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Goal Coaching: Turning Actions into Habits

Goal Coaching: Turning Actions into Habits

The third post in our Goal Setting for Coaches series discusses the process of actions evolving into long term habits.  In the last couple of weeks, I have been discussing goals. In the post, “Be Goal-Driven,” I started the conversation by discussing the importance of setting achievable, challenging goals. In last week’s post, “Be Action-Oriented,”

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

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

NBA Finals: XsOs Behind Golden State’s Championship Run

The Golden State Warriors’ high powered offensive attack led to the first NBA Finals sweep since 2007 and back to back championships.  All season long, the Golden State Warriors had their eye on the prize… repeating as NBA Finals Champions. Golden State did, and its offensive brilliance allowed for this to happen. The Warriors finished

The Wright Way: How Villanova Won the 2018 National Championship

Versatile players and a free flowing offensive system helped the Villanova Wildcats capture the 2018 men’s NCAA National Championship.  The story of the night was Donte DiVincenzo, who came off of the bench and sparked a huge run for Villanova, which continued to hit big shot after big shot throughout the game. Early on it was Michigan

National Championship Preview: Villanova vs Michigan – 3 Keys To Watch For

The 2018 National Championship game between Villanova and Michigan will be decided by three key areas, as Doug Brotherton explains. It is the best Monday of the year! Tonight is the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, featuring the Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines. Villanova is the clear favorite, with an average margin of victory

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

Better Coaches Mindset: Passion vs Obsession

This is the second post of a #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on their site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here. If you are reading this, there is a strong possibility that basketball is your passion. The purpose of this article is to explain the difference

20 “Expectations” for Your Team

Ready or not, it’s that time of year again. The season is ALMOST here and now is the perfect time (if you haven’t done so already) to lay the framework for how your program works and what expectations you have for the season, team, and individual players. Below is a list of 20 “expectations” that

The Mental Game – Overcoming “Problems”

As most of you know, how one handles adversity usually determines the level of success they will achieve. In today’s game, many players tend to take the “easy way out” instead of confronting their issue(s) head-on. Why is that? I feel it is because we don’t do a good enough job preparing our student-athletes for

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