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Team Skill Development Workout – Part 3

This high intensity workout is perfect for the off-season. This workout takes approximately 60 minutes. Make sure your players do a proper dynamic warm-up before starting. Mikan – Reverse Mikan – Slams – Tips Mikan – Make 20 (in a row) Reverse Mikan – Make 20 (in a row) Slams – 3 times on each side  *Standing to the side of ... Read More »

What Kind of Player Are You?

Be this player… Easy to play with and hard to play against   Despite its simplicity, that is a very powerful concept. It is solid advice for players of every age and every level. Make a conscious effort, in every practice and every game, to do all of the things that your teammates love and your opponents hate: Box out ... Read More »

10 Team Building Exercises

The following exercises were shared by Jon Gordon and JonGordon.com 1. If You Really Knew Me. If you really knew me you would know this about me_________. I recently took a leadership team through this exercise and at first they shared very shallow comments like “you would know that I’m very generous and wonderful.” But after challenging them to go deeper ... Read More »

6 Thing You Should Do Every Practice

There is an old adage that you ‘play the way you practice.’ So here are are 6 things you should do every single practice: Have a detailed practice plan Go through a proper movement based warm-up Spend time on skills and fundamentals (ball handling, passing, shooting, etc.) Teach a specific aspect of the game Emphasize the 4 C’s: Communication Competition ... Read More »

Grit is a Key to Success

Grit [grit] Noun Courage and resolve; strength of character In order to truly be successful on the court… you have to have grit. Passion, self-belief and practice will only get you so far. Grit is relentlessness. Grit is resiliency. Grit is perseverance. Grit is determination. Grit means you will put in hard work after you finish the hard work you ... Read More »

8 Momentum Building Plays

Basketball is a game of runs. It is a game of momentum. And a shift in momentum can happen in a few seconds. Here are 8 plays that can continue, or shift, momentum in your favor instantaneously: Taking a charge Diving for a loose ball Committing a hard foul Setting a hard screen Blocking a shot Throwing down a dunk Delivering an assist ... Read More »

Skills without Drills – Part 10

Players: You want to bring something to the game – bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game, but you don’t time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. These things take time – usually off-season time. What can you bring RIGHT NOW?! What can you ... Read More »

No Guarantee

One of the toughest things to deal with as an adult is the concept that nothing in life is guaranteed. This concept of “nothing being guaranteed” is evident in sports. Jim Valvano, the iconic former coach of NC State and one of my all-time favorite motivational speakers, once said something to the effect of: “Just because you work hard doesn’t ... Read More »