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March 25, 2018 - Kansas City, MO, U.S. - KANSAS Kansas City, MO - MARCH 25: Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs center Teaira McCowan (15) and the entire starting lineup walk down the court together in celebration late in the fourth quarter of a quarterfinal game in the NCAA Division l Women's Championship between the UCLA Bruins and Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs on March 25, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.  Mississippi State won 89-73 to advance to the Final Four. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, as is the way teammates communicate with each other. *Final post in this series. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success; and Part 2 – Coach’s Words and Actions. This is the final post in a short mini-series on confidence and our role as coaches in

March 15, 2018 - Boise, ID, U.S. - BOISE, ID - MARCH 15:G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) of the Kentucky Wildcats fakes and moves behind F Peyton Aldridge (23) of the Davidson Wildcats during the NCAA Division I Men's Championship First Round game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Davidson Wildcats on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.   (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Douglas Stringer/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Keys to Designing a Dribble Drive Motion Practice Plan

A comprehensive approach to creating a practice plan that simultaneously focuses on skill development and game-like situations. The Craft of Practice Planning Practice planning is one of the great obsessions of basketball coaches at all levels. There is probably no aspect of their job that coaches spend more time on then designing the perfect practice plan. As a

May 6, 2018 - New Orleans, LA, U.S. - NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 06:   Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to forward Kevin Durant (35) against New Orleans Pelicans during game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on May 06, 2018.  (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Stephen Lew/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Spacing vs. Positioning

Spacing and Positioning both play a role in effective offense, so what’s the difference between these two concepts? (Note: This blog originally appeared in our September 15, 2018 newsletter. Subscribe here.) Often I receive an email that goes something like this… “Coach, I love the info you share and I really love the four-out and

ADU Head Coach Roundtable

Head Coach Roundtable: Advice for Your First 100 Days

With so much work to do when starting a new job as head coach, having a plan for the first 100 days is extremely important. *This article was originally posted by our partners at AthleticDirectorU on its website here. What does it take to have a successful start to a head coaching tenure? AthleticDirectorU sat

SAN ANTONIO, April 3, 2018  Jay Wright (L), head coach of Villanova, hugs player Jalen Brunson during the championship game against Michigan of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament,in San Antonio, Texas, the United States, on April 2, 2018. Villanova claimed the title by defeating Michigan with 79-62.  wll) (Credit Image: © Song Qiong/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 2 – Words and Actions

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and the words and actions from coaches make a difference. *This is Part 2 of 3. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success.  Last week I started this blog series on confidence and our role as coaches in instilling and developing it in our athletes.

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

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

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