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Ball Circles

This is an excellent drill for developing hand quickness and coordination. 



Single Leg Jousting

Single leg jousting is a fun activity for kids and helps develop balance.



Single Leg Drills

Balance is a critical aspect of building the athletic base which is often neglected, yet it can be very easily included in the beginning of the practice session. 

Have the athletes spread out on the floor facing the coach. The coach then guides the players through a variety of movements which will continually challenge their balance.  Movements may include the following:



Balance Games

According to Joseph Drabik, author of Children and Sports Training, the "sensitive period" to develop balance is 10-11 for boys, and 9-10 for girls, and balance is fully developed between 12-14 years of age.  Below are two simple balance drills, from Mike MacKay, Manager of Coach Education and Development for Canada Basketball that can be incorporated into warm-up.



Agility Ladder Drills

Agility ladders are excellent tools to help teach speed, agility and coordination, however few coaches have access to them.  But most gyms have agility ladders painted on their floor: badminton courts.  Use the doubles alley on a badminton court as your agility ladder. 



"Deke" Drill

Former Canadian Women's National Team Coach and present coach of the University of Oregon, Bev Smith used this with her youth teams when she coached in Italy.  The "Deke Drill" helps to teach young athlete evasive moves and help in developing their agility and speed.