The Breakthrough Basketball Newsletter
Issue 5: June 26, 2007

Inspirational Quote of the Month
"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."
-- Bertie C. Forbes

Quick Tip: How to Motivate Your Players
Coaches need fresh ideas almost every week to keep motivation going. As you know, it's a constant battle to keep your player's attention. The more time they spend with you, the easier it gets for them to lose attention and get bored. This is where we'll share new ideas to help you keep things fresh and keep you players motivated.

Here's the first of many tips:

Make sure that your practices evolve as the season progresses. In other words, continue to refine your drills and routines so that there is an element of challenge and growth present at all times. For instance, if you've been working on the pick-and-roll with two offensive and two defensive players using a baseline pick at the wing, expand it to six players by adding an offensive player and a defender at the offside low block and have the roll man set a screen for the offside low post man to use.

Quick Tip: How to Develop Better Relationships With Your Players
A great way to motivate players is by developing better relationships. We'll give you new motivational ideas in every newsletter.

Have an individual goal-setting meeting with each of your players at the start of the season. Take the time to review the goals as the season progresses, celebrating successes and adjusting the goals in the light of how the season has unfolded. Be honest with your players in helping them to establish goals that are challenging, yet within reach and within a team concept.

Here are some new plays, drills, and articles:

We hope you enjoy the new tips and information!

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If you'd like to check out past newsletter issues, you can see them here.


Jeff and Joe Haefner