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4 Tips For Better Open Gyms

Are you getting the most out of your open gym runs?If you’re just rolling the ball out and saying here you go you may be missing ways to get your players better and excited about open gyms. Holding poor

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Is Success Only Found In The Win?

If the adage, “There are two types of people in this world - winners and losers,” is correct, than I guess success is winning. Seems simple enough, but is it really that simple?All too often I think

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Communicating Effectively With Your Players

The thing all good coaches do, no matter the sport, is communicate well. They specifically communicate in a way that ensures players know exactly what they need to do to improve their or the teams performance.

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3 on 2 Basketball Drill Thinking Outside The Box

Coaches often teach for the first defender to guard the ball and the second defender to guard the first pass. If defended this way who covers the man cutting to the hoop from the back side? Many coaches

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Last Second Play – Don’t Enter The Game Without 1

All coaches know they will need that one play to put them over the top and in the win column during the last seconds of a game. Don’t be the coach who forgot to practice a last second heroic full court

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Should You Be Tracking 6-0 Runs?

I attended the Hoop Smart Coaching Clinic this past weekend and Coach Ken George brought up 6-0 runs during games. Apparently one of his assistant coaches has tracked 6-0 runs and claims that a team who

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A New Take On Team Goals

Team goals area a great thing. Each season I adjust my goals for the players I have and then I talk to my team about the goals they have. I believe having team goals helps to keep everyone focused on what

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Why You Need To Focus More On Transition Defense

The Why Behind Transition DefenseTeams miss over half of their field goal attempts each game. This makes transition defense after a missed shot an important part of the game and one area I think is under

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6 Ways To Improve Your Next Basketball Practice

You don’t have to change everything about how your team practices to see better results. It may be a small tweak here or there that makes a practice go from good to great. Sometimes it’s just doing

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3 Tips To Pass To Your Youth Basketball Coaches

The spotlight is on the varsity coach, but the toughest job may be that of the youth basketball coaches in your program. If you don’t believe me just try keeping the attention of elementary age players

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How Coaches Can Help Frame Player And Parent Communications

I’ve read a lot of parent stories on social media this year. We’ve all had those parents and I don’t have all the answers. However, I would like to share one thing I’ve done with my teams in high

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Practice Planning: Getting The Most Out of Your Next Practice

Practice planning is one thing I believe every coach should do before they walk in the gym.This one thing can be the difference between a team having a winning season or a losing season and there are too

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