Improve Decision Making On The Fast Break With The 2 on 1 Chaser Drill

By Joe Haefner

Improve Decision Making On The Fast Break With The 2 on 1 Chaser Drill

This is a great drill to practice ball handling, shooting, finishing, passing, and decision-making in fast break situations. This game-like situation encourages quick decisions to…

Why You Can Have The Ball Longer Than 5 Seconds Under Pressure

By Joe Haefner

Why You Can Have The Ball Longer Than 5 Seconds Under Pressure

In the video below, Breakthrough Elite Guard Camp instructor Matt Keeley takes you through a commonly misunderstood rule by…

Who Beat Coach K to 1,000 Wins & How This Can Help You Win More Games & Reduce Parent Problems

By Joe Haefner

Who Beat Coach K to 1,000 Wins & How This System Can Help You Win More Games and Reduce Parent Problems

Coach K got his 1,000th win! An amazing feat and he will certainly go down as one of the best coaches ever. While Coach K is certainly a great coach and there are many things to emulate about the way he conducts himself and interacts with players, it could be a bad idea to

Did You See The High School Dunk of the Year!? Also… How To Coach Talented Players

By Joe Haefner

Did You See The High School Dunk of the Year!? Also… How To Coach Talented Players

Check out what could possibly be the high school dunk of the year in 2014 by…

John Wall on Team Play and Winning

By Joe Haefner

“I’m not a one-on-one guy. I win games by playing it the team way: getting open shots for my teammates, moving the ball, getting the hockey assists. That’s how I win games. Those one-on-one matches, some people look at it by numbers. I look at it by filling the stat sheet and coming out with the ‘W’.”

How to Improve Your Players’ Self Confidence

By Joe Haefner

How to Improve Your Players’ Self Confidence

A team’s overall confidence is a reflection of the individuals who combine to make up that team. And if one player is lacking in self-confidence then so is…

How to Attack the Diamond Press

By Joe Haefner

How to Attack the Diamond Press

The Diamond press is one of the most effective full-court presses at the youth level. It takes advantage of the fact that most youth players cannot…

Coach Sar Passed Away

By Joe Haefner

I am very saddened and sorry to report that Ken Sartini “Coach Sar” passed away at 10:15 AM CT today on January 21st, 2015.

Coach Sar was one of the best guys I knew. He would commit countless hours every week just to helping people on our website. Helping people he never knew or met.


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That’s why you see Coach Sar all over our comment and forum boards.

His help went above and beyond basketball. He taught people how to communicate and how to treat other people with respect.

He taught people how to be kind, hard-working, and live with integrity.

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In addition to being a great guy, he was also quite funny and the story teller. He was once told on one of his forum posts that he put the “Sar” in sarcasm. Coach Sar always laughed about that one.

I also have to share some of his posts. You will find tons of funny comments and statements like these all over the site.

Story #1 – Where’d My Dentures Go!

Source: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=227&p=775

“Thats the great thing about working with kids… you never know what they are going to say.

Before I became the Varsity coach the guy there had an upper set of teeth…. one game he yelled so hard that he spit his teeth out on the floor.. he grabbed them quickly and shoved them back into his mouth… THE WRONG WAY.. he bit himself LOL

The next day in practice the entire team was standing on the end line as he was talking… all of a sudden what appears? (NO not tiny reindeer) one of those chattering teeth toys….. everybody roared!

We have to sell our philosophy to the kids, they have to believe in you… and I don’t care what you are selling… until they know that you really CARE about them you are wasting your breath.”

Story #2 – Player Spits Water On My Face!

Source: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=1110&p=6978

“One game we were down by 2 – 84′ away and 7 seconds on the clock…. I wasn’t happy that my center called a TO because now I have to come up with something for them… my assistane was laughing… so they come to the bench. I am diagramming something for them… something we do every day… and this kid in front of me chokes on a cup of water and spits in right in my face. All the kids are looking at me for a reaction…. I wiped my face and tie off… looked down at the posey board and looked at them and said…. ” I didn’t think the play was that bad. ” They burst out laughing and were still laughing as they went on the floor… we ran the play, hit a 3 at the buzzer and win by 1. Great coaching huh! Its all about them being loose, you might try having someone spit some water on you / just kidding LOL”

Coach Sar, your legacy will live on forever through the lives that you touched.
You will be deeply missed, but remembered with great joy.

 

 

 

5 Proven Ways to Build and Maintain Team Chemistry Over The Course Of A Season

By Joe Haefner

5 Proven Ways to Build and Maintain Team Chemistry Over The Course Of A Season

Maintaining team chemistry as a coach may be more important than X’s and O’s to a team’s success throughout a season. Seasons are long and each one has its own unique ups and downs and challenges. However, it is necessary to…

Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons on Rebounding

By Joe Haefner

“Every time I see a shot go up, it’s like a pass to me. Guys focus on points and getting assists. My goal is to go out and get 20 rebounds a night.” – Andre Drummond