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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...

September 20, 2009

S.O.S. — Save our sportsmanship

The state of sportsmanship in today's athletic culture is at an all-time low. Headlines regarding embarrassing or unethical behavior and shameful violence have become commonplace. The National Alliance for Youth Sports estimates that 15 percent of pa...

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

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

Get on Target: A five-point plan to coaching happiness

Coaches need good health. Many coaches forget this fact in their quest to improve their teams' fundamentals, practice drills, efficiently prepare for game situations, and ultimately to become a top team. You need good health. It's simple to understa...