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Circle the perimeter, score at the rim

Circle the perimeter, score at the rim

From Dave Rose, BYU Cougers head coach This play has a little bit of everything – baseline cut, handoff, dribble attack, backscreen and a lob at the rim creating a high-percentage scoring opportunity the defense can’t stop. Why use it Horns sets are perfect for backdoor plays as the wings are spaced to the sidelines […]

Horns play: Use curl as decoy to set up screen

Horns play: Use curl as decoy to set up screen

From Dave Rose, BYU Cougers head coach A guard in the corner comes off a double screen from both posts and the defense is convinced it’s a curl – fool them by having the curler set a backscreen for one of the post Why use it BYU’s Dave Rose has the Cougars scoring a lot […]

Parker Post-Up

Parker Post-Up

When your best player is a forward, look to pound the post, especially on an inbound play where the big man starts at the top of the key. The Situation Duke just had tipped off at home against Vermont. After being awarded the ball under the basket, the Blue Devils looked to their top player, […]

Play Maryland's simple handoff and tossback for 3

Play Maryland’s simple handoff and tossback for 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly The initial action has the point guard entering the ball and running off the pass as the backside movements demand attention… all while the play is a simple handoff and tossback for a 3. Why use it Maryland entered an important Big Ten matchup against Purdue as the No. 4 team […]

Flash, catch, seal & score

Flash, catch, seal & score

From Jared Curtiss, head girls coach at West Linn High Oregon Once again a post flashes middle but this time the pass goes over the top to a teammate sealing the defender on the opposite post for an easy scoring opportunity. Why use it When a post flashes to the middle and receives the ball, […]

Larry Doty's Communication Philosophy

Larry Doty’s Communication Philosophy

I saw Larry Doty, the now-retired coach of the Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon) men’s team speak about his NITE philosophy on better communication at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. I think he has some great points which I want to share with you. N – Names. Don’t just yell “Rebound!” – add in the player’s […]

2 Screens, 2 Options To Score

2 screens, 2 options to score

From Gregg Popovich In this play a low screen and curl to the perimeter from the corner works so well, you should try it twice to keep the defense guessing and set up a 3-pointer or the screener rolling to the hoop. Defenses aren’t expecting to see the same two players execute the actions back-to-back. […]

Beat a 1-2-2 zone

Beat a 1-2-2 zone

From Willie Graham, head boys coach at McMinnville High Oregon Working best against a 1-2-2 zone, this play uses ball reversal and a well-timed inside screen to allow the point guard to sneak behind the bottom defenders for an easy layup. Why use it A 1-2-2 zone is vulnerable at its lowest points. The hard […]

Break stack for lob at the rim

Break stack for lob at the rim

From the playbook of Jay Wright, Villanova University head coach A free-throw-line stack is the perfect call against young or inexperienced players who tend to lose focus during out-of-bounds plays as all you need is a split-second to score. Why use it Surprisingly trailing unranked Marquette at home last month, Villanova’s Jay Wright made a […]

Mental Toughness for coaches in running your program

Mental Toughness for coaches in running your program

In addition to being able to bring out and focus the direction and efforts of the mental toughness of your players, a coach must also have the mental toughness not only to make the right strategic decisions at the right time during a pressure filled game, but also to endure the daily pressures of coaching. Mental toughness for […]