The 3 C’s Of Post Play & Why Every Player Needs To Practice Post Play

By Joe Haefner

The 3 C’s Of Post Play & Why Every Player Needs To Practice Post Play

As Coach Huber said in the video, every player should practice post play. In today’s game, you see…

Here Is Why Guards Must Practice Post Play…

By Joe Haefner

Here Is Why Guards
Must Practice Post Play…

There are only a handful of players in the world that won’t run into…

Team USA Play – Score With Your “Big Man” From A 1-4 High Set

By Joe Haefner

Team USA Play – Score With Your “Big Man” From A 1-4 High Set

This is an excellent play to get your “Big” man a scoring opportunity on the move. It is a relatively simple play that involves ball and…

Newsletter 112 – 3 Pro Post Moves To Help You Dominate Down Low, The Spurs’ Danny Green – 2 Things Guaranteed To Get You More Playing Time, and 2 Post Play Camps

By Joe Haefner

2 Post Play Camps With Pro Trainer Don Kelbick

This fall we are having two post play camps and each camp is limited to 30 players, so be sure to register before they fill up.

Omaha, Nebraska – September 20-21
Phoenix, Arizona – October 11-12


3 Pro Post Moves To Help You Dominate Down Low

Check out these 3 post play drills provided by professional skills trainer Don Kelbick. Each drill focuses on specific post moves that will make you a better scorer by improving footwork, coordination, quickness, touch, and shooting…


The Spurs’ Danny Green – 2 Things Guaranteed To Get You More Playing Time

While watching a little bit of game 4 during the 2014 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, I noticed two critical things that Danny Green does very well. These things will earn you more playing time…


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Should You Remove Competition When Teaching?

By Joe Haefner

Here is an excerpt from the FAQ section of the Post Player Development book by Don Kelbick.

What about practicing post moves with a defense? I’ve read that players need less 1-on-0 and more 1-on-1 and situational drills. Once they have a base for some moves, they need to practice those moves against competition. Otherwise, they won’t develop the “feel” of when to make the right moves. Why wasn’t that addressed?

I am completely on the opposite side here. I think players need more 1-on-0 work and less 1-on-1. I don’t believe in competitive teaching. I don’t teach reading the defense. I teach action and counter. There is no right move, there is only what you do well. 90 percent is mentality. The information in this book is exactly what I teach. Then I just send them out to play.

Now you’re probably wondering why I don’t believe in competitive teaching and reading the defense. Even though my feelings on this are too extensive to cover here, I’ll try to address some of my thoughts.

My philosophy has developed over 30 years of coaching in both team and individual situations. I combine that with three degrees in Education. I say that not to blow my own horn or to minimize anyone else, but to emphasize that it is not an arbitrary method.

I believe that to be an effective teacher you have to remove stress from the classroom. I don’t believe in negative reinforcement, running for mistakes, placing penalties for missed shots or turnovers, or winners and losers in teaching situations. All that adds to the stress level of the players you are trying to develop. A basic effect of stress is that it narrows the perceptual field. It limits what the player is able to see, and how they form perceptions.

When you are a big picture teacher, as I am, anything that prevents the players from seeing all the possibilities or puts them in a position to fear failure, as competition does, would be counter productive. I have seen situations where players fail over and over again because they are working out against a better player. That affects self-image and retards development. I have also seen players take advantage of lesser players and never fail. This gives them a false sense of accomplishment and when they fail in a game, it is a hard fall.

I put my competition into scrimmages where they actually have to play and do the things they practice. Admittedly, it goes slow at first but then the curve becomes very steep. I don’t teach reading the defense. Having a defense there so it forces a particular turn does not fit with my philosophy. Shooting over a hand or having to deal with contact are moot points because I try to build an act and counter mentality to the position. I also really push the mentality that shooting is all rhythm. So, getting a shot blocked, bothered or shooting with contact doesn’t matter because I want to ignore those things and just concentrate on rhythm.

In practice, not using competition in your teaching allows for a better pace of learning, more consistent situations, less dropped passes, less bad passes, more skill intensity and better self image.

And then there is the biggest issue; if a player can’t get on the floor they can’t improve or help you. If I had one hair on my head for all the players that got hurt in competitive drills and had to sit out practices or games I would have more hair than the ex-Governor of Illinois (I can’t even say his name properly, no less spell it, but I do know he had a lot of hair). An injury in a game or scrimmage is acceptable. But an injury in a teaching situation is tough to defend. To say they need to knock heads to become better when it knocks them out instead is not acceptable.

