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6 Drills to Sharpen Your Team Defense

6 Drills to Sharpen Your Team Defense

A breakdown of six foundational drills for high school basketball coaches that help improve overall team defense. A good team defense sets a nice floor for your season. If your team is hard to score on, it can consistently compete in games no matter the talent level. In my coaching career I’ve settled on a

Becky Hammon preseason tips

10 Tips to DOMINATE the Preseason for Basketball Coaches

A strong preseason leads to a successful actual season. See ideas from FMS coach contributor Matt Hackenberg for how to set yourself and your program up for success! From the “back to school” period until the start of actual practices is an important time of the year. The choices you make on what you do

Clear Out Sets That Work!

Clear Out Sets That WORK For Various Players, Alignments & Situations

There’s nothing simpler than creating an advantage for a scorer to attack. Check out Matt Hackenberg’s favorite clear out sets for multiple types of situations. If you’re a coach reading this blog looking for content, I’d assume you are more sophisticated than the youth basketball coach that only runs “4-Low” for their best player. Yet

Press Defense applying max pressure

Press Defense: Keys To Applying Max Pressure – Video, Diagrams, Drills

Ready to bring some heat? See tips from Matt Hackenberg on how to dictate the game to opponents with press defense. FastDraw diagrams, drills and video included! So you want to bring some heat? Let’s look at a few ways to fire things up on the defensive end. The most fun I ever had coaching

Set Plays For Shooters FastModel Sports Matt Hackenberg

Shooters Gotta Shoot! Get Them Open With These Set Plays For Shooters

Struggling to get good looks for your best shooter? Get them open with these set plays for shooters. FastDraw diagrams and videos included. So you have a deadly shooter. What now? As with any of the skills your players possess, the goal is as a coach to maximize them to the best of your ability.

Chino Hills Huskies scheme behind the Ball brothers

’15-16 Chino Hills Huskies: The Scheme Behind The Ball Brothers

The playing style and philosophy behind the 35-0 California state champion Chino Hills team featuring the Ball brothers Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo. In 2015-16, Chino Hills went 35-0, won the Open Division of California’s State Championship, and was the consensus #1 ranked team in the country. It’s easy to watch highlights and see the Huskies were as

Delay Concepts basketball offense late game situation

Controlling Pace: Delay Concepts, Strategies, XsOs

Whether milking the clock with a lead or setting up to take the last shot, delay concepts are something ever coach needs in their playbook. Sometimes in basketball, your opponent isn’t necessarily the team across from you, it’s the clock. Having tactics and strategies in your coaching toolbox to effectively manage (or “milk”) the clock

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