Youth programs are the feeder systems for high schools, and what they teach can hurt or help the present and future of high school basketball programs.
As a youth coach, you can only watch young kids take shots out of their range with bad form for so long. Coaches have a tendency to emphasize shooting drills, expecting form to naturally fall into place. The problem is that lacking shooting fundamentals at a young age only reinforces poor technique.
Basketball shooting drills for kids must be designed to encourage proper technique and footwork and to ensure that each shot is performed within range and at game speed. This method might not look flashy, but it will develop sound technique that can benefit young players as they develop their game.
Below are three sample shooting drills for young kids, courtesy of the Wichita-Eclipse AAU Program and the Kansas Basketball Academy Foundation.
Equipment: whistle, stopwatch, basketballs
Equipment: stopwatch, whistle, basketballs, cone
Equipment: stopwatch, whistle, two basketballs
Emphasize holding the follow-through before retrieving the rebound // Encourage players to count how many baskets they make in the allotted time