February 18, 2018 - February 18, 2018 - Trainer Igor Jovovic (MBC) schreit während einer Auszeit, gibt Anweisungen, gestikuliert mit den Armen, gesticulate, gives instructions, Basketball, easyCredit Bundesliga, Löwen Braunschweig - Mitteldeutscher BC, *** Coach Igor Jovovic MBC shouts Lions Brunswick of Mitteldeutscher BC while easyCredit Bundesliga instructions a time out gestikuliert with the poor gesticulation gives instructions basketball xtgx (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

3rd Time’s a Charm: Making Adjustments for Postseason Matchups

As the postseason arrives, many teams will face an opponent for a third time. What’s the key to winning a matchup when teams know each other so well? Preparation and adjustments. We see it happen often. A team sweeps its opponent during the regular season, winning both at home and on the road. Then, when meeting in

Plays YOU Can Use - Full Series

Plays YOU Can Use – Full Series

One of our most popular series, Plays YOU Can Use provides coaches at all levels with sets easily incorporated into any style of play. Blog Posts Plays YOU Can Use: Elbow Series Plays YOU Can Use: Ball Screen Sets  Plays YOU Can Use: Pistol Action & Counters Plays YOU Can Use: Iverson Sets Plays YOU Can Use: Lob

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

January 21, 2018: Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Olivier Sarr (30) fouls Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy (5) as he goes up for a layup in the ACC Basketball matchup at LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Virginia Cavaliers – Pin Screen Reads

A look at pin screens and reads for the cutter with a little help from The University of Virginia Cavaliers Patient. Precise. Deliberate. Cerebral. Disciplined. All words used to describe the University of Virginia’s present-day version of the Mover Blocker Offense and the pace at which they run it. Some of these words are meant as compliments from

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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

January 10, 2018: Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson (1) in action during the NCAA basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats won 89-65. Christopher Szagola/CSM(Credit Image: © Chris Szagola/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is a player of the year candidate who excels at fundamentals for a complete overall game.  Jalen Brunson has been a staple of college basketball for the last 3 seasons. The Villanova junior is a coach’s dream when it comes to point guard play. He is a winner and leader who can shoot

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

January 28, 2018 - Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China - Guangzhou,CHINA-28th January 2018: Guangzhou Long Lions Basketball Team defeats Beijing Begcl Basketball Team 118-108 at CBA 2017/18 in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 1: Unity

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help teams come together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 1: Unity “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb The single, greatest joy in a team sport is losing yourself in the team.

December 5, 2017 - Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S. - Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Cassius Winston (5) during NCAA basketball action between the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 62-52. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing