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basketball

March 24, 2011

Basketball: Shaka Smart’s three best inbound plays

DIAGRAM 1: Inbound Play 1 (A). From a box set, 5 screens for 4. 4 heads toward the ball-side corner. 5 then receives a backscreen from 2. 5 rolls to the hoop while 3 shifts for a possible outlet pass.       DIAGRAM ...


February 18, 2011

Basketball: Two plays to create mismatches

'Toronto' DIAGRAM 1: 'Toronto' (A). 1 dribbles into the set and receives a screen from 4. 5 pops out. 1 passes to 5. 1 moves to the opposite wing. 2 and 3 pop to the corners.       DIAGRAM 2: 'Toronto' (B). 4 sets a ba...


January 27, 2011

Basketball: Tom Crean’s full-court play

Coaches, especially young ones, often don’t spend enough time game planning for specific situations. You need to be ready for anything when you are on the basketball court, which is an important lesson I learned from studying the likes of Morgan Wo...


November 4, 2010

Basketball: The 1-2-2 zone defense

Changing your defenses during the course of a game can be very effective. I have found a 1-2-2 zone can be modified on the fly by making calls from the bench. It also can be adjusted to fit your personnel. The first step is to learn the basic rule...


October 21, 2010

Select Team Coaches Vs. High School Coaches

Katy, bar the door — this subject hits a raw nerve.There’s a cold war going on right now in amateur athletics. On one side are the high school coaches across the nation. The other side of the skirmish is comprised of the individuals who coach selec...


August 23, 2010

Drills for inbounding the basketball

Probably the most rewarding part of coaching basketball is breaking down the game to eliminate mistakes. The most successful coaches have the ability to see the little things that win or lose games. One of those simple "little things" has to be th...


April 22, 2010

Basketball: Kevin Sutton’s favorite set plays vs. zone defense

Running set plays against zone defenses gives your offense an advantage in a few ways: The coach and the players know who is going to shoot. The coach and the players know where the shot is going to be taken, giving your team a better opportu...


April 20, 2010

Starting A Program From Scratch

As a team-building exercise, many coaches across sports today have their players get together, watch a movie, then discuss it afterward. Players tend to focus on how the characters struggled, survived, worked together and thrived. Typically, the movi...