The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter for Coaches -- Issue #11: February 12, 2008


Besides our new drills, plays, and tips... we have a few announcements for you:

1) Next week we'll be releasing a NEW eBook called "How to Make Youth Basketball FUN: 50 Fun Basketball Drills and Games for Youth Coaches." We started writing this book because of high demand. So many subscribers were asking for "FUN" drills for their young players but we didn't have anything good to send. Now we will!

The new eBook will be released next week so keep an eye out. We'll have a special deal for you.

2) The Breakthrough Basketball Shooting eBook is coming soon!! We're making good progress on the new eBook...

We have interviewed some of the TOP shooting experts in the world and done an enormous amount of research putting this together. We think this will easily be our best seller and most popular product. That's why we've spent a ton of time researching and developing it.

3) We released a new and free report called "20 FREE Basketball Tips, Tricks, and Secrets - for Youth and Advanced Basketball Players".

The report was written for players but it's also a good read for coaches. It was written by NBA Player Development Coach, Don Kelbick.

This report is free to all newsletter subscribers. You can find a link to the report in the newsletter email sent on 2/12/2008. If you can't find the email, click here to sign up again.

New Drills, Tips, Plays, and Videos

Fast Break Drill: Pass and Replace

One on One Moves Drill

Video with Tricks to Improve One on One Defense and Ball Pressure

Video and Tips: How to Move without the Ball and Get Open Shots

Cheetah Press Breaker Play (Provided by a newsletter subcriber)

New Article: How to improve team bonding and teach life lessons

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


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Tony says:
4/3/2008 at 1:03:24 AM

Nice article!


Ken says:
2/25/2008 at 8:29:19 AM

I'm looking for a 4 out 1 in motion offense to implement for a youth team. Do you have anything similar to the Walberg or Memphis style offense?


WIDHIE says:
2/18/2008 at 11:09:14 AM



Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
2/12/2008 at 6:03:44 PM

Hi Martin,

Here's a basic set for man:

Here's a basic set for zone:

If you would like to read more on offensive theory & other sets, go to this link:


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
2/12/2008 at 5:18:14 PM

Hi James,

You should praise TEAMWORK. Applaud assists rather than who scores. Applaud great passes. This will help get you on the right foot.


Martin Basaldua says:
2/12/2008 at 3:06:46 PM

Is their a set offense that can be used in junior high level for zone defense and man to man defense. I am looking for to offense sets for each than gradually work in plays with them.

8th Grade Basketball Coach


Tricia S. says:
2/12/2008 at 1:20:06 PM

Great stuff here!! My 8th grade team just went 14-0 and won our district game 49-29!!!


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
2/12/2008 at 12:29:26 PM

Hi Sharon,

Here are a few other drills that would work solely on agility and quickness:

Diamond Drill – explained at this link:

Foot Fires – Get in an athletic stance. You could also do a defensive stance. Repeatedly pound their feet on the floor as quickly as possible.

Lane Slides – Get in a defensive position and slide back and forth as quickly as possible from lane line to lane line.

Box Drill – Find a square on the court.
- You should start out in a sprint.
- Come to the corner line and stop as quickly as possible.
- Get in a defensive slide and start sliding to the left.
- Come to the corner line and start to shuffle backwards.
- Come to the corner lane and slide to the right as quickly as possible.

You stop where you started. The pattern should have formed a square.

Line Jumps – Jump back and forth over a line as quickly as possible. This can be done front to back, side to side, diagonally, and sorts of different combinations. Be CREATIVE! You do this with two feet or one foot if you really want a challenge.

If you want to work on other basketball related footwork, we have many great drills you could utilize in our basketball fundamentals page:


Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
2/12/2008 at 11:44:34 AM

Thanks for the clarification, Jacob.


Jacob says:
2/12/2008 at 11:13:55 AM

you can only do that off of a made basket and ys it would need to occur on your end of the court


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