Sign Up For Our Free Monthly Newsletter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Basketball Skills with Kevin Eastman

10 KEY TEACHING POINTS IN DEVELOPING BASKETBALL SKILLSBasketball coaches love to attend clinics. I hope this is a mini-basketball clinic for you. This is a collection of three sets of basketball coaching notes that I took down from a clinic. For some reason, when they were copied it put them in all caps. I hope that is not a problem. These notes are from Kevin Eastman of the LA Clippers and are an excellent reminder of some concepts that many coaches have heard before, but maybe just need a quick refresher.  IT’S A GAME OF INCHES: ATTACK ANKLES ATTACK HIPS

The post Basketball Skills with Kevin Eastman appeared first on Basketball Coaching Insight.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Post Up: 3 Reasons It Still Works

Post Up: 3 Reasons It Still WorksOne of my basketball ‘pet peeves’ is being invited to a gym and seeing less and less emphasis on the post up. Players are posting up less and less and it’s a shame. The post up in basketball has almost become like a lost art, going from essential to almost non-existent. However, to me the post up is still essential to the game of basketball and here are a 3 reasons why.1. It makes ‘the two easy points’ even easier Everyone knows that the easiest shot in basketball is the layup. The whole point of

The post Post Up: 3 Reasons It Still Works appeared first on Basketball Coaching Insight.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Raising Basketball IQ Part 3 – What Causes Player Stupidity?

Raising Basketball IQ Part 3 Have you ever wondered why some players just do not seem to be able to grasp any concept that you teach, why do they always look dumbfounded when you are talking to them and end up doing the complete opposite of what you told them to do? Or better yet, the exact same thing they did last time that you just told them not do do????? This can cause a ton of frustration for both the player and the coach. As the coach you can become frustrated or angry with the player, give up on

The post Raising Basketball IQ Part 3 – What Causes Player Stupidity? appeared first on Basketball Coaching Insight.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

5 Best Basketball Coaching Websites

5 Best Basketball Coaching Websites

Where to find basketball coaching insight on the web...

1. - I am part-owner of this site, so we are still working on it along with FastModel Sports. We use their playbook software to create some excellent playbooks. Please take a look at the site and join the weekly mailing list. Also, there is a YouTube channel with over 250 NBA, NCAA, and FIBA basketball offense breakdowns. The YouTube channel is here. Follow us on twitter at @hoopsinsight.

2. - this site offers the Princeton Basketball Offense in a detailed 200 page ebook with all of the sets and plays. In addition, it has practice drills and breakdown basketball drills for the offense. There is also a 10 minute video with the package. I highly recommend this Princeton Offense Basketball Package at the affordable price of only $30. There are also 2 free extras included. In addition, there is a YouTube channel with a lot of  the sample plays broken down. Click here for the Princeton Offense YouTube Channel.

coach the princeton basketball offense

3. - Coach Mac does a great job on his blog of breaking down a lot of popular offenses and defenses. The aim of his site is for coaches that:
  • You want to make a positive impact on the next generation of basketball players.
  • You want to learn drills that will skyrocket your teams development.
  • You want to learn plays that will get your team easy scoring opportunities.
  • You want to take your basketball coaching to the next level.
Just like players, we coaches need to constantly strive to improve our coaching abilities and knowledge of the game. That’s what this website is going to provide for you.
If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place.

4. - Brian Williams has been a basketball coach for a long time and does a great job collecting and sharing resources in his daily newsletter. His emails are timely and free. They are packed full of basketball coaching insights, basketball plays, basketball drills, and other special tools to help basketball coaches win more games. I recommend joining his mailing list as soon as possible.

5. - James Gels has an excellent collection of basketball resources for all coaches. Please check his site out if you want to join his mailing list or if you are interested in tons of free basketball resources. His site is a gold mine of basketball drills, basketball plays, and includes breakdowns of popular NBA and NCAA basketball offenses and defenses. If you are looking for information about the Princeton Basketball Offense or the Dribble Drive Offense then this is an excellent resource.

These five basketball coaching websites are excellent tools to use in your coaching career. Best of luck to you and please let me know if I can be of assistance. Thank you.

Monday, January 18, 2016

How to Practice Peer Pressure Free Throws

After about one hour of hard Peer Pressure Drills, when the team is in a lather of sweat and breathing hard we put 5 minutes on the scoreboard clock. Managers bring out a table with several different refreshing cold drinks such as Gatorade and cold soft drinks plus room temperature water. We set this up at half court. We ask our players to MAKE 5 free throws in a row shooting 2 at a time and rotating. We have 15 players and use only three baskets. We turn on the scoreboard clock and if you make 5 in a row you get your choice of refreshment. If you don’t make the five in a row, you only get water. When the buzzer goes off after 5 minutes have run off we go into our next Peer Pressure Drill which has to do with Rebounding and it is very demanding and tests their aggressiveness. About 30 minutes later we will repeat the 5 minute Peer Pressure Free Throw drill. A few minutes later we put 3 minutes on the board and they have to make 2 in a row to get a Gatorade or soft drink. I have found some coaches say go shoot 20 free throws or make 10 free throws. There is no accountability. There is no reward or punishment, which leads to no concentration. Our way teaches players to FOCUS on the task. Make 5 in a row. There is a correlation between making free throws and personal accountability every day, three times per practice. There is also subtle peer pressure to keep up with teammates who are taking part in the reward with a cold beverage. Our team has always shot well from the free throw line and I believe that those two 5-minute peer pressure drills teach them to shoot free throws under game-like situations. They have to focus on each shot in order to get a reward.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rub Rip (Lawrence Frank Set Play)

While Lawrence Frank may not be currently employed as an NBA coach, his X's and O's acumen cannot be questioned. This is a basic rub set that he used to run when he was head coach of the New Jersey Nets. Coming down out of transition he had his point guard cross sides of the floor (already shown in the diagram) to give his point guard an attack right out of the gate.

