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Resources for Basketball Coaches

Thank you for coaching basketball at the Y! We believe that a youth sports program is only as strong as its coaches, and that is why we want you to have all the tools you need for your season. Whether you are a first-time coach, or a veteran, use these coaching tactics, plays, drills and tips to help your athletes excel.

Coaching Manuals

Use these drills to help engage your athletes during practice, and ensure that your practice is developmentally appropriate.

Kindergarten - 1st/2nd Grade Basketball

3rd/4th Grade Basketball

5th-8th Grade Basketball

Practice Drills 

Preschool and Kindergarten Practice Plan

Basic Basketball Fundamentals

Basketball Warm-Up Games

Basketball Drills


To help foster player health, age appropriate skill development, and a positive and enjoyable experience, the YMCA has established rules that are specific for each age group.  

Preschool Basketball

Kindergarten Basketball

1st/2nd Grade Basketball

3rd/4th Grade Basketball

5th/6th & 7th/8th Grade Basketball

Additional Reading

Tips for the First-Time Coach

7 Critical Elements to Make Your Practice FUN!

Getting Players to Play the Best They Can

6 Tips for Motivating Young Athletes


Additional Information

Additional Y-USA Coaching Courses

We want to help you have the best season ever, and so we have created optional online courses to get you started.