I have a team of 10 players, how do I teach them a basketball play without the other 5 getting bored? Should I have them doing something else while i work with the 1st group and rotate when they are done?

Response:

Very good question.. This is one of the challenges of teach youth basketball.  Keeping the kids interested while coach is instructing. I've had the most success with splitting them up into two groups.  The first group is learning the plays while the other is working on individual skills (drills) or defense.  I usually have one of my other coaches take the group to the other basket and work on defensive as a team.    We run the plays for a while then switch the teams to provide the same training to both.    Depending upon the complexity of the play and the length of time needed to instruct, we may combine the players at the beginning by positions, so they can hear the instruction of the plays together, before splitting to practice defense/offense.      Hope this helps.   Good Luck.

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