The Tom Crean Cut Series is a drill that that comes to us via his "Individual Improvement Drills" video. The drill is shown below in diagrams along with a video clip below the diagrams. We are now watching this video in the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy and you can watch the entire video in our Film Room. Purpose: To work on the skill … [Read more...]
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Want an idea from opposing coaches what makes a great defensive team? In the below linked article, Big 12 basketball coaches discuss what makes Coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawk basketball team so good at defending. A few takeaways from his fellow coaches as to why Coach Self always has a good defensive team: Limit layups Ability to … [Read more...]
Getting physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season is one of the major pillars for success. We've all seen teams that are not properly conditioned wear out during the latter stages of the game and get run off the court. The truth is that today's basketball is a game of movement, transition, and driving to the bucket for layups or … [Read more...]
With the recent passing of Coach Pat Summitt, we wanted to do what we can do here at Hoops U ... and what we can do is share the legacy of one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. Below, you will find 2 drills from Coach Summitt. Also, be sure to check out her 'Definite Dozen' from our Motivating Stories section. For members of … [Read more...]
This article originally appeared over at the Hoops U. Academy. If you're not yet a member, be sure to check out the Hoops U. Basketball Academy. The following is Coach Howie Landa's list of 13 offensive moves in basketball (perform on both sides for 26)! If the moves are hard to understand by description alone, be sure to watch his Motion … [Read more...]
Purpose: To improve and develop ball-handling, shooting, conditioning, and overall offensive transition skills. Specifically a good fast break drill if you prefer to attack from the middle. Drill: One offensive player with the basketball in front of the basket. Two more offensive players, one at each elbow. This drill begins with O1 tossing the … [Read more...]
From the box set, this basketball quick hitter is designed to get a player open in the low post. Obviously, the idea is getting the ball to a good low post scorer ... whether that's a post player or a player who has a scoring advantage against his defender. O1 can initiate this play to either side, depending on which post player he wants to … [Read more...]
Here is a simple screen-the-screener basketball play that is quite effective. By 'screen-the-screener', one player sets a screen and then immediately uses a screen. The passer has multiple options to create a scoring opportunity. O1 initiates the play by dribbling to his right. The dribble entry clears out O2, who cuts through and sets a cross … [Read more...]
This basketball play from the box set formation is simple to execute at all levels. With an effective double downscreen, this play can create a 3-point shot or a few other options. O1 dribbles to the wing while O3 steps opposite and cuts to ballside short corner / corner. O4 and O5 step into the lane to set the double downscreen for O2. … [Read more...]
This sideline out of bounds play is intended to get a scoring attempt when there are but just a few seconds left on the clock. It will also work quite well against a defense that is up and pressuring/denying. When the official hands the basketball to O3, O4 and O5 flash hard into the backcourt. O2 turns and sets a screen for O1, and then … [Read more...]
This play was originally posted at the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Want more plays, more drills, more everything? Join The Academy today! The Flare Iso Pick and Roll Play can be a very useful quick hitter coming out of a timeout or even at the end of a quarter or game. This play can be used when a 3-point shot is needed or when you … [Read more...]
Here is an effective quick hitter you can run against a zone defense. It will probably work best against a 2-3 zone defense, but can be used against other zone defenses. This basketball play uses a quick reversal and then counters back the other way to get a good shot attempt. If the potential shooter is defended, he has multiple passing options … [Read more...]