Coaching Basketball -- Tactics & Philosophies

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As a basketball coach, you have one of the most important and exciting jobs in the world!

Think about it.

Teachers would love to get the enthusiasm that you get from your players. Most kids are there because they want to be and because they have a passion for the sport.

Your players look up to you. And they might not always listen to you, they will remember certain things you tell them for the rest of their lives. And you have the opportunity to make a POSITIVE impact on their lives.

Bottom line. You have a very important and rewarding job!

In this area of our website, you'll find a variety of coaching tactics, philosophies, and concepts that will help you become a better basketball coach.

So let's get to it!

Coaching Youth Basketball
If you're coaching beginners or youth players (5 to 14 years old), start with this section of our site. This is a comprehensive resource for youth coaches.

Coaching Philosophy
Coaching philosophy is an important ingredient that all coaches utilize -- whether they know it or not. It's important to recognize, embrace, and refine your coaching philosophy. It will guide you, keep you on the right track, give your team an identity, and make you a better coach.

Game Strategy and Situations
On this page we hope to give you some different ideas from various coaches so you can improve your game strategy and win more games.

Handling Practices
In this section you'll find some tips on how to organize, plan, optimize and handle most asepcts of your basketball practices.

Coaching is more than X's and O's. If you are a coach, in a youth or school situation, you are responsible for young people's lives. Charles Barkley once said "I am not a role model." Well, if you are a coach, like it or not, you are a role model and a leader. Here are some articles on leadership...

Managing Your Basketball Team
Here are some articles on managing your basketball team, dealing with parents, handling assistants, and program development.

Off Season Strategy & Planning
The off-season is an important time to reflect, improve strategy, and development your players. Here are some articles on off season strategy & planning...

Player Motivation & Mentality
One of the biggest challenges that coaches face is motivating players consistently. Combine that with the fact that player motivation has a dramatic impact on your success, and you can see how important motivation is.

Positive Impact Coaching
As a basketball coach, we believe the most important thing is for you to make a positive impact on your players' lives! Coaches have a huge influence on their players and have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact.

Basketball Statistics - Using Stats for Better Coaching
When used properly, basketball statistics and key metrics serve as powerful tool to help players and coaches improve. The purpose of this page is to provide you with useful information about basketball stats and how you can use them to give your team a competitive edge.

Teamwork & Chemistry
Team chemistry, the elusive and intangible quality, that coaches believe teams need to be successful. There is no denying that coaching a team with good chemistry is much more pleasurable to coach on than a team without it. Here some ideas to improve your team chemistry.

Drills for Coaches
Get over 200 drills you can use in practice to spice things up, solve problems and help your team improve.

Team Offense
Learn about dozens of different offenses, how to choose, and ways you can attack the defense.

Team Defenses
Guides to improve your man defense, zone defense, full court press, and more.