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Video Playbook: The Short Roll

Video Playbook: The Short Roll

The short roll is an effective tool when the ball screen defense puts two on the ball. Here’s a look from some masters of the short roll.  When teaching ball screen offense, it is important to equip your players with solutions to various ball screen defense tactics. Without solutions you are just “running something” and doing a

Rory Hamilton - Zone Offense

Zone Offense Philosophy + 8 Attacking Principles!

A comprehensive checklist on zone offense to go through before the coming season, including 8 principles of attacking zone defenses. At the time of writing, it is the end of July – meaning basketball season will be here before we know it. As all of us coaches know, summer is the perfect time for professional development. Every year I

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The Basketball Tournament Tip-Off x FastModel Finish

See how a Michigan AAU tournament used the Elam Ending, similar to what The Basketball Tournament does, for better late game situations. Today is tip-off of the The Basketball Tournament, which in its sixth year has become another great summer viewing option for basketball fans (You can catch all games airing live on ESPN networks). One

February 09, 2019: Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard (23) on defense during the first half of play. The Syracuse Orange defeated the Boston College Eagles 67-56 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Alan Schwartz/CSM(Credit Image: © Alan Schwartz/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Zone Offense: Alignment

Alignment may be the key piece of zone offense. Here’s some tips for picking the right alignment versus various zone defenses.  When attacking zone defenses, the first step is to settle upon an offensive alignment. And starting from a good alignment may be all the “offense” you need versus a zone.  The traditional zone alignments

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1-4 to Score: Disguise Offensive Sets Using 1-4 High Alignment

The 1-4 High alignment is one of the best ways to begin offense as it offers so many options, and works vs both man and zone defenses. Summer is almost over and coaches across the country are preparing for the start of the 19-20 basketball season.  Coaches use this time to analyze, modify, and adjust

BJU Bruins men's basketball vs PCC, Jan. 18, 2019 (BJU Marketing/Derek Eckenroth)

Building Your Playbook: Add Sets With Consecutive Actions

Stringing together consecutive actions creates advantages by forcing the defense to make back-to-back quick decisions and communicate. During my second year as a college assistant coach, we had a Division I point guard transfer into our small program. His skill in the pick and roll was quickly apparent, not just to our staff, but also

March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Basketball Strategy: There’s No “Right” Way to Play or Coach

It’s all about preference – teams with various styles of play are succeeding in today’s game, as evidenced by recent champions. During the 2019 men’s NCAA Tournament, basketball coaches and fans across the world saw a collection of some of the best games in recent memory. Specifically, the Sweet Sixteen and Eight Eight featured teams with

March 8, 2019 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Duke head coach DARIAN DEVRIES takes to his team during a media time out in the quarter final round of the Arch Madness, Missouri Valley Conference Men's Tournament  held at The Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO (Photo credit Richard Ulreich / ZUMA Press) (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich/ZUMA Wire)

Coaching Tip: Be Consistent in Your Leadership and Messaging

No matter the talent level, wins or losses, it’s important for coaches to maintain a standard of leadership at all times. I was out of town on a college visit trip with my son last month. While we were there, he was telling me about how one of the top high school basketball teams in

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN – MAY 19, 2019: BC CSKA Moscow's Sergio Rodriguez dribbles past BC Anadolu Efes Istanbul's Vasilije Micic (R-L) in their 2019 Basketball Euroleague Final Four championship game, at Fernando Buesa Arena  (Credit Image: © Valery Sharifulin/TASS via ZUMA Press)

CSKA Moscow: EuroLeague Champions Breakdown – Early Offense

See what one of the most successful teams in Europe, CSKA Moscow, runs to take advantage early in possessions. Cementing it’s reputation as one of the top basketball clubs in Europe, CSKA Moscow won the EuroLeague Championship in dramatic fashion, surviving Final Four battles against Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes. This is the eight EuroLeague title in

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