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Grades 6 - 7

Grades 6 - 7

Behind the Back-Tennis Ball Toss

The window of opportunity for kids to maximize coordination development is between the ages of 7-14, with the most crucial period between 10-13 years of age. The nervous system is the key to coordination and it is during the pre-adolescent years when the nervous system is most capable of being

Coaching 6-8 Year Olds

Several of the Steve Nash Leagues around British Columbia have added younger players to their organizations.  With the younger players there are greater challenges for coaches to ensure the players are having fun and at the same time improving their athletic abilities and skills.  Here are some tips for coaching 6-8 year olds from a Basketball New Zealand publication:

Carolina Drill

This drill is a very fundamental drill that is great for young players and also serves as a great warm-up drill. 


Following a "Games Approach", "Baseball" is a fun game for kids to play and work on several basketball skills.  One team is designated the fielding team and the second team is at bat.  The coach will be the pitcher. 

Numbers Game

The "Numbers Game" is a simple, competitive drill that is ideal and fun for youth teams.  Divide your team into two groups and line up each team on opposite baselines.  Each player is given a number which corresponds with a player on the other team. 

Team Box Tag

Coaches should try to do everything they can to improve their player's athletic qualities. Speed expert, Lee Taft says "tag is possibly the greatest teacher of athleticism."