At first glance, basketball and meditation seem like they couldn't be further apart. One is an ancient practice with roots found in the Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, the other a massively popular sport played all around the globe. But the truth is that regular meditation can bring a marked improvement in athletic performance. If … [Read more...]
Improve your basketball IQ with these articles, tips, and strategies to become a better basketball player! Work hard at improving your basketball skills ... but don't forget to train your basketball brain!
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[Ed. Note: The following article is borrowed from a 1962 Sports Illustrated "Book of Basketball". Video links within and at the end of the article have obviously been added to use video to show the hook shot.] The great advantage of the hook shot ... is the fact that it is almost impossible to block when executed reasonably correctly. The great … [Read more...]
Hey basketball player, want to learn how to impress and even shock your basketball coach? Here are ways you can shock your coach: Show up to practice early (extra shooting, skill work, etc). Stay after practice (extra shooting, skill work, etc). Ask questions (shows initiative). Ask for advice on your game. Use it and then thank your … [Read more...]
If you can make these 3 shots at a high percentage then you will go down as the hardest player to guard of all time. Yes, these shots have an extremely high level of difficulty, but they also are very difficult to stop. Especially the first one that certain players have built an entire career off of. So with that said lets discuss what these … [Read more...]
The Duke Basketball program has mastered the art of respecting officials for many years. You will rarely see a Duke player complain or disagree with an official about a call. Simply put, they have learned how to groom officials in a way that typically results in favorable calls later in the game. 3 Reasons you should NOT complain to … [Read more...]
The infographic and content below comes to us courtesy of the Ohio University Online Master's in Coaching Education program. While many people may not think it has that much of an impact, it’s been proven that psychology plays a central role in athletic performance. Studies show that over ten psychological factors can affect performance in … [Read more...]
We will Master our Footwork. Use quick feet to stop ball penetration. Trust the reach step. Stop penetration with feet and NOT the hands. Having ready and active feet will eliminate fouls. We will be Disciplined. Do not bite on shot fakes, jabs, or pass fakes but check all shots. Control the eyes…watch the ball handler’s midsection, stay in a … [Read more...]
Coach Jacob Yorg, Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, recently shared via Twitter his list for how basketball players can earn more playing time. It is a great list that is important for players to understand if they desire more time on the basketball court! It is also something that, as coaches, we should know … [Read more...]
William "Red" Holzman (August 10, 1920 – November 13, 1998) was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1996, Holzman was named one of Top … [Read more...]
These simple tips and concepts will help you or your players become a better shooter. These aren't tips on form & technique ... if you're interested in how to shoot, check out our article, The Art of Shooting. Here are the tips. Learn them and start improving as a shooter! Stay calm and relaxed. Do not rush your shot. Shoot only when … [Read more...]
I noticed a lot of players are missing the boat on HOW to workout. Every basketball player works out. But there is a difference in abilities between those who know HOW to work and those that don't. In this video, Coach Springer of Spartan Basektball talks about the 4 intangibles of a great workout: intention, intensity, reps, … [Read more...]
For players of any sport, building skill and agility are keys to mastering their sport. But certain sports require skills beyond physical strength and endurance. Certain sports require a sense of concentration, fast paced decisions and higher thought skill processes. One of these sports is basketball. Basketball is a fast paced sport with many … [Read more...]