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dchilson2 Rookie 3 posts since
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Feb 3, 2011 6:50 PM

Rule/game modifications for leagues divisions in the U6 range

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?)

6. pressing


Thanks for any info!!

  • Coltdoggs Amateur 9 posts since
    Dec 28, 2010

    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 for a bunch of 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'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 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'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.

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