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Basic offensive fundamentals: shooting

I think that everybody would agree that shooting is the most important basic fundamental in basketball. It is quite simple: without shooting it is quite hard to get the ball in, so it is extremely important to have a good technique in this gesture.



As coaches, we have to try to teach as well as possible. In my case, I think that shooting is also hard to teach, especially with players who have never played, or even worse, they have played but they haven’t been taught properly.…

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Added by Jesús Herrera García on April 23, 2014 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Open Letter to Student Athletes

Open Letter to Student Athletes…



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Added by Tom on March 20, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments

What happened to the basics of man to man defense???

The more basketball I see, the more "frantic" it has become.  I see less fundamentals and more out of control play.  Way too much contact in the sport now.  Players get to the rim way too easy because players "over play" their man.  What happened to keeping the player in front---using words like contain and arms length apart or cushion.  Bring the mid range jumper back---the mid range and short jumper are a lot harder to make than a 3 pointer these days--it takes more touch.  I hope…

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Added by Jeannette Mosher on March 20, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Benches Clear in Duke vs UNC......Team Manager Game

Everyone knows that the Duke-UNC rivalry is one of the most heated rivalries in sports. The tone is set by the competitive nature's of Coach K and Roy Williams trickling down into the assistant coaches and players.  Simply put, if you attend one of these schools you hate the other.  What I was unaware of was how serious the team managers take the rivalry.

Based on that…

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Added by Hoop Coach on February 13, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Winning Cultures: K-State Assistant Coach Alvin Brooks

As coaches we have the task of trying to build a culture within our program that is going to promote winning, and doing it the right way. There are a lot of different things that go into building this winning culture. This article by Kansas State assistant coach Alvin Brooks is going to explain what goes into winning cultures. 



Article: Winning…

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Added by Basketballhq.com on February 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Webinar on Building Your Coaching Portfolio - February 4th

I wanted to let you know that the Coaching Portfolio Guide will be hosting an informational webinar, discussing tips on how to develop and build your coaching portfolio.  The webinar will be hosted by myself and will take place on Tuesday February 4th, at 8pm EST.  This webinar is available only to members of The Coaching Portfolio website, and is limited to the first 200 members who register.  No special software is needed to view the webinar.  You will have the opportunity ask questions…

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Added by Bill Vasko on February 1, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Syracuse Backcourt

Wondering what you guys think of Syracuse backcourt. Do you think Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney have a chance to make the NBA? I think Tyler Ennis has potential to be a great point guard. I don't know how Cooney will be if he makes the NBA, mabe like a fredette? Let me know your thoughts. Their currently 19-0

Added by Coach Randall on January 29, 2014 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Vegas Fisherman XVII

A Different Kind of Tip  / Building on 100% with Little Bricks / Trading Westbrook

1. A Different Kind of Tip Tips After watching a smaller Fordham University Men's team collect their first A10 win of the season this week and the less well regarded Phoenix Suns handle the League Leading Pacers the same night, both teams utilize the tip…

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Added by GR Wilson on January 29, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

A Major in Sports

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News is pitching a pretty radical idea for dealing with the money issues that plague big time collegiate sports.  DeCourcy's answer is in his own words "simple" and "obvious". Create a Major in Sports.…

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Added by Hoop Coach on January 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

GROWING TEAM CHEMISTRY

As coaches, we understand that attributes such as coachability, effort, hustle, unselfishness, respect, being an encourager, leadership, etc. are all mental traits; and have NOTHING to do with the size, speed or talent of an athlete.  

Unfortunately, our players, especially at the…

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Added by Ty Farris on January 12, 2014 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

Kobe Bryant Work Ethic - First Hand Story

Kobe Bryant is renowned for his incredible work ethic and dedication to his craft.  There have been plenty of stories about the extreme measures he goes through to be at the top his game including these 17 examples in Business Insider. While those 17 examples are certainly amazing and at least partially explain his dominance, this first hand account from a trainer that helped…

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Added by Hoop Coach on December 17, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments

Jason Kidd vs Lawrence Frank - what is an assistant coach's role?

The whole Jason Kidd vs Lawrence Frank saga is fascinating to me.  Lawrence Frank was once Jason Kidd's boss, Frank gets canned, Jason Kidd hires his old boss as an assistant while taking his old boss's job.  It's like a movie.  Regardless, the details are starting to emerge in regard to the breakdown of their working relationship and I have to assume friendship.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports the problem…

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Added by Coach Drew on December 5, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

More Zone Defense in College Basketball

Likely due to the rules changes and excessive whistles in college basketball this season there is statistical data of college coaches embracing the once taboo zone defense.  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal there has already been a 6% increase in zone defense possessions this season in college basketball - up to 21.6% of possessions from 15.6% last season.  My…

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Added by Coach Drew on December 5, 2013 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Teaching effort?

Hi Coaches, I'm a 22 year old coach and I'm coaching my first team at the high school 9th grade level. How do I teach them effort and to not quit on themselves and their teammates?

Added by Devonte Brewer on December 4, 2013 at 2:34pm — 4 Comments

Ken Pom's report on the effect of the NCAA rules changes

Ken Pom did an analysis on his blog on the effect of the defensive rule changes in NCAA basketball and their effect on scoring.  He discovered that scoring is in deed up this season but that is not the full story. Most glaring was the fact that while scoring was up, there have been almost nine more free throw attempts per 40 minutes than at the same time last season.  Essentially, the refs blowing the whistle every time down the floor has…

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Added by Coach Drew on November 18, 2013 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

8 Man Passing

Passing drill that helps with conditioning as well. It starts with three players across the half court line and three across the baseline. There is one player on each sideline between half court and the baseline. The middle person at half court and the middle person on the baseline each pass a ball to…

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Added by Hoop Coach on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Crazy NAIA Crowds

Duke's Cameron Crazies and Michigan State's Izzone are well known across the college basketball landscape for their antics and defining home court advantage.  I would have to argue that they have earned their infamy. Here are couple of smaller NAIA schools that might not have the notoriety of the large school cheering sections…

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Added by Coach Drew on November 5, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Close Out Drill

Closing out is an important thing to work on to improve your teams defense, in particular the ability to contest shots. In this drill, on player starts out at each wing. There is a line of players on the baseline across from the players on the wing. The first player in a line passes the ball out to the player on the wing, then sprints to close…

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Added by Hoop Coach on November 4, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Circle Drill

This is a passing and layup drill that starts with a group of players at each wing, one at the top of the arc, and one on the baseline under the hoop. The ball starts with the group under the hoop. The first player passes the ball to one of the wings, and then the ball is swung to the top. The first player on the other wing cuts to the hoop to get a…

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Added by Hoop Coach on November 3, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Lobo Drill

Lobo is a useful drill for practicing long passes in transition. Three players start on the baseline: one under the hoop and one in each corner. The middle player starts with the ball and passes it to one side as the players sprint up the court. The ball goes back to the middle, and the player on the opposite side makes a long run to the basket. He catches…

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Added by Hoop Coach on November 2, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments

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