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May 30, 2017

Team captains must not be normal

We expect captains to hold teammates accountable and unite players at difficult junctures of the season, but that’s not what makes them remarkable leaders — that’s just doing their jobs. To be special, team captains must go above and beyond the...

March 27, 2014

Why Won’t College Basketball Coaches Stay off the Court

From The Wall Street Journal College basketball's rules are hard and fast: If a ballhandler goes out of bounds the play is dead. A three-pointer isn't a three-pointer if the shooter's foot is on the line. Yet one rule is so routinely ignored it has...

Spread Zone
June 5, 2013

10 ways to get the most from your spread zone offense

The spread zone offense picks apart zone defenses by using proper spacing, cuts and passing to maximize your team's potential, even when playing against a much larger opponent. Follow the 10 rules listed below to get the most from this offense. Maxim...

March 12, 2013

Do More To Ensure The Safety Of Referees

by Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

We're never going to agree with every call given by our sports referees. But schools and leagues still have a responsibility to ensure their safety and prevent unspeakable acts of violence that unfortunately are becoming more common. It's not the ...

January 16, 2013

Dropping The ‘Old School’ Mentality

Editor's Note: This column ran in the November/December 2012 issue of Winning Hoops. The demise of Billy Gillispie at Texas Tech University comes down to his own doing. The "old school" coach tried to intimidate, and in some alleged cases, verball...

December 18, 2012

There Is No Good In A 105-Point Victory

The Bloomington High School South (Ind.) girls basketball coaches can frame it any way they want, but what they did to Arlington Community High School last Tuesday night goes against the spirit and purpose of high school athletics. There is no way ...

November 6, 2012

Monty Williams’ Thoughts On Concussions & Being A Man Are Archaic

Maybe it's because I'm deep in research and interviews for an informative concussion update in the January issue of Coach And Athletic Director magazine, or maybe it's because I have two young daughters, but New Orleans Hornets' Monty Williams flip...

October 22, 2012

Coach Was Correct In Having Player Remove Pink Gear

The headline of "Player Punished For Wearing Pink Gloves" elicits the kind of response you'd expect—outrage, shock and anger. Some fans and parents were angry when Corbin High (Ky.) sophomore football player Austin O'Neill was disciplined and order...

October 10, 2012

Selling Your Athletes Short With Running As Punishment

What are two of the top complaints about teenagers today? Their command of the English language is suspect at best and they are becoming overweight and lazier by the day. So, why are teachers continuing to punish out-of-line students by forcing them ...

Michael Austin
September 11, 2012

Prevention Is The Best Policy To Police Storming Students

It's March 1995 in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. I'm a freshman at Marquette University, and a group of us head down to the MECCA Arena to watch our recently turned Warriors-to-Golden-Eagles play South Florida in an NIT game for the privilege of moving on...