Sunday, October 18, 2015

Gameify Your Open Gyms

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I was at an open gym recently and saw something different. I've been to a lot of open gyms. Many of them start with a good game or two of 5 on 5 and quickly dissolve into cherry picking and jogging up and down. After the first 30 minutes or so no one is getting much out of the experience. So why don't we do open gym differently? The open gym that I was at did it differently and I thought it came with outstanding results.                                                                                                               Instead of a typical 5 on 5 open gym, the players at the one I attended decided to play 3 on 2 with a chaser instead and I thought it went really well. It involved more players, kept the tempo up, and had kids playing hard. Everyone handled the ball, everyone got to take shots, etc. I found it far more effective than typical open gym. They did play some 5 on 5 after and that went well also.

This got me thinking - instead of 5 on 5 why not run open gyms with small sided games? Why not give your players a list of different 1 on 1 to 4 on 4 games and let them pick what games they want to play during that time. Players would get a lot more out of it and would really improve on their skills during the times you can't work with them. 

1 comment:

Girls Coach said...

In the fall depending on numbers for open gyms we do two things. First, we play all games to 7 by 1's and 2's and start with 1v1, then 2v2, etc once we get to 5v5 (if we have enough that day) then we go back down to 4v4 , 3v3, 2v2 etc. We keep track of how many wins each kid gets and tally. Second sometimes we just play 3v3 and track who scores how many points and rebs over the course of 8-10 games. These stats give you good feedback on who your scorers and rebounders are especially when you have some younger kids mixed in and how they will perform at the next level (jv/varsity)going into the season