Jay Triano, head coach of Canada's Senior Men's Basketball team, responds to your trickiest Ask JT question.
From Dennis in Chalk River, Ontario:
Coach Triano, at what age is it a good idea to begin to introduce the various positions and positional play to young kids who are playing basketball? Thanks.
It is so hard to predict if someone is going to be big or small, or even how much someone will grow. Some of the best players learned guard skills because they were so small when they learned the game, and then all of a sudden they grow to be 6'9" and they are more effective because they can handle the ball, pass the ball, and even shoot the ball like a guard yet they can post up as well. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is important to try and teach all of the fundamentals to everyone.
Motion offences or passing games are fun because everyone moves and touches the ball. Post players with guard skills and guards who can post up will help any team. In short if everyone learns all of the positions it will help with the development and stop the stereotyping.