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    INTRODUCTIONIntroduction ........................................................................................ 3

    SECTION ONE: PRACTICEPractice Chart ..................................................................................... 6Warm-Up Activities .............................................................................. 7Skills and Drills ................................................................................... 7Offensive Plays ................................................................................. 25Mid-Practice Huddle (Devotions) .................................................... 32

    Practice 1 .................................................................................... 33Practice 2 .................................................................................... 35Practice 3 .................................................................................... 38Practice 4 .................................................................................... 41Practice 5 .................................................................................... 44Practice 6 .................................................................................... 47Practice 7 .................................................................................... 49Practice 8 .................................................................................... 52Practice 9 .................................................................................... 55Practice 10 .................................................................................. 58Last Practice Devotion .................................................................. 61

    SECTION TWO: GAMESGame Format .................................................................................... 66Rules for Play .................................................................................... 67Substitution Forms ............................................................................ 70Star Distribution Forms ...................................................................... 76

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    IntroductionWelcome to Upward Basketball! As a coach, you will have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the players on your team this season. Because your role is so vital to delivering the best sports experience, your league will equip you with all the resources you need as you invest your time and talents in the lives of children and families.

    This coach playbook outlines basic skills and drills to use as well as practice devotions for the mid-point of each practice. Your playbook also contains a complete list of rules unique to Upward Basketball as well as your substitution forms and a star distribution form to use on game days.

    Be sure to check out the coach resources on MyUpward.org. There you will find the Coachs Sideline, a weekly practice plan customized for your teams age group. Each one contains an individual skill focus with corresponding drills, team meeting topics and the appropriate mid-practice huddle devotion.

    An additional resource for you is the coach training guide. This guide details the role and responsibilities of an Upward Basketball Coach while teaching the basics of the substitution system. If you did not receive a coach training guide at the coach training conference, please see your coach commissioner or league director.

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    Section One:Practice

  • Section One: Practice

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    Suggested Practice ChartBelow is a suggested practice chart to help you organize your practices. This chart can be used in conjunction with the Coachs Sidelines or it can be used independently. Either method will help you plan an organized practice.

    Practice Practice Focus Team Meeting Rules to Cover Skills & Drills

    1 Get to know each other Evaluate skills Set practice rules

    Teammate introductions Discuss practice ground rules Introduce basic footwork,

    dribbling, and shooting skills

    Practice rules Footwork (see page 8) Dribbling (see page 11) Shooting (see page 18)

    2

    Continue skill evaluation

    Teach common violations

    Teach basic offensive skills

    Re-introduce players and coaches

    Discuss some common violations

    Traveling Double dribble Palming or carrying

    the ball

    Footwork (see page 8) Ball Handling (see page 11) Dribbling (see page 11) Shooting (see page 18)

    3

    Teach additional violations

    Teach lining up for free throws

    Teach additional offensive skills

    Teach rebounding Teach defensive skills

    Review traveling double dribble, and palming the ball

    Discuss game format and substitution system

    No double-teaming No pressing in the

    backcourt

    Passing and Receiving (see page 15)

    Defense (see page 23) Rebounding (see page 21)

    4week of

    first game

    Teach 3-second violation

    Discuss positions on the court

    Skill development

    Review defensive rules Games situations and court

    spacing

    Three-second violation

    Common fouls Help defense

    Rebounding (see page 22) Defense (see page 24) Scrimmage or more drills

    5 Teach offensive

    movement Continue to teach court

    spacing

    Discuss practice focus Review the last game Review basic rules

    Review all rules as a fun quiz

    Offensive plays (see page 25)

    Areas the need improvement from the game

    6-11 Continue skill

    development Analyze game

    performances, coach through improvements

    Review the last game and improvements that need to be made

    Discuss practice focus

    Continue to review rules for clear understanding

    Work on both offense and defense

    Areas that need improvement

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    Warm-Up ActivitiesUse the first five minutes of practice to get the players moving. This can be done by incorporating athletic development exercises like the examples below or by incorporating a drill from an earlier practice.

    Power jumps - With players in a standing position and their arms above their heads, have them jump up and down.

    Feet on fire (running in place) - This drill helps players get their feet moving.

    Jumping jacks - Instruct players to count out loud.

    Skills and Drills This section reviews the fundamental skills of basketball, explains why each is important and emphasizes the skills basic teaching points. Each skill is followed by a basic drill that reinforces the skill. This drill is acceptable for any age group as it introduces the concept of the skill. For more drills for each skill, as well as complete practice plans, go to MyUpward.org.

    Many of the drills described in this playbook require one ball per player. If you are limited in the number of balls you have for practice, you will need to modify the drill by creating lines based on the number of balls you have available.

    KEY TO DIAGRAMSPlayer

    Player movement without the ball

    Dribble

    Pass

    Shoot

    Rebound

    Screen

    Coach

    Sequence

    Cone

    Use this key for the drills located on pages 9-30.

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    FOOTWORKProper footwork promotes balance, quickness, and readiness to make something happen on the court. Being proficient at this will improve a players performance both offensively and defensively.

    Ready Position Players get into an athletic stance - feet shoulder width apart, arms and

    legs bent, and weight shifted slightly forward to the balls fo the feet

    Triple Threat Position Position the basketball in the shooting pocket with shooting elbow over

    knee

    Provides the player the option to pass, shoot or dribble

    Jump Stop Allows a player to establish a pivot with either foot off a dribble or pass

    Leap/jump should be low to the floor (like sitting in a chair), not a high jump

    Both feet hit floor at the same time good balance

    Land on floor in triple threat position

    Front Pivot and Reverse Pivot Lift heel, protect ball, stay low, and lead with elbow

    Allows a player to pivot in one or more directions by keeping one foot planted on the ground to move away from defenders, while protecting the basketball

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    Footwork DrillsFootwork Line Drills (no basketball required) 1. Players form lines on baseline or sideline two players deep

    2. Use cones or mark the court for starting/stopping spots minimum 3 spots

    3. No basketball necessary players dribble and hold imaginary basketball

    4. Players will start/stop on voice command or whistle

    5. Players should stop at each spot with jump stop and land in triple threat position

    6. Pause between stops/starts to check for proper balance

    7. Second player in line starts as the preceding player leaves first spot