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September 20, 2009

Properly developing player leadership

Vince Lombardi once said, "Leaders are made, not born." In our program, we believe this statement and work hard to put it into action. The most important part of a basketball program is the kids. Peer pressure, whether positive or negative, is a gre...

September 20, 2009

Promoting your girls basketball program

Getting fans in the stands can be difficult for any basketball program. But getting fans in the stands for your girls basketball program may present even more of a challenge. Patrick E. Auerbach, director of operations of women's basketball at the U...

September 20, 2009

Preparing to coach an inexperienced, bad team

If you're coaching for very long, at some point you'll probably coach an inexperienced, bad team. One of your greatest challenges as a coach is to turn a losing season into a fun and enjoyable experience for all involved. I faced this situation as a...

September 20, 2009

More Ways Plus/Minus Ratings Can Help You Evaluate Players Lineups

EDITOR's NOTE: The following article is a continuation of an article that ran in the January 2002 issue of Winning Hoops. For a detailed overview of how to calculate plus/minus ratings check out the January 2002 issue - available now!PLUS/MINUS RATIN...

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 ...

September 20, 2009

Ready for anything: A full-court play with 1 second on the clock

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

September 18, 2009

Stressing post fundamentals in your program

So many factors are critical in having a team that's competitive, game-in and game-out. But perhaps none are more important than being fundamentally strong in the post. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to have the biggest players in the wo...