30 Youth Basketball Practice Plans

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“Thanks for the 30 Practice Plans! I coach 5th and 6th grade girls basketball and after winning only 3 games the previous 2 years combined, I began using your structured practice plans each week and now we are now one game away from the league championship!”

Mike Jadach
JV Coach Assumption School, Ansonia, CT



Youth Basketball Coaches,

So, you’re coaching your son’s or daughter’s team this year and you’re looking forward to basketball season. You’re hoping that your players will learn and play to the best of their abilities, parents will enjoy watching the action, and everyone will have fun.

To make the most of the coaching opportunity, it makes sense to you that you need to have a plan — both an overall plan and individual plans for each practice. You know that by just running a few drills and scrimmaging the rest of the time, your team won’t be ready. The plan needs to address:

  • What to coach and when? You need to have a plan for what basketball skills should be taught at the first practice and in the early going, and what can wait until later practices.
  • Fundamentals. You need to coach strategies, tactics and skills that players can carry with them to future teams — not intricate plays that future teams may not run at all. Solid man-to-man defense, the pick-and-roll, rebounding and give-and-go are skills that teams execute at every level.
  • How to keep you players engaged throughout the course of a long season and at every practice. How to balance repetition with variety so that kids stay interested.
  • Preparing your team for different situations that come up in the course of a game and season. What should players do when they face a zone press? How to inbounds the ball from the sidelines to create a scoring opportunity?
  • How to make the most of the 10 minutes before each practice when you take the court. Here’s your opportunity to get to know your players better, pass on some valuable basketball knowledge, and teach some life lessons that players will carry on with them long after their days on the hardwood.

A plan will enable you to enjoy the season more fully as you won’t be panicking on practice day worrying about an agenda for the evening’s session. Parents of players and other coaches will notice that you move through your practices with confidence. You’re prepared. You’re organized. It shows. And, perhaps most importantly, your players will be the primary beneficiaries. They’ll learn a lot, play their best ball and love basketball! We have the solution for you.

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Get instant access to “The Well-Prepared Coach — Youth Basketball Coaching Program.” You’ll receive a full-season’s worth of practice plans — 30 practices in all — complete with practice agendas, basketball drills and teaching points. Each practice session is set for 90 minutes of court time.

This 88 page e-book includes: pre-practice meeting agendas, practice agendas, inbounds plays, sideline plays, simple offensive plays, where to go for more ideas, fill in activities and drills, and off-season, driveway workout, and more. See table of contents pages below.


The Practice agendas include a minute-by-minute breakout of each exercise along with the coaching points you should emphasize for each. The practice plans typically include “Meat” and “Potatoes” sessions for each practice. “Meat” sessions address basketball basics like: man-to-man defense, team defense, rebounding, shooting and more. “Potatoes” sessions include: power lay-ups, moving without the ball, free throw shooting, post offense and more. The appendices include diagrams and graphics to enable you to quickly grasp and explain coaching concepts.

HOW TO USE THE PRACTICE PLANS. Print the pre-practice plan on one side of an 8.5 x 11″ sheet and the practice plan on the flip side. Either attach the one sheet to a coaching clipboard or fold it and put it in your pocket. It’s advised to review each agenda before the practice, but if you’re running late, you can just grab the sheet and the bag of basketball and be on your way. You’ll be ready to go. Here’s an example of a sideline play diagram.

Actual size: 8.5″ x 11″

The Well-Prepared Coach strongly recommends that coaches meet with their players for usually about 10 minutes before court time. The pre-practice meeting has many benefits. First of all, it usually ensures that player are dressed and ready to go when court time is available. But, it’s also the time for a coach to get to know the players better. It gives players some time talk a bit and ask questions. Coaches can cover important basketball topics, team news and updates and prepare players for what’s going to happen at practice. The extra time provides the coach the opportunity to pass on some important life lessons: the value of hard work, the importance of sportsmanship and the power and magic of teamwork. To make it easier for you to implement pre-practice meetings, 30 pre-practice agendas, with talking points, are also included.

So, here’s what you get:

• 30, ninety‐minute practice plans for 4th – 8th grade teams. Exercises, explanations and teaching points.

• 30 agendas and talking points for pre‐court-time meetings. Don’t miss your opportunity to really get to know your players and cover important topics.

• A “Driveway Workout” for your players’ off‐season efforts.

• Proven inbounds plays and sideline plays.

• “The Special Play” — This play results in a surprising number of open lay‐ups in games. In fact, this one play accounted for more than 1/2 of our points in several games! When you have to have a basket at a key point in the game, here’s the ticket.


About the Author

MICHAEL O’HALLORAN has coached his 4 children on 15 different basketball teams. His 5th grade girls’ team won the Minnesota State Championship in 2010. He authored Never Forget They’re Kids — Ideas for Coaching your Daughter’s 4th ‐ 8th Grade Basketball Team and co‐created “The Well‐Prepared Coach™” line of coach handout and award certificate printables. He’s the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.com. Blogs.com selected the site as a “Top 10 Youth Sports Blogs for Parents.” His “Never Forget They’re Kids” approach to coaching sports places an emphasis on learning, having fun, and creating memorable experiences for players.


When you purchase this ebook, you’ll be immediately sent a link enabling you to download the PDF. The PDF file, which you’ll save to your computer, works on PCs and Macs.

The Well-Prepared Coach — 30 Youth Basketball Practice Plans — $29.99


KEY BENEFITS — 30 Youth Basketball Practice Plans

• A proven winner. The topics covered in these practice plans, and the order in which they’re taught, have led to many a successful season, dozens of tournament trophies and a Minnesota State Championship title.

• A time saver. You’ve heard the expression, “Plan the work, and work the plan.” A big part of your coaching role has been completed for you with this purchase. You won’t have to worry on the ride to the gym about what you’re going to cover with your players at practice as you’ll be organized and prepared.

• A new sense of confidence in your coaching. By having a complete plan in place for every pre-practice meeting and every practice, you’ll be more relaxed and be able to enjoy the process more.

• A more competitive team. With tested strategies that work — including inbound plays, sideline plays and a “Driveway Workout” for off-season development — your team will have the advantage.

• A great experience for your players. Basketball is a fun sport, but even the most dedicated players can get bored or not feel challenged unless the coach keeps them engaged throughout the season. These practice plans will keep your players involved as they improve their games and have a lot of fun in the process.

When you purchase this ebook, you’ll be immediately sent a link enabling you to download the PDF. The PDF file, which you’ll save to your computer, works on PCs and Macs.

The Well-Prepared Coach — 30 Youth Basketball Practice Plans — $29.99

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