Basketball coaching

Shot clock

A Nationwide Shot Clock?

Today I want to talk about a hot topic right now – a nationwide shot clock. I recently learned that states using a shot clock are actually out of compliance with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), meaning they technically can’t vote on potential other rule changes in that sport. Every survey […]

Basketball Trophy

The Great Trophy Debate

My 7-year-old daughter’s basketball season wrapped up a few weeks ago and we didn’t hand out trophies (we went to a local place for milkshakes – that was their “reward” for putting in the time and effort during the season). The year prior, we did. At this age, I don’t mind either way and see […]

3 V's of communication as a leader

Dave Thorson’s 3 Vs

Dave Thorson recently led his De La Salle program (Minneapolis) to its sixth straight 3A state title in Minnesota. When he discusses buy-in from players, coaches should listen. Thorson spoke at a clinic I attended a while back, and shared his thoughts on the “3 V’s of Communication as a Leader” to the crowd on […]

Touch the Lines

Touch the Lines

I was attending a basketball clinic a couple years ago and heard something that was new to me – the presenting, very successful coach, Clif Wegner (Clackamas Community College in Oregon) said his mantra was “We Touch The Lines.” It seems simple enough but I think there’s something really key in this. “We have a […]

Tips from "The System"

Tips from “The System”

A couple years ago I read “The System” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, and while it was a deep dive into the world of college football, we know there is a lot to learn from coaches in other sports. One area that grabbed my interest was a short section about Mike Leach (former Texas […]

What do you do when players don't get along?

What do you do when players don’t get along?

When you jump back into basketball planning again, one of the first things to do this offseason is consider how to improve strained relationships for next season. You know when players don’t get along. You don’t need everyone to be best friends, but if you noticed a divisive atmosphere in your locker room, and you […]

Brian Baxter's tips for the mental game

Brian Baxter’s tips for the mental game

Brian Baxter is the director of Sports Psychology Institute Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and says: “Take time to reflect on the team’s mission statement, goals and performance, and to update the goals for the postseason. Make sure to celebrate improvements and successes together, but refocus attention and energy in the new goals. Clarify players’ roles […]

Do you script your plays?

Should you script your plays?

I’d always heard of football coaches scripting out their first 5 or 10 plays of a game, but it’s not something I’d heard of basketball coaches doing. However, when I met up with frequent Basketball Coach Weekly contributor Justin Duke (author of 46 Winning Warm-Ups), who says he sometimes scripts his first few plays to help build confidence. […]

Pat Coons coaching philosophy

Pat Coons coaching philosophy

Our game continues to evolve outward. Three-pointers have taken over and, not surprisingly, Cleveland and the Houston Rockets led last NBA season in 3-pointers made. Your players see this, want to mimic it and spend their gym hours hoisting shots behind the line, how should this impact on your coaching philosophy. A while back I […]