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This week’s question for the USA Basketball Coaches Network:  How do you address players who don't make the cut?   Don Showalter, head coach, Iowa City High School (Iowa) This is always one of the most difficult things to do on the USA Basketball team as well as my own high school...

There are many ways that youth basketball players can prepare for the upcoming season. Some kids have signed up for USA Basketball’s Regional Camps , with the intention of raising their game in time for school tryouts. So what exactly do coaches look for when they get to tryouts? It’s...

Good coaches are always looking for ways to help their players improve. Often, this requires improving themselves – learning new drills and strategies, or just better communicating with their players. So this week’s question to the USA Basketball Coaches Network: What are some resources...

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, we got to thinking about how coaches approach the postseason at all levels. Since all the members of USA Basketball’s Coaches Network have experienced postseason success, we posed this question to them: What, if anything, do you do differently in the...

This week’s question for the USA Basketball Coaches Network: What strategies or styles have you seen this year -- either from your opponents or elsewhere -- that you might want to incorporate into your game plan?   Sharman White, head coach, Miller Grove High School (Ga.) Prior to each...

This week's focus on the site is the shooting guard. A good shooting guard is capable of taking over a game -- but it's important to remember that basketball is a team sport. The coach must find the proper balance between leaning on the shooter and keeping the rest of the team fully invested....

With the growth in popularity of organized 3x3 basketball around the world, it’s no longer just a pick-up game. Furthermore, the skills that can be taught and promoted via 3x3 can just as easily carry over to the full-court, 5x5 game. Some of the coaches who are part of the USA Basketball...

Novice coaches might think they can just bring a team together for practice and wing it, but that won’t be very helpful for young athletes looking for structure and direction. So we asked the USA Basketball Coaches Network: How much time do you typically spend on planning and organizing each...

Chemistry is so important to the success of any basketball team, and good communication between coach and players is critical. So we asked the USA Basketball Coaches Network: How do you foster and improve communication with your players?   Don Showalter, head coach, Iowa City (Iowa) High...

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