The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter for Coaches & Players -- Issue #14: June 13, 2008

New Blog Article (Posted Monday the 16th) - Coaching Basketball Effectively by Leading the "Right" Way

NEW Articles & Tips

10 Keys to Great Defensive Stance

The Easy Way to Teach Basketball Offense - Great article and time saving tips!!

Improve Basketball Teamwork & Unselfishness - Start tracking this basketball statistic today and watch your basketball's teamwork improve. (HINT: It's not an assist)

Basketball Scholarship Tips - Want to earn or help your players earn a basketball scholarship? Check out one of our latest blog posts where we provide you with some insights to get you on the right track.

Important Lesson For Youth Basketball Coaches - This is the foundation of any successful basketball program.

NEW Drills

Overload Defense Drill - 4 on 4 With Baseline Drivers - Try this new drill we picked up from Bobby Knight that forces your team to work on defensive principles such as: communication, help positioning, and rotation.

Fun Youth Drill - "F-A-S-T" - Work on catching and dribbling while promoting a fun atmosphere for youth players.

NEW Plays

Quick Hitter Against 1-3-1 Zone - Use this quick hitter to get an easy lay up against the 1-3-1 zone.

Cincy - Execute this great play against man to man and zone defenses.


60 Fun Basketball Drills and Practice eBook - If you're looking for ways to make practice fun, check this out.

Man to Man Defense System - How to Develop a Great Man-to-Man Defense and Shut Down Your Opponents!

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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Jeff says:
10/27/2009 at 3:01:16 PM

They represent positions...

1 - point guard
2 - off guard
3 - small forward
4 - power forward
5 - center position

Some teams have all guards, but they still sometimes assign numbers to each position. This helps them organize plays. For example the #1 is at top of key, #2 is at left wing, #3 is at right wing, #4 is in corner, and #5 is on the right block.


Tom Kosena says:
10/27/2009 at 12:11:48 PM

I always hear players and coaches refer to payers as "a 2" or a "4". What do those numbers designate. It seems like everyone but me understands those 5 number references. Thanks, Tom K


julio manowar says:
8/6/2008 at 4:45:24 AM

awesome, but could you show more illustration supporting the tips and guidlines of the drills like programe schedule what to do first training next,next and next….i believed in this kind of programe you can evaluate if youre really following the simple to complex training…. if any one has a schedule or program of training ill appriciate it uch


Ron in australia says:
6/24/2008 at 6:16:25 AM

Like to contradict dans comment about big guys just playing inside. I like to teach all skills to all my players. I have a 7 footer who can shoot the 3 take a big slow guy off the dribble from the perimeter and also dominate down low. I also have a point guard who can post up most guys who try to guard him. Lets not pigeon hole players and teach them all the skills they need to succeed. How easy is it to guard a one dimensional player!!!!
Oh by the way thanks for the site use it often and send tips onto my players regularly.


Noellle says:
6/19/2008 at 2:16:30 PM


Thanks to all at making this newsletter a great linch pin of of basketball. I have referred to it many times and always found the answer to my query.

Hope all is well in Iowa and getting back to normal.

Thanks again from Ireland



Joe Haefner says:
6/18/2008 at 7:18:05 PM

Hi Martin,

For your situation, this may be the numbering scheme:
1 - point guard
2 & 3 - Wing Players
4 & 5 - Post Players

On a play, you can easily switch numbers around so the plays are centered around your players' strengths.

Joe Haefner


Martin says:
6/18/2008 at 4:51:25 PM

What are the offensive number positions, when i look at plays or offense set, it seems that they number them differently, for example if i run an offense with point guard, 2- wing and 2 on the block. Help understand the position number on offense.



baker says:
6/18/2008 at 4:14:56 AM

good work


baker says:
6/18/2008 at 4:13:36 AM

gay its such a great job down there u doind to improve the game and i have used it to improve basketball in Uganda. thanks and keep it up.


Kerry from Madrid Spain says:
6/18/2008 at 3:06:27 AM

I just read Jeff's mail about the flooding in Iowa and I wanted to say that I hope things are getting better there. Thank you for the newsletters - shows a lot of will and determination given the tough circumstances there at the moment.

wishing you all the best,



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