Basketball Moves Are A Lot Like Friends

By Joe Haefner

Due to the popularity of these quotes on our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages, I’ve decided to share these quotes that I came up with last year.

Basketball moves are a lot like friends….

It’s better to have a few great ones than many okay ones. If you focus on too many, you end up with no great ones and a bunch of okay ones.

It’s also better to have a few that complement each other than a bunch of random ones.

Parenting Advice: Helping Your Kids Succeed By Not Helping

By Joe Haefner

Daniel Coyle who is the author of the Talent Code referenced this post from this article called Please Don’t Help My Kids on one of his recent blog posts.  I highly advise you read the quote reference below and check out the articles.  They offer some great advice on parenting and how to avoid over-parenting.

Dear Other Parents At The Park:Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you’ve just heard me tell them I wasn’t going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves.

I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up. I am sitting here because I didn’t bring them to the park so they could learn how to manipulate others into doing the hard work for them. I brought them here so they could learn to do it themselves.

They’re not here to be at the top of the ladder; they are here to learn to climb. If they can’t do it on their own, they will survive the disappointment. What’s more, they will have a goal and the incentive to work to achieve it. It is not my job — and it is certainly not yours — to prevent my children from feeling frustration, fear, or discomfort. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that those things are not the end of the world, and can be overcome or used to their advantage.

LeBron James Tackles Fan Who Wins $75,000 After Making A Half-Court Shot

By Joe Haefner

Check out LeBron James tackling a fan after he wins $75,000 winning a half court shot.  You got to love it!

Owen Groesser – 8th grader with Down syndrome Nails Two 3-Pointers!

By Joe Haefner

Check out the video below!  It’s a story about an 8th grade manager named Owen Groesser who has down syndrome. Owen got a chance to play in the last game of the year and drains two 3-pointers in the last two minutes of the game. Truly awesome!!

I dare you not to tear up!

Considering that my wife’s Aunt Mary Ann had down syndrome, this really hits home for me. “Mares” is one of my favorite people of all-time. We miss her every day!

10 Shooting Tips From The Legendary Dave Hopla

By Joe Haefner

Below is a video of the legendary Dave Hopla talking about shooting.  Below the video you will find 10 tips to improve your shooting that he mentions in the video.

For those of you who don’t know Dave Hopla, he is one of the most highly regarded shooting experts in the world. He has worked for and been consulted by numerous college and NBA teams.

If you ever get the privilege of attending one of his shooting clinics, you will be amazed. He makes 98% to 99% of his shots while giving a lecture at the same time. It is truly amazing.

Dave Hopla also holds the world record for hitting 18 NBA 3-Pointers in 1 minute with 1 ball and 1 passer.

  1. Practice form shooting.
  2. Confidence and Visualization are very important.
  3. You gain confidence through repetition.
  4. You should keep track of shots.  When you record your shots, this leads to you seeing that you’re getting better, and this leads to more confidence and success.
  5. You should always think you’re going to swish the next shot.
  6. Consistency is the mark of greatness.
  7. Target is on the center of the basket.
  8. Adjust the size of the ball and the height of the rim to the age and size of the kid.  Europe has done this for years.
  9. Best way to become a great scorer is to get time to get your shot off.  The best way to get time is to run through screens.
  10. Anyone can become a good shooter.  You need to challenge yourself, track yourself, and put in extra time.  Ray Allen comes to the gym four hours before a game.  Kobe Bryant is the first one in the gym.  Michael Jordan had the breakfast club.

Newsletter 69 – New Fast Break Drill, New Last-Second Play, 3 Tips To Make More Lay Ups, Youth Defense, and More

By Joe Haefner

How to Make More Layups with 3 Simple Tactics
I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that hasn’t been frustrated by players missing lay ups. So this article will give you some simple ways to cut down on missed lay ups and…

Video Icon New 3-Man Fast Break Drill – Improve Your Fast Break, Conditioning, Passing, Finishing, and Rebounding
This drill not only improves your passing, finishing, and rebounding out of the fast break; it also greatly improves your conditioning.

New Game-Winning Full Court Basketball Play
Take a look at this great last second full court play that can be used in the final seconds of a quarter or a game. It has multiple options that will get you can get your team attacking the basket or pulling up for a perimeter jump shot…

What Defense Should You Teach Youth Players (Zone, Man, Press)??
It’s time for that yearly discussion on youth defense! Please read and discuss…


Newsletter 68 – New Game-Like Drills, New Play, 2 New Passing Drills For Youth, Breaking Pressure, and More

By Joe Haefner

Here is newsletter 68.

NEW Drills – Help Your Team Learn How To Win With These Game-Style Drills
For years coaches have been practicing situation plays. Putting time on the clock and a score on the board…

Video Icon 2 Competitive Passing Drills For Beginners In Youth Basketball
Check out these two drills that you can use with your teams to improve passing…

New Play – Strong Side Ball Screen Out of The Flex
This flex offense play gets you a variety of looks off the ball screen. It develops from the flex offense corner option. This flex offense play works especially well if you…

Video Icon Basketball Press Offense: How to Break Any Type of Press and Avoid Turnovers
In this report and supplemental video you will learn…

  • How to attack any type of zone press (including the 1-2-1-1, 2-2-1, half court press, and more)
  • How to reduce turnovers and take better care of the ball
  • Drills to improve press breaking skills
  • Press break drills to improve ballhandling under pressure
  • Press break plays
  • Tips for youth and advanced coaches