I came across the below article from Positive Coaching Alliance. I know many of you are probably involved with PCA ... or at least have heard of it to some degree. If not, do check them out. This is fairly common sense, however, I wish I had come across these ideas and methods when I first started coaching! Definitely great methods to diffuse … [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...]
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...]
[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...]
by Doug Campbell | Dr. Dish Standing in front of your team, you make a promise to your players. You swear to offer something that videogames and a river of texts from their friends can't give them – athletic skills and a showcase for their talents and a team-based work ethic. You make this promise despite knowing most young people will succumb … [Read more...]
One of the most important things in anything you do is the issue of motivation. When times were tough, one of the greatest conquerors of all time, Napoleon, used to ride in front of his men in order to boost their morale. Still, as a basketball coach, you are not allowed to enter the court and play instead of your center. Luckily, there are many … [Read more...]
Press defenses are generally employed to force the offense out of their comfort zone: to speed them up, to create chaos, to force turnovers. As an offense having to go against a press defense, there are some fundamental tips and guidelines you can follow to help your team beat the press. Attack the press. This goes to how you choose to beat … [Read more...]
We are sharing this article, "Seven Cardinal Principles of Offensive Play", from the book Championship Basketball by Adolph Rupp. Though first published in 1957, these principles are quite applicable in today's game. For more plays and coaching concepts from Adolph Rupp, be sure to visit the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Enjoy! Let me … [Read more...]
In this clinic video, Holger Geschwindner, mentor and shooting coach of German NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki, teaches fundamental shooting skills and drills. Take the time to watch this video and be ready to take notes! Coach Geschwindner does a fantastic job of breaking down shooting and scoring by improving upon footwork, balance, finishing … [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...]
Successful basketball teams and winning basketball programs all have one thing in common; they play great defense. Regardless of the type of defense you choose to employ (man-to-man, zone, full-court pressure, etc), all good team defenses are based on the following six principles: Take away the lane. Allowing too many shots from the lane … [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...]