Basketball coaching

Sharpen These Five Coaching Skills

in Basketball coaching, Coaching Philosophy

None of these skills have to do with Xs and Os but all of them can lead to more victories By Sue Phillips, head coach, Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose, Calif.) girls team. 2018 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year Lost in the search for the best quick hitter or... MORE

Get Organised This Season

Get Organised This Season

in Practice Planning

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... MORE

Get the community involved in your team with your...

in Basketball coaching

Bill Liley, who now coaches at Newton High in Iowa, explained to an audience at a Seattle clinic a few years back (Liley is a Seattle native) that when at Eastside Catholic, he hosted an annual Orange & Blue Night in the school’s gymnasium. While his event typically took place during the holiday break, it... MORE

Shot clock

A Nationwide Shot Clock?

in Basketball coaching

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... MORE

Basketball Trophy

The Great Trophy Debate

in Coaching Philosophy

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... MORE

3 V's of communication as a leader

Dave Thorson’s 3 Vs

in Coaching Philosophy

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... MORE

Touch the Lines

Touch the Lines

in Practice Planning

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... MORE

Tips from "The System"

Tips from “The System”

in Practice Planning

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... MORE


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