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Ball Screen Defense: Analyzing Effective Methods

Ball Screen Defense: Analyzing Effective Methods

Experimenting with a new ball screen defense in addition to your primary strategy could have huge benefits for your team. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? I recently asked that question via Twitter poll. What is your team’s primary method for defending a ball screen? (If vote is “other,” please specify.)

January 2, 2019 - Villanova, PA, U.S. - January 2, 2019 : Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright talks to senior guard Phil Booth during the NCAA basketball matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons at the Finneran Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM(Credit Image: © Scott Serio/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

What If ‘Transition Offense’ Was Just Called ‘Offense’?

Teams that flow into offense the instant possession is earned are dangerous. Here’s what it takes to develop this strategy. Today’s game of basketball is one of free flowing offense, with a seamless transition from each phase of the game to the next. Many coaches works tirelessly to influence their team to get out and run. Teams that

December 29, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon looks on during a NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers on December 29, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Brian Rothmuller/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

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,”

Nov 23 2018 Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo during the NCAA Men's Basketball Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational between Texas Longhorns and the Michigan State Spartans 78-68 win at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas, NV. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

What Do YOU Think?

Counseling Coaches Series: What Do YOU Think? Forming your OWN thoughts about basketball matters. (Note: This blog originally appeared at radiusathletics.com and is reposted with permission.) In the summer of 2015 some coaching friends encouraged me to begin sharing basketball info on social media and in blogs. This information was well-received and thanks to some

March 20, 2013 - Lexington, KY, USA - Butler head coach Brad Stevens answers questions during a news conference as the team prepares for the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Butler plays Bucknell on Thursday. (Credit Image: © Pablo Alcala/TNS/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Goal Coaching: “Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan”

Setting goals can be daunting, but these goal coaching tips will help you prepare and achieve yours this year. 2019! Can you believe it? It’s here. And yet, it seems like at the beginning of every year, we say the year out loud and exclaim, “I can’t believe it’s (insert year). Where did last year go?” In fact,

November 6, 2018 - Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. - ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein coaches Michigan Wolverines guard Zavier Simpson (3) during a timeout during the Michigan Wolverines game versus the Norfolk State Spartans on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Steven King/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Getting To 1.0

Getting to 1.0 points per possession (PPP) places your offense in the upper echelon of the competitive landscape. In the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season 25 out of the 353 Men’s Division I basketball teams operated at 1.0 points per possession (PPP) or higher. That is roughly seven percent of all teams. (per Synergy Sports) On the

November 17, 2017 - Storrs, CT, USA - Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma has a word with guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) during action against California at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. UConn won, 82-47. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication With Your Team

Communication is a basketball skill just like any other, which coaches can develop by emphasizing in practice. *This is Part 1 of a 3-part series. Read Part 2 on Defensive Communication and Part 3 on Offensive Communication. If you’ve coached long enough, you’ve probably run into multiple situations where one of your players failed to

March 25, 2018 - Kansas City, MO, U.S. - KANSAS Kansas City, MO - MARCH 25: Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs center Teaira McCowan (15) and the entire starting lineup walk down the court together in celebration late in the fourth quarter of a quarterfinal game in the NCAA Division l Women's Championship between the UCLA Bruins and Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs on March 25, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.  Mississippi State won 89-73 to advance to the Final Four. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, as is the way teammates communicate with each other. *Final post in this series. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success; and Part 2 – Coach’s Words and Actions. This is the final post in a short mini-series on confidence and our role as coaches in

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