Playing Small Sided Games in Basketball

Small Sided Games in basketball are considered games which teach athletes how to play in a more play-based learning structure and also help players learn by discovery.


Usually, numbers are less than the usual 5 on 5 required in games, also the numbers may be adjusted to create advantage and disadvantage situations.

So, the focus is more on learning from failure, decision making, teamwork, communication.

Small Sided games also often have rules in place to help drive a certain outcome or behaviour, without the athletes knowing the intention of the game.

Small Sided games help promote discoverability, versatility and adaptability.

0:00 Intro
0:45 Small Sided Games
1:30 Play Based Learning
2:45 Rules, Time and Score
4:00 Adaptability and Versatility
6:30 Training Session Planning

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