A leader must have credibility. Are you doing everything you can to build credibility with your teammates so that you can build the best TEAM possible? You cannot possibly hold others accountable if you are not doing something yourself. My coach, Don Meyer, used to say: “Your example is not the main thing, it’s the only thing.” So think about … [Read more...]
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:: From the Hoops U. 'How-To' Series :: Dribbling is how you move the basketball without passing. It allows you to move the basketball up the court. It gives you the chance to pass from a better angle. It is how you can drive to the basket for an easier shot attempt. Dribbling is a necessary basketball skill -- and every dribble should have a … [Read more...]
A player's attitude is THE single most important factor in playing tough defense, whether you play man-to-man or zone. Wait a minute, Coach, what about footwork and technique and knowledge of the defensive system? Yes, those are important and necessary if you want to be a great defender. A player with a great attitude will learn how to play … [Read more...]
Most basketball players want to improve their shooting. That is good, but to reach your basketball shooting goals takes daily, specific, measurable goal setting and correct practice. For the average player it takes 20,000 correct repetitions to make your shot automatic. If you shoot 1000 correct shots each day, how many days would it take for your … [Read more...]
Errors in shooting off the dribble are caused by picking the ball up with your hands on the side of the ball (a major cause of side spin, which causes the ball to circle out) and floating to the side, in or back (resulting in misses to the side, long or short). When shooting a jump shot off the dribble it is easier for most players when … [Read more...]
The most common errors in shooting are listed below, along with suggestions on how to correct them. Error: Your shot is short. Correction: A shot that is short is usually due to not using your legs, an incomplete follow-through, or a slow or uneven rhythm. Through feel you should be able to determine whether you need to emphasize force from … [Read more...]
Confidence is the Most Important Factor in Shooting Believe in yourself. You want to have confidence in your ability to make the shot every time you shoot. Confident shooters control their thoughts, feelings, and shooting skill. Shooting is much more than good mechanics. It is the feeling, thoughts and belief in your self that comes first. … [Read more...]
:: From the Hoops U. 'How-To' Series :: Layups are the easiest and most basic shot in basketball. They are also the first type of shot that players should learn. There are certainly a variety of layups that players can utilize and we'll discuss them below. It is important, however, that players master the fundamental progression. That is, learn … [Read more...]
This article comes from an old basketball coaching book in my collection published in 1955 titled Indiana Basketball by Branch McCracken. Coach McCracken led Ball State University from 1930-38 and most notably Indiana University from 1938-43 & 1946-65). His record at Ball State was 93-41 and at Indiana it was 364-174. He coached two NCAA … [Read more...]
In today's game, it seems as if post play is taught less and less as post players continue to develop a more 'all-around' game. While I do agree that having an all-around game is necessary and beneficial, post players - as well as any player - can be that much more difficult to defend with a good repertoire of inside and post up moves. These … [Read more...]
How to effectively deal with not making the team -- a lesson for parents and players. This article is from a series of posts that occurred at the Coaching Hoops Yahoo! Group. Here is how one parent and son dealt with not making the team. Being cut can be a difficult experience for all (players don't want to be cut, parents don't want their son … [Read more...]
“I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.” Mia Hamm. You work hard on your overall game. You spend hours shooting the basketball. You play countless pick-up games, tournaments, and leagues. You spend time improving your strength and speed. You … [Read more...]