Category Archives: For Coaches

Ball-Handling Secrets

I really love this article on Kyrie Irving's ball-handling.  I included it in a previous blog but think it is worthy of its own.

There are multiple ideas and concepts in this article that I would like to pull out for later use:

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I would like to improve our teams preparation procedures for next season. 

I am a huge fan of John Beilein and feel very fortunate to find this article that provides a lot of great insight into his excellence as a coach.  

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Team Offense

I was very excited to find this article on team offense. I think the San Antonio Spurs and Gregg Popovich provide an awesome example of offensive execution.

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Ball-Handling: Keeping Things Fresh

This blog will reflect some of the research I am doing to add, revise and improve the things we are doing in workouts to strengthen our ball-handling skillsI want to "keep things fresh".

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Evaluation: Past, Present, Future

Evaluating player performance to construct indivual workouts is where we are within the yearly cycle (pre-season, season, off-season) of team basketball.

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Using the Shooting Machine

The shooting machine can be a tremendous tool in both individual and team workouts. 

I have been researching what other coaches are doing in their workouts so that we can implement some new things into our spring workouts.  I have found some great stuff and included some of it in the links below.

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Game Strategy: Timeouts

The topic of "timeouts" came to mind after watching the Pitt Panthers play Syracuse and Notre Dame.  Coach Dixon has recieved quite a bit of criticism on the timeouts called in those two games.  


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Shooting Technique

Shooting technique is taught and emphasized at all levels of basketball.  Whether you are learning how to shoot or attempting to improve your shot, a player must understand and appreciate the link between proper technique and efficiency.  Poor shooting performance is often due to flawed mechanics (it can also be the result of poor shot selection….but that is a topic for another day!).


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Things We Do

These are a few things we do in our individual skill workouts.  All of these drills can be adapted to invididual player needs.


1.  Pivoting and Passing

Spin Outs

Partner Passing

-Dribble Outs

Passing On the Move


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Transition: Making the Change

In basketball, transition is the change that occurs between offense and defense (in both directions).  Communication is a key in transition.  Transition occurs quickly and within the chaos of a game.  There are players to locate, spots to get to, and reads to be made.  Without communication, breakdowns are inevitable.  "Point and Talk" is a phrase used to teach players to communicate while in transition.  A player may point to identify where he is going or verbally communicate whom he is guarding (or help a teammate).  The physical act of pointing and talking is something that is observeable and therefore can be measured.


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