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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

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

January 16, 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Hassani Gravett (2) defends the drive by Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) in the SEC Basketball matchup at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

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The Inside Out – Episode 47: Work Like A Pro

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth to professional

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The Inside Out – Episode 46: Two Secret Weapons

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth

March 4, 2018 - New York, New York, U.S - Michigan Head Coach JOHN BEILEIN and MORITZ WAGNER (13) celebrate at the end of the game held at Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York. (Credit Image: © Amy Sanderson via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 3: Humility

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 3: Humility “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis Being humble means you know exactly what you have to offer. As coaches, we will often

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The Inside Out – Episode 45: The Daily Grind

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth

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Rebound Forward: Coaching and Life Lessons from Randy Brown

In his new book, coach Randy Brown shares the personal story on how he overcome adversity to win off the court. Dear Coaching Friends, A lifetime goal of mine was to write a book. Today, I’ happy to say I’ve accomplished this goal and it feels awesome! For those who don’t know me, I spent 20 years

Dec 07 2017 Berkeley CA U.S.A. California head coach Lindsay Gottlie(C), guard Asha Thomas (L) and forward/center Kristine Anigwe (R) at the press conference celebrate her 200 career win after NCAA Women's Basketball game between San Diego Toreros and California Golden Bears 89-64 win at Hass Pavilion Berkeley Calif. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 2: Enthusiasm

The Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 2: Enthusiasm “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson I really love that quote by Emerson, because it’s so true! To truly appreciate what he is saying we need

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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

November 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017 - Kyle Weems / Besiktas Istanbul nach Sieg über Telekom Baskets Bonn , Basketball Champions League Foto: Jörn Wolter *** Kyle Weems Besiktas Istanbul to victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn basketball Champions League photo Jörn Wolter MR:N (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

Failure IS an Option!

Most people attempt to avoid failure. In the realm of athletics, however, failing can be the key to finding success. The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is about the ill-fated NASA mission that saw an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft which caused the mission’s goal of landing on the moon to be aborted. As the NASA

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