Coaching Youth Basketball: Ages 8-11 On-line drills and training videos for recreational, travel, PAL and AAU players

There’s an entire season of basketball knowledge and leadership information for parents and coaches in this video series. Bill Thom and Jim Datka, two of the country’s leading high school boys’ coaches, share over 50 drills and skills demonstrations designed specifically for youth basketball players. The program follows an intuitive, thematic format and includes everything you need to teach players how to dribble, pass, shoot, play defense and run offensive sets the right way. Your purchase also includes access to downloadable training notes and coaching tips for each drill.

Coaching Youth Basketball: Ages 8-11


$29.95 per year

  • Instant, Online Access
  • Great for Coaches, Parents and Volunteers
  • Downloadable training notes & tips
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Coaching Youth Basketball: Ages 8-11


$29.95 per year

  • Instant, Online Access
  • Great for Coaches, Parents and Volunteers
  • Downloadable training notes & tips
Add to Cart

Topics Covered

  • Shooting
  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Defense
  • Offensive Drills
    and Strategy

Perfect for Teams and Leagues

FREE PREVIEW from the Series: Coaching Youth Basketball: Ages 8-11

Intensity Layups

Intensity Layups
Once players can control the ball, you can introduce the basic shot, the layup. Walk them through this until they feel comfortable. This may take a few weeks to perfect, but it's important to instill good fundamentals.

This video is one of over fifty great basketball drills in our training series, Coaching Youth Basketball: Ages 8-11.

This looks really great and something coaches can easily use for drills with the younger kids. Your video segments were perfect… quick and to the point.
-Coach B
 Cranbury-Plainsboro Little League

Training Plan at a Glance

Check out these cool and exciting features:

1. Great basketball training with Coaches Bill Thom and Jim Datka
2. Over 50 easy-to-follow video demonstrations
3. Packed with great basketball drills and practice ideas
4. Insider tips and printable training notes (on-line only)
5. Combines the best of books and DVDs
  $29.95 gets you online access for a whole year  
  $4.99/month for monthly online access  

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Shooting
  • Form Shooting
  • 3 Spot Form Shooting
  • 3 Spot Form Shooting: Guide Hand
  • Back to the Basket
  • Intensity Layups
  • Mikan Drill
  • Two-Man Layups
  • V-Cut High, Shoot Low
  • V-Cut Low, Shoot High
  • Cone Shooting
  • 5 Spot Shooting
  • Shooting Off Downscreen
  • Four Square Shooting
  • Curling to Short Jump Shot
  • Curling to Elbow Jump Shot
  • Introduction to Dribbling
  • Stationary Dribbling: Right-Hand Pound Dribble
  • Stationary Dribbling: Low Pound Dribble
  • Stationary Dribbling: Rocker
  • Stationary Dribbling: Fake Crossover
  • Dribbling on the Move, Speed
  • Dribbling on the Move, Hesitation
  • Dribbling on the Move, Crossover
  • Dribbling on the Move, Fake Crossover
  • Dribble Tag
  • Introduction to Passing
  • Passing Across
  • Passing Stationary
  • Bounce Passing Stationary
  • Overhead Passing Stationary
  • Baseball Passing Stationary
  • Man in the Middle
  • Machine Gun Passing
  • Full-Court ,Two-Man Passing (One Ball)
  • Full-Court, Three-Man Passing
  • Full-Court, Three-Man Bounce Passing Drill
  • Three-Man Weave Drill
Defense and Rebounding
  • Introduction to Defense and Rebounding
  • Form Rebounding
  • On-the-Ball Defense
  • One-Pass Away Defense
  • Ball Screen Defense
  • Off-the-Ball Screen Defense
  • Two-Passes Away Defense
  • Zone Defense Philosophies
  • 3-on-2 Defensive Philosophies
  • 3-on-2 Transition Defensive Philosophies
Offensive Drills and Strategy
  • Introduction to Offensive Drills and Strategy
  • Screening
  • Screen-and-Roll
  • Around the Arc
  • Around the Arc: Left-Foot Pivot
  • Zone Offense Philosophies
  • Zone Offense: Attacking Gaps
  • Zone Offense: Passing Opposite
  • Full-Court, Three-Man Layup Drill
  • Full-Court, Three-Man Shooting Drill
  • 3-on-2 Offensive Philosophies
  • 3-on-2

About the Coaches

Bill Thom has been a basketball coach at Croton-Harmon High School in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y for the last 24 seasons. He has won over 300 games for the boys' varsity squad. Thom is a veteran coach of Empire State Games and AAU teams, and has instructed players on many levels.


Jim Datka is the head boys' basketball coach of Messmer High School in Milwaukee. Having previously served as assistant coach at St. Francis College (N.Y.) from 2005-08, Datka has been the head coach at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.; St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minn.; and The Hope School in Milwaukee.