NEW Book – Pro Coach Reveals Simplified Process to Develop Post and Perimeter Players

By Jeff Haefner

We released a new Post Development and Footwork book with 2 SPECIAL offers only available THIS WEEK…

You can check out the new Book and special offers here:

Those of you that have been follow us for a while know that we have never said anything like this before…

But for the first time, we must tell you that every single coach at every level should get this book for the footwork explanations alone.  The way Don Kelbick simplifies the complex art of post play and footwork is unparalleled.

The footwork (along with many of the concepts in the book) applies to all positions, not just the post.  And as you’ve probably heard from Don, Jeff, Joe, and many other coaches… FOOTWORK is arguably the most important skill for players to learn.

Yet, most coaches don’t understand what footwork really is or how to teach it…

Well, Don has illustrated and explained footwork and how to teach it brilliantly.  This is something that ALL coaches should learn.  We can’t emphasize enough how much we recommend that you learn Don’s unique ways to teach footwork.

This applies to youth coaches, point guards, female athletes, male athletes, and everyone.

So be sure to check out this new book and take advantage of the special offers you have available this week:

Hard copies are now available.

Post Rules For Youth Motion Offense?

By Don Kelbick


Your site is great and I’ve learned a lot from the motion ebook. Thanks.

I coach 5th grade boys and we’re 0-5. We started using the motion after the first game. The offense is still a mess, but we occasionally get a give and go for a layup that looks kinda like basketball. So while I’m extremely frustrated, I have to admit that we’re improving and the boys haven’t quit.

My only rule now is to basket cut after a pass if the point can’t pass to the wing. However, he just starts dribbling and turns it over. If the point does make the pass and the wing can’t pass it back to the point, he just starts dribbling and he turns it over. The result is usually a fast break for the other guys.

I’m looking for another rule and would specifically like to get the post guys involved in the offense. The rules I’ve seen all seem to be geared to the guards. Any rules for the post guys?

Also, do you have any thoughts on a set? We start in a 1-2-2 now, but that leaves a lot of real estate for the guards to cover against pressure and also seems to clog the lane if the give and go does work. I’m thinking of moving to a 1-3-1 and having the low post move to the weak side after a pass.


The answers to your problems are child development issues not basketball issues. I would recommend that you find a couple more rules, such as what do you do if you can’t pass to the cutter and what do you do if you are the next receiver and can’t get the ball, but I think you may be missing the big picture.

You say to yourself, “some plays look like basketball,” and “the team is improving,” and the “kids are still playing hard,” and that is a result of coaching. You getting frustrated is the result of the score. I wonder how much of what the other teams do “Look like basketball,” or is it just kids on the other teams being able to do a couple of things individually. To stop that, work on defense and the game will even out. Also, in 5th grade, they shouldn’t post players, all the players should just be learning how to play.

The reason that the kids dribble and get it stolen is more a development issue than anything else. How good of a ballhandler can a 5th grader be? It has more to do with the way they perceive the world. Spacing, timing, speed, etc. are all things in life they need more experience at. There is a reason why young kids shouldn’t cross the street by themselves, because they don’t have enough life experience to determine how far away a car is, what speed it is traveling and how long it will take to get there. It is worse on a basketball court because it is all new experience and there is nothing in real life they can draw on.

If the kid is going to dribble, at least tell him where to go and forget about the offense. If you are going to put the ball on the floor, take a lay-up.


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Motion Offense – Getting Post Player Touches

By Joe Haefner

In our recent teleseminar for the people who purchased the Motion Offense eBooks, there was a question that I really wanted to share.

Here is an edited version of the question and answer between the listener and Don Kelbick.

Guest: I’ve got a 6’9″ kid actually that’s going Division 1 next year. I want to make sure that our number one rule is that every third, fourth touch is a post touch. Does this rule sound like a good rule for the motion offense?

Don Kelbick: Right. I used to do that, and that might work for you, because it worked for me sometimes. What I found with this rule is that it shows how much kids want to please you. A lot of times, they’d get concerned about how many passes were thrown.

So a kid would stand out on the wing, and somebody would be wide open. They wouldn’t throw it to them because they would say, “You know, I thought we were on the fourth pass, so I have to throw it into the post.”

I actually went away from that rule and used this rule instead, “We’re not taking any jump shots until the post man touches the ball.”

And if you have a real good post player, then let him touch the ball twice. And then you teach your post player that when the ball goes into the post, the defense is going to collapse. At the very least, the defense is going to turn around to try and find the ball.

Teach your shooters, when the ball goes into the post, here’s where you go. And then you teach the post guy that if he doesn’t have a post play, this is where you look.

By throwing the ball into the post and having the post guy throw the ball back out, the number of open shots that you will get will stagger you.