March 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - North head coach Larry McKenzie read an inspirational quote to his players before the start of practice Tuesday afternoon.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     Minneapolis North Polars, a program synonymous with basketball excellence, is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2003. They practiced after school Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2016 ahead of their tournament game on Thursday. (Credit Image: � Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Drill Progression – Phasing

Basketball coaches must acquire the valuable and fundamental coaching skill of phasing drill progressions.  Practice planning is a skill, and like any other skill it must be practiced before there is proficiency. Expert level skills from players, such as shooting and passing, are not hard to spot. Just as players with the expert level skill in those

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Elite Defenders  –  How They Tick

Elite defenders have the following traits in common: length, athleticism, effort, awareness, and intelligence. That’s pretty obvious. In this article, we’ll go beyond those few characteristics and learn from one of the NBA’s best defenders, Tony Allen, and we’ll see the traits that make great defenders. Elite defenders guard the best offensive player on their team

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Off-Season Conditioning: Squats

Teaching correct movement is extremely important, especially with squats. If we train without focus on the correct muscle activation players will still get stronger, but they will be strengthening their misalignments and imbalances. How many kids are taught proper form from their first squat on? I’m talking just a simple body weight squat. It should

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The Influence of Soccer and Football on Basketball Coaches

How the main national sporting influences – football and soccer – may impact basketball coaching styles in America and abroad.  In the United States, the NFL owns Sundays and college football owns the rest of the weekend. While American basketball coaches likely list basketball as their first love, they are knowingly or unknowingly impacted by American

June 27, 2016 - Foto IPPAndrea Brintazzoli .Bologna 26062016.Basketball City Tournament  .Italia vs Canada .Nella Foto: Alessandro Gentile in palleggio dopo il blocco di Riccardo Cervi (Credit Image: � Italy Photo Press via ZUMA Press)

Spread Ball Screen – Basics

The basics of the Spread Ball Screen alignment – a good starting point for the introduction of ball screen offense.  Getting into ball screen offense can be done in multiple ways. A common alignment for the introduction of ball screen concepts is the Spread Ball Screen alignment. It is popular worldwide and at all levels of

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