Player Development articles

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

October 17, 2017 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Fans celebrate after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) sinks a 3-pointer to put the Cavs in the lead against the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Cavs won, 102-99. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Big Man Camp: Kevin Love

“Big Man Camp” featuring Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers demonstrating the high side and low side scoring series from the T-Post position. Summer is basketball camp season and below is a virtual “Big Man Camp” featuring Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In this series of videos, Love demonstrates moves from both the “High Side” and “Low Side” scoring series from

April 3, 2015 - Indianapolis, IN, USA - Kentucky Wildcats guard Devin Booker ran a drill as the University of Kentucky basketball team practiced at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, In., Friday, April 03, 2015. UK plays Wisconsin Saturday night in the National semifinals. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff. (Credit Image: © Lexington Herald-Leader/ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: 10 Dynamic Drills That Utilize Cones or Chairs

Adding cones or chairs into drills is a great way to simulate defenders, taking skill development to another level. Although there are many areas in which coaches need to focus on at any given time, it is essential to include skill development as one of the primary focuses throughout the season and off season. Sure – building team

December 17, 2017 - Memphis, TENNESSEE, Estados Unidos - Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (front) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Kobi Simmons (back) at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 16 December 2017. (Credit Image: © Mike Brown/EFE via ZUMA Press)

Finish Like a Pro: Drills to Improve Scoring at the Basket

Teach players how to finish with both power and finesse in a variety of ways near the rim with these drills. Summer is a great opportunity to become a better player or coach. This post shares four drills to improve one of the most important skill for every basketball player – finishing. Many players and coaches focus

Apr. 4, 2011 - Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Kids warm up in 100-degree weather before a youth boxing tournament by flipping tires through a parking lot Monday, Mar. 28, 2011, at the Palm Springs Boxing Club in Palm Springs, CA. (Credit Image: © Jordan Stead/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Time for Tires: Ideas to Mix Up Strength and Conditioning

Flipping tires is a fun strength and conditioning exercise that is also functional for basketball players to develop explosiveness.  The last thing a coach wants is for players to be disengaged, no matter if it’s a practice, game, film session, weight workout or any other activity. One of our program beliefs is that conditioning should be fun –  we will rarely just run

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker #3 and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike #30 playing tight defense on Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles #34 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on June 3, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore/Full Image 360/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Buying In to Defense: Four Tips for Your Team

Most young players naturally enjoy offense more than defense, but these simple tips and drills will have your team excited to defend. Coming off our 2017-18 Virginia state title, I have  reflected on some of the things we did defensively that helped us achieve our success. Coaching in this era, where so much emphasis is

May 26, 2018 - Milan, Milan, Italy - Arturas Gudaitis (#77 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano) shoots a layup during a basketball game of Poste Mobile Playoff Lega Basket A between  EA7 Emporio Armani Milano vs Germani Basket Brescia at Mediolanum Forum, in Milan, Italy, on 26 May 2018. (Credit Image: © Roberto Finizio/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Scoring Made Simple: 3 Easy Yet Effective Shots to Practice

Don’t sleep on the fundamentals – add these three simple shots to your player development routine and see scoring go up! There are several ways to score in basketball, with the jumpshot being a primary one (especially in today’s game where the three-pointer is so heavily emphasized). But, to become a complete player, it is important to

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Buying in to Defense: 8 Drills to Guard the Basketball Better

Sure, a huge part of playing defense is mindset and attitude, but these eight drills will teach skill and technique.  Oftentimes, when coaches talk about focusing on skill development in practice, they are referring to working on offensive skills like shooting, passing, ball handling, and finishing. Being a successful defender is almost always considered an

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