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Youth players are in the early stage of developing their team offense. They are trying to develop their ballhandling skill while knowing what to do with the ball when they get it. This article describes a simple, effective way to approach basketball offense with youth players. The result wanted is a turnover-free offense that gets many makeable shots.

First, it is good to spend much time on catching the ball and pivoting to face the basket. While doing this, the player is aware to swing the ball quickly from one side of the body to the other to keep the ball from the opponent defender. Then the offensive player keeps the ball close to his/her body with elbows out to protect the ball from being taken . She/he then gets in the habit of taking a peek to see if there are any open teammates. If so, make an accurate pass right away to an open teammate. This may seem like a lot of steps, but with practice it becomes automatic. Practicing these skills over and over ensure that your team will possess the ball well without committing many turnovers.

Catching and passing the ball like this continues until a makeable shot presents itself. A makeable shot is one that your player can likely get off without it being blocked. It is also a shot that is within your player's shooting range, based on many shots taken in practice. The basic goal of basketball offense is to get makeable shot opportunities. Thus, it is smart for players on offense to move to spots on the floor where makeable shots are. If these spots are not open, then moving to spots on the floor where safe passes are is the next best thing. Once a makeable shot opportunity is there, the player with the ball in that spot must take the shot right away. Youth players often hesitate and then the shot opportunity is gone as the opponent defense catches up. Taking that makeable shot right away is something all players should do.

Then all 5 players should follow the shot and make a strong effort to get the offensive rebound. Many shots in basketball are missed especially on the younger levels of play. When all 5 players are eagerly going for all offensive rebounds, your team is going to get its share. Then, there will be more makeable shots for your team usually near the basket. By focusing on the skills described in this article, your team's basketball offense is sure to have less turnovers and more makeable shots in the games you play. 


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