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Youth Basketball

Gooroo Youth Basketball Drills

In 2014, FastModel Sports launched a "Gooroo" app for youth basketball coaches, offering curricula designed by Tara VanDerveer and George Karl with over 150 drills for girls and boys in grades 5-8, including instructional videos (which I used to develop Dribbling - Gooroo fullcourt).

The Gooroo app is no longer available, but almost all the videos are on the FastModel Sports YouTube channel. Here are links to the drills playlists and most of the videos, with brief descriptions and links to drills from other sources.

Playlists

Warm-up

  • Tara VanDerveer
    • Warm-up 1
      • toe walks, heel walks
      • over-and-back hops (two feet, one foot)
    • Warm-up 2
      • knee to chest, froggy (open the gate), slow-fast-faster-fastest (forward, backward)
      • side to side hops (one foot)
    • Warm-up 3
      • tin man (Frankenstein), monster walk (lunge walk, arms out)
      • run forwards then backwards on each whistle (or on "change"; progression - slide, change direction)
      • jump and freeze (one foot to the other, skaters)
    • Warm-up 4
      • skipping (forward, backward)
      • lean and run (lean forward, jog at the last second)
      • run & change directions 180 degrees on a whistle (or on "change"; progression - while dribbling)
      • running mirror (with partner, switch), sliding mirror
    • see Dribbling - Change direction, Defending - Duke mirrorup
  • George Karl
    • Warm-up 1
      • quad pulls to halfcourt, high knees, jog forwards & backwards, defensive step-slide on "step" (progression - 3 quick slides and stop)
      • see Defending - Memphis stance
    • Warm-up 2
      • knee pulls, skipping (up not out), carioca
      • run to halfcourt, backwards to the far baseline, repeat coming back
        • SNYB - backwards to halfcourt, forwards to the far baseline, repeat coming back, relay race
    • Warm-up 3
      • hopping (sideways hop in the air, bring feet together, like a rabbit), butt kicks, sprint to halfcourt and back
    • Warm-up 4 (no video)
      • arm circles on the baseline, leg swings (front to back and side to side, each leg)
      • side lunges (walk, side lunge, groin stretch both ways), layup footwork (R-L-jump to halfcourt, come back L-R-jump)
    • Warm-up 5
      • high-knees to halfcourt with right-hand dribble, back with the left hand
      • slide to halfcourt left-hand dribbling, back with the right hand
      • dribble right hand to halfcourt, return backwards dribbling with the left hand
      • crossover dribble to halfcourt and back (change direction)
      • see Defending - Slide and run (partner options)
    • Zig-zag warm-up
      • halfcourt zig-zag defensive slides
  • see Jr. NBA - Warm-up, Youth Dynamic Warm-upup

Form Layups

Layups

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Dribbling

Dribbling - Gooroo fullcourt

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Defence

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