The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter for Coaches -- Issue #15: July 22, 2008


First of all, we would like to thank all of you for all of the support we've over the last 5 or 6 weeks concerning the floods in Iowa. It was quite overwhelming.

Second, Don Kelbick was kind enough to send us some great footage of a personal workout he did with some players. We included some of those videos in this newsletter and plan to share many more in the near future.

Third, in the upcoming months, we plan on introducing some great new products that we are reviewing. It includes everything from fitness to basketball. If you guys do not know, we also love health and fitness. We only plan on recommending the best, so that's why it's taking some time.

NEW Defensive Articles & Tips

Help & Weakside Defense - Shut down your opponents with these great rules, tips, pictures, and diagrams on help & weakside defense.

2-3 (2-1-2) Zone Rotations

3-2 (1-2-2) Zone Rotations

NEW Drills

McHale Lay Ups - NEW Video - We updated this drill from last winter which now includes VIDEO.

Two Ball Dribbling Moves - NEW Videos - Check out these great two ball dribbling videos from some of Don Kelbick's personal workouts.

Full Court Press Breaker Drill - Reduce turnovers with this great press breaker drill.

NEW Blog Posts

Since our last newsletter, we have also posted 5 articles on our blog. Here are the articles:

Tips On Becoming a College Coach

Offensive Tips For Coaches With Shooters & Post Players

End of Game Defensive Tip

3 Simple Steps To Improve Rebounding

How Watching Tiger Woods Can Improve the Mental Apsects Of Your Basketball Game


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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olu says:
8/8/2008 at 4:44:23 PM

thanks joe for the advice


Joe Haefner says:
8/5/2008 at 10:25:36 AM


If he can shoot from anywhere, dribble penetrate, and pass well, this player is going to be very difficult to stop. I would advise to limit his touches when he does not have the ball. If he does not have the ball, deny every pass back to him and don't worry about playing help defense.

When he does have the ball, you have to play close enough to defend the shot and focus on staying between him and the basket. You're going to need to rely on our teammates for help. Otherwise, you may not be able to contain him. Very few defensive players can stop a great player without a great team effort.


Joe Haefner says:
8/5/2008 at 10:21:14 AM

Hi Olu,

Make sure that you are eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep as well. If you are not eating healthy and getting proper sleep, it can greatly affect your play.

If you are getting proper nutrition and sleep, you may need to improve your conditioning. A tip I picked up from Alan Stein is that you are in great basketball condition when you can do 16 Yo Yo's in 16 minutes. A Yo Yo is a basketball sprint that consists of a run from baseline to free throw line back to baseline, basline to half court back to baseline, baseline to 3/4 court back to baseline, and baseline to full court back to baseline. you should run it as hard as possible. Rest until the next minute and start another yo yo. You would start each yo yo on 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, etc.

You should progress to this test. Try doing 4 yo yo's on week 1. 6 on week 2, and so on.

Once, you can do this, you're in great bball shape.


Raymond says:
8/3/2008 at 11:57:28 PM

How can you contain a player who defends well, attacks well, calls most of the play and can shoot in any position in a game?


olu says:
8/3/2008 at 5:35:41 PM

i find it difficult to play without getting tired especially for a short period and this as really discouraged me mentally and physically frm playing but b4 i was the strongest member of my team both physically and mentally but now i just dont understand what went wrong


Joe Haefner says:
7/30/2008 at 9:24:06 PM

Hi Wad,

We do not have any drills, but we do have some diagrams and explanations of the dribble drive at this link:


wad says:
7/30/2008 at 8:28:31 AM

I will be running the Dribble Drive offence this year would you have any drills that would help? Also do you have any tips on running a 2 day tryout for high school students


helmy says:
7/28/2008 at 11:30:47 AM

nice drill.. it's usefull for me...

can you give me example to make a training schedul for senior high school

thank's a lot..


Joe Haefner says:
7/26/2008 at 5:40:33 PM

Hi Nike,

The videos are above or you could click on these links:

For McHale Layups, you have to click on a link.


nike says:
7/26/2008 at 4:49:41 AM

where do u find the videos


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