U16 Lesson Plans: Ever thought about restructuring your program? [Blueprint Inside]

by Scott Peterman


Ever thought about restructuring your program? [Blueprint Inside]

Every once in a while a full-on “purge” is needed.

(Not like the movie version…don’t worry ☺)

More like a mental and logistical clean out of your program.

Have you ever thought about doing that?  

I know I have.

When things just aren’t clicking right…

…your personnel isn’t a great fit…

…your team leaders aren’t quite cutting it…

…your opponents seem to be evolving while you feel a bit stagnant…

…or maybe you’re just flat out bored with your own approach.

I’m not talking about you on the verge looking for a new job or anything.  Heck, we love what we do.

But sometimes a good ol’ fashioned “clean slate” is in order.

From the ground up kinda stuff…

Question:  If you had to do that tomorrow, how would you do it?

Where would you start?

After all, there IS quite a bit of work involved, and not something you do willy-nilly.

I have a colleague who is taking over a high school program.  Unfortunately for him, this particular program is on life support at the moment.  (Or maybe it’s not so unfortunate.)

He’s been told he has the proverbial “clean slate” to start from.  No spot on the roster is spoken for. Nothing is sacred.

That’s what got me thinking about what I would do if I was in that position.

The chance to put your stamp on the rebirth and growth of an entire program…

There aren’t exactly a lot of coaching programs detailing how to do that, but I asked around my network, and came up with something REALLY unique.

This one comes from Europe.  

Actually from Spain, and spells out exactly how their elite youth program is structured.

(It says U16, but is clearly appropriate for US high schools.)

It’s pretty neat.

This collection serves up as good a model on how to build something from the ground up as ANYTHING in our industry.

Just so you know, it’s laid out pretty simply.

Week One = Lesson One, and so on…

It offers a great explanation about how guys like Ricky Rubio show the flare and creativity he does.

It’s obviously a pretty different ‘atmosphere’ in Europe…which may be a good thing; especially when it comes to developing players by providing a strong fundamental understanding of the basics.

In all there are 12 lesson plans broken out by weeks.

Weeks 1-4

Weeks 5-8

Weeks 9-12

The entire package checks in at just over 400 pages and – without even trying – serves as a foundation for your own personal “purge”.

So if you have ever thought about hitting the reset button and plugging in something new, you should keep this resource handy.  

It’s great stuff.

Heck, even if a complete overhaul is not your end goal, having these ‘done for you’ lesson plans makes life REALLY easy.

I can’t imagine a more economical and effective place to start.

Want check them out and

See you courtside,

Scott “clean slate” Peterman

P.S. If you ever thought about changing or updating your system, this is your blueprint for getting it all done.




The Coach


Scott Peterman

Men's Basketball Hoop Scoop


Men's Basketball Coach Scott Peterman has coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. Coach Peterman just felt that fellow coaches, especially young coaches, need to constantly work on their “game,” just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves.

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