May 6, 2018 - New Orleans, LA, U.S. - NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 06:   Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talks to forward Kevin Durant (35) against New Orleans Pelicans during game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on May 06, 2018.  (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Stephen Lew/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Spacing vs. Positioning

Spacing and Positioning both play a role in effective offense, so what’s the difference between these two concepts? (Note: This blog originally appeared in our September 15, 2018 newsletter. Subscribe here.) Often I receive an email that goes something like this… “Coach, I love the info you share and I really love the four-out and

April 29, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives the ball against Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson in the second quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won the game, 105-101. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Playing Inside Out: Passing and Cutting from the Post

Teach players key concepts and reads to playing inside out on offense in order to increase spacing and scoring opportunities.  Playing inside out has long been a focus of many basketball coaches. This often meant playing through a traditional post player who would throw the ball out if they couldn’t score. The game has changed in many ways,

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Head Coach Roundtable: Advice for Your First 100 Days

With so much work to do when starting a new job as head coach, having a plan for the first 100 days is extremely important. *This article was originally posted by our partners at AthleticDirectorU on its website here. What does it take to have a successful start to a head coaching tenure? AthleticDirectorU sat

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.

August 17, 2018: Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud (9) celebrates hitting the unbelievable last second shot during the game between the Los Angeles Sparks vs Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.. Cory Royster/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Cory Royster/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

What’s the Best Bargain in Basketball? The WNBA

The WNBA Playoffs begin tonight, and coaches should take advantage of the learning opportunity these games will provide. Coaches spend the off season looking for ways to develop, improve, and learn. What if I told you that you might be missing out on the best bargain in basketball!?! For only $16.99, you could watch some of the

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

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