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

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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coach says:
2/12/2008 at 7:43:26 AM

even on a full court man press wont a good coach usually place a saftey deep to take away a long pass?

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Joe (Co-founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
2/12/2008 at 7:48:33 AM

Hi Coach,

It depends. Most coaches will choose to have a safety deep, but some coaches bring all their players up and apply intense pressure to everybody. There are also end-of-game situations where a coach might bring everybody up, because they need a quick turnover or foul. If they do this, this would be a play to try to get a quick bucket. It could also be a good decoy.

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Sharon Turpin says:
2/12/2008 at 7:59:59 AM

I have a girl that has very slow feet? What can I suggest to her to develop some foot speed? It hurts her on defense.

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msika says:
2/12/2008 at 8:21:38 AM

very nice

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james says:
2/12/2008 at 8:33:58 AM

hi
i am coach of a high school basketball team and I was wondering for advice on how a should get our teams 2 star players to involve the other players on the team who are not as good while still winning matches relatively easily.
thanks

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Peter.Makanjuola.Ohiokhie says:
2/12/2008 at 8:35:41 AM

Thanks for you information iam having a match tommorrow againt the American International school lagos nigeria. my problem is that i have a team who are so fast but lack shooting skills, in my last game i had a lot of turn-over my pointguard cant shoot well.what can i do?.
thanks for your quick responce

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RICHARD TREVINO says:
2/12/2008 at 8:45:10 AM

OUR TEAM WAS IN A TOURNAMENT AND WE HAVE THIS PLAY WHERE WE MISS A SHOT BALL GOES OUT OF BOUNDS BUT WE RETAIN POSSESSION. NOW THE PLAYER BRINGING IN THE BALL PASSES TO A DIFFERENT PLAYER WHO IS SPRINTING TO OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE BASELINE CATCHES THE BALL BEHIND THE BASELINE PASSES TO THE ORIGINAL PLAYER BRINGING IN THE BALL WHO HAS NOW MOVED UNDER THE BASKET AND MADE TO LAY-UP. DEFENSE TEAM WAS STUNNED BUT THE REF STATED THAT WE CAN ONLY DO THAT WHEN WE ARE ON OUR SIDE OF THE COURT. I MAY BE WRONG BUT IS NOT THIS A LEAGAL PLAY? THANKS

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

Thanks for the clarification, Jacob.

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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: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/Diamond%20Drill.html

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: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fundamentals/basketballfundamentals.html

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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!!!

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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

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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.

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

Hi Martin,

Here's a basic set for man: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/youth-offense-2.html

Here's a basic set for zone: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/yo-yo.html

If you would like to read more on offensive theory & other sets, go to this link:
http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/Offense/offensiveTheory.html


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

IT'S NICE TRICK

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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?

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

Nice article!

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