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March 30, 2021

Four-Minute Coaching Sessions

by Coach Dick Luther, assistant coach UW-Whitewater

As the season ends, coaches take stock and rebuild for what is next to come with the new season. This four-minute coaching gameplan and tips just might help players understand and grasp your program's concepts better. During practice or summer camps...

July 16, 2020

Adding Multiple Phases/Waves in your Offensive Attack

by John Kimble, contributing writer

A successful offensive scheme is a plan of action that never relinquishes its aggressive attack on the opposition’s defense. There is never a lull in the action from one phase to the next phase of attack; giving the opposition’s defense absolutel...

May 8, 2020

Integrating various types of stagger-screens into man offenses

by John Kimble, contributing writer

Off-the-ball stagger-screens are an invaluable tool for man-to-man offenses to integrate into their overall offensive package. They obviously can be used as an integral part of half-court plays/entries but also as part of the next phase of a team’s...

March 2, 2020

Dribbling, shooting drills for players of all skill sets

by Kevin Sutton, contributing writer

Too many times we're faced with running drills in practice that alienate some of our players. As coaches, we become so focused on the nuances of a drill that we don’t take into account the ability of all team members to run it properly. [caption ...

February 3, 2020

A plan to turn good shooters great

by Hal Wissel, contributing writer

Every player on your team wants to be a better shooter. But, becoming a better shooter takes dedication to the physical and mental side of the act of shooting. If players understand the proper mechanics and the proper thought process involved in shoo...

Shooting from the high post
January 28, 2020

Breakdown drills for feeding the high post against zones

by John Lacitignola, contributing writer

Young players who don’t have much experience playing against zone defenses often overlook the high post as a viable option. If you can get your players to flash to the middle as your team swings the ball, good things invariably happen — a drive, ...

post player shooting
January 22, 2020

Continuity offense creates post opportunities without a true post player

by Kevin Wolma, contributing writer

High school coaches don’t have the opportunity to scout and recruit players to fill roles on their teams. They must play the hand they're dealt. That means some years you have a big front line, while other years you have to play with four guards an...

player shooting
January 16, 2020

‘Jab’ series builds footwork for perimeter scoring opportunities

by Mike Hyman, contributing writer

Coaches constantly search for more scoring opportunities from their offense’s perimeter players. Most scoring comes from set offensive patterns involving screens, quick ball movement to free up perimeter scorers, or penetration with kick outs. Anot...

women basketball press breaker
January 8, 2020

‘Umbrella’ press breaker protects against defensive storm

by Julious Coleman, contributing writer

“Umbrella” is an effective press breaker that’s designed to get the ball into the hands of your best ball handlers. The offense is set up so that you have a player in the middle (a “safety” positioned behind the press), and a player positio...

Basketball team bench
January 1, 2020

Drills and plays to win in the game’s final seconds

by John Kimble

The final seconds of a tightly contested game show the character and preparedness of your team. Typically, chaos ensues and a player fires up a shot from a spot on the floor that has little chance at success. Many times, it almost seems like coaches ...