Hey Coaches, This is just a quick post to let you all know that the Shooting Superstars Program is now live! The Shooting Superstars program contains everything you need (seriously everything) to develop a team of knock-down shooters. I want to say a massive thank you to all the coaches that have been eagerly anticipating […]
The four corners offense was invented by John McClendon in the mid-1950’s but was made popular to the masses by Dean Smith during his long tenure at North Carolina.
The four corners offense was most commonly used as a delay offense before a 45-second shot clock was introduced in the 1985/1986 season. In fact, offenses like this one are the main reason that the shot clock was introduced to the game of basketball.
The offense involves four players standing on all the four corners of the half-court and one player with the basketball in the middle.
My first year coaching youth basketball I had the privilege of coaching an under 12 boys basketball team that was made up of nine wonderful kids between the ages of 9 and 10.
Being my first time, I grew tremendously as a coach throughout the season. I was constantly being put into new, challenging situations that allowed me to gain more life and basketball coaching experience.
But, as much as I enjoyed it, the season definitely wasn’t the perfect start to my coaching career that I had initially hoped for…
Sharks and Minnows is one of my favorite drills for youth basketball.
The aim of the game is for the minnows (dribblers) to dribble from baseline to baseline without getting tagged by the sharks (taggers).
A coach sent me an email last week that said this (summarized): “Hi. This week we’re playing against a team that runs a tight 2-3 zone all game. They have much taller players than we do and they barely ever leave the key on defense. What should we do?” Do you want to know what […]
Do you ever come up against teams with a single dominant player? One player that scores a majority of their team’s points every game?
When you do come up against a team like that, it’s the perfect opportunity to implement the box and 1 defense.
The box and 1 defense is a junk defense commonly used against teams with one great offensive player surrounded by players of less offensive talent.
The 1-2-2 zone defense is a variation of the more commonly used 2-3 zone.
The main difference is that the 1-2-2 zone defense is a great defense against teams that score a majority of their points from the perimeter, whereas the 2-3 zone provides more inside presence.
This is because, in the 1-2-2- zone, all 5 defenders have a responsibility to guard an area on the perimeter.
This allows quick closeouts and the ability to contest every shot taken from the three-point line.
Therefore, the 1-2-2 zone is often used against teams that have strong guards and three-point shooters but aren’t strong on the inside.
I want to preface this article with this statement: The 2-3 zone defense should not be allowed in youth basketball.
Instead of listing the reasons why in this article, I encourage you to check out Tyler Coston’s article on the subject which has most of them covered in my opinion.
The 2-3 zone is the most common zone used in the half-court. For better or worse, it’s used by teams of all ages at all levels. So it’s imperative that all coaches are prepared for when their team will face it.
Are you looking for basketball drills and games for kids? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
I frequently receive emails from coaches seeking drills because they either don’t know what to use or their kids are tired of running the same drills over and over again at practice.
It’s important for all coaches to use proven drills that will improve their players.
I’m an avid reader. I love it.
This year I’ve been on the road a lot, which has given me plenty of time to devour many good (and some bad) books.
One of my favorite things about the basketball coaching community we have is that there is a clear desire to improve that every coach I have the opportunity to talk to seems to possess.
We are all life-long learners. Not just for improving our basketball knowledge, but for improving other areas of our lives too.