I was talking with a youth coach today and we were discussing their team's motion offense and how they have been turning the ball over often. The more I watch youth basketball, the more I am convinced that kids need to be taught how to play the game rather than be taught set plays and structured offense. Thinking back to my time as a college coach, we would add set plays or make adjustments to our offense as a way to beat the defense. Our adjustments were based on the defense. At the youth level, I see so many adjustments being made simply to provide structure for the offense...spacing, cutting, screening, etc. But the reality is, if a player doesn't know how to play, the type of offense that they run will never be very effective. I would be interested to hear some success/failure stories from implementing offenses at the youth level.
I find it super interesting that many of the best shooters in the NBA all do something that I was told not to do when I was a younger player learning to shoot. One of those things is the placement of the ball in your shooting hand. I was always told to have space between the ball and your hand, but when I look at Curry, Klay and Korver...they all set it on the palm of their hand. I have even found that I naturally set the ball on the palm of my hand when I shoot it. The objective was always to get the ball to come off of your finger tips...so most would just place the ball there to begin with. But if it comes off of your finger tips, why change it? I would be interested to hear what others have to say about shooting.