I'm coaching a basketball team of 9 and 10 year old boys. It's just a community league, everyone plays, there are no cuts, and it's not hyper competitive. However, I do want to do the best for the players. Two specific questions: (1) In terms of the games, is there a fairly simple offense or set of plays that you think I could teach them and use? I played in high school, and we ran the flex, but that seems to complicated. But at the same time, I think it's good to have some concrete schemes so the kids don't end up standing around and watching. (2) Any suggestions for practices? Drills, how to use the time, etc? I'd love first hand advice – I've done the web searches and can find a lot of information, but I'd like to hear from actual coaches and how it's worked from you.
MathStoryProblem: I coach youth bball and need help with equal playing time substitutions with a line-up that varies week to week. I think some kind of formula or counting trick should help, but my math skills are failing me. Up to 15 kids, 10 substitutions per game (25 min halves - subs every 5 min). As close to equal amount of floor time as possible (obviously, this can't always be the case). [more inside]