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47 Basketball Defense Tips (Become a Great Defender)

How important is basketball defense to you?

If you go to the park or the gym, most of the time all you’ll see is players working on their offensive game. Rarely do you see players down in defensive stance entire possessions anticipating passes and offensive movement.

You see, basketball offense is fun. It’s ‘cool’.

It’s the crossovers and dunks that make spectators stand up from their seats and cheer and get players excited.

But it’s basketball defense that will have a bigger impact on the amount of success you have individually and as a team.

I challenge all coaches and players to place more importance on the defensive end of the floor in games and practices.

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Shot Clocks in High School Must be Mandatory

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):

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Man-to-Man Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

The traditional man-to-man defense is by far the most common defense in the game of basketball today.

This is especially true as players progress to a higher level of competition. In fact, due to the great outside shooting of professional players, every NBA team almost exclusively plays man-to-man defense.

The man-to-man defense involves all 5 defensive players on the court being allocated one opposition player who they’re accountable for defending whenever they’re on defense.

Of course, there will be times when players switch opponents or help each other on defense, but for the most part, each player is responsible for one player from the opposition.

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Basketball Gifts – 2017 Edition

I love Christmas and the holiday season.

There’s nothing better than seeing a person’s face light up delight after they receive a gift they’ve always wanted.

And for us around the game of basketball, there’s nothing better than giving basketball gifts during the Holiday season.

In this article, I’ve listed the top 14 basketball gifts I recommend for players or coaches.

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23 Qualities of a Great Teammate

Being a great teammate is far more important than being a great player.

Let’s face it…

Chances are that you will never coach a player who goes on to play professional basketball at a high level (the chances are slim).

And if you do, the number will pale in comparison to the number of players you coach who will never play any basketball professionally.

But every single one of the players you’re coaching are going to grow up, get a job, and will be expected to be a contributing member of their community.

So how can we best prepare our players for the rest of their lives?

By teaching them how to be great teammates.

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4 Out 1 In Motion Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

The 4-out 1-in motion offense (also known as ’41’) is one of the most popular and versatile basketball offenses in today’s game at all levels.

As the name suggests, this offense consists of 4 players spaced out behind the three-point line and 1 post player inside.

In this article I will mostly focus on breaking down the version of the zone that keeps the post player on and below the low post as this is the best version for youth basketball as it keeps the lane open for dribble penetration.

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5-Out Motion Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

The 5-out motion offense is a fantastic primary offense for basketball teams at any level, but especially youth basketball teams. It’s a positionless offense that relies on spacing the floor and a set of rules that assists players to determine their movements and actions. Due to players making decisions and reading the play of their […]

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The Best Defense For Youth Basketball

Let’s play a game.

We’re going to design the perfect defense for youth basketball…

Here are 3 important criteria I came up with off the top of my head that are imperative when designing a youth basketball defense:

1. The perfect youth basketball defense should prepare players for the next level.

2. The perfect youth basketball defense should allow players to experience all components of defense.

3. The perfect youth basketball defense should be easy to learn.

Are there any defenses you can think of that fit this criteria?

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How to Win Every Youth Basketball Game (8 Terrible Tactics)

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).

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