The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter for Coaches -- Issue #12: March 27, 2008

NEW Articles and Tips

Basketball Season Is Over - 15 Surefire Coaching Tips to Make Next Season More Successful!

Off Season Shooting Trick: This is When You Improve Your Team's Shooting Percentage Discover an awesome shooting trick that will help your players improve.

Rebounding Fundamentals and Tips

- Check out some of the articles we posted on HugPages.


NEW Drills

10 Spot Shooting Drill

Defensive Reaction & Conditioning Drill


NEW Offenses

The Latest Craze: The Dribble Drive Motion Offense - Learn how this works and the real scoop about this latest craze.

Priceless Offensive Coaching Tips and a Simple and Effective High Low Offense


NEW Resources

60 Fun Basketball Drills and Practice eBook - For those that didn't know, we released a new eBook a couple weeks ago. It was a big hit -- we sold over 400 copies in one week! If you're looking for ways to make practice fun, check it out.

Basketball Camp Services: Skill Development - How would you like an NBA development coach to come to your basketball camp?


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



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kris d says:
9/19/2008 at 9:23:52 PM

Does any one have a blank practice plan sheet?
I know how to plan a practice I am looking for something to put it on other than a legal pad.

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Timothy Odeke says:
5/30/2008 at 12:42:57 PM

Hi Joe, Jeff and Don, am a coach in Uganda of Nkumba Marines and Knight Riders. Am proud of what you guys do. I have used lots of your drills to improve my training sessions, especially on the side of not making them boring and monotonous. Just hope you guys pay us a visit in Uganda one day. i would be very happy and other people too.

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ian jones says:
4/20/2008 at 6:38:51 PM

excellent site, THANKS

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Dave says:
4/3/2008 at 6:08:53 AM

Thanks Joe!

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Joe (Co-Founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
4/2/2008 at 5:48:59 PM

Hey Dave,

To quote Don Kelbick, "There are not great offenses. There are only great players."

Everyone is looking for the magic offense, but there isn't one. Take a look at Memphis. Their offense is very basic, but they do GREAT with it. You know why they do so well. They have GREAT PLAYERS who understand the collegiate game. It doesn't hurt that they have Coach Calipari, either.

What I'm trying to say is that you need to teach your players the fundamentals of the game and everything else will fall into place. It doesn't matter what offense you teach them, they'll succeed. You need to teach them how to pass, dribble, shoot, read cuts, read screens, and so on. Remember not to get discouraged with the short-term, and try to keep the big picture in mind.

To learn more about offense and the theory behind it, check out this article: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/Offense/offensiveTheory.html

For a couple of simple youth offenses, check out these links: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/1-3-1Cutters.html & http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/youth-offense-2.html

Here is a link to more fundamentals on our website: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fundamentals/basketballfundamentals.html

Hope that helps!

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Peter.Makanjuola.Ohiokhie says:
4/2/2008 at 8:42:41 AM

I CAOCH A HIGH SCHOOL TEAM BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS AND I REALLY ENJOYED ALL THE DRILLS YOU HAVE BEEN SENDING TO ME, I STILL FIND IT MOST DIFFICULT FOR MYB TEAM TO DRIVE TO THE HOOP THEY PREFER SHOOTING FROM PERIMETER THAN DRIVES. AND MY 1ON 1 GAME PLANS HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING FINE FOR ME, I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN SUGGEST AN EFFECTIVE AND VERY SIMPLE MAN TO MAN OFFENSIVE GAME AND HOW TO BRAKE IN A TIGHT DEFENCE.
CAOCH PEE

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Dave says:
4/2/2008 at 7:50:47 AM

I coach a 13U girls AAU team, and we just had our first tournament this past weekend. We looked really sharp in all of our practices before the tourney, but when we got to the tourney, our shots wouldn't fall (which is a whole other story), but mostly, we weren't getting good looks at the hoop. We run the "Valley" zone offense that you have, and it worked a little bit, but we are struggling with a man offense. Is there any suggestions for a very simple yet effective man offense to use?

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selim ismail says:
4/1/2008 at 12:10:09 PM

THANK YOU

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Jeff Haefner says:
3/31/2008 at 9:15:00 AM

Carl,

In regards to your grand daughter, I have five suggestions for you:

1) Be careful. This is a touchy thing. All too often, young players are caught between what the parents (or grandparents) say and the coach tells them. Perhaps she coaches is urging her to pass before she shoots? She might have a role defined. Who should the youngster believe? Be careful about causing a difficult situation for your grandchild. The safest route is to encourage her to trust her coach and herself.

2) Be patient. Being just 14 years old on a varsity team can be very daunting. She wants to make her coach happy, she doesn’t want to let her teammates down, and she wants to impress you. She is experiencing SO many new things. New offense. New rules. Higher competition. So be patient. Experience will allow her to get into a comfort zone. It takes time and it’s not something you can force.

3) Continue to show unwavering love and support (win or lose). There are much more important things than winning or scoring points. The most important thing is for her to be happy and become a better person from this experience. When John Wooden was asked how would evaluate his season, he replied, “I’ll let you know in 10 years.”

4) Help improve confidence. Confidence comes from:

- experience
- practice
- success

You can’t force confidence. You can only nurture it and set players up for success. Ultimately they must make it happen.

Encourage her to be proactive. Successful people are proactive and realize they are in control of their life. Encourage her to talk with her coach and ask him/her what she can do to improve and help the team. (How can I reach my goals? How can I help the team?) Communication is important.

Show support. Encourage her to develop a practice plan in the off season. Encourage her to start charting her own shots. By charting shots from practice, you’ll see on paper you’re a good shooter. Charting is the BEST way to improve shooting confidence.

5) Reduce the fear of failure. As you mentioned, she is worried about messing up. You can’t blame her. However, simply by realizing that it’s ok to fail and the best NBA players in the world fail 50% of the time can help. The best NBA shooters usually miss about half of their shots. You can’t worry about missing.

Hope this helps.

Jeff Haefner

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Joe (Co-Founder of Breakthrough Basketball) says:
3/31/2008 at 7:49:34 AM

Hi Rocky,

For some offenses against zone defenses, you should read our offensive theory article at this link: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/Offense/offensiveTheory.html

The article will give you a better understanding of how to play against zone defenses. There is a zone offense example displayed all the way at the bottom as well.

Here is another simple offense for 2-3 zones: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/yo-yo.html

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