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Skills Checklists for Youth Players

U8 to U14 Player Skills

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OrientationU8U10U12U14
Player positions and rolesY
Court markingsY
RulesYY
       
Motor SkillsU8U10U12U14
Running forwards, backwards (sideways)Y
CariocaY
SkippingY
Change directionY
Change speedY
Jumping (e.g. hop, pogo, broad jump)Y
High kneesY
Jump stop
RunningY
DribblingY
Ready position (athletic stance)Y
Pivoting (front, reverse)Y
Inside pivotY
Stride stop (running R-L, L-R)Y
Off the dribble
Inside-outside (face the basket)Y
Outside-inside (can pivot away)Y
       up
Getting openU8U10U12U14
Straight cut to the ballY
V-cutY
Blast cut from the cornerY
Backdoor cutY
 L-cut Y
      up
Triple threatU8U10U12U14
StanceY
Pivot foot & travellingY
First step (cross-step, same-side)Y
Pivoting
FrontY
ReverseY
Square up (pivot, jump stop)Y
Jab stepY
Pass fakeY
Shot fakeY
One-dribble pull-up
Sweep (low), rip (high)Y
Space pivotY
Tuck backY
Rocker stepY
Read the defenceY 
     up
DribblingU8U10U12U14
Stationary Maravich ballhandlingY
Right hand, left hand dribblingY
Stationary dribbling
Pounds
MiddleY
LowY
HighY
Crossover (low, middle, high)Y
V-dribble (front, side)Y
Combine front-sideY
ProgressionsY
RH, LH, crossover
WalkY
JogY
RunY
Weave dribble (one hand)Y
Speed dribble (right hand, left hand)Y
Alternating handsY
Crossover change of directionY
Control dribble (arm bar)Y
Lateral dribblingY
Reverse dribbleY
Retreat dribbleY
Retreat crossoverY
Hesitation
Stutter stepY
Stop and goY
Skip hesitationY
Inside-outY
Inside-out crossoverY
Between the legsY
Between the legs crossoverY
Behind the backY
Wrap dribbleY
Spin dribbleY
Stepback dribbleY
Combination movesY
Drag pullbackY
     up
PassingU8U10U12U14
Toss and catchY
Shorten a pass - step into it, step to meet itY
Receiving a pass
Ready position, show handsY
Catch with two hands, two eyesY
Chest passY
Bounce passY
Overhead passY
Push passY
Step around passY
Pivot and passY
Off the dribble (jump stop)Y
To a moving playerY
Backdoor passY
Baseball passY
Against pressureY
Outlet passY
Catch and chin the ballY
Back to the sideline, catch on the moveY
Kick passY
Two hands off the dribble (no stopping)Y
One hand off the dribble (snap pass)Y
Catch and pass on the moveY
Shovel passY
Post entry passY
Relocate
Baseline cut
Screen away (post split)
Skip passY
Lob passY
High-low passY
Hook passY
Pocket passY
Behind the back passY
     up
LayupsU8U10U12U14
Form layups (e.g. no-ball footwork)Y
Strong handY
Protect the ballY
Weak handY
Jump stopY
Up fake, shootY
Give and goY
BackdoorY
Entry pass (V-cut, or blast cut)Y
Power (outside-inside footwork)Y
ReverseY
Euro-stepY
     up
ShootingU8U10U12U14
BEEFY
Form shooting (e.g. partner, floor)Y
SpotY
Spot-up off a pass
HopY
Shooting hand behind the ballY
1-2 step-inY
Off the dribble
Jump stopY
1-2 stepY
Catch and shoot on the move
HopY
1-2 stepY
One-dribble pull-upY
Hop
1-2 stepY
Free throwY
3-point shotY
Stepback shotY
     up
Post PlayU8U10U12U14
Posting upY
Block and tuck catchY
Drop stepY
Front pivot face upY
Turnaround shotY
Up and underY
Spacing on a driveY
     up
ReboundingU8U10U12U14
Toss, jump, catch, landY
Off the backboard (chin it)Y
Pursue the ballY
Tag and pursueY
Box outY
      up
DefenceU8U10U12U14
On-ball
Stance (low and wide)Y
Stick hand to contest a shotY
Maintain a gap (cushion)Y
Ball-you-basketY
Force sideline (middle)Y
Footfire (hot feet)Y
Hip turnY
Drop stepY
SlideY
Slide and drop-step (zig-zag)Y
Turn the ballY
Slide-run-slideY
Tracing the ballY
"Dead" (trace the ball)Y
"Shot" (contest, box out)Y
Loose ballY
Jump to the ballY
Ball up ball downY
Take a chargeY
Off-ball
Check-you-basketY
Ball-you-check
Gap (pistols)Y
DenyY
Help positionY
Help and recover on a driveY
Help and switchY
Help the helperY
Smash a flashY
CloseoutY
Closeout slideY
2 on 1Y
3 on 2Y
Defending on-ball screens - gap (through)Y
SwitchY
Defending off-ball screens - gap (through)Y
SwitchY
Transition (converting)
Sprint back, pick up checksY
One or more safetiesY
Post defence (move on a pass)Y
Choke and dig on the postY
     up
OffenceU8U10U12U14
Spacing, floor balanceY
Give and goY
Exit cutY
Face cut, backcutY
Pass-cut-fillY
Backdoor cutY
Blast cut from the cornerY
Ball reversalY
Spacing on dribble penetration
Fill behindY
Baseline drive and driftY
Dribble hand-offY
BackcutY
Drive and kickY
On-ball screensY
Side ballscreenY
Middle ballscreenY
Pass and screen awayY
Setting a screenY
Using a screenY
Curl, pop, backcutY
Fast break
Rebound, outlet or push itY
2 on 1Y
Fill lanesYup


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