Coach Doug Novak is one of my favorite coaches in the game today, and I consider myself very blessed to have had the chance to talk basketball and learn from him. Doug is the head men’s basketball coach at Bethel University and has coaching experience at all levels. In this interview, Doug and I discuss: […]
Few things are more fun to watch then when all 5 players are playing seamless basketball as one unit and the ball is changing hands at a high rate. In this video I have collected some great examples of teamwork and passing for you to enjoy and share with your team. Enjoy!
Below is a transcript of a handout that I went over with our team recently. Regardless of what sport you coach, buidling the character of the athletes that you get to coach is essential. I hope that the content below can benefit you and your team. When you are dead and gone, how do you […]
Sam is the director of Blue Collar Basketball and also works extensively with PGC basketball. In this interview, Sam shares a lot of value in regard to the topics of player development, teaching shooting, growing as a coach, and teaching leadership to players. Give Sam a follow on Twitter.
I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk hoops with the former head coach at the University of Wisconsin, Bobbie Kelsey. In this interview, Bobbie and I discuss player development, lessons learned from her time at Wisconsin, and how to develop leadership in young people. Follow Coach Kelsey on Twitter. Enjoy!
Trey is an assistant coach with the men’s program at Miami University. Trey is a fantastic coach, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to our conversation. In this video, Trey discusses motion offense, full court pressure defense, decision making in player development, and the role of an assistant coach. Click here to follow Trey […]
John Lattimore is the assistant coach at Lenoir Rhine, a NCAA DII school. In this edition of #CoachesChalkTalkLive, John and I discuss the core tenets of post play. I want to personally take a moment to thank John for taking time out of his busy July schedule to share with me, I know that I personally […]
Coach Josh Loeffler of Loyola Basketball and I had a great conversation about the following topics: – Transition Offense – Defensive Drills – Shooting Workouts – Leadership Download the Loyola Basketball Transition Document: Click Here to Download the Transition Document Download the Loyola Basketball Shooting Records Tracker: Click Here To Download The Shooting Records Document Enjoy […]
Make no mistake about it, teams that can shoot the ball well are very dangerous (Golden State). That being said, being able to develop and improve the shooters on your team is an essential part of good coaching. Being able to teach the skill of shooting, as well as provide opportunities for repetition is a […]
Transition defense is such a huge part of the game. Since I am currently coaching a 17u AAU team, I have put a huge emphasis on this aspect of our team defense, as I feel that a huge part of AAU offense is attacking in transition. Getting our defense set and competing hard on that […]
My time spent at Cedarville was huge in my development as a coach This is a drill that we did on a fairly regular basis. The beauty of this drill is that it incorporates smaller numbers, leading to more touches while also building to the full 5 on 5 game. The drill itself is pretty simple […]
Here is a drill that works on ball defense that I stole from Kevin Eastman (assistant coach, Los Angeles Clippers). SET UP: To set the drill up, divide the court into 4 different segments. For my team, I split each half court in half, as well as use the middle of the court sideline to […]
Another drill that I use often as a means to emphasize and inculcate defending on the ball is the “paint game”. This is a drill that the players love because of the competitive elements. SET UP: Split the players up into two teams. One team is on offense, and the other is on defense. STEP […]
Setting screens off the ball for effective shooters can be a great way to free them up to score the ball or to draw multiple defenders towards them and free up space elsewhere on the court. In this blog, I will talk about all the ways you can use a down screen. Be sure to […]
A common trait shared by all effective guards in the game today is the ability to change speeds. Changing speeds has many benefits: Creates indecision for the defender Puts the ball handler back in control Allows extra time for decision-making Promotes control Keeps off ball defenders drawn to the ball I recently made a new […]
This is a drill that we do every practice as a means to teach the following (obviously we are a work in progress): Passing Catching Cutting Getting open Screening Defending screens Getting each other uncontested shots Toughness As you can see, this is littered with errors, but over time, I am sure that we will […]
I released this video as a paid product in May of 2015, and the response that I got from the coaches who purchased it was fantastic. Now, I have made this resource available in full for free here on my site. If you would like the PDF that accompanies this video, please CLICK HERE. […]
Here is a transition defense drill that I got from Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball. I like and use this drill for the following reasons: Really emphasizes how there is no good transition defense for a turnover Creates a fast “next play speed” as players must sprint back as to not allow another basket […]
This is one of the drills that I use to teach guarding the ball 1 on 1. I like this drill rather than a traditional half-speed drill or an “on-air” drill for teaching defense for the following reasons: The defense has a disadvantage (he starts later) and must recover and defend the offensive player. Anticipation […]
It is important that all of our Player Development sessions feature the concept of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice is a concept that has been widely discussed and debated over the years. Although I will not spend time this article debating whether or not 10000 hours enough time to become an expert in any skill, I […]
I had the privilege to sit down and talk basketball with Dennis Stanton of Every Level Basketball. We discussed the following topics: What separates great players from average What Dennis would do over again if he could have a fresh start as a player Why relationship building is essential to coaching Teaching points and drills […]
Every good coach knows that the success or failure of their training sessions is dependent on proper planning and preparation. That being said, it is essential that coaches design their practices in such a way that’s going to lead to a high level of learning. In this article, I want to discuss some practice planning […]
Mike MacKay of Canada basketball has a neat acronym that he uses to teach four of the most important basketball skills. The acronym is PVAD, which stands for Position, Vision, Anticipation, and Decision-Making. Every level of the acronym is essential to the other, position impacts vision, vision impacts anticipation, and anticipation impacts decision making. All […]
The best offenses are constantly on the attack. To be an effective team in transition, it is essential that all 5 players play their role and run their lanes hard. With that being said, it is essential that the point guard is ready and able to take advantage of their teammates attacking by getting them […]
Hello all! Here are two shooting drills that I use very often as part of my player development workouts. The “First 45” shooting drill is one that I include in almost every single workout that I do. It can be a great way to get the athlete some reps early, work on their shooting mechanics, […]
Below is a 6 minute preview of my 30-minute long “Ball Screen Reads and Moves for Guards” video. This video provides in-depth teaching of all the various and reads and moves that are available for guards playing in pick and roll situations. Every type of defensive coverage is discussed, as well as solutions for beating […]
One of my favorite aspects of the game to teach is playing in the low post area (ironic because of how little I am, I know). This video is one of the very first that I made, and although I am embarrassed by the quality of it, there are still some good nuggets of information […]
I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk hoops and skill development with Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball. Drew is one of the best in the business, and I am thankful for the time that he spent with me. Due to issues with our video feed, Drew and I were able to complete […]
Alan Stein of Pure Sweat and I got together to talk basketball. In this interview, we discuss qualities that every player and coach should have, as well as how to develop those qualities! To download a bonus PDF with all of the main ideas of what Alan shared, please click the link below. Enjoy! Download […]
One of the acronyms I use to teach is “OTIP” (On Two In Paint). The teaching point is for the ball handler to land in a controlled jump stop or stride stop around the rim when there is a crowd. This is a better solution than going off one foot because going off two allows […]
I had the pleasure to sit down with coach Mike Mackay of Canada Basketball to discuss basketball decision training. I hope that you can learn and benefit from this interview! Enjoy.
Recently, I have been doing a ton of research on the topic of Motor Learning and Development as I am working on a book covering these principles. One of the key tenets of motor learning theory is the concept of random practice being more effective than blocked practice. Take a look at the two videos […]
A little while ago I did a post on passing out of pick and roll situations for the ball handler. In a similar way, there are many passes that are available for the roll man to throw as the defense rotates to take away the finish at the rim. The advantage of running pick and […]