Basketball coaching

Regroup After A Tough Loss

in Basketball coaching

The locker room is silent, heads are hung low and the players are waiting for you to address them — follow these 4 strategies Pre-game motivational speeches are legendary in our culture. Everyone remembers giving or hearing an epic pre-game speech, which helped fire up the team. These speeches, however, are far and few between... MORE

Now is the time for a nationwide shot clock

in Basketball coaching

You ask your players to bust their tails on defense. You talk incessantly about your defensive philosophy. You preach defense wins championships. But, if you are not in favor of a shot clock, then most of what you say is idle chatter. The great equalizer in basketball games where there is a significant talent gap,... MORE

Initial Movement Clears Space, Opens Middle

in In-Game Strategy

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... MORE

Start Shooter In Corner, Create Top 3-Pointer

in In-Game Strategy

The initial movement starts right then utilizes ball reversal and a well-timed down screen to free the shooter coming high at the top WHY USE IT Horns plays are great for any offense as they work well again man or zone defences, plus the player positions keep the defenders guessing. SET UP Start from a standard Horns set with a post... MORE

High Screen Frees 2 Players At Basket

in In-Game Strategy

Your best screener executes three screens during the course of the play creating multiple high-percentage scoring opportunities WHY USE IT When you are trailing and desperate for a basket, get players moving toward the rim for a better chance at scoring. SET UP Position your best screener near the right-side elbow. The other four players are spaced outside the 3-point line with two bunched... MORE

Post Feed Vs. Zone

in Basketball plays, In-Game Strategy

Wisconsin had a marked size advantage last season and used it to create easy scoring opportunities – just like this successful zone post feed vs. Baylor WHY USE IT Attack a perimeter-orientated zone by pounding the post. Keep the ball moving on the perimeter to shift the defense and create an in-close advantage prior to the post entry. SET UP Move action... MORE

High Double Screen Leads To 3-Pointer

in Defense drills, In-Game Strategy, Offense drills

UConn’s high double screen produces any number of options – check out this play setting up a strong outside-shooting forward with a 3-pointer WHY USE IT Bringing both post players high draws those defenders away from the hoop and forces the defense to guess which side the offense is going to attack. SET UP UConn ran the double-highscreen play time after time... MORE

Press, Steal & Score

in Defense drills, In-Game Strategy

Rick Pitino’s Louisville squad runs many varieties of the full-court press – try this one to force the offense into a turnover and an easy score for your team. WHY USE THIS DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL PLAY Add this to your defensive playbook to force the offense into poor decisions. Louisville used this press early in its... MORE


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