The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter
Issue 10: December 20, 2007

New Spacing Drill (Basic) - We receive lots of requests from coaches looking for drills that teach their players good offensive spacing. This drill will help with spacing.

New Spacing Drill (Advanced)

FUN Youth Drill: No Dribble Keep Away - This is a fun spacing and passing drill for youth coaches.

FUN Drill: Pivot 21 - This is a fun drill to improve pivoting and lay ups.

NEW Inbounds Play from Under the Basket: Wide Open Spaces - If you're one of those coaches that likes to score directly from your inbounds plays, these inbounds plays will get you easy baskets.

NEW Inbounds Play from Under the Basket: Post - Can get you easy baskets.

NEW Side Out of Bounds Play: Slice - Sideline out of bound play that can get you easy baskets.

NEW Offense Article - How to score more points by understanding the true theory and philosophy behind offense

Let us know if you have any comments or questions...


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kostas papadopoulos says:
12/20/2007 at 2:31:14 AM



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joe Kowalkowski says:
12/20/2007 at 2:56:58 AM

Thank you for all the help.
Excellent site, for help with your team.


V says:
12/20/2007 at 3:27:56 AM

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12/20/2007 at 4:15:36 AM

You are making good job here. We like that and follow your site carefully. Thank you for your good job.


hammami faišal says:
12/20/2007 at 4:16:51 AM

thank you . can i sent my opinion with drill & step that i used


Lori Drzewinski says:
12/20/2007 at 4:56:58 AM

Great drills - I am coaching a girls team with a lot of first time players, and although I played in HS & College this has been a great reference for me as a novice coach to refer to. I've used a number of your drills and the girls are picking up the skill and having fun at the same time. Thanks!!


clmalmeida says:
12/20/2007 at 5:09:09 AM

Thank you. It's very good site


martin says:
12/20/2007 at 5:36:00 AM

I always look forward for your new letter, always supplies me with new inspiration.Especially those fun drills, which make practising much more attractive,martin from Prague


moudy says:
12/20/2007 at 5:44:08 AM



Wim Cluytens says:
12/20/2007 at 9:28:17 AM

I hope to receive many of your very interesting newsletters in 2008!
Thank you and best wishes!


Wim Cluytens says:
12/20/2007 at 9:33:09 AM

A question: do you make a difference between a "pick"
and a "screen"? What is the difference if there is one?

Do you set a pick(screen) right on the man or on a spot?

Can you call "pick and roll" also "screen and roll"?


Russell says:
12/20/2007 at 9:33:31 AM

This site is what I have been looking for. It
is great!


Anna J says:
12/20/2007 at 9:36:41 AM

Thank you! This is so helpful!


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
12/20/2007 at 9:50:19 AM

With the terminology that we use, a "pick" and a "screen" are the exact same things. There is no difference.

So you could say "screen and roll" instead of "pick and roll." They mean the same thing.

In short, you should screen an "area" against zone defense and screen the "man" against a man defense.

Here's the answer that Don has provided about screening zones versus man:

"The second adjustment is to screen an area instead of the player. Since coverages change with ball movement, the defensive player who is defending a player when the ball is in one place, won't be defending with the ball in another area. For example, if you have a player on the block who you are going to bring to the wing, screening the player defending on the block will not be effective. You need to screen in the area on the wing where your player is going to cut to.

To be an effective screening team against a zone, you need to think as a zone coach, understand how the zone moves and what the coverages are and then screen, at the proper time, the areas where you want your offensive players to be effective."

You can find the rest at this question:


Michelle Anderson says:
12/20/2007 at 10:16:17 AM

Love the new twist on the drills. I have u-13 boys and they are always a little crazy at practice. They love competitions so the drills you sent this week will come in handy over the break when we have no games.


Annette Lorenz says:
12/20/2007 at 10:56:31 AM

Great website for new coaches:) Thank you for keeping me updated with new drills!


joe walker says:
12/20/2007 at 12:46:36 PM

great stuff!

it's very hard to keep the young kids' attention.

it's nice to have new and fresh ideas for them.

thank you very much!


dmitchell says:
12/20/2007 at 1:45:16 PM

Looking at the offensive sets and talking about zones. What type of zones are these offenses going against?


Jenny Martin says:
12/20/2007 at 4:03:32 PM

Thanks heaps, all information so much appreciated, have a safe Xmas and New Year


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
12/20/2007 at 4:24:22 PM

The same principles can be applied against any zone defense.

