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'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 […]

Tips from "The System"

Tips from “The System”

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 […]

'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 […]

'Viking' gets the post more involved

‘Viking’ gets the post more involved

From David Polett, Vistamar School in El Segundo, California Pull the big defender away from the hoop and take advantage of the mismatches this creates with pick-and-roll action after ball reversal. Why use it You’re still working with a lack of size, so this play works well to pull larger defenders away from the basket. […]

What do you do when players don't get along?

What do you do when players don’t get along?

When you jump back into basketball planning again, one of the first things to do this offseason is consider how to improve strained relationships for next season. You know when players don’t get along. You don’t need everyone to be best friends, but if you noticed a divisive atmosphere in your locker room, and you […]

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

From Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs playbook All indications are this play is moving to the left after a handoff, dribble penetration and perimeter shooters on that side…but it simply sets up the forgotten point guard on the right. Why use it The Spurs run this play quite a bit as it creates enough movement […]

Double down screen destroys defense

Double down screen destroys defense

From the Golden State Warriors playbook Once again it’s your initial ball handler who ends up taking a shot coming off a double screen – this time the shooter circles around the entire court. Why use it Golden State’s constant motion and screening doesn’t allow a defense to set. Just when the defense loses track […]

Create 3 or opt for handoff

Create 3 or opt for handoff

From Wes Kosel, assistant men’s coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs Your point guard starts the action to the left, heads low and comes off a double screen to emerge on the wing for a 3-pointer or the new ball handler uses the pinch on the right. Why use it Pinch plays are extremely […]

"Love" these 3 options off a line

“Love” these 3 options off a line

From Roger DeBoer, head coach at Lynden Christian High in Lynden, Washington When you have a big man with the ability to shoot from the perimeter, the floor stretches, your options increase and the chances the defense stops you decrease. Why use it When forming a line of players at the free-throw line, defenders are […]

"Close and Skip" teaches necessities

“Close and Skip” teaches necessities

From Chad Warner, head coach at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida Defensive players must learn how to close out on the ball, stop a cutter and race out to guard a new ball handler on a skip pass – require these skills for playing time. Why use it Your defensive players must do more than […]