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Coaches Clinic

This years event will be virtual. Stay tuned for details.


The best way to invest in our kids is to invest in our coaches. Our coaches provide much more to our players than just basketball mentorship so it's important to us that each year we give them the latest tools, insights and sharing opportunities. Our clinic is a great way for all of our coaches to hear from speakers, discuss relevant topics, ask questions and get set up with everything they need for a successful season.

We're thrilled to partner with Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) for this years clinic

The 1ST ANNUAL TRUSTED COACHES YOUTH BASKETBALL COACHES CLINIC, presented by the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services and the Mpls Lakers, 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
  • Each coach will receive an e-file of practice plan templates, player and team development drills and other valuable tools

Saturday, October 12, 2019 This event has ended.
Southwest High School Gym  Map

John Tauer
Men's Head Coach / University of St Thomas

Bryan Bender
Men's Head Coach / Southwest Mississippi Community College




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 developmentand the importance of teaching the transition game, first executing practice plans -Bryan Bender 

11:45am: Mpls Lakers Coaches lunch (provided) 

  • Go over season details and get your gear and coaching materials

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


last year's speakers

Coaches Clinic Guest Speaker John Tauer, Head Coach University of St Thomas Men's Basketball

Guest Speaker: John Tauer

Coaches Clinic Guest Speaker Bryan Bender - 2018-19 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff - Southwest Mississippi Community College

Guest Speaker: Bryan Bender

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