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Build the aerobic base, build strength towards the end of the level and further develop overall basketball skills. Build the “engine” and consolidate basketball skills. Early in the level, 60% of the time is spent on individual training and 40% is spent on competition including 5x5 play, special games (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, skill games) as well as team-oriented practices. Later in the level, depending on mastery of skills, the switch can be made to a 50:50 training to competition ratio and positions can be assigned.

Footwork & Body Control

  • Date:
    Apr 15, 2016

When guarding an opponent who is advancing the ball up the court, do the following: pick-up, lead, and influence. Picking Up As the dribbler approaches, make sure that you are moving at the same speed and in the same general direction. If the dribbler is moving much faster than you, there is little...

  • Author:
    Shelby Turcotte
  • Date:
    Jan 26, 2016

Coaches should recruit quickness, not height. - John Wooden It doesn't matter how tall you are if you can't move well. Quickness on the court can help a player cut through traffic and get open on offense as well as be pesky and annoying on defense.  Here's how you can do the same: Improve Your...

Health and Safety

DEALING WITH BUMPS AND BRUISES By Tamara Pool, Athletic Trainer For the vast majority of bumps, scrapes and so on, ice is always the best approach. Ice the injury immediately for 15 minutes, and if necessary, keep using the ice sporadically over the next day or two. The RICE approach is best -- R...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein
  • Date:
    Jan 11, 2017

I love the English language and have always been fascinated by words. While I'm a basketball strength and conditioning coach by vocation, writing and public speaking are two of the mediums I use to disseminate my message of safe, purposeful, and innovative training techniques and concepts all over...

  • Date:
    Dec 14, 2016

If you've played basketball for any amount of time, this probably has happened to you. You're going up for a rebound. Or you're trying to steal a pass from the other team. Or your dribbling was disrupted by a defender. Whatever the case, the ball was deflected and awkwardly struck the tip of one of...

Confidence

  • Author:
    Spencer Wood
  • Date:
    Dec 5, 2016

If you asked almost any middle school, high school, collegiate and professional coach to name the one basketball skill or character trait that is THE MOST important to the future success of a player, and most benefits the team that the player is on, many coaches (if not most) will tell you...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    May 4, 2016

Many teams across the country have completed their seasons. I've received hundreds of emails, Tweets, and Facebook messages asking me to outline the offseason and how much time they should take off before they resume training. So this is the first in a series of posts to help you plan your...

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Feb 24, 2016

Here are a few really simple ways for you to get the MOST out of your basketball camp experience and become a better player... Take Notes During the camp you will learn dozens of useful tips and coaching nuggets. You might learn about a technique to improve your shot, get quicker, become a better...

Off Court Training

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS
  • Date:
    Mar 8, 2017

In order to be your best this summer, and again next preseason, you need some rest. Most players will be going hard with individual workouts, regional tournaments, summer league games, and elite camps. I know of several players who haven't slept in their bed at home for more than a dozen times the...

  • Author:
    By Alan Stein
  • Date:
    Jan 11, 2017

I love the English language and have always been fascinated by words. While I'm a basketball strength and conditioning coach by vocation, writing and public speaking are two of the mediums I use to disseminate my message of safe, purposeful, and innovative training techniques and concepts all over...

  • Date:
    Dec 14, 2016

If you've played basketball for any amount of time, this probably has happened to you. You're going up for a rebound. Or you're trying to steal a pass from the other team. Or your dribbling was disrupted by a defender. Whatever the case, the ball was deflected and awkwardly struck the tip of one of...

Rebounding

This performance- and advanced-level drill helps players get comfortable with the differences between offensive and defensive rebounding.

Coaches would prefer their players grab a rebound with two hands, but that doesn't always happen. This drill will help rebounders get one hand on the ball and then bring it down.

The power forward plays a crucial role in the smooth operation of a basketball team. Power forwards must be excellent rebounders--and just as importantly, must be able to take care of the ball after securing it. Power forwards have to be able to hit open shots, since they typically aren't the focal...

Screening

  • Date:
    Oct 25, 2015

Here's a drill that your players can work on as a team.

  • Date:
    Oct 12, 2015

When coming off a screen, you don't need to be in a rush to make a play. Here's how to handle the situation.

  • Author:
    Rick Torbett, Better Basketball
  • Date:
    Sep 15, 2015

Here are five steps that will train your players to spot some of the screening opportunities within the flow of your offense.   Step 1: Start with the basics If you have a post player, try this simple 5-on-0 drill. Place four players on the perimeter running though Pass & Cut. Tell your...

Shooting

  • Author:
    By Tony Fryer
  • Date:
    Jan 13, 2017

Lots of players would like to be able to increase their shooting range and become a good 3-point shooter. We all know of examples of players, like Robert Horry , who are recruited to join teams mostly because of their ability to make 3-point shots. Big Shot Rob has seven--that's right, seven -- NBA...

Team Offense

  • Author:
    Rick Torbett
  • Date:
    Jan 22, 2019

Breaking down game film to chart turnovers can give coaches at all levels a great way to find correctible errors.

  • Date:
    Oct 25, 2015

Here's a drill that your players can work on as a team.

  • Date:
    Oct 12, 2015

When coming off a screen, you don't need to be in a rush to make a play. Here's how to handle the situation.

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