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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...

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...

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June 15, 2019

Preparation strategies for the game’s final minutes

by Kevin Weigand, contributing writer

As a young coach, I had the pleasure of hearing Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown speak at a clinic. During his talk, he stressed the importance of the game’s closing minutes, identifying your closer, and recognizing the closer from the opposing team....

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March 26, 2019

Charting summer progress builds better players

by Steve Lansing, head boys coach, Faribault High School, Minnesota

To get your players primed for next season, you’ve got to make sure that they’re working hard in both the offseason and summer. During that time, they must know exactly what’s expected of them to improve as players. The following charts and off...

January 2, 2019

Motivating Moments: Ray Allen’s top-level preparation

by Winning Hoops

Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." You can bet that was never an issue with NBA Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen. Allen made his mark by being one of the game's all-time best 3-point shooters. But he didn't get t...

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October 26, 2018

Strong feeder systems bring long-term success

by Rick Elia, contributing writer

The job of a varsity high school basketball coach can best be compared to an iceberg. The most visible part of a coach’s job is leading the team during games. Much like an iceberg sticking above water, that’s what everyone sees. It’s the subje...

October 23, 2018

Planning for late-game situations

by John Kimble, contributing writer

Factors like timeouts, defensive matchups and personnel must be considered How many basketball games have you watched or been involved in where the outcome of a close game is determined by just a couple of plays? Both teams may be equal in talent ...

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October 16, 2018

Teaching proper shooting fundamentals

by Marty Gaughan, contributing writer

Footwork, finishing develop a player’s scoring abilities  In order to teach young players the proper fundamentals of shooting the basketball, we must create a foundation that we can build upon. It will be on this foundation that we begin to creat...

October 4, 2018

Developing a winning practice strategy

by Aaron Blatch, contributing writer

Practice is the setting in which coaches have the most control over the success of their teams. While the public may notice a game-winning inbound play or a switch to a zone defense, the true value of a coach lies in their ability to develop fundamen...

October 1, 2018

Keeping locker rooms free of diseases, infections

The majority of coaches and athletes understand why they need to be cautious about locker room diseases and infections, but not all schools have policies to help keep them safe. MRSA and other diseases can derail a team’s season, forcing several...