How do we prepare 5th-6th graders for their NEXT LEVEL?
Make Middle School/Junior High Team
Develop fundamental skills (Shooting form, dribbling with defensive pressure, moves to the basket, defensive principles, moving without the ball)
Transition players from recreational to competitive basketball
Recreational programs are made up of volunteer coaches that do not understand basketball well enough to help players make this transition or don't know how to teach the skills. Many players have played basketball in recreational programs for 1-5 years and still haven't learned the necessary fundamentals and can't make their middle school teams.
Knowledgeable coaches running structured skill development while allowing players opportunities to transition those skills into games.