Becoming familiar with the many different basketball terms is one of the toughest challenges for all new coaches and players.There are a lot of them…From learning the many different offenses and defenses (examples: 5-out motion and 1-3-1 defense) to the many rule violations (examples: 5-second violation and cross-court violation), there is a lot of basketball […]Continue reading
Let’s start out with a bold (and true) statement…
“The pick and roll is the most effective action in basketball. This is true from youth basketball all the way up to the NBA level.”
But there’s one problem…
Many coaches are missing out important details when teaching their players how to execute the screen and roll.
These simple details can result in your team missing out on many points every game.Continue reading
Have you ever attempted to read a 196-page official basketball rules book?
I have (more than once) and it’s not something I recommend beginner coaches or players place high on their to-do list.
The official basketball rules books are filled with a ton of complicated words and scenarios. Many I had to re-read numerous time to understand.
This can be a problem.Continue reading
Whether all states in the United States of America should implement a high school shot clock has forever been a highly debated topic.
I was recently urged to write this blog post after seeing yet another important high school basketball game come down to stalling the basketball for several minutes before shooting on the buzzer (twice).
The game I’m talking about was a 4 overtime game in Iowa between Ames High School and Hoover High School.
Here’s a quick summary of the overtime periods (4 minutes each):Continue reading
I was once asked to fill in as the coach for a team competing in an U12’s grand final game because the normal coach of the team had fallen ill the night before.
I was happy to help out and said yes despite not having any idea what players were on the team.
When I arrived at the game the next day I was delighted to find out that we had a great team. I had previously coached most of the players and had watched the others play before.
But the player that immediately stood out to me was our team’s biggest player. Let’s call him Tom (not his real name).Continue reading
We have a terrible problem in youth basketball. And it’s getting worse.
Here are three examples of it… (see if you can guess what it is).
1. Coaches are always screaming at referees about calls they disagree with.
2. Spectators are coaching kids from the sideline.
3. Players are constantly arguing with the referees.
While this might seem like 3 different problems, it’s really not.
They all come down to this…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Have you ever wondered if there was a ‘correct’ spot on the rim that players should aim for when shooting a basketball?
I know I have… many times.
Admittedly, I’ve always been an “aim at whatever feels most comfortable for you” coach. But recently, I’ve been questioning whether that’s a good enough answer…
So I asked 18 experts and here’s what they told me…Continue reading