Basketball Fundamentals for Kids

Are Basketball Fundamentals for Kids Only?  Well of course we all realize the answer is
NO!  

As a ball player you never stop needing fundamentals, and you never stop working on fundamentals.  A said noticeable fact however is that even though we know this, many times we just don’t have the time for the fundamentals.  At least that is what we tell ourselves.  It doesn’t seem to matter who you are, coaches and players alike, all get wrapped up in so many other important things, they just believe there is no time for fundamentals.  It’s just not true we need the basic fundamentals of Basketball and need to find time for those fundamentals.

Now that being said, if you can start off teaching young kids the importance of fundamentals.  If you can keep them from feeling like they are just childish things that they will one day move past.  You might just end up with a great basketball player at the end of the day.

It would be best if each coach could find a way to spend time on the fundamentals.  Prior to varsity 80% of the practice time should be spent of fundamentals.  Even the Varsity team should be devoting 50% of their time on fundamentals, adding in team skills and plays.

Wow 80% really?  That sure seems like a lot!  As a player I don’t want to spend that much on fundamentals.  They are boring!   Dribble, Dribble, Dribble!  Shoot, Shoot, Shoot!  Boring!  It is so important to when we are teaching basketball fundamentals for kids that they learn that the fundamentals are not boring but essential to their success.  JV players who look are fundamentals are boring and don’t work on them are the ones who don’t make Varsity or if they do make Varsity end up on the bench.

John Wooden on Fundamentals

“I discovered early on that the player who learned the fundamentals of basketball is going to have a much better chance of succeeding and rising through the levels of competition than the player who was content to do things his own way. A player should be interested in learning why things are done a certain way. The reasons behind the teaching often go a long way to helping develop the skill.” — John Wooden