basketball

July 13, 2018

A zone offense to break zone defenses

Nearly every year that I coached, we ran some version of this zone offense. There is continuity, but also the option of running some very effective set plays. The original version of this offense came from Tom Davis, who coached at Boston College, S...


basketball defense
June 6, 2018

18 characteristics of a good defensive team

Teams that know how to defense well and pressure opposing offenses have these 18 characteristics in common. 1. They recognize their opponent’s offensive actions/tendencies while they're in the flow of the game. 2. They play defense with their voi...


May 15, 2018

How to put on a summer basketball camp

When I became a head varsity coach, I strongly believed it was essential to organize and run a youth summer basketball camp at the high school. Prior to this time, there was not an organized youth basketball camp in the community. I was 40 years old...


April 17, 2018

Learning and mastering new skills

As a coach in any sport, one of the many responsibilities you have is with player development. This more often than not requires your athletes to learn new things or, depending on the age group, even requires them to part with bad habits. As coaches,...


February 8, 2018

Making time for skill development in practice

At the beginning of the season, you have many different things you must implement into your basketball practices, and unless you are fortunate enough to have a core group of returners to your program, you may have to reteach everything. You have to b...


January 30, 2018

Scouting the opposition

Tips for gathering and dissecting information that matters Scouting is agonizing for some coaches and simple for others, but the process of identifying tendencies of upcoming opponents is a lot easier for everyone if they have a system. Honey Brown,...


January 1, 2018

Winning Hoops’ most popular Xs/Os features of 2017

Winning Hoops has helped educate basketball coaches throughout the world for more than 32 years. With another year in the books, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our most popular Xs/Os features over the past 12 months. Here are the 12 art...


November 6, 2017

Poll: Should high school athletics have no-cut policies?

In October, Winning Hoops asked readers whether high school athletic programs should have no-cut policies. Some schools enforce no-cut policies as a way to increase involvement and assure every student the opportunity to reap the benefits of educatio...