Transition looks:
1) Pass ahead layup
2) Pass ahead hitting the rim runner
3) Pass ahead pick and roll
4) Rub series out of transition.

The very first diagram shows the basic rub set. Off of that look is a play called Rub Rip (the Rip call signifying a pick and roll).

 The 3 man then looks to set a for backscreen for the 4 man who looks for a layup. The ball is then passed up for 3 who can bomb if he is open.
 If he is not open for the shot, he comes off of a ballscreen from the 5 man. The 4 man replaces and the 2 man fills to the corner.


Remember that while it is always important to find the next best set, it is MORE important that the sets you run put your players in the best position to score, and what is MOST important is that your players are developing their skills to enhance their ability. Hopefully you enjoyed this post, if you did or did not let me know! If you have any request please message me on Twitter and I will happily post what you are looking for.

Have an excellent Easter and enjoy the start of the NBA playoffs!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Final Four Coaches Spotlight: Billy D-Utilizing the 3pt shot

In part of a continuing series by looking at some of the pet sets of coaches in the Final Four, today we look at Billy Donovan. Coach Donovan was immortalized as a player by utilizing the 3pt shot to propel Providence to the Final Four. As a coach, he has put an emphasis on 1) utilizing the 3pt shot on the offense and 2) not allowing the 3pt shot when on defense. Here are two plays that Billy D has utilized this season and in the past to get an open 3 pointer.

This first set is a pick and roll counter to free up a stretch 4, or to hit the 3 man for an open jumper in the corner.

This play is to free up the 2 guard for an open jumper, although you could easily run it to the opposite side for the 3 man. This play is great and really forces the defense to make some tough decisions on what they guard.

Coaches, hope you enjoy these plays and the Final Four action this weekend!

Want these plays on your FastDraw? Contact me on twitter (@jacobcollins34) and I would be more than happy to email them to you directly. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Final Four Coaches Spotlight

In reviving the posts and interest in Basketball Coaches' Club, I feel like the best way to re-energize the site is by taking time to look at some of the plays that got us to where we are: the Final Four. Bo Ryan, Billy Donovan, John Calipari, and Kevin Ollie all have different styles and have found success in many different ways.

This play is from Kentucky coach John Calipari and it has been used several times this postseason, often several possessions in a row. It is based on the ability to get a strong drive into the paint, from multiple players. It begins in a Horns set, by setting a ballscreen for attacking point guard Andrew Harrison. He comes hard off the screen looking to attack the rim, with the 5 man looking for a lob or duck in off of the roll. Julius Randle, the 4 man pops to the top of the key, to receive a pass from Harrison. He now looks to create by following Harrison's drive, by using his strong hand, size, speed, and strength to get to the rack.

Coaches if you have FastDraw, feel free to contact me on twitter (@jacobcollins34) so I can get your e-mail to FastTrade you these plays! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Princeton Offense Breakdown: Chin Series

This is the first in a basketball clinic series where we will break down the Princeton Offense and we begin with the popular Chin series. There are many variations of this play and it is ran at every level including the NBA. Buy the ebook with the entire offense including side out of bounds and press breaks here for $30 Princeton Offense Ebook or for more information about this ebook, read here

Frame 1: Chin begins with a dribble weave on the strongside between the 1 and the 3 takes the handoff and dribbles back to the guard position. On the weakside, the 2 and the 4 exchange. The post fills the strongside elbow.

•Frame 2: The 3 and the 4 pass across the top as the 4 passes the ball to the 2 on the wing.

COACHES POINT: 3 does not cut off 5 until ball leaves the 4. If the 2 is denied then 4 has the opportunity to dribble at 2 for the backdoor cut.

This is the start of the screening action that makes this play successful. 5 sets a backscreen for 3 cutting to the rim for a layup then immediately goes to set a flare screen for the 4. 2 looks for 3 for the layup or the 4 man off the flare screen

• Frame 3: If the 2 has no passing options then the ball is dribbled up back to the guard spot. The 1 fills the guard spot to receive the ball. The 4 after the flare cut, finishes the cut to the rim looking for the ball, then fills the wing position vacated by 1. The 3 fills up to the wing spot.

• Frame 4: The action continues to the other side as the ball is reversed from the 2 to the 1 to the 4. The 2 makes a weakside UCLA cut off the 5 to the rim looking to score.

The continuity continues until a shot is taken or a shift to another phase.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Building Positive Relationships with Your Players

By Matt Monroe, Sophomore Boys’ Basketball Coach, St. Patrick High School (IL)

An essential part of coaching