Tag Archives: Coaching

The Alley Drill

THE ALLEY DRILL Written by Brandon Reichert for Randy Brown   Video The Alley Drill-1on1   How the drill works Offensive player and defensive player are playing 1v1. Offensive player is trying to get to the basket while staying inside the “alley” created by the cones. The offensive player must stay inbounds and not move

Four WNBA Plays To Run With Your Team

Let’s honor the 2019 WNBA season and its first-class talent by rolling that same energy into your 2019-2020 hoops season.  This year, ladies across the league showed us that representation matters. Through unmatched leadership and outstanding gameplay on the court, to using their voice and individuality to raise awareness around the game’s most sensitive topics

Buying In to Defense: Four Tips for Your Team

Most young players naturally enjoy offense more than defense, but these simple tips and drills will have your team excited to defend. Coming off our 2017-18 Virginia state title, I have  reflected on some of the things we did defensively that helped us achieve our success. Coaching in this era, where so much emphasis is

Player Development: 5 Exercises To Increase Basketball Explosiveness

Develop a strong foundation of power, force and basketball explosiveness with these simple strength-building movements. What so many players, coaches, and parents fail to realize is just how important the weight room is to developing a player’s technical and tactical skills. These are the primary movements that we focus on in our program: Lunges, Jumping,

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 3 – Spain PNR Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This is Part 3 of our series on Zalgiris Kaunas, covering Spain PNR sets. Read Part 1 on Horns Series and Part 2 on Iverson Series. Part 1 also includes a profile on head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius

Plays of the Week – April Recap

The month of April featured some fantastic XsOs with the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament and beginning of the NBA Playoffs. Missed our emails from April? No worries – we got you covered. Catch up at the webpage versions below. Plays of the Week emails are generally sent on Tuesdays. Subscribe here to get POW delivered

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 1 – Horns Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This post, 1 of 4, focuses on ZK’s Horns series.  The 2017-18 EuroLeague season has been the most competitive of all time. Only three games separated 3rd place from 8th place in the league standings. Zalgiris Kaunas had one

Failure IS an Option!

Most people attempt to avoid failure. In the realm of athletics, however, failing can be the key to finding success. The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is about the ill-fated NASA mission that saw an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft which caused the mission’s goal of landing on the moon to be aborted. As the NASA

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

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