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Coach: Simple Suggestions for Improved Practice

Coach: Simple Suggestions for Improved Practice

In the quest for more effective basketball practices, the answer lies in simplicity, engagement, evaluation and positivity. Every coach understands it’s not what happens in games that determines the outcome of a season. It’s what happens during the practices leading up to games. Here are four simple suggestions to make sure you’re getting most of those

September 29, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A - Amir Coffey dribbles during a drill. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com ....BACKGROUND INFORMATION: University of Minnesota mens basketball practice with new coach Richard Pitino at their first practice on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Williams Arena. ORG XMIT: MIN1709291622530139 (Credit Image: © Leila Navidi/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

3 Keys to In Season Player Development

Player development is often the focus during the off season as players work on improving weaknesses and overall game. In season, practice time is heavily focused on team concepts, and understandably so. However, it is just as important to include player development work so players maintain skills that were enhanced during the off season, and even improve

Top Articles of 2017

Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Anyone else feel like 2017 was a blur? In the coaching business, every year goes fast. As we wrap things up, it’s a great time for reflection. It was a year of strong growth for this blog which makes us very proud. We added some phenomenal contributors to our roster in 2017, so a big thank you

The BJU Bruins vs Trinity College in the men's basketball regional championship. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2017. Courtesy of Tony Miller

What it Means to be “Champions Today”

Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” as our program’s motto for that season. Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship. In actuality, the phrase

Dec. 22, 2014 - Lakeville, MN, U.S. - MacKenzie Denk (43) during practice Monday afternoon at Lakeville North High School.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     The Lakeville North girl's basketball team practiced Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 at the high school. (Credit Image: © Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Wire)

Game Like Drills for Pregame Warm Ups

Practice is inherently about preparing for a game by performing drills that translate to games scenarios. Most coaches would say that pregame warm ups are about getting players’ bodies physically ready for the game. However, the mental aspect of pregame needs to be just as much of a focus, if not more. Preparing for the

February 2, 2017 - Minnetonka, MN, USA - Players huddled around Hopkins High School girls basketball coach Brian Cosgriff during a practice. ....  .. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com - February 2, 2017, Minnetonka, MN, Hopkins High School / Prep Girls Basketball Coach Brian Cosgriff (Credit Image: © Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Practice Structure Ideas – Philosophy 

As most high school coaches are gearing up to start practice within the next month, I wanted share a list of Top 20 Tips on practice structure. These are personal to our program, so obviously take what you like and adjust it to fit your team. The emphasis should be on doing the things your team

Kevin Eastman speaks to an audience at a COACHING U Live clinic.

Improve Access to Coaching Clinics

Coaches, Let me be the first to officially wish all of you good luck as we begin to prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 basketball season, and also issue a bold statement: Basketball needs passionate coaches and teachers more than it ever has before. Given recent events in the college coaching community, it is more important than ever that basketball coaches

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Maximizing Your Minutes in Practice – The First 40

Yes, “we talkin’ ’bout practice,” as our good friend AI would say. I am by no means an expert on planning practice, but I think a few things are basic truths, especially at the high school level. This post is designed to help coaches in these situations maximize their practice. There is a lack of

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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