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Coaches play an integral part in developing confidence in their players.

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 1 – Preparation and Success

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 1 – Preparation and Success

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and preparing them properly sets them up for success. *Part 1 of a 3-part series In the last few posts I wrote for Fast Model Sports I talked about some important elements of team sport success being things that we might not always think of as

13 July 2018, Berlin, Germany: Kristaps Porzingis (C), power forward of the New York Knicks plays with youth players of the basketball team ALBA Berlin during a joint training session. The Latvian basketball player is currently on an advertising tour in Germany. (Credit Image: © Gregor Fischer/DPA via ZUMA Press)

Transition into Training: Tips to Engage Youth Basketball Players

Helping players make a smooth transition from their day into practice is extremely important, especially in youth basketball.  Coaches – can you spare five minutes prior to practice to engage the brain, and thus the athlete? Through no fault of our own, coaches have been conditioned to want to immediately “get after it” as quickly as possible in order to

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Skill Building for Dribble Drive Motion Offenses

These four drills build skills for Dribble Drive Motion offenses, and provide a structure to develop common skills for any offensive system. Developing Skills to Fit Your Offense Developing the “skills” necessary to excel within your offensive system is perhaps the most important thing coaches will accomplish on the practice floor. A good reflective practice for coaches is to

January 16, 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Hassani Gravett (2) defends the drive by Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) in the SEC Basketball matchup at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

February 9, 2016: head coach Bruce Pearl of the Auburn Tigers during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn University Tigers at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville TN Tim Gangloff/CSM(Credit Image: © Tim Gangloff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

The Impact Of Optimism Bias

Optimism Bias can lead to unrealistic expectations, disappointment and emotional turmoil for coaches who do not guard against it. There are numerous cognitive biases – or mistakes in reasoning – humans are susceptible to. Coaches can and do fall prey to these biases as well. One such bias is the optimism bias and failure to

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Jay Bilas Skills Camp: Top 5 Takeaways for Coaches

The 2018 edition of the Jay Bilas Skills Camp continued to provide both coaches and players exceptional opportunities to improve. The Jay Bilas Skills Camp is quickly becoming one of the best basketball camps in the entire country. At the camp, players are split into teams, which are each led by a full coaching staff.

Photos courtesy of Mike Lynch

Program Spotlight: Leicester Wolverines

The Leicester Wolverines (MA) are having success under head coach Michael Lynch, who runs his program under three key pillars – and FastDraw. This spotlight was written by Michael Lynch for FastModel Sports. Coach Michael Lynch History teacher at Leicester High School in Leicester, MA past 14 years Varsity Boys Basketball Coach since 2009-2010 (9

February 16, 2017 - Boston, Estados Unidos - Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown reacts to a play during the first half of their game against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, USA, 15 February, 2017. (Credit Image: © Lisa Hornak/EFE via ZUMA Press)

The Pass Is King. Or is it?

The Passes Per Game statistic has been espoused by prominent coaches of late, but is it a worthwhile indicator? The Philadelphia 76ers had a breakout season. A healthy Joel Embiid and the addition of Ben Simmons helped the famed “Process” take a huge step towards fulfillment. The Sixers made the playoffs, won a series and

March 22, 2017 - Florida, U.S. - LOREN ELLIOTT | Times .Kevin Knox jokes with Tampa Catholic teammate Ben Tlee in the locker room before an assembly honoring Knox as the Florida Dairy Farmers' ''Mr. Basketball,'' an award given to the stateÕs top player regardless of classification, at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Credit Image: © Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire)

The Locker Room: Creating a Culture of Success

Enforcing a standard of behavior and respect of the locker room is yet another area where coaches can create a culture of success. Recently I started a short series for “team sport” coaches on some of the important elements of team sport success. However, I focused on areas that many might not usually think of as the most important things. So much of

April 1, 2018 - Columbus, OH, U.S. - COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bench reacts in the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame won 61-58. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Adam Lacy/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Why Bench Behavior Is More Important Than You Think

Teaching players how to properly behave in all situations of sport is just as important as coaching game strategy.  This is the first of a few posts on elements that lead to team success or failure which sometimes get overlooked as being of primary importance. I have also done a short video version of the post

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