We have answered some of the questions about attacking a zone defense at the following links:

Here's another one about match up zones:


Dave Swanson says:
12/20/2007 at 5:05:36 PM

Great tips and drills, as a novice coach of a 5th grade girls team your site has been a HUGE help. Keep up the good work, always excited to get the newsletter!


sam says:
12/20/2007 at 5:40:13 PM

as usual i'm overwhelmed by this outpouring of basketball coaching ideas. i am asking for a team to handle. come and try me with my breakthrough basketball.


roger says:
12/20/2007 at 6:36:20 PM

it's nice to read this, i like it very much and I learn so much. Thank You.


peter marino says:
12/20/2007 at 8:01:37 PM

thank you


Waslee says:
12/21/2007 at 8:05:41 PM

Hai, i find your coaching techiques are very helpful to me as I am new at it. It help me to get a better views on how to choose the best strategy. Furthermore, most of the trainning methods are more game oriented so it make it easy for me to train the players in a game situation.


manoj says:
12/22/2007 at 7:29:34 AM

please send passing drills


Alex Ortiz says:
12/23/2007 at 10:18:48 AM

More POWER... to The Breakthrough Basketball and to all the people behind this endeavor. love you guys. Happy Holidays


Jim says:
12/24/2007 at 1:03:37 PM

Very helpful plays and drills. Keep up the good work!


Spud NZ says:
12/29/2007 at 4:43:26 PM

I've always been grateful to the site and those subscibers for the information and comments. As a High School Coach i'm traveling to USA California Dec 2008 and developing a international network, and hopeful that i might ford communication with coachs before this date


maher matar says:
12/30/2007 at 6:36:39 AM

hi joe , i would like to thank you for the help you give for improving my baskeball,my relationship with my players .

god bless and thank you a lot



jon mayall says:
1/2/2008 at 9:33:58 AM

Dear team,

thank you once again for another excellent edition of porfessional yet easily accessible tips, tactics and strategies. Your guides are always informative presented in an interesting manner and offer great advice to all levels of coaches. Thank you very much for the wonderful service you provide.


Connie says:
1/2/2008 at 11:22:19 AM

Awesome site!!! Great information especially for a new coach!! Thanks


channa says:
1/2/2008 at 10:22:37 PM

send me how to do conditioning.what is the mean of conditioning of Basketball.


Anthony says:
1/6/2008 at 7:12:37 PM

Thanks for everything. This site made me a better coach.


nikolas says:
1/9/2008 at 1:56:50 AM

It's very Good ....

TQ for information ,I have nice day..

God Bless all


masoud says:
1/12/2008 at 1:09:40 AM

i love your site.i learn basketball and teach to my player in iran.dont be tired and thanks.


carolyn says:
1/12/2008 at 3:53:21 PM

Thanks for your fantastic site. Using your skills and drills, inbound plays and heaps of other things made my u/14 girls go from being a 5th or 6th team in the comp to playing off in the grand final!!!!!

Keep up the good work and I'll keep telling other people about your brilliant site.

Australia Rulz


silver uche says:
1/14/2008 at 12:25:24 PM

been playing basketball for 3 years now without a coach.thanks for the ebooks, cos i now have a coach.


randy says:
1/16/2008 at 12:45:49 PM

im having lots of trouble breaking a full court press the team we are playing press the whole game or until they have a big lead any boby have any suggestins


randy says:
1/16/2008 at 12:51:15 PM

im having lots of trouble breaking a full court press the team we play sat. press the whole game or until they have a big lead does anybody have any suggestins or know what i can do and one more thing there point guard is very fast what kind of d should i run or do i just let my defender sag off of her


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
1/16/2008 at 1:48:15 PM

Hi Randy,

For press breakers, you can reference this page:

Other ways to improve press-breaking is to run overload drills. 3 defenders against 2 offensive players and the offense tries to bring the ball up the court.

Against the quick player, you may want to sag off of her or have the defenders off the ball be ready to provide early help. When she doesn't have the ball, you may want to deny all passes back to her.



lucy says:
1/17/2008 at 6:27:30 PM

Thanks for all !


randy says:
1/22/2008 at 10:17:12 AM

the team we play sat. has two very tall girls and i have average height girls as post have a very short team should i use that to my advantage and spread the for and make there post come out and guard my not so tall post . my post can dribble and shot from the outside . but what kind of defence do run against the tall girls from the other team.


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
1/22/2008 at 4:08:22 PM

With taller teams, we often front the post. Sometimes, teams with short, athletic players will press and try to push the tempo to keep the post players out of the game.


Sky says:
2/8/2008 at 9:54:48 PM

Well this website is very helpful but, I would LOVE yall even more if you could have some more stuff that a person can do by themsevles.Just incase they don't always have a partner or don't play for a team but just some drills that in very a single person.


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