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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on November 4, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on November 3, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on November 2, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments
Here is a competitive rebounding/conditioning drill to help players close out and box out the shooter. There are two lines facing the hoop, one starting at each elbow. The first player in one line takes a shot, and the first player in the other line has to come across and box him out. If the shooter gets the rebound, the guy boxing him…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on November 1, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
It is important for guards to be able to make quick passes off the dribble, move quickly off the ball preparing to get a return pass, and then take a quick, open shot. In this drill, the players will line up around half court, each of them with a ball. The first person in the line dribbles to the top of the arc, and makes a…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 31, 2013 at 4:01pm — No Comments
Full court team passing drill.
Have a line under one basket, and four players staggered up the court. The first person in the line passes the ball to the first player farther up the court. The ball should continue, and the fourth player will cut to the hoop and get a pass for a layup. Players should practice moving away from…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Setup with four lines of players like in the image to the left - one in each corner and one at each wing. The first player in a corner line cuts to the middle and gets a pass from the player at the opposite wing. The passer cuts to the hoop, gets the ball back, and makes a layup. Then the two players rotate to different lines, and the drill…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 29, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
This drill starts with a line of players at half court on one sideline. One player starts across from the line on the opposite sideline, another starts under the hoop, and another starts in the corner opposite the line. The player under the hoop cuts to the free throw line, and gets a pass from the first player in the…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
A few ideas for the beginner youth sports coach..
Added by Tony Miller on October 27, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments
This is a fun competitive drill for players to work on fighting for a rebound. A player at the free throw line takes a shot, and the first players in each line compete for the rebound. The person who gets the rebound passes to the next person in their line, who in turn passes back to the shooter. Then the…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 26, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments
Hot Spot is a quick passing drill that your team can use as a warm up and/or to improve passing accuracy. Players are in groups of four and form a diamond. Each group has two balls and pass them around the diamond as shown in the animation.…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Good fast-paced drill to work on long passes for transition layups.
1. Your players should make two lines: one on each baseline on opposite sides of the hoops.
2. The first player in each line takes the ball and goes all the way down the court to make a layup.
3. After making the layup, the player will get the ball and throw a long pass to the next player in line, who should be running down the court.
4. This player will catch the long pass, make the layup, and…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 22, 2013 at 10:16am — No Comments
Join Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman and Assistant Coach Christie Sides at the inaugural Chicago Sky Coaches Clinic
on Sunday, November 3, at Loyola University’s Gentile Arena. The clinic will focus on all aspects of the game, including…
Added by Coach Drew on October 22, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Here is an article I wrote several years ago on Selecting a High School Sports Team Captain. I have received a lot of positive feedback and decided to share it with others.
Added by Tony Miller on October 8, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments