Newsletter 85 – Does Your Defense Match Your Purpose? A Look at Defensive Alignments, 3 Simple and FUN Youth Basketball Drills, and More

By Joe Haefner

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Does Your Defense Match Your Purpose? A Look at Defensive Alignments
During the summer and fall, many coaches are in the process of planning for next season. You may also be tinkering with your defensive schemes. Many coaches throw numbers around for our defensive sets: 1-2-1-1, 2-3, 2-2-1, etc.

3 Simple and FUN Youth Basketball Drills
Here are 3 really simple youth basketball drills that are TONS of fun and excellent for developing young players. We use these drills all the time…

Newsletter 84 – New Play For Zone Defenses, CPR Certification, 7 FUN Ways for Parents to Practice and “Sneak In” Basketball Skills with their Kids, and More

By Joe Haefner

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New Play For Zone Defenses – Create an Easy Look and Gain Momentum with a Backside Lob
A lob play is a great way to catch your opponent off guard and set up scoring opportunities for your most athletic players. By utilizing solid back screens, misdirection, and a talented passer, your team can create open looks at the rim. The following play is most effective against 2-3 and 1-2-2 zone defenses…

CPR Certification: A Necessity for Every Coach
As a coach, you are aware of every situation on the court. You spend a great deal of time working on your strengths, but you take even more time preparing for the worst and limiting the effect it will have on your team. The worst thing that can happen, however, doesn’t take place during the game and it is something that not all coaches are prepared for…

7 FUN Ways for Parents to Practice and “Sneak In” Basketball Skills with their Kids
As a parent, you clearly want your child to be successful and you probably would like them to practice their skills. One of the best things you can do as a parent is to sneak in the fundamentals and keep it fun for youth players….

 

Newsletter 83 – 9 Stats That Every Serious Basketball Coach Should Track, 5 Post Play Drills, and More

By Joe Haefner

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9 Stats That Every Serious Basketball Coach Should Track
I’m a big believer that you should track what is important. As a basketball coach, you can’t track everything — so you pick what you believe are the most important stats and focus on them. Here’s what we believe are the most important basketball statistics for a coach…

Improve Your Post Player’s Touch Around The Basket With These 5 Drills
Great post players like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Kevin Love have developed great touch around the basket. They can make a move to the rim with contact and put the ball softly off the backboard for…

Breakthrough Stats – Track Live Basketball Statistics, Scores and Shot Charts on Your iPad
Track LIVE GAME stats and shot charts for a single player, entire team, or multiple teams. Track as little or as much as you want – instantly calculate up to 65 basketball statistics that would take hours without automation — points in paint, lay up %, EFG%, bad passes, and more…

 

Newsletter 82 – How to Run the Diamond Press Defense – Drills and Tips and More

By Joe Haefner

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How to Run the 1-2-1-1 Diamond Press Defense
The press is designed to force turnovers by speeding up the decision making process of the offense. Your team must have quick players with good instincts for this press defense to be effective. Do not run this press if you are not willing to occasionally give up easy baskets…

Diamond Press Drill #1: Free Throw Situations
This drill is designed to condition your players to quickly set up in the Diamond press after a made free-throw. It also works on free-throws in a game like situation…

Diamond Press Drill #2: Half Court Overload
This drill reinforces the importance of covering more ground on the press by adding an extra offensive player. If your team can guard six players in practice, they can certainly guard five in the game…