Practice Management articles

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

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

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

March 15, 2018 - San Diego, CA, USA - SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2018 | Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr., center, Brett Barney, right, and Rauno Nurger share a laugh during Wichita State's practice for the NCAA tournament at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Thursday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Mandatory Credit: HAYNE PALMOUR IV/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune Photo by Hayne Palmour IV copyright 2017 (Credit Image: © Hayne Palmour Iv/San Diego Union-Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Pre-Practice: Setting the Tone for Success

The 15-20 minutes before official practice begins are crucial, and having a pre-practice routine can help set the tone for success. Designing and organizing a successful daily practice plan may be the most important quality of any successful coach. Practice plan design, time length, and practice goals may be differ for each coach, but I

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The Most Innovative Coaching Tool in Basketball – MaxOne

MaxOne is a must-have coaching resource to keep your program organized and communication efficient all year long. It can be tough to keep up when it comes to technology and innovation in the sport of basketball. Coaches and athletes are always looking for an edge, and new technologies are continuously coming into play. It’s important

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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

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