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How To Be the Best Youth Basketball Coach You Can Be

No matter what level you coach this great game, you must always strive to increase your knowledge and awareness related to coaching. Coaches and teachers are the only positive people many kids have in our country today. By taking the time to coach youth sports, you are helping develop future citizens and leaders in our community, state and country. This list of 10 guidelines will help you be the best youth coach you can be.

1. Take pride in your position as a coach and the impact you have on players!

2. Keep the game simple and focus on fundamentals. Check out the NBA highlights on E.S.P.N. at night and you will see the world’s best players struggle with the game’s fundamentals: Passing, catching, pivoting, and shooting. No player is EVER too good to work on and attempt to master fundamentals of basketball.

3. Have a philosophy as a coach that reflects everything you do. Winning is what we all desire, but it is the journey of learning the game that helps develop young people. Emphasize good sportsmanship, hard work, and respect.

4. Teach life lessons as you teach the game of basketball.

5. Blend positive words with constructive words each day.

6. Help each player to strive to reach THEIR potential as a player. Realize that being the 9th man on the team may be the best he can do. Reward and praise players!

7. Individual improvement is a must for each player, regardless of skill, size or ability.

8. Develop an attitude of working hard and doing your best. All you can ask of your players is their best.

9. As a coach, work to develop your knowledge and appreciation for the fundamentals of the game. Plays and presses are great, but the game is all about the pass, the dribble and the shot.

10. Respect and love the game and consider it a privilege to be called “COACH”!

Randy Brown has passion for the game of basketball. He works as a basketball consultant and mentor for coaches. Visit him at for free resources, Q & A, newsletter, and coaching programs. A speaker and writer, he has authored 75 articles on coaching and is nationally published. His 18 years in college basketball highlights a successful 23-year career. Mentored by Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson at Arizona. Resume includes positions at Arizona, Iowa State, Marquette, Drake, and Miami of Ohio, 5 Conference Championships and 5 NCAA apprearances. His efforts have helped develop 12 NBA players including Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott, and Jaamal Tinsley. To contact Randy, email him at