Do You Want To Be A Good Player? Do This…

By Joe Haefner

Do You Want To Be A Good Player? Do This…

Avoid these disturbing trends and learn how all players become good players…

Steph Curry Shooting Series

By Joe Haefner

Steph Curry Shooting Series

This is shooting drill leads to better game shooting. It incorporates numerous situations and improves multiple aspects of shooting that include spot up shooting, shooting off the dribble, cutting to the …

Why You Should Not Step Slide On Defense

By Joe Haefner

Why You Should Not Step Slide On Defense

In this video clip from Man To Man Defense with Jim Huber, Jim talks about the step slide and how it can make you slower and less explosive. And he explains a better alternative that will…

Basketball Size Chart – Recommended Sizes for Kids & Adults

By Joe Haefner

Basketball Size Chart – Recommended Sizes for Kids & Adults

If you spend a little time watching youth games, practices, or pick up games in this country…. you’ll see that most young players use the wrong size basketball. And using the wrong size often leads to…

Get A Quick Three Pointer With This Sideline Out of Bounds Play

By Joe Haefner

Get A Quick Three Pointer With This Sideline Out of Bounds Play

This is a great play to get a quick three-pointer off a sideline out of bounds play. This play also allows for secondary options, if the three is not…

Add Progressive Dribble Knockout To Your Youth Practices

By Joe Haefner

Add Progressive Dribble Knockout To Your Youth Practices

This is a great drill that can accommodate a lot of players, eliminate standing around, and groups your players by ability. I use progressive dribble knockout during…

Tips To Help With Team Morale and Cutting Players

By Joe Haefner

Tips To Help With Team Morale and Cutting Players

One of the more complicated tasks a coach must handle is making cuts. As anyone who has coached very long learns, advanced ability and good attitude don’t always share the…

If You Coach or Parent Youth Athletes – You Must Watch This

By Joe Haefner

If you are serious about helping youth athletes turn into healthy adults from an emotional, psychological, and physical standpoint, you need to watch this video.

For any of you who have been with us since we started this newsletter in 2007, I’m sure the words spoken in this video are nothing new to you. However, it’s still a good reminder on how we should treat children in youth sports.

Here are some important messages from the video…

40 million play youth sports – 70% quit by 13 years old.

  • For reasons that kids play sports, winning does not even make the top 10.
  • Kids quit because they’re tired of getting yelled at.
  • Kids quit because they’re afraid to make mistakes.
  • Kids quit because of an emphasis on winning which leads to a lack of playing time.

In “competitive” youth sports, it’s not the kids who compete harder, it’s the adults.

Sports are supposed to be about kids playing, having fun, learning, making friendships, and learning how to solve problems on their own.

Players should be rewarded for hustle, hard work, and being a good teammate.

Kids aren’t becoming better. They’re becoming bitter.

Let your kids learn how to fail.

A child’s worst memory from youth sports is often the ride home.

If you get anything from this video… this is the most important part… Rather than trying to give advice after a game, simply say…

“I love watching you play.” And that’s it!


Related Resources:

What’s Wrong With Youth Basketball Leagues? (And Suggestions To Improve Them)

8 Secrets To Success & How They Relate To Youth Coaching / Parenting

Coaching Youth Basketball – Drills, Offense, Defense, Coaching Strategies, Practice Planning, and More


NBA Skill Coach Shows Players How to Improve Shooting Workouts — And Reveals Mistake Almost Every Player Makes

By Joe Haefner

NBA Skill Coach Shows Players How to Improve Shooting Workouts — And Reveals Mistake Almost Every Player Makes

As Don Kelbick mentions in this video clip from Attack and Counter Skill Development System, a lot of shooters are hurt by the way that they practice. Why? Because you…

10 Critical Leadership Skills Found in Business AND IN Basketball

By Joe Haefner

10 Critical Leadership Skills Found in Business AND IN Basketball

Stepping into a head coaching position for basketball can be a major challenge. In order to be successful you will need to have…