In-Game Strategy

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Lots of movement sets up backdoor

A lot of screening and motion goes into this set in which the opposite post comes high, sets a ball screen, rolls and eventually gets a pass from a dribbling wing. Why use this play Arizona’s offense has five players constantly moving, which keeps the defense on its heels and creates open passing lanes. Set […]

Disguise The Typical Clear-Out Set

Central Florida wanted the ball in its ball handler’s hands going to the rim but utilized other action to add in an element of surprise. WHY USE IT So many teams go to a predictable clear-out play for the best ball handler/ scorer when desperately needing a bucket near the end of the game. This […]

Initial Movement Clears Space, Opens Middle

Use a downscreen then a low screen to create space for a talented ball handler to secure a pass, use a pick and score at the basket WHY USE IT The screening and ball movement action is a lot for defenders to follow – watch the middle open up during these actions. SET UP Start from a standard Horns set with […]