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February 18, 2011

Basketball: Two plays to create mismatches

'Toronto' DIAGRAM 1: 'Toronto' (A). 1 dribbles into the set and receives a screen from 4. 5 pops out. 1 passes to 5. 1 moves to the opposite wing. 2 and 3 pop to the corners.       DIAGRAM 2: 'Toronto' (B). 4 sets a ba...

January 27, 2011

Basketball: Tom Crean’s full-court play

Coaches, especially young ones, often don’t spend enough time game planning for specific situations. You need to be ready for anything when you are on the basketball court, which is an important lesson I learned from studying the likes of Morgan Wo...

December 16, 2010

Basketball: Get running off opponent’s missed free throws

In keeping with my coaching theory for controlling tempo and placing constant pressure on opposing defense's, I devised a defensive free-throw alignment that would accomplish this. Our teams have had a lot of success with this foul-line formation ove...

November 4, 2010

Basketball: The 1-2-2 zone defense

Changing your defenses during the course of a game can be very effective. I have found a 1-2-2 zone can be modified on the fly by making calls from the bench. It also can be adjusted to fit your personnel. The first step is to learn the basic rule...

August 23, 2010

Drills for inbounding the basketball

Probably the most rewarding part of coaching basketball is breaking down the game to eliminate mistakes. The most successful coaches have the ability to see the little things that win or lose games. One of those simple "little things" has to be th...

April 23, 2010

Try this aggressive half-court defense

There aren’t a lot of secrets in basketball anymore. There’s too much exposure. The key is how hard are you willing to work to get your players to implement your game plan day-in and day-out in both practice and in games. If you have a team...

April 22, 2010

Basketball: Kevin Sutton’s favorite set plays vs. zone defense

Running set plays against zone defenses gives your offense an advantage in a few ways: The coach and the players know who is going to shoot. The coach and the players know where the shot is going to be taken, giving your team a better opportu...

April 20, 2010

Starting A Program From Scratch

As a team-building exercise, many coaches across sports today have their players get together, watch a movie, then discuss it afterward. Players tend to focus on how the characters struggled, survived, worked together and thrived. Typically, the movi...

February 24, 2010

Don Meyer’s Mission

Early in Don Meyer’s 37-year coaching career, he attended Bobby Knight’s Coaching Academy…and came home with 145 pages of notes. There are a lot of words to describe Meyer, college basketball’s all-time leader in victories, and current head m...

February 23, 2010

Basketball: Making the 3-pointer a priority in your offense

Revered basketball coach Don Meyer coached squads that led the country in scoring average on five separate occasions. His teams typically featured a balance of low-post players who score close to the hoop, and outside sharp-shooters who pick up extra...