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September 21, 2017

Strength training principles to get players ready for the season

by Henry Barrera

About 25 years ago I was attending a basketball camp at Washington State University. I thought I was pretty good, but that was until I met a man named Kevin Eastman. If you’ve ever been around Eastman, a respected coach and trainer who spent time i...


July 5, 2017

Teaching your players to be true point guards

Editor's Note: Shaka Smart wrote this article for Winning Hoops in 2002. At the time, Smart was the coordinator of basketball operations for the University of Dayton. Good point guards are hard to find. Sure, every team has a player or two who's...


May 22, 2017

6 keys to maximizing your assistant coaches

A characteristic of good basketball programs is that they have great assistant coaches on all levels. Assistants play a vital role in a team’s success. There were certain qualities I looked for in assistants, and it’s imperative to have a meeting...


May 18, 2017

10 ways to improve before next season

When basketball coaches talk about the offseason, usually we think of what the players will be doing. This is an extremely important aspect for any program, and there is a lot that can and should be accomplished from March thru October. Many coaches ...


September 1, 2016

Creating the master practice plan

How a structured, organized blueprint can improve team performance Few things are more important than planning an effective practice session. Legendary coach John Wooden once said, "Failure to prepare is preparing for failure." Obviously, the level ...


January 5, 2011

Own the paint: 12 games of 1-on-1 to improve post players

Own the paint. Don't just take up space or clog the lane, but rather, have your players dominate this area of the floor. The better your team is on the interior, the more high-percentage shots you create and, consequently, it opens up your squad for ...


September 20, 2009

Developing consistency throughout all levels of your program

It's a must for varsity coaches to take an active part in developing players during their early years of competitive play. This gives all players a head start when they reach the high-school level. It's almost impossible to have high school players w...


September 20, 2009

A comprehensive, five-week preseason running program

Our fall preseason running program is designed to give all prospective players an opportunity to get into good physical condition. It also prepares their bodies for basketball tryouts in November and the long season that follows if they make the team...