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Spacing

Single Gap Spacing Issues

Single Gap Spacing Issues

A look at single gaps and spacing issues that can arise in five-out alignments. Five-out alignments are common in all levels of basketball. While the five-out does open the lane and can be effective in pulling defenses away from the rim, it does have it’s drawbacks. The most notable drawback being the predominance of single

Captains

The Role of Captains on Succesful Teams

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden Successful teams and organizations always have strong leadership throughout, and athletic teams are no different. Teams always have the best chance at being successful when they have strong leadership in the form of players, led by selected captains. Often, when

Geno Auriemma

The Perils Of Confirmation Bias In Coaching

Coaches can be blind to opportunities to advance their teams and programs by falling victim to Confirmation Bias. Like Survivorship Bias, Confirmation Bias is an example of a cognitive bias which leads coaches to make irrational decisions. Confirmation Bias is the tendency to listen only to information that confirms one’s beliefs or preconceptions. It is

Tony Bennett

Survivorship Bias In Coaching

First in a series on Cognitive Biases and how they can impact our decision making as coaches. Simply put, Cognitive Biases are thinking errors. They are flaws in judgement that everyone is susceptible to. Marketers, salesmen, the media and politicians depend on our unawareness of these biases to sell their products, services and messages. We

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Maintaining a Strong Coach/Athletic Director Relationship

Developing a strong, positive and professional relationship with your athletic director and athletic department is a vital component to ensuring that you can coach effectively and successfully at your school – hopefully, for a long time to come. Whether you are a full-time, part-time or volunteer coach, you are most likely, reporting to a school’s

Bench

Coaching Tools – Possession Chart

Using a possession chart for tracking in-game flow can offer basketball coaches valuable and instantaneous feedback.  One handy tool to use for in-game tracking is this downloadable possession chart template. This chart is used for tracking game flow and can give you valuable real time info such as points per possession (PPP). Tips for using the

Skills and Drills – Transition Shooting

Skills and Drills – Transition Shooting

This transition shooting drill using Dr. Dish is a great drill to work on shooting 3’s out of transition as well as inside – out 3 point shots for a trailing player. Together with Dr. Dish, we’ve created The Dr. Dish Shooting Drill Book, which includes 30 drills ready to implement with your team today! The playbook includes

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