never continuously run set plays.

Let me explain a few reasons why...

1. Players don't make decisions.

This is the big one.

When running set plays, players are told where to pass, when to dribble, who to screen, where to cut, etc.

They make zero decisions on their own.

They're not learning how to read and attack the defense.

They're not thinking about where and when they should cut.

They're not deciding who they should pass to.

They're not looking for gaps in the defense to attack or different spots on the court they can exploit.

Nope. They already know what they're going to do.

All of the decisions have already been made for them during practice while the coach was explaining the play.

They're robbed of the ability to experience reading the game and making their own decisions. They're simply performing specific actions they've been told to do.

Sure, this may put them in better shooting positions in their under 10's game of basketball which will lead to more points, but do you think this is going to help them long-term?

2. Learning plays steals valuable practice time

This doesn't require much explanation. It's simple...

There are far more important things players can do at practice than learning how to run set plays.

Working on fundamental skills and playing different games being the big two.

So can you still use set plays?


I don't want you to think I'm completely against set plays.

I use them and will continue to do so. But my teams will definitely not run them all game and my practice time spent teaching plays will be extremely limited.

How much time should you allocate to set plays specifically?

That's a tricky answer...

In my blog post on creating a youth basketball practice plan, I recommend spending about 10 minutes each practice focusing on offense or defense (if you're running a 60 or 90-minute practice).

So if you have practice once a week, you might spend 10 minutes on offense (set plays) one week, and 10 minutes on defense the next week.

I use these 10 minutes to teach 1 or 2 basic in-game, baseline, or sideline plays that we can use a couple of times per game.

I'll conclude with this...

Too many set plays are hurting youth basketball. Coaches are using them far too much.

Do you agree or disagree with this email? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

- Coach Mac


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by John Marshall posted 02/14/2017
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