practice

September 25, 2017

Structuring a well-organized plan for practices

After more than 40 years of coaching high school basketball, it has become apparent to me the importance of having an organized practice plan. How a coach sets up his or her practices and how effectively they are run ultimately determines a team’s ...


August 31, 2017

Five tips to create a positive practice environment

As leaders, we must strive to create a positive environment that allows our players to thrive. I take a lot of pride in the fact that my players enjoy practice. That doesn’t mean practice is not difficult, but as coaches we can create an environmen...


April 4, 2017

Game-speed drills to improve your team’s 3-point shooting

Getting players to go “game-speed” and take shots during practices at a pace that is equivalent to how they will play on game days is one of the most challenging messages to get across to players. To help our players practice at a faster pace and...


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 ...


July 22, 2016

Study: Limits on football practice contact making a big difference

Limiting contact during high school football practices was undoubtedly going to reduce head-impact exposure for athletes, but we were unsure just how much. Now, we finally have an idea. [caption id="attachment_14682" align="alignright" width="...


June 7, 2016

Florida limits live contact during HS football practices

Florida's athletic association announced Monday new limits on how much contact high school football teams can have during their practices. According to a statement from the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), live contact will be lim...


May 2, 2016

Creating a post-competition analysis sheet for your players

Do you wonder what your athletes think about following a contest? Depending on their commitment, confidence and competitiveness levels, your athletes’ responses will run the gamut. While the competitors on your team take your losses to heart ...


August 19, 2015

Wisconsin football practice concussions on the decline

A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin shows the state's new rules for high school football practices are making a difference in decreasing the number of concussions. [caption id="attachment_13808" align="alignright" width="316"] Wiscon...