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Coaching Basketball: Focusing on the Fundamentals- By Jeff Haefner
The fundamentals of basketball are the foundation for every individual play, offensive or defensive strategy, and every move that your players make. The best players have perfected the basics of the game. Learning and mastering these basics make the rest of the game much easier!
My number one recommendation when coaching basketball is to focus on the fundamentals.
Spend at least 75% of each practice on them.
If you make teaching your players the fundamentals your number one goal, your players will enjoy practice, they will appreciate their improvement, and they will be grateful down the line.
Like any sport, no matter what your age -- whether you're a professional athlete or a youth player just getting started -- you need strong fundamentals to be successful!
Unfortunately, most people don't really understand what that means.
So what are the fundamentals?
The fundamentals include working on the little things that will make you better -- no matter what team or coach you play for -- or what offense or defense you are running.
For example, by working on the fundamentals of shooting, you will get better no matter what offense you run. The fundamentals of shooting include proper foot alignment, leg bend, hand position, arm angle, follow through, and so on. These are some of the little things that make a difference. Learn them!
The same goes for lays ups, foot work, post play, passing, jab steps, jump stops, pivoting, blocking out, and so on.
We suggest that you focus on teaching the proper technique and fundamentals for:
- Foul Shooting
- Lay ups
- Jump stops
- Jab steps
- Point and off guard fundamentals
- Perimeter play
- Post play
- Basketball moves and individual offense