Where can I find a resource that has recommendations for league rules in younger age divisions? (Am specifically in search of U6 league. We started one this year, and I have some feedback, but wanted to research what the experts say so I am not out of line.)
I started to compile advice from a number of different youth basketball sites, but it would be better if someone had a sort of "best practices in youth basketball " tool that showed what good programs do to develop younger players. If something like this exists, it's what I am looking for.
Some specific things I am interested in:
1. rim height
2. ball size
3. man to man D. vs. zone
4. fast breaking
5. calling ball handling errors (travel, double dribble, etc - how lenient?)
Thanks for any info!!
Hi, everyone - just wanted to try this topic again, since I got nada from the first post a couple of months ago. Specifically, here are the suggestions I plan on making to improve the new 5-6 year old league that I coached in last season. It was the first season for this league, and some of the things allowed for this age group kind of blew my mind:
1. rim height - Would suggest lowering the rim from the current 9' to 8' - to promote better shot development
2. ball size - seemed OK - used 27.5
3. man to man D. vs. zone - I would suggest not allowing zone, mainly so that the kids can learn to play good man D.
4. fast breaking - is currently allowed in the last 2 min. - kind of neutral on this, but open to suggestions
5. calling ball handling errors (travel, double dribble, etc - how lenient?) - VERY few of these currently called - would suggest tightening this up some so that the kids can learn to NOT travel or double dribble. Plus, it gets extremely unsafe when this is combined with zone defense - it is sort of like football.
6. pressing - same as 4.
Thanks for any views on these ideas, especially (but not only) from experienced coaches.
Here's my $.02....coming from an 11 year official, 10 year youth (rec and travel league board member and coach for a number of years...
Everything needs to be progression...so for a bunch of 6Us....you are just trying to get them on the court and a ball in their hand.
1. rim height - 8'
2. ball size 27"
3. man to man D. vs. zone - man only at this age. Might even get 5 different colored wrist bands to help the lil' ones know who they have by color rather than remembering a # that's probably tucked halfway down in their shorts anyway! LOL!
4. fast breaking - sure, why not...it's supposed to be fun for the kids. the more they score the better and more smiles you'll get. However, you could put a rule in place that requires the defense to clear out before they advance the ball.
5. calling ball handling errors (travel, double dribble, etc - how lenient?)..Keep it loose unless very flagrant...in that case, blow the whistle and use it as teachable moment with offending team retaining the ball.
6. pressing - no...not until 4th grade and in limited minutes if rec league...if travel...it's wide open at 4th grade. I think pressing only benefits the team pressing when you have kids that can't even dribble with their eyes up.
Thanks! It sounds like my feedback was on the right track, and I appreciate you sharing your experience!