Author Archive | Michael Austin

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

Cover The Court With ‘40 In 3 Drill’

Knock down shots from all over the floor in this competitive drill pitting paired players against each other to make 40 specified shots in 3 minutes … or advance as far as possible.   Why use it   Adding a competitive element to any shooting drill makes it more effective for your players. Plus, as […]

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

‘Last Man Standing’ Tests Toughness

3 players enter, only 1 leaves the winner … and that player must battle to secure rebounds, score while being contested and shake off hard fouls to maintain concentration.   Why use it   This drill is all about toughness. It is pure mental and physical toughness. Often times a referee does not see a […]

How do you handle goal setting? Hi {sForename}, Happy Halloween! Be sure your players are safe and encourage them to make smart choices this evening … you don’t want your season and possibly your players’ futures derailed by doing something stupid tonight. This week I’m interested in your goal setting for the season. Some coaches swear by getting season-long, team and individual goals down in writing, then revisiting them throughout the season. Other coaches only want the team to get together and set goals as one unit. So I ask you…how do you handle goal setting? Are you having players do it now? Did they already do it during the summer? And, are you asking players to put together their individual and team goals? Do you focus on one or the other? How often do you look at these goals? If a player is struggling to make a goal, do you readjust or reset some of them to make them more realistic? Or, is it a life lesson to not make a goal? I’d love to get your ideas on this timely topic. Shoot me an email at michael.austin@basketballcoachweekly.com with your thoughts. The last two questions revolving around Louisville and the FBI, and on the topic of captains, drew some fantastic feedback. Let’s keep it going! Today, I have a drill for you to teach more aggressiveness in your post players. It’s called ‘Take It’ and works on having your posts snatch the ball away from an opponent and try to score against contact. And in today's fitness section learn how to boost strength and power. Yours in basketball, Mike's Signature Michael Austin, Head Coach, Basketball Coach Weekly Last Chance: FREE Transition Drills Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly before midnight tonight and let qualified hoops coaches from around the country share their experience with you. Increase your confidence and help your team perform better on the floor. And, in September you'll also get a free copy of my Transition Drills report PLUS up to 2 additional basketball coaching manuals when you subscribe. Subscribe to Basketball Coach Weekly and get: Transition Drills Free in October with Basketball Coach Weekly • Proven basketball drills, plays and advice direct to your inbox - you'll never have to search for help again • Printer-friendly pages so you can take drills straight to the court • Ideas from clinics around the country that you can use with your team • Easy to use drills and fun activities to keep your players motivated, engaged and work on their conditioning • Tried and tested plays - from some of the best coaches in the game • Your free copy of Transition Drills, but only until midnight tonight. Subscribe now ‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

‘Take It’ Teaches Toughness

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Post players get used to aggressively taking the ball away from an opponent, getting in proper position and scoring against contact in this competitive drill.   Why use it   Post players always aren’t going to receive a perfect entry pass on the block. The game requires them to track […]

Use Your Smart Center

Use Your Smart Center

From Basketball Coach Weekly   When you have a center with above-average court awareness, use this to your advantage to exploit several potential scoring options out of a 1-4 High look   Why use it   Centers aren’t usually handed complete decision-making within a set play. But, when your tallest player also is one of […]

‘Wildcat Horns’ Scores Top 3

‘Wildcat Horns’ Scores Top 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly   The point guard starts the action with an elbow-entry pass, disappears low, then comes high off a down screen to catch a pass and shoot a top-of-key 3-pointer.   Why use it   There are so many options from a Horns set and this one creates a top-of-key 3-pointer as […]

Keeping It 100

Keeping It 100

From Basketball Coach Weekly   The goal is to score 100 points between the two players in 6 minutes with shooting from the free-throw line, as well as the wing and baseline on both sides of the floor.   Why use it   The best shooting drills get a lot of game-like shots at the […]

Create A Last-Second Layup

Create A Last-Second Layup

From Basketball Coach Weekly   When you just need 2 points in the closing seconds to tie the game, you want actions to get the highest-percentage shot at the hoop when inbounding from the baseline.   Why use it   Now trailing Croatia by two with 1.8 seconds remaining, Spain ran the following actions for […]

Get Organised This Season

Get Organised This Season

One area of basketball coaching I’ve noticed a big improvement from coaches on in recent years is in daily organization. Whenever I want to attend a local practice and reach out to a coach, more times than not I receive that coach’s entire season schedule broken down by day. There are practice or game times […]

‘Skip Pass Zone’ Moves Ball To Corner

‘Skip Pass Zone’ Moves Ball To Corner

From Rory Hamilton, head girls coach at Norman North High in Oklahoma   This drill works on skip passes, dribble penetration, kick-out passes, drawing defenders as you attack and culminating in an open corner 3-pointer when all defenders are occupied.   Why use it   Players must get used to moving the ball via the […]

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

From University of Miami   After receiving the initial pass, the shooter relocates to the opposite block, only to come to the perimeter off a pair of screens for an open 3-point shot.   Why use it   Starting with five players above the free-throw line leaves a lot of room to operate closer to […]