Basketball coaching

How To Deliver The Perfect Team Talk

Say the wrong thing at the wrong time and your well-intentioned team talk could do more harm than good. Sports psychologist Bill Beswick reveals the secrets behind delivering the perfect team talk From February 3 until March 27, 2013, the NBA’s Miami Heat did not lose a game. The team’s 27-game winning streak is the second longest in league history. While […]

Plan A 30-minute Countdown To TipOff

When the team isn’t ready to play, physically or mentally, you’re on the back foot, so punctuality and preparation are key to starting a game on the right track Sometimes, due to poor directions, or traffic, or just plain bad timing, teams stagger onto the court just before the whistle blows. And boy does it […]

Run Your Team On The Right Fuel

Nutrition and diet are areas where coaches can have a positive influence on players to become healthier In simple terms, what we eat and drink provides the fuel for us to train, play and recover from training. What we need to know is what is the best fuel? Carbo education for the benefit of the […]

Make Every Second Count At Halftime

Strategy, tactics and organization have to be reinforced at halftime or in some cases changed in a short amount of time When it comes to halftime, you have three broad objectives: • To motivate your players. • To give them the best chance to absorb information. • To let them recover and get properly hydrated. […]

Make a Difference On Game Days

You CAN make a difference on game day. Sure, every coach has a different style, but they all share a common goal – to get the best out of their team when it really counts Follow these simple dos and don’ts, and you WILL make a difference on game day. DON’T micro-manage the game. It […]

Reward Your Players

Small rewards make an enormous amount of difference to players (of all ages). It doesn’t have to be the MVP trophy either, sometimes a candy bar is all they need The beauty of sweets is that a small bar of chocolate or candy can be used to encourage even the weakest player who perhaps has […]

Invest Time In All Your Players

A successful team is often a stable team. You may have a very clear idea of the basketball skills and qualities your players possess, but what do you know of them beyond that? By gaining a greater understanding of your players as individuals, you can help improve your ability to understand and motivate them. Try […]

Make Sure Your Players Are Listening

If your players aren’t listening, how will you get your important message across? Remember these six simple points to keep them concentrating when you are coaching Connecting and communicating with your players is not an easy thing. Have one player who is distracting the others or not paying attention, and your entire message is lost. In […]

Make Your Training Sessions Fun

Possibly the most important key to successful youth basketball coaching is making training sessions fun for everyone – including you. You can only do this with careful planning Your practice plan should take into account the ages and capabilities of your players, but generally your sessions should follow this pattern: • A warm-up to raise […]

Play 3-On-3 Rather Than Full-Court

When players are young, focus most of your drills and scrimmages on half-court skills by playing half-court 3-on-3 rather than 5-on-5 in the full-court setting Playing 3-on-3 allows players more opportunities to pass, dribble, shoot and move around the court. There is more space in the half-court area when just six players occupy it. This […]