with Nick Cammarano, Frank Antonides (NJ) Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach; career winning percentage (.715), eight 20 win seasons, 2 undefeated seasons (including 30-0 in 2003), 1 Run for the Roses Championship, 284 career wins in 15 seasons; Founder and Director of the Quality Basketball Instruction (QBI) Basketball Camps
Coaching Middle School Basketball: Organizing a Tryout
A painful part of being a coach - a part that many coaches hate - is preseason tryouts. This is especially true when it becomes clear that cuts are in order to get the team to a manageable number of players. The best way to make these tryouts easier for the players, coaches and parents alike is to have structured, well-planned practices for tryouts.
Middle School Coach Nick Cammarano explains how you can structure a tryout and shares the secrets to developing a successful tryout system that everyone can feel good about participating in. Whether it's demonstrating drills or teaching you what to look for during a tryout session, Coach Cammarano will make sure you are in a position to choose the best team possible.
Cammarano provides an essential list of items that need to be addressed before any tryout. Things like announcing the tryout, ensuring players get their physicals, player and parent meetings and more.
On the court, you will see a series of drills that will help you make confident decisions when you select your team and that can help you distinguish between players who appear to be similar in comparison. Cammarano diagrams every drill that he uses so you are fully prepared to teach your players how to properly execute the drill.
Just as important as the drills themselves, Coach Cammarano provides insights into which skills and traits to look for in your players and why. He runs his "hopefuls" through dribbling, passing, and a variety of shooting drills to evaluate their complete skill set. He uses uses a 3-on-2 / 2-on-1 drill, free throws, suicides and 3-on-3 play to measure player assertiveness and to discover the "athletes" in the tryout. You'll also learn three qualities you can use to assess potential guards and forwards for the team.
Without having a plan, a tryout can be hectic. Effectively organizing your tryouts will save you time and frustration, ensure each player gets an opportunity to showcase their skills, and allow you to build a balanced team that includes all the basketball skills you need to be successful. 50 minutes. 2012.
Coaching Middle School Basketball: Structuring a Practice Plan
In order to develop a consistently successful basketball program, developing players at the middle school level is crucial. Middle school is where basketball players start their careers and a place where good fundamentals are established.
Nick Cammarano has developed an instructional video that will show you how to structure a middle school practice and provide you with a practice blue print that will propel you through the season.
Coach Cammarano demonstrates how he sets up his 90 minute, middle school practice to make his players highly successful. He uses a combination of fundamental and advanced drills to instruct his players through individual skill work, passing, shooting, rebounding, team offense and defense, and special situations.
Each segment of practice is designed to put your players through a rigorous workout and to build their confidence. Cammarano's drills are designed to do more in less time making your practices more efficient.
Coach Cammarano brings all of the skill work together towards the end of his practices by putting his players into various 5-on-0 and 5-on-5 settings. These segments focus on offensive sets, out of bound plays, zone offense and zone defense, and a competitive game to teach his players how to use the skills learned in practice in a game setting.
Great for any middle school or high school coach, this DVD provides essential tools for maximizing your practice time and building a consistently successful basketball program. 115 minutes. 2012.
Coaching Middle School Basketball: Developing Offensive Skills
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for a young basketball player is to help them develop their individual skills. The ability to shoot, pass and dribble is what makes basketball fun for young players.
In this DVD, you will see a series of offensive skills and drills that will build a foundation for success for your young players. The DVD includes instruction in four skill areas:
Ball Handling - Incorporate ball handling drills that progress from stationary to moving and from one-ball to two-ball drills. These drills develop the necessary ball handling skills with both hands and help players develop ball control regardless of position.
Passing - These drills teach the correct fundamentals for both throwing and catching a variety of passes. Players work together on passing into different finishes such as lay ups or shooting. Incorporating these into offensive breakdown drills shows when, how, and why to make the pass in a game.
Agility - This agility series incorporates reaction and quickness drills with a basketball to create a quicker basketball player on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
Shooting - Features more than 10 drills that combine form shooting with movement to prepare your players for game situations. These drills develop pivoting, catching, squaring up, rebounding and converting, finishing moves, and more. Improve your shooting from all areas of the court.
End your workouts with great competitive energy using "Hustle Shots," a competitive shooting game. Court diagrams are provided to help you maximize your court space.
Maximum interaction and covering key skill areas is the emphasis behind structuring an offensive skills workout. Even if you are a first time coach and know little about basketball, this DVD includes easy to understand instructions, key skills and how to look for skills in each player.
Fundamentally strong players are more successful and have more fun. Order now and help your players develop the skills and confidence they need to be successful basketball players. 57 minutes. 2012. DVD.
Coach Cammarano will make sure you are in a position to choose the best team possible!
Middle school is where basketball players develop good fundamentals!
The ability to shoot, pass and dribble is what makes basketball fun for young players!