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March 18, 2019

Drills for teaching the hook shot

by Barry Hecker, contributing writer

Though I’ve coached basketball for more than 40 years at multiple levels, it still amazes me that players cannot execute the Mikan Drill or a hook shot. Growing up in the 1960's, watching the sport’s college and pro players, the hook shot was the...

January 7, 2019

Progressions to build your full-court man defense

by Ned Viands, contributing writer

The full-court, defensive slide zigzag drill is a program staple. It works on proper defensive ready positions, drop-step footwork, slides, and hand and body location. Here are some suggested progression to get even more out of the zigzag drill and ...

October 19, 2018

Nate McMillan’s ‘gimmick’ to stress rebounding in practice

The Indiana Pacers ranked 27th in team rebounding during the 2016-17 NBA season, a dismal showing that was second worst among teams that made the postseason. [caption id="attachment_11440" align="alignright" width="338"] Photo: Matt Velazquez, Flick...

September 28, 2018

Position shooting drills for youngsters

by Nick Cammarano, Frank Antonides School, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Here are four drills for young basketball players that can help work players in your middle school or feeder programs. Two are designed for forwards, and two are for guards. Follow the Leader DIAGRAMS 1-3: This is an excellent shooting drill to get ...

September 17, 2018

7 defensive drills that produce results

If your team wants to protect the basket this season, you'll need some effective, efficient defensive drills that produce in-game results. Here is a listing of our most popular drills that can easily be installed in your practices. 1. 'Guard the Yard...

May 3, 2018

Simplifying transition play for easy shots

by Brian McCormick, High-Five Hoop School, Sacramento, California

A coach once asked me how I run my fast break. “Quickly,” I replied. While I was somewhat joking, I do believe that the transition game is one of the most glaring examples of, as Bob Knight said, “basketball being over coached and under taugh...

April 5, 2018

Creating a summer open-gym regimen that gets results

by Chad Cluver, contributing writer

Offseason open-gym workouts — in which specific skill areas are focused on — have proven critical in preparing our teams for the following season. There was a time when we wanted to play as many summer-time games as possible. A couple of years a...

April 2, 2018

Strategies to improve your free-throw shooting

by Peter Piriano, contributing writer

Using a strategy that employs innovative free-throw shooting drills dramatically improved my team’s foul shooting over a number of seasons. After using these strategies, our team’s free-throw shooting percentage was 7 percent higher than in any o...

March 29, 2018

Six drills to improve offensive rebounding

by Don Kloth, contributing writer

Most of the teams that I’ve coached over the years have been outstanding at grabbing offensive rebounds. Second-shot opportunities mean extra points for your team and, potentially, extra fouls for your opponents. Good offensive rebounding teams re...

March 22, 2018

The 55-minute shooting workout

by Gary Barnes, contributing writer

Teaching the correct fundamentals of shooting can be frustrating at times, but it’s a must for every high school and middle school program. These days, it’s becoming commonplace to see players with a plethora of bad shooting habits. Many of these...