Tag Archives: alan stein

16 Rules for Basketball Parents

As both a coach and a father, I want to offer my 16 Rules for Basketball Parents: Parents… you must embrace the fact that this is your child’s journey – not yours. Do not live vicariously through them. Put your focus on being a supportive and encouraging Parents… it’s true. Coaches do play favorites. They favor players who give the ... Read More »

The Complete Player Pyramid

You build a complete basketball player the way you build a pyramid. It doesn’t matter how athletic a player is, if they aren’t skilled, they won’t be very good. It doesn’t matter how athletic or skilled a player is, if they have a low I.Q., they won’t be very good. It doesn’t matter how athletic, skilled or smart a player ... Read More »

61 Traits of Great Coaches

I am eternally thankful to have learned from (and continue to learn from) so many great coaches. I am honored to be a part of the coaching fraternity. Being a great coach takes the commitment to ‘work on your craft’ every day. Below is a list of the 61 traits that great coaches model every day… on and off the ... Read More »

Wanting It Is Not Enough

Each and every time you step on the court or walk in the weight room, you have a choice to make. You can choose to work hard or you can choose to not work hard. Not working hard is actually a choice. You are 100% in control of your effort and your attitude. For this off-season to be as productive ... Read More »

Everything Matters

Every spring I get calls from dozens of NBA personnel inquiring about potential NBA draft pics. They know I have worked with most of the prospects before at events like the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Skills Academies. However, you’d be surprised at the questions they actually ask me. Nearly every single question has to do with character, attitude or ... Read More »

5 PIECEs to a Killer Workout

I realize the landscape of youth and high school basketball has changed drastically over the past 20 years and that players don’t really have a true ‘off-season’ anymore. While my prescriptions for each have been severely modified over the last decade, I still choose to divide the calendar year into 3 phases based on the typical high school season in ... Read More »

Drills vs Skills

The Summer is upon us and while many players will  be crossing the country playing tournaments, do not over look the importance of skill development during this time of the season. Whether you coach a team or specialize in player development, it is essential to know the difference between being a skill coach and a drill coach. One of my absolute ... Read More »

Train with Purpose

Purpose [pur-puhs] Noun: the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. determination; resoluteness. Verb (used with object) to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself. to intend; design. The above is an abbreviated definition of the word purpose from Dictonary.com. “The reason for which something is done.” If you ... Read More »