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Sharpen These Five Coaching Skills

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

Carve The Defense With ‘Slice’

This popular play requires several movements, screens, handoffs and passes to set up a passer outside the arc throwing a leading pass to a player cutting to the hoop. Why use it The constant movement in this play forces the defense to cover a lot of areas and eventually breaks down after multiple screens and... MORE

5-Ball Shooting’ Is Controlled Chaos

Your players are forced to communicate, hustle, shoot and score all while multiple basketballs are flying around the court and multiple players are participating. Why use it This drill combines outlet passing, sprinting the length of the floor, scoring on the move, following your own shot and keeping the pace moving. What’s also great about... MORE

Change Options When Entering To 1-4 High Leads To Backdoor Lob

Change Options When Entering To 1-4 High Leads To...

A guard runs off a pair of inside screens by the forwards at the elbows to come free on the backside for a lob pass at the hoop for a high-percentage shot. Why use it 1-4 High set plays clear space near the hoop. By creating movements on the perimeter, it keeps defensive focus away... MORE

Side-Stack, Cross-Court Jumper

Side-Stack, Cross-Court Jumper

An off-the-ball double screen stymies the defenders who can’t recover in time to challenge the open mid-range jumper. Why use is Move the inbounder to the opposite corner and shift the defense. A right-side double screen frees your shooter. Set up Stack three players on the lane line closest to sideline where the ball is... MORE

Create 4 options from 1 play

Create 4 options from 1 play

Keep your players screening and moving so the defense simply can’t take away one scoring opportunity — and if one fails, teach your players patience as another chance emerges.   Why use it   Horns plays are fantastic for creating multiple options. This one keeps the ball moving around the elbows while screening away and... MORE

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'2-line closeouts' stress help

‘2-line closeouts’ stress help

From Chad Warner, the head men’s coach at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Help defense is the cornerstone of all great defensive teams so teach players the proper way to help and the energy needed to play defense properly. Why use it If your help defense is a step slow, then your entire defensive... MORE

'Double-double' damages defenses

‘Double-double’ damages defenses

From Basketball Coach Weekly Start with a pair of low screens as players cross, then a pair of screens to bring players from the weak side to the ball side, which sets up reversal and an eventual drive to the hoop. Why use it With so many screens in this one set, man defenses are bound... MORE

'Voodoo' Conjures Up 3 Options

‘Voodoo’ Conjures Up 3 Options

The actions aren’t that complicated but produce 3 legitimate scoring options — one of which is a corner 3-pointer while the other two are high-percentage shots near the rim. Why use it This essentially is a two-man play as 3 and 5 hang near the perimeter to pull their defenders away from the action. This... MORE

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