Author Archives: Randy Sherman

Shadow Press

SHADOW Press – Trap Option

SHADOW Press – Trap Option

Volume II – The SHADOW full court press. A flexible full court press that can be used to impact the tempo of the game. The SHADOW press is mainly used as a three-quarter court containment press. It does have the flexibility to be a tempo reducing press to slow down a fast break attack or

West Virginia Press

FACE – Full Court Press

Volume I – The FACE full court press. An aggressive, quick hitting press used when a quick turnover is needed. The type of press a coaches decides to deploy will vary according to player personnel and game situation. Depending on the circumstances, various types of presses can be deployed to either increase or decrease game

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The Four T’s Of International Offense

The Four T’s Of International Offense – Four “automatics” to help your team create an advantage. (Note: This post first appeared at radiusathletics.com and is reposted with permission.) When watching International offenses one often sees reoccurring reads. Not plays. Not calls, but reads. Against a neutral and organized defense, offenses need to use an action

Ultimate Program Tool (1)

FastDraw: The Ultimate PROGRAM Tool

Tips and creative uses for FastDraw as a program tool for developing top-to-bottom program alignment.  In many hours of counseling basketball coaches, a common struggle I hear is lack of program alignment. There are many factors that may inhibit this from situation to situation, but it often is the fault of the head coach for not having

Dimitrios Itoudis

EuroLeague Final Four Preview

Istanbul plays host to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four and qualifiers Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce.  The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four tips off Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. After winning quarterfinal playoff series Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce will battle for the championship with the semifinals on Friday and the championship on Sunday.

December 31, 2016 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Creighton Bluejays guard Marcus Foster #0 in 1st half transition action during an NCAA men's basketball game between #1 Villanova Wildcats and #10 Creighton Bluejays at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance: 18,831 Third-largest crowd in Creighton men's basketball history.Villanova won 80-70.Michael Spomer/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Michael Spomer/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Defending Disadvantage Situations

Transition defense starts with being able to defend in disadvantage or outnumbered situations. On paper, basketball is played 5v5. But in application basketball is played in advantage/disadvantage situations. Creating advantage situations is paramount for offense and the ability to neutralize disadvantages makes for championship defense. The difference between winning and losing may come down to

March 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - North head coach Larry McKenzie read an inspirational quote to his players before the start of practice Tuesday afternoon.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     Minneapolis North Polars, a program synonymous with basketball excellence, is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2003. They practiced after school Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2016 ahead of their tournament game on Thursday. (Credit Image: � Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Drill Progression – Phasing

Basketball coaches must acquire the valuable and fundamental coaching skill of phasing drill progressions.  Practice planning is a skill, and like any other skill it must be practiced before there is proficiency. Expert level skills from players, such as shooting and passing, are not hard to spot. Just as players with the expert level skill in those

UEFA Champions League

The Influence of Soccer and Football on Basketball Coaches

How the main national sporting influences – football and soccer – may impact basketball coaching styles in America and abroad.  In the United States, the NFL owns Sundays and college football owns the rest of the weekend. While American basketball coaches likely list basketball as their first love, they are knowingly or unknowingly impacted by American

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