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Dec. 13, 2012 - Boy basketball player drinking water (Credit Image: � Image Source/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Peak Performance – Hydration for Basketball Players

Peak Performance – Hydration for Basketball Players

Like it or not, the dog days of summer are upon us. Players are finishing up school, AAU is in full swing, and camp season is set to begin. Not to mention open gyms, practices, summer leagues, and more. At this moment it is extremely important to remind players of the importance of taking care

March 20, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Xavier Musketeers forward JALEN REYNOLDS (1) gets inside Wisconsin Badger forward ETHAN HAPP (22) for a reverse layup shot during the second round of the Midwest Region in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where #10 Wisconsin upsets #2 Xavier by the score of 63-60 to advance to the sweet 16., held at The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Finishing at the Rim

Being able to capitalize and finish the opportunities that you get at the rim is a separator that differentiates good teams from great teams. It is almost a coaching cliche to say “if we make layups we will win the game”, and there is some truth to that statement. Because of various situations that a player may

June 12, 2012 - FL, USA - WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times.ht_355545_vrag_basketball_01 of 4 (6/12/12 Brooksville) Sy Crowley, 8, gets cheered on by fellow campers after draining the winning shot in a game of ''Knock Out,'' a shooting drill game, during the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Summer Basketball Camp held at West Hernando Middle School Tuesday morning. Conducted by the father and son team of Marion and Michael Jones, (Marion played college ball at St. Leo, Michael played at PHCC and is currently the assistant coach of the men's team at PHCC) the camp for 8 to 14 year-olds teaches rules, fundamentals, and introductory conditioning. On the second day of camp, Michael Jones said, ''It's going well, the kids are having fun. The best thing is they're doing something positive and keeping out of trouble.'' The camp is also being offered at West Hernando June 18-21 and July 16-19 and at Challenger K-8 July 9-12 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m., the cost is 5, limit 50 campers. For more information, contact Hernando County Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4031. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times] (Credit Image: © Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Basketball Camp Drills – Shooting w/Dr. Dish

Basketball camp is right around the corner for thousands of players and coaches. I always loved basketball camp as a player and appreciated the importance as a coach. I always had two very important goals when coaching camp: Have Fun – If kids don’t have fun, they won’t come back. Get Better – If the

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Shooting Drills to Enhance Your Offense – Ballscreen Sets

One of the things that has been useful for our program is the ability to turn most of our offensive plays into shooting drills. Not only are our players getting up a great amount of shots, they are practicing the necessary footwork, muscle work, and floor movement that make our sets successful. Shooting reps and playbook

March 21, 2016 - Atlanta, GA, USA - Washington Wizards guard John Wall steals from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague on Monday, March 21, 2016, in Atlanta. The Wizards beat the Hawks 117-102. (Credit Image: � Curtis Compton/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Changing Pace With The Dribble

A common trait shared by all effective guards in the game today is the ability to change speeds. Changing speeds has many benefits: Creates indecision for the defender Puts the ball handler back in control Allows extra time for decision-making Promotes control Keeps off ball defenders drawn to the ball I recently made a new

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Shooting Drills for Your Offense

Show me your offense and I’ll show you your shooting drills. #PracticePlanningTips — Radius Athletics (@RadiusAthletics) August 17, 2015   Whatever offense you run, whatever action you teach, your players need game like shooting reps from simulated game situations. In short, your players need game shots from games spots (and at game speed!). During the

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