The Top Trending Basketball Training Videos
The great thing about coaching youth basketball is that there is no lack of resources available to help. These include apps like the one we offer, full of tips and tricks. It also includes tons of websites and books, as well as videos and even video games. These are some of the best tools- they are visual and most people have enhanced visual learning capabilities. We have compiled the best of those resources into one place so that you, the coach, can easily find, view, and share them with your players.
Visual Learning In Sports
It was 2013 when the study came out and hit all of the major scientific, and media, publications - the headlines basically read, ‘athletes learn exceptionally well visually.’ Even Smithsonian Magazine ran with a huge story. In that story, Athletes Are Exceptionally Fast Visual Learners, the findings, as described, are summarized:
Elite athletes aren’t just a cut above when it comes to speed, endurance and technique, but also in visual learning skills. Professional soccer, hockey and rugby players are significantly better than amateurs or the non-athletically inclined at processing fast-moving, complicated scenes, The Scientist reports, and practice only improves these skills for the pros.
Researchers gathered 51 soccer players, 21 hockey players and 30 rugby players from pro teams. They also recruited 173 elite amateurs from college-level teams and 33 non-athletes. The participants were told to watch a set of spheres running scattershot across a screen and to track a few select shapes with their eyes. In order to succeed, participants must divide their attention between many moving objects and keep watch over a large visual field—in other words, the work that athletes often need to do. The program automatically adjusts its speed to meet the skill level of participants.
The pros, it turned out, not only started at higher speeds but also showed the greatest improvement as they practiced the computer game. The amateurs, on the other hand, at first did not outperform the non-athletes, but did get better as they practiced.
Top Basketball Training Videos
YouTube is a wonderful thing. It is an open source site that allows almost anyone to post almost any video content. It is chock full of basketball videos. In fact there are 1,260,000,000 of them! That is a lot of basketball. Narrowed down to just training videos, there are 103,000,000 of them. Still way too many for any person to actually sort through to determine what works best for them. This is where we come in, we have identified the best of the trending videos for you. They are as follows:
Point Guard in Youth Basketball. This 1:24 video teaches the fundamentals of dribbling against defensive pressure.
How to Create Space Off The Dribble. This is a 3.53 video that helps kids learn how to move the ball down the court.
Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant Gives A Free Lesson. This 7.37 video was put out by Time Magazine.
Basketball Tips: How to Shoot a Basketball. This is a 1:46 video that teaches the fundamentals of structuring a shot.
How To Pass In Basketball. Produced by Livestrong, this video is 2:16.
How to Shoot a Free Throw. Short and sweet this video is only 1:16.
As noted above, there are literally hundreds of millions of other videos that instruct on everything you can possibly imagine from plays to defense in the amazing game of hoops.
Using Video Games To Train In Basketball
On top of the YouTube Videos, there are some pretty phenomenal games that help you, as the coach, learn and teach the game. These are games that you can suggest to your players, as well.
The education, parenting, and museum communities have recognized that video games are a valuable learning tool. In fact, many education companies are investing in making video games specifically to support educational curriculum. Even the military is investing heavily in gaming and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to educate soldiers to be battle-ready.There is a reason for this. Video games are not just visual learning, they incorporate action into what would otherwise be a passive experience, and, as noted in The Science of Learning, they actually may have the capacity to build brain power.
To Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a professor at UC San Francisco who designs games that combat age-related memory decline, gaming has the potential to fundamentally improve how we process information. The bottom line, says Gazeley, is to harvest the brain’s ability to adapt to stimuli—its plasticity.
Back in 2016, his team demonstrated how a (scientifically) well-designed game, NeuroRacer, could boost the elderly’s multi-tasking skill to that of a twenty-year-old’s. The training was transferable, in that the participants also experienced improved working memory and attention—lasting at least half a year after the initial gaming. What’s more, the participants showed increased recruitment of their prefrontal cortex during the game, a brain region involved in higher thinking, suggesting that the game had fundamentally altered information processing.
NeuroRacer was custom designed, rather than off-the-shelf. It was therapeutic, rather than educational. But to Gazeley, the study provided a proof-of-concept that games could trigger plasticity widely in the brain, influencing a whole suite of cognitive tools—reasoning, inhibition, working memory—rather than a single domain.
So on top of building your library of videos, make sure you encourage virtual and real game play to improve your kids’ understanding of the game and drive their passion.