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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

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

SAN ANTONIO, April 3, 2018  Jay Wright (L), head coach of Villanova, hugs player Jalen Brunson during the championship game against Michigan of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament,in San Antonio, Texas, the United States, on April 2, 2018. Villanova claimed the title by defeating Michigan with 79-62.  wll) (Credit Image: © Song Qiong/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 2 – Words and Actions

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and the words and actions from coaches make a difference. *This is Part 2 of 3. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success.  Last week I started this blog series on confidence and our role as coaches in instilling and developing it in our athletes.

Coaches play an integral part in developing confidence in their players.

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 1 – Preparation and Success

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, and preparing them properly sets them up for success. *Part 1 of a 3-part series In the last few posts I wrote for Fast Model Sports I talked about some important elements of team sport success being things that we might not always think of as

13 July 2018, Berlin, Germany: Kristaps Porzingis (C), power forward of the New York Knicks plays with youth players of the basketball team ALBA Berlin during a joint training session. The Latvian basketball player is currently on an advertising tour in Germany. (Credit Image: © Gregor Fischer/DPA via ZUMA Press)

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

Apr. 4, 2011 - Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Kids warm up in 100-degree weather before a youth boxing tournament by flipping tires through a parking lot Monday, Mar. 28, 2011, at the Palm Springs Boxing Club in Palm Springs, CA. (Credit Image: © Jordan Stead/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Time for Tires: Ideas to Mix Up Strength and Conditioning

Flipping tires is a fun strength and conditioning exercise that is also functional for basketball players to develop explosiveness.  The last thing a coach wants is for players to be disengaged, no matter if it’s a practice, game, film session, weight workout or any other activity. One of our program beliefs is that conditioning should be fun –  we will rarely just run

January 16, 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Hassani Gravett (2) defends the drive by Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) in the SEC Basketball matchup at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

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The Inside Out – Episode 47: Work Like A Pro

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth to professional

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The Inside Out – Episode 46: Two Secret Weapons

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth

March 4, 2018 - New York, New York, U.S - Michigan Head Coach JOHN BEILEIN and MORITZ WAGNER (13) celebrate at the end of the game held at Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York. (Credit Image: © Amy Sanderson via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 3: Humility

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 3: Humility “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis Being humble means you know exactly what you have to offer. As coaches, we will often

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The Inside Out – Episode 45: The Daily Grind

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth

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