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Trusted Coaches Youth Basketball Coaches Clinic Presented by Minnesota Youth Athletic Services and Mpls. Lakers

The 1ST ANNUAL TRUSTED COACHES YOUTH BASKETBALL COACHES CLINIC, presented by the MINNESOTA YOUTH ATHLETIC SERVICES, is designed to provide youth basketball coaches with valuable information and tools on how to teach the game of basketball. The clinic is for youth coaches in grades 3-8 who are preparing to enhance the quality of play during the winter travel season.

The clinic will be delivered in a split format, with presentations and classroom instruction in the morning headlined by collegiate coaches John Tauer and Bryan Bender. The afternoon will feature an on court live demonstration of how to lead a youth basketball practice. The afternoon will also bring together concepts from the morning and provide tangible coaching techniques to take back to your program.

Each breakout session will include a blueprint of techniques introducing and reinforcing the foundational skills to be an effective youth basketball coach, while covering essential elements for developing confident players from grades 3-8. The clinic will not only focus on providing coaches new knowledge and tools for teaching the game, but also techniques for improving communications with players and parents.


  • Managing parent expectations
  • Growth mindset vs. talent mindset and the power of process
  • Importance and power of the team warm up
  • Individual skill development, defense and small sided games
  • Team skill development and the importance of teaching the transition game first
  • Practice plan execution


  • Who: All youth basketball coaches from 3rd grade through 8th
  • Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
  • Location: Southwest High School; 46th and Chowen; Minneapolis, MN 55410
  • Check in: 8:30am
    • $30 per individual coach registration
    • $250 per association (unlimited coaches can attend)
  • Clinic times: 8:45am-3:00pm
  • Coaches should bring a laptop or iPad
  • Each coach will receive an e-file of practice plan templates, player and team development drills and other valuable tools


8:30am: Check in

8:45am: Welcome – Dawson Blanck, MYAS Executive Director

  • History of MYAS and Trusted Coaches
  • Review the day’s agenda – Clarence Fields, National Sales and Marketing Director, Trusted Coaches

9:00am: Breakout sessions – 30 minutes each with a 5 minute Q & A

  • Managing parent expectations – John Tauer
  • Growth mindset vs. talent mindset and the power of process – Justin Baker
  • Individual skill development – importance and power of the team warm up, defense and small sided games – Clarence Fields
  • Team skill development and the importance of teaching the transition game, first executing practice plans – Bryan Bender

11:45am: Lunch on your own  (* Coaches can choose to end their day at 11:45am and not return for the live clinic)

12:55pm: Return from lunch for live clinics

1:00pm: Practice plan execution – Bryan Bender and Clarence Fields

  • Live review of information covered in breakout sessions

2:20pm: Live game

2:45pm: Closing remarks

To register, or for more information contact Clarence Fields at or 763-746-7176.