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June 29, 2020

5 Basketball Drills For Youth Players

As sports, and basketball, prepare to resume athletic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, players have taken their team workouts and altered them to be done individually in a park or driveway. As restrictions begin to soften as it pertains to spo...

June 17, 2020

4 Tips for Balancing Basketball with Life & Studies

It can be stressful for student-athletes balancing success on the hardwood with success in the classrooms and everyday life. But the importance of being well-rounded cannot be denied — it's great preparation for whatever their future holds. And wh...

scottsdale sirens
June 11, 2020

WABA’s Scottsdale Sirens Set Tryout Dates

The Scottsdale Sirens will be hosting pre-season tryouts for its newly founded professional women's basketball team. The organization is scouting women basketball players ages 18 and up. The team is the latest addition to the Women’s American Bask...

June 3, 2020

At-Home Basketball Drills for Young Players

The beauty of basketball is the simplicity of the game itself. All it takes to play is a person, a hoop, and a ball. That's it. So while many Americans are continuing to follow stay-at-home recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn't ...

the last dance
May 21, 2020

Lessons learned from the MJ doc, ‘The Last Dance’

by Kevin Weigand, contributing writer

The spring of 2020 was a challenging one for basketball fans, players, and coaches. Both the men and women's NCAA tournaments were canceled. The NBA season was halted and it is unclear whether it will resume. The WNBA draft was held virtually, but th...

May 7, 2020

Using statistics in planning ahead

by Kevin Weigand, contributing writer

At the end of each season, coaches find themselves in a reflective mode. They look back at the season and can recall various events. While they have these memories fresh in their minds and videotape to refer to, statistics can be valuable as an asses...

youth sports
May 6, 2020

Transformational over transactional coaching

by Kevin Weigand, contributing writer

Recently I heard the phrase “be a transformational coach” as opposed to being a “transactional coach.” What is the difference between the two? Transformational coaches try to impact the lives of the individual student-athlete in all areas...

Baylor basketball coach teaching
February 25, 2020

9 effective teaching methods for coaches

by Chris Wellman, contributing writer

Productive coaches spend 75% of their time teaching the sport to their players and the other 25% of the time coaching. With younger athletes, this gap increases with teaching becoming more important. [caption id="attachment_12463" align="alignright...

February 17, 2020

8 winning concepts programs must adopt

by Michael Murphy, contributing writer

Field goal percentage, rebound margin, points off turnovers — these are all critical areas basketball teams must address to improve their chances of winning. Media outlets are notorious for sensationalizing game-winning shots, but I want to shed so...

basketball court
November 18, 2019

Better blueprints for running a successful basketball program

by Les Cano, contributing writer

One facet of coaching that must be addressed more often is the process of establishing a successful program. The product of all your hard work, of course, is the team and how it performs in any given season. The process of coaching encompasses more ...