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5 Actions All Defenses Have Trouble Guarding (updated with diagrams)

There are some absolutes in basketball and one of those is that every defense has a weakness. As coaches it is our job to find and exploit that weakness. As you scout your next opponent, and possibly do

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End of Season Banquets and Creating Anticipation For Next Season

At the end of each season, I try to sum up where we have been, where we are, and where we are going to close inside the basketball program at our year-end banquet. Think of it a bit like a State of The

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10 Strategies For Coaches Building A Basketball Program

Building a basketball program can be a way to help ensure success for years to come. It takes time and commitment, but if done correctly it will pay huge dividends in regards to how competitive your teams

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Make Adjustments, Don’t Foul Your Players Out

Coaches have a decision to make when players commit fouls. Most notably, they have to decide do they leave the player in the game or have them take a seat on the bench.For some coaches they have some absolutes

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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 can be a great thing. They help to keep your team focused on what needs to be done in order to get the win, but also to know if they are improving over a period of time. These goals can keep

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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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