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Finding the Space to Lead

Finding the Space to Lead

Your days are all over the place running from home to school to practice. And, they’re a blur. When your head hits the pillow at night, you can’t even remember what you did that day. Sound familiar? If so, keep reading. Your mind is constantly running from scrolling Twitter, to a real conversation, to posting

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

October 21, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois, U.S. -  Chicago Bulls head coach FRED HOIBERG looks on play during NBA Basketball game action between The Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center in Chicago,IL.  (Credit Image: © Gary Duncan Sr/ZUMA Wire/ZUMAPRESS.com)

5 Scouting Tips from the NBA to High School

As coaches, we are ALWAYS looking for an edge. One of the best ways to gain an advantage on an opponent is by effectively scouting ahead of time. I’m here to share five simple tips to the scouting process I have picked up over time. This is my 14th season of coaching overall, and my second

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Support Staff Series, Vol. 5: Q&A with Ben Sander

This fall, FastModel Sports is excited to feature a Support Staff Series of Q&A interviews to show a little love to those coaches who aren’t in the spotlight and don’t sit in the first row of the bench on game day. These are the staff members that work behind the scenes making sure every single

Creating With Blur Screens

Creating With Blur Screens

Utilizing “Blur Screens” can be a unique and effective way to create an advantage for your offense.  Defenses invest hours of practice time learning how to defend common offensive actions such as ball screens, off-ball screens and dribble handoffs. The typical practice plan features a block of time devoted to the techniques and communication required

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Offensive Actions Breakdown: Elevator Screen

A great way to expand an offensive playbook is by focusing on the actions that make up specific plays. By breaking plays down to their individual components, players become more proficient in executing the actions. This also gives the option of utilizing those actions in a variety of ways without players having to learn a completely new play. When players understand the basic

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