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Youth Basketball: How to Get Better at Basketball For Kids

Rise Above Your Competition in Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball and Move from Beginner to Well-Trained MVP.
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  • 15 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Advance from beginner to skilled player, with the essential foundation for continued success.
Develop the most important "first skills" in basketball.
Control the ball for better court vision, offense, and passing.
Blow by your defenders using these ball handling secrets.
Dramatically reduce turnovers.
How to shoot perfectly every time.
Learn why "finding your guy" is the key to dominating the boards.
Pass with greater strength and accuracy.
Learn the "stance and slide" that creates the best and most dreaded defenders.
Develop quicker foot speed, agility, and increased vertical leap.
Perform the cross-over, retreat, spin, and behind the back dribble with confidence.
Understand what the ref is signaling and how to use that to improve your game.
Learn the history, terms, court, and rules of the awesome game of basketball.
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  • A Basketball
  • A Hoop
  • An area to practice (driveway, court, patio)
  • Optional Equipment: Speed Ladder, Jump Rope, Weighted Ball

What is the difference between good and great players?


How do you develop confidence?

By mastering the skills of the game.

That is what this course is about. Once your child is able to perform the "first most important skills" in basketball, the foundation is set and the opportunities will open up for them.

What happens when your child doesn't have a great skill set? Turnovers, lost opportunities, and frustration. Sub par players aren't bad, they just haven't learned the skills that the other players have. Don't let that happen to your child.

If you know a beginner who wants to be a confident player, or even a current player who wants to sharpen their basketball skills, this is the course for them!

Ben, a 7 year old who you will meet in the course, surprised us with how much better and stronger, and more confident he was by the time the course was complete. We were amazed by his progress.

This course is not only packed with drills to increase the most important basic skills, it includes trainings from coaches, former professional players, and wellness professionals who have all contributed their expertise. It also includes charts for youngsters to keep track of their progress. This course not only covers the important basics of the game, it is presented in a fun and easy way that even young children can follow and find fun.

Remember, if you want your child to succeed in basketball they need to practice. Every week they don't get better, is a week they fall behind.

Get in the game! Enroll today!

Act quickly! This course will increase to $99 on Sept 12th.

Who is the target audience?
  • Parents who want to help their child succeed and have fun while learning and playing the game of basketball.
  • Coaches who want to help their inexperienced players succeed.
  • Players who want to improve their basketball skills on and off the court.
  • Parents who want to help their child learn new skills and get fit.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 42 Lectures Collapse All 42 Lectures 01:28:05
Introduction to the Course
2 Lectures 02:14

Meet Ben. Work with him through the course to rise to the next level.

Preview 02:14

This is a written transcript of the introduction video.

Introduction Text
1 page
Got to Know This First!
9 Lectures 07:43

Basketball started with a peach basket and a soccer ball. Luckily, it has come a long way since then, turning into one of the world's most popular sports!

Basketball has changed, and that's a good thing!

These are the basic basketball terms that beginners should know.

Basketball Lingo
2 pages

Here is the basic equipment needed to practice, as well as some optional training items for beginning players.

You Don't Need Much!

Use this chart to determine what size of ball you should use.

What Size of Ball Should I Use?
1 page

An overview of areas and terms for the basketball court.

How Much do you Know About the Court?

Basic terms a coach might use regarding areas on the court.

Court Basics
2 pages

This video shows the different signals a referee might use during a game and what they mean.

What Did the Ref Really Say?

Description of various violations, procedures, and calls a referee might make during a game.

What Else Did the Ref Say?
2 pages

These are the basic rules you need to know when playing basketball.

Rules Every Kid Must Know
2 pages
Don't Skip the Most Important First Skill!
9 Lectures 13:26

Coach Mike explains why ball handling is the most important "first skill" beginning players should learn.

Preview 01:14

This video demonstrates several stationary ball handling drills to dramatically improve dribbling skills.

Preview 02:06

A downloadable chart you can print to keep track of your progress in stationary ball handling drills.

Track Your Progress - S D Drills to Build Skills
2 pages

This video demonstrates several running ball handling drills to dramatically improve dribbling skills.

Preview 02:08

A downloadable chart you can print to keep track of your progress in running ball handling drills.

Track Your Progress - R D Drills to Build Skills
1 page

Once you are pretty good at regular stationary drills, substitute these heavy ball dribbling drills two to three times a week. Add these to your regular stationary drills chart to keep track of your progress.

What is Power Ball Handling?

Track Your Progress - P D Drills to Build Skills
2 pages

Use this tip to protect the ball as you make your way to the basket.

Preview 02:03

Too much fancy dribbling leads to turnovers. This video shows you how to use your skills to beat your defender and get to the basket.

Use Your Handles to Get By Your Guy
Build Strength While Developing Your Passing Skills
6 Lectures 07:19

Find out what the triple threat position is and why it is so important in basketball.

What is Triple Threat?

This video demonstrates several foundational drills to dramatically improve passing skills.

Practice this to Develop Great Ball Movement

A downloadable chart you can print to keep track of your progress in passing drills.

Track Your Progress - P Drills to Build Skills
1 page

When you are pretty good at regular passing drills, substitute these heavy ball drills in two to three times a week. Add these drills to your regular passing drills chart to keep track of your progress.

Build Strength with Power Passing

Track Your Progress - P P Drills to Build Skills
1 page

Once you are pretty good at the other weighted ball passing drills, try these. Be sure you are strong enough to do them using proper form. Don't do them if they are too hard. Wait until you are stronger and then try again.

Advanced Passing
The Real "BEEF" About Shooting.
6 Lectures 18:23

Coach Rick identifies the most important facets of shooting as well as the important things to avoid when working on shooting form. Coach Ryan shares what he wishes his players would do when they first start playing basketball that would save time and a lot of hard work when they get older.

Preview 02:04

Coach Ryan walks you through proper shooting technique so you can practice with perfect form.

Preview 05:24

Perfect shooting form takes practice. Try this to help you develop proper form.

Practice Makes Permanent

Try these beginning shooting drills. The first one helps you practice great form. The second one helps you learn to shoot in rhythm.

Do This to Develop That Perfect Shot

This video demonstrates several basic shooting drills to help beginning players improve their shooting percentage.

Fun Shooting Drills

A downloadable chart you can print to keep track of your progress in shooting drills.

Track Your Progress - Shooting Drills to Build Skills
2 pages
The Basics of a Dreaded Defender
8 Lectures 09:56

Coach Rick explains the most important part of a great defensive foundation.

Coaches Corner - Great Defense Starts with This!

In this video, Coach Mike teaches the basic defensive stance and defensive slide that will help you keep the opposition from dribbling past you.

Preview 02:38

This video demonstrates a defensive drill to help you practice the defensive stance and the defensive slide.

How to Stay in Front

These speed ladder drills can be done anytime to help you develop quicker foot speed, balance, and agility on the court.

Preview 02:23

This downloadable chart you can print to keep track your progress in speed ladder drills.

Track Your Progress - F W Drills to Build Skills
1 page

Jump roping will help with your foot speed, agility, and vertical leap. These drills also can be done anytime or as an addition to another workout.

Do This Easy Activity for Agility, Speed, Balance and Hops

A downloadable chart you can print to keep track of your progress in jump rope drills.

Track Your Progress - Agility and Speed
1 page

Here are a few more ideas to help you build strength, speed, and agility.

More Activities for Fantastic Feet
1 page
Crashing the Boards
2 Lectures 07:04

Coach Mike explains the basics of good defense, and why finding your guy is the first step in boxing out and crashing the boards.

Preview 04:56

Here is a game you can try if you have a friend or two who want to practice keeping others from getting the ball.

Boxing Out Game to Build Skills
About the Instructor
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Professor, Wellness Coach, Author

Hello, I am Dr. Mike Olpin. I am a professor of Health Promotion and Human Performance at Weber State University.

I have been teaching stress management, mind/body wellness, and wellness coaching for over 30 years. I have written several books including, "Unwind," "The World is Not a Stressful Place," and the college textbook "Stress Management for Life." I am also the director of the Stress Relief Center at Weber State University.

I have consulted and coached privately for individuals, community groups, sports teams, and corporations in stress management, wellness, and sports psychology, along with other areas of health and high-level wellness.

I also love sports! When I am not teaching or working on my professor stuff or doing things with my cool family, you will find me on a ball court or field, on my bike, water skiing, running, or enjoying watching some sporting event. I have coached multiple sports including basketball, racquetball, and tennis at various levels of competition, including at the college level.

Check out my full bio and my webpages in the following links.

I hope you enjoy my courses!

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