The PBDL Concept
English soccer academies wait until players are 11-years-old to play full 11v11 soccer. In Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at six-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, children play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are eight-years-old.
The Playmakers Basketball Development League promotes fun, learning and development rather than competition and winning. Players compete, but winning is not the end-goal. Children thrive on challenges. The PBDL challenges players in an age and developmentally appropriate manner through its use of 3v3 games.
Rather than use static technique-oriented block practice, the league focuses on teaching game skills in a game context using variable or random training, and the small-sided games give players more space to practice their moves and skills. The PBDL emphasizes the tactical skills (pick-and-rolls, give-and-goes, spacing, etc.) that separate the players with a high basketball I.Q.
During regular NJB seasons, I heard the same complaint from coaches and parents: there is not enough time to work on fundamentals without the pressure of games. The PBDL’s detailed and easy to follow program allowed us to rollout a plan efficiently and with minimal effort. Coaches were able to focus on coaching and not lesson plan development. Players enjoyed the challenge of the focus sessions as well as the 3v3 games that are fundamental to getting the players more touches and freedom moving around the court. Since running our first session, I have had players, parents and coaches request that we run the program again.
The PBDL is a well thought-out and planned program that allows players the opportunity to learn basketball fundamentals in an environment free of pressure.
- Mike Guglielmo
Player Agent, Los Gatos National Junior Basketball
Studies show that the top four reasons why kids play sports are:
1. To have fun
2. To improve skills and learn new ones
3. For thrills and excitement of competition
4. To be with friends or make new ones
The PBDL maximizes the players’ experience by emphasizing these four factors. The league is active and eliminates standing around or sitting out, which makes many practices boring. The league teaches skills in a game context so players understand the importance of a skill and use the skill immediately in a semi-competitive environment. Drills and games are competitive, but there are no trophies or championships. This is a league to develop skills, have fun and compete for the sake of playing the game.
This is the most fun my daughter has had in any sports setting. She is learning from the coaches and her peers. Her self confidence is growing. Her abilities have improved. She has the “I can do it” attitude.
- Leslie M. Coons
To sign up for a PBDL in your area, click on Locations to find a league near you. To get information on starting your own PBDL league for your organization, school, league or facility, click on Locations and use the contact form to get more information.