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Becky Hammon preseason tips

10 Tips to DOMINATE the Preseason for Basketball Coaches

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

Golden State Warriors shootaround drills

Shootaround Drills: 6 Team & Individual Shooting Drills for Game Day

Fun and competitive shootaround drills designed to get plenty of shots up and get players’ bodies moving on game day. According to a 2014 article from SB Nation, Hall of Fame coach Bill Sharman “introduced the shootaround as a way to burn off nervous energy on game days and begin focusing on the task at

basic practice drills for youth basketball teams

12 Basic Practice Drills For Youth Basketball Teams

Simple, fun and effective drills for youth basketball teams and players to develop shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding and defending skills. We may not give youth basketball coaches (or youth coaches of any sport, for that matter) enough credit. It takes patience, positivity and plenty of energy to instruct young athletes. Did we mention patience? Coaching

Crash the Glass: Making a Case for Offensive Rebounding

There is no doubt that offensive rebounding can aid your overall efficiency as an offense. It creates extra opportunities for an offense and can produce high quality looks versus a scrambling defense. For teams that do not shoot the ball particularly well it would seem that offensive rebounding should take on an even more important role. They would seem to need those extra opportunities in order to maintain the kind of offensive efficiency that is necessary to win games.

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Defense

Ideas, drills and an overall plan for developing good communication habits on the defensive end of the court. *This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Check out Part 1 on Why Team Communication is Important, and Part 3 on Offensive Communication. When discussing communication in basketball, most coaches immediately focus on the defensive side of

Join the MaxOne “Journey to Tip-off” CHALLENGE

Join the MaxOne “Journey to Tip-off” Challenge and get access to 5+ FREE resources to make it your best season yet. Grab my FREE resources… Preparing for a basketball season can be a chaotic time for a coach.  The best coaches know that good preparation saves a lot of headaches when you are in the

Keys to Designing a Dribble Drive Motion Practice Plan

A comprehensive approach to creating a practice plan that simultaneously focuses on skill development and game-like situations. The Craft of Practice Planning Practice planning is one of the great obsessions of basketball coaches at all levels. There is probably no aspect of their job that coaches spend more time on then designing the perfect practice plan. As a

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

basketball pre-practice drills

Pre-Practice Drills: Setting the Tone for Success

The 15-20 minutes before official practice begins are crucial, and having a routine of pre-practice drills can help set the tone for success. Designing and organizing a successful daily practice plan may be the most important quality of any successful coach. Practice plan design, time length, and goals may be differ for each coach, but

The Most Innovative Coaching Tool in Basketball – MaxOne

MaxOne is a must-have coaching resource to keep your program organized and communication efficient all year long. It can be tough to keep up when it comes to technology and innovation in the sport of basketball. Coaches and athletes are always looking for an edge, and new technologies are continuously coming into play. It’s important

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