March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Basketball Strategy: There’s No “Right” Way to Play or Coach

It’s all about preference – teams with various styles of play are succeeding in today’s game, as evidenced by recent champions. During the 2019 men’s NCAA Tournament, basketball coaches and fans across the world saw a collection of some of the best games in recent memory. Specifically, the Sweet Sixteen and Eight Eight featured teams with

March 8, 2019 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Duke head coach DARIAN DEVRIES takes to his team during a media time out in the quarter final round of the Arch Madness, Missouri Valley Conference Men's Tournament  held at The Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO (Photo credit Richard Ulreich / ZUMA Press) (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich/ZUMA Wire)

Coaching Tip: Be Consistent in Your Leadership and Messaging

No matter the talent level, wins or losses, it’s important for coaches to maintain a standard of leadership at all times. I was out of town on a college visit trip with my son last month. While we were there, he was telling me about how one of the top high school basketball teams in

March 2, 2019: Lamonte Turner #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers shoots the ball during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville TN Tim Gangloff/CSM(Credit Image: © Tim Gangloff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Video Playbook: Staggered Screens

Video Playbook: Staggered Screens – A look across the basketball landscape at options and actions stemming from the staggered down screen. The staggered down screen is a staple in many motion offenses across the basketball landscape. In this video playbook we will look at college, NBA and International teams using the staggered down screen. Staggered Screens:

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Off-Season Improvement: Time to Get Better as a “Coach”

Make sure part of your off-season preparation is devoted to you becoming a better coach in general, not just a better coach in basketball. Normally, my posts here are often reposted from original blogs on my own site, Great Resources for Coaches site, and I’ve been grateful that FastModel Sports has allowed me to spread my

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Championship Mindset: Keys to Winning in the Postseason

Lessons on what it takes to win when it matters most – the postseason – from a coach with a track record of success. Every year, we prepare and plan to play on the last possible day in March. At Varina High School, where I spent six years building a program from the ground up, we made that an

Press Defense Philosophy and Tips: #FastModelChat Recap

ICYMI, we held a live Twitter chat discussing Press Defense hosted by Coach Tony Miller. Check out the highlights in this Twitter Moment. #FastModelChat – Press Defense More from Tony Miller: All Plays & Drills | All Blog Posts | Practice Tips | FastDraw iPad Tips | Follow on Twitter

April 5, 2019 - Tampa, Florida, U.S. - DIRK SHADD   |   Times.The Oregon Ducks and Baylor Lady Bears are seen during the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four semi-final game Friday, April 5, 2019 in Tampa. (Credit Image: © Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire)

The Story of My First Final Four Experience by Konner Beste

A rookie to the Final Four, Konner Beste recaps the event and shares why it was a transformational experience in his young coaching career. The Final Four is easily the most important and impactful event for basketball coaches to attend to grow their career. And I wish I would have attended my first one sooner than this

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