A child needs to have the ability to shoot, pass, dribble and rebound. Other skills a child needs include moving without the basketball, guarding other players and throwing the ball in from out of bounds.
A child on a youth basketball team must have the ability to execute plays, set screens and understand various defensive schemes. A child also needs the ability to make free throws. Young basketball players need to be able to handle pressure, face adversity and perform during important situations. A child’s fitness level and agility must equate to the demands of the basketball league. A child must understand the importance of teamwork and fully integrate themselves into the system.