Question: Do I really need to run warm up at the start of basketball practice? My practice time is already limited and I could really use the extra time to run drills. 

Response: While we understand that fitting an entire youth basketball practice into an hour or sometimes less is extremely hard, a good warm-up is pivotal. Before engaging in any high energy youth basketball drills, it is imperative that your basketball players get warmed up. This not only prepares them both mentally and physically to work, it reduces the risk of injury.

If time constraints are an issue, have players arrive 5 or 10 minutes earlier to start their warm-up before practice begins.