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					                                 Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Vision:

To provide an opportunity for every 3rd -8th grade student to play basketball for Okoboji and to ensure a
positive experience for these students while learning the game. To ensure that each grade has a quality coach
who can teach each player the fundamentals of the game while making basketball an enjoyable sport. These
coaches will work with the Association Director and Head Varsity Basketball Coach to ensure a positive
experience for players and coaches.

Organization

The Head Varsity Coach of the boys team will work with the Boys Association Director and coaches, and the
Head Varsity Coach of the girls team will work with the Girls Association Director and coaches. The OYBA will
teach the philosophy of the Varsity Coach and use the same terminology. There will be a set of fundamentals
that should be worked on and progressed for each grade.

Sign-up

Sign up will be in the fall each year. Registration forms will be sent home with students and a notice will be
put in the Lakes News Shopper making parents aware of registration. The registration deadline will be
October 21st. After registrations are in and we know who will coach each grade (parents will sign-up on the
registration form if they wish to help coach or be a team parent) we will split up the teams. After teams are
split up we will host a parent meeting to go over teams, expectations, and practice/game schedules. There
will be an Informational Meeting for parents and players on Sunday, November 6th in the OHS multi-purpose
room.

Grade Breakdowns

3rd grade-Practice once-twice a week for one hour in practice. Play at half times of boys and girls varsity
basketball games. Practice at OES or OMS (OHS if space). Playing time should be equal and all players should
rotate starting the half-time games. Kids will be split up for half times to make even teams and that will
change with each game. Practices should start in mid November as they will start to play half times in
December.

4th grade-Practice twice a week for one hour each practice. Play 2-3 tournaments after January 1st. Continue
to play at half-time of varsity games. Practice at OES or OMS (OHS if space). Playing time should be fairly
equal and players should rotate starting games. If there is enough for two teams, the teams will be split up as
evenly as possible. Practices should start in mid November as they will start to play half times in December.



5th grade- Practice twice a week for 1.25 hours each practice. Play 3-4 tournaments after January, unless
there are some earlier tournaments that fit in the schedule. Practice at OES or OMS (OHS if space). All players
should play each game, but starters may play more minutes as we begin to get more competitive. If there is
enough for two teams the teams will be split up as evenly as possible.
6th grade-Practice twice a week for 1.25-1.5 hours each practice. Play 4-5 tournaments after January, unless
there are some earlier tournaments that fit in the schedule. Practice at OMS or OHS. All players should still
play, but team will be playing more to win and playing time will be earned. If there is enough for two teams
the coaches and board will decide if they should be split up evenly or as an “A” and “B” team.

7th grade-Practice twice a week for 1.5 hours each practice. Play 5-6 tournaments with the girls perhaps
playing 1-2 before Christmas due to school ball. Boys will play their tourneys after Christmas due to their Fall
school ball schedule. Practice at OMS or OHS. Coaches should try to get all players in the game if the situation
allows, but teams will play to win and playing time will be earned. If there is enough for two teams the teams
will be split up as an “A” team and “B” team.

8th grade-Practice twice a week for 1.5 hours each practice. Play 5-6 tournaments with the girls perhaps
playing 1-2 before Christmas due to school ball. Boys will play their tourneys after Christmas due to their Fall
school ball schedule. Practice at OMS or OHS. Coaches should try to get all players in the game if the situation
allows, but teams will play to win and playing time will be earned. If there is enough for two teams the teams
will be split up as an “A” team and “B” team.



Cost

We will try to keep costs as low as possible. We can get a very good deal on uniforms through the Graphic
Edge if we order them all together. 3rd graders-reversible practice jersey. 4th and 5th grade-reversible practice
jerseys with maroon shorts. 6th-8th grade-reversible game jerseys and shorts. To help pay for this OYBA can
help run a youth girls tournament with the high school team and split the profits. OYBA can also run
concession stands at other events to raise money.

Cost will be $25 per player for 3rd graders, $55 per player for 4th and 5th grade and $75 for 6th-8th.
Scholarships will be available and the OYBA will work with area businesses to raise this money. We will also
use this money to help buy 5-6 basketballs and ball bags so each team has their own balls. Balls will be
checked out at the start of the year and turned in after the season. The kids can keep their uniforms.

OYBA Directors and Board

Head Varsity Coaches will have the final say on all matters. OYBA Directors will report to the Head Varsity
Coaches. Coaches for each grade will report to the OYBA Directors and OYBA Board. The OYBA Board will be
made up of the Head Varsity Coach, OYBA Boys Director, OYBA Girls Director and two other members.
                                 Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 3rd Graders

3rd graders will practice 1-2 times per week with practices running 1 hour.

All 3rd graders will play even amounts of time during half time games.

3rd graders will play at the half times of boys and girls varsity games. We will try to work with the YMCA so
kids can play both YMCA basketball and at halftime.

The biggest emphasis for 3rd graders should be to have FUN!

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Chest and bounce passing
   4. Defensive stance
   5. Defensive slides
   6. One on one defense
   7. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   8. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   9. Shooting form-3rd graders should not shoot outside of 15 feet on a regular rim
   10. Free throws from 10-12 feet
   11. Understanding the rules of the game, especially fouling, travelling, and double dribbling
                                  Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 4th Graders

4th graders will practice twice a week for 1-1.5 hours per practice

All 4th graders will play in every game. All players should have a chance to start a game. Playing time will be
kept as even as possible so the kids have a positive experience. Game situations may dictate playing time in
tournaments. During the half time scrimmages playing time should be equal.

4th graders will participate in 2-3 tournaments after Christmas Break as well as play at half time of boys and
girls varsity games.

The biggest emphasis for this age is to have FUN! This is the age where we will introduce competitive
basketball, and while winning is not priority number one, when the score is kept we will try to win.

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Chest and bounce passing
   4. Introduce passing on the move
   5. Defensive stance
   6. Defensive slides
   7. One on one defense
   8. Team defense-switching screens
   9. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   10. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   11. Introduce lay-ups with their weak hand
   12. Shooting form-4th graders should not be shooting outside of 15 feet on a 10 foot rim
   13. Free throws from 15 feet
   14. Understanding the rules of tournament play-the ball can be stolen on the dribble
   15. Introduce Team Offense-3 guards, 2 posts-pass and screen away
   16. Introduce basic out of bounds plays and basic set plays
                                  Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 5th Graders

5th graders will practice twice a week for 1-1.5 hours per practice.

All 5th graders will play in every game. All players should have a chance to start a game. This will be the age
where we start to “earn” playing time based on practice performance and where we will get more
competitive.

5th graders will participate in 3-4 tournaments after Christmas Break.

The biggest emphasis for this age is to still have FUN! We are getting more competitive and going to
tournaments to win, but we will not win at any cost

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Dribble moves-crossovers, hesitation
   4. Chest and bounce passing
   5. Passing on the move
   6. 3 Man Weave ½ court
   7. Defensive stance
   8. Defensive slides
   9. One on one defense
   10. Team defense-switching screens
   11. Shell Drill-working on defensive positioning
   12. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   13. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   14. Lay-ups with their weak hand
   15. Shooting form-5th graders should not be shooting 3-pointers
   16. Free throws
   17. Team Offense-3 guards, 2 posts-pass and screen away
   18. Transition Offense
   19. Transition Defense
   20. Basic out of bounds plays and basic set plays
   21. Introduce more out of bounds and set plays
                                  Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 6th Graders

6th graders will practice twice a week for 1.5 hours per practice.

All 6th graders will play in every game, but playing time will not be equal. Playing time will be earned and
teams will go to tournaments to win games.

6th graders will participate in 4-5 tournaments after Christmas Break.

The biggest emphasis for this age is to still have FUN! There will be more emphasis placed on winning at this
age.

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Dribble moves-crossovers, hesitation
   4. Chest and bounce passing
   5. Passing on the move
   6. 3 Man Weave-full court and half court
   7. Defensive stance
   8. Defensive slides
   9. One on one defense
   10. Team defense-switching screens
   11. Shell Drill-working on defensive positioning
   12. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   13. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   14. Lay-ups with their weak hand
   15. Shooting form-6th graders should not be shooting 3-pointers unless they can shoot a 3 pointer with
       correct form
   16. Free throws
   17. Team Offense-3 guards, 2 posts-pass and screen away or coaches’ preferred offense
   18. Transition Offense
   19. Transition Defense
   20. Basic out of bounds plays and basic set plays
   21. Introduce more complex out of bounds and set plays
                                 Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 7th Graders

7th graders will practice twice a week for 1.5 hours-2 hours per practice.

Playing time at this level will be earned and teams will go to tournaments to win games. Coaches should try
and play all players when possible, but there may be games when not everyone can play.

7th grade boys will participate in 5-6 tournaments after Christmas Break.

7th grade girls will participate in 1-2 tournaments before Christmas Break and 4-5 after Christmas Break

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Dribble moves-crossovers, hesitation
   4. Chest and bounce passing
   5. Passing on the move
   6. 3 Man Weave-full court and half court
   7. Defensive stance and defensive slides
   8. One on one defense
   9. Team defense-switching screens
   10. Introduce fighting through screens if the kids can grasp the understanding-switch like screens (guard to
       guard or post to post) but fight through post on guard screens
   11. Shell Drill-working on defensive positioning
   12. Shell Drill with motion
   13. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   14. Presses-this is the age when teams can press all game-work on full court and ½ court presses
   15. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   16. Lay-ups with their weak hand
   17. Reverse lay-ups
   18. Shooting form-7th graders that can shoot 3 pointers with good form can start to practice them at this
       age
   19. Free throws
   20. Team Offense-3 guards, 2 posts-pass and screen away or coaches’ preferred offense-perhaps Flex or
       Motion Offense
   21. Zone Offense
   22. Transition Offense
   23. Press Offense
   24. Transition Defense
   25. Basic out of bounds plays and basic set plays
   26. Introduce more complex out of bounds and set plays
   27. Introduce Sideline out of bounds plays
                                  Okoboji Youth Basketball Association
Philosophy for 8th Graders

8th graders will practice twice a week for 1.5 hours- 2 hours per practice.

Playing time at this level will be earned and teams will go to tournaments to win games. Coaches should try
and play all players when possible, but there may be games when not everyone can play.

8th grade boys will participate in 5-6 tournaments after Christmas Break.

8th grade girls will participate in 1-2 tournaments before Christmas Break and 4-5 after Christmas Break

Fundamentals To Focus on

   1. Dribbling with their strong hand and keeping their eyes up
   2. Dribbling with their off hand
   3. Dribble moves-crossovers, hesitation
   4. Chest and bounce passing
   5. Passing on the move
   6. 3 Man Weave-full court and half court
   7. Defensive stance and defensive slides
   8. One on one defense
   9. Team defense-switching screens
   10. Introduce fighting through screens if the kids can grasp the understanding-switch like screens (guard to
       guard or post to post) but fight through post on guard screens
   11. Zone Defense-trapping out of zone defense
   12. Shell Drill-working on defensive positioning and Shell Drill with motion
   13. Blocking out & offensive rebounding
   14. Presses-work on full court, ¾ court, and ½ court presses
   15. Lay-ups with their strong hand
   16. Lay-ups with their weak hand
   17. Reverse lay-ups
   18. Shooting form-8th graders that can shoot 3 pointers with good form can start to practice them at this
       age
   19. Free throws
   20. Team Offense-3 guards, 2 posts-pass and screen away or coaches’ preferred offense-perhaps Flex or
       Motion Offense
   21. Zone Offense
   22. Transition Offense
   23. Press Offense
   24. Transition Defense
   25. Basic out of bounds plays and basic set plays
   26. Introduce more complex out of bounds and set plays
   27. Introduce Sideline out of bounds plays

				
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