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Bill James's "safe lead" formula

Bill James’s “safe lead” formula

Recently, I discussed blowouts and how to handle them from your perspective. Roy Nickerson, a coach in Billerica Travel Basketball, Massachusetts, says he uses a statistical model by Bill James, who is more usually associated with baseball analytics. While Nickerson says the model was developed for college games, he says it can be used for lower levels. […]

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

From the Iona playbook Iona drove the ball deep into the right corner against Iowa State, only to reverse it the other way and hit a shooter flaring to the opposite corner for an open shot. Why use it Iona had all it could handle in the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament. The […]

How do you handle blowouts?

How do you handle blowouts?

It comes up every year – some team blows out another and it makes national news. So, I’m curious, how do you handle blowouts? I asked a few coaches this question a while back and three coaches agreed that once a game hits a 30-point difference, it’s time to take steps to keep things from […]

"Go Drill" works strength, ball protection

“Go Drill” works strength, ball protection

  From Jared Curtiss, West Linn High, Oregon Give your post players extra reps in establishing position, beating double teams, attacking the middle and scoring in the lane. Why use it To help forwards and centers build their post skills, this drill simulates the speed of how a defense double-teams and what is required to […]

Celtics' late-game 3-pointer

Celtics’ late-game 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens’ Boston Celtics’ playbook The Celtics used this play to create a late-game 3-pointer on a side out-of-bounds set by throwing over the top to draw attention, then toss back to the perimeter in second-level action. Why use it A low screen sent the center to the weak side for a long pass. […]

Enter to middle, dribble at cutter

Enter to middle, dribble at cutter

From Wes Kosel, assistant coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Create a lot of fake action on the left side as the center catches the ball in the high post and makes it seem as if a handoff is coming before the right wing cuts backdoor. Why use it A lot of […]

Attack baseline, cut to hoop

Attack baseline, cut to hoop

From the West Virginia playbook. The low defender simply cannot cover the entire baseline, so take advantage of this – shift the ball, get it to the short corner and send a cutter to the hoop Why use it Tied with Baylor at 15-15, West Virginia ran these movements to attack the bottom of the […]

2-player competitive drill

2-player competitive drill

From Taylor Jannsen, player development coach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Each player makes 75 shots total from 5 different spots in this drill – the competition portion comes down to who does it first! Why use it In the offseason, you want players taking a lot of game-like shots. This drill ensures each player makes 75 […]

Bert DeSalvo's halftime talk tips

Bert DeSalvo’s halftime talk tips

There are some teams that just struggle coming out of the locker room at halftime. It’s hard to pinpoint why but there are no minutes to be wasted in a game. So, if your team takes a while to get going after the break, consider some of these tips about what to say at the […]

‘America’s Play’

‘America’s Play’

The side ball screen, dive, reverse to the top and pass to the rolling screener is popular today – see it run from a side out-of-bounds situation. Why use it Teams are running this set because it offers multiple options to score, gets everyone moving and confounds defenses. Set up Have three players in a […]