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December 22, 2009

Time-tested rules for defending screens

Most motion offenses today include a variety of picks (screens) to free the ball or players to the basket. These screens include on-the-ball screens, backscreens, cross-screens and downscreens. The following are effective rules that you can instruct...

December 8, 2009

Set plays, proven tips to keep defenses off balance

We've developed a system for naming our set plays against specific defenses and situational inbound plays — both side court, and under the basket — after the team nickname of the opponent we're facing. For example, if we're playing a team with t...

November 10, 2009

Running the 1-2-1-1 zone press

It's very important for coaches to allow their players the opportunity to have fun while trying to accomplish team objectives. I've never met a player who didn't want to play a fast-paced, full-court game, whether it be the fast break or full-court p...

October 28, 2009

Reggie Miller’s ‘Shooting-Off-The-Dribble’ workout

Each player starts with a spin out and catch on the perimeter anywhere from 15 feet to 3 or 4 feet outside the arc using the whole court. The players should use a variety of set ups — catch and rip, jab, catch and lift, shot fake. The player needs...

September 30, 2009

Unique Features Make The 1-2-2 Zone Adaptable To Any Opponent

Our girls' varsity coaching staff worked hard on developing a unique series based on the 1-2-2 defense. The result of our efforts is what we call the 50 Lion defense.We execute our 1-2-2 defense in several ways. First we play a regular 1-2-2 set.Seco...

September 20, 2009

Coaching-Development Roundtable Highlights Critical Skill-Sets For Success

WINNING HOOPS RECENTLY held a roundtable panel discussion with some of the brightest college coaching minds in the game at a Spring 2005 Nike Championship Basketball Clinic. This exclusive coaching roundtable offers up some thought-provoking insight ...

September 20, 2009

Bombs Away Game Winner!

In the course of a season every team finds itself in last-minute situations when a 3-pointer is needed. In considering what plays to design for these situations a coach should ask what he or she would be telling their own team if it was ahead at that...

September 20, 2009

Smothering 1-2-2 Half-Court Zone Traps Low Corners Rattles Ball Handlers

OUR TEAM HAS developed a tough 1-2-2 half-court zone trap that can give even good zone offensive teams a hard time. Dubbed the "32" trap this 1-2-2 zone defense takes advantage of virtually any offense as long as your team matches up with an opponent...

September 20, 2009

Don’t let zone defenses get you down — beat them

Coaches typically go to a zone defense for one of three reasons: The opponent doesn't have good outside shooters. The opponent's man offense could not be stopped. They live and die by the zone and play it quite well. Many coaches are satisfie...

September 20, 2009

Try These 3 Inbounds Plays To Score In Any Situation

Keeping a defense on its heels is one of the keys to having a potent offense. There are a variety of ways to be aggressive with a defense and one that we have found to be effective is to look to score on our in-bound plays. Some coaches simply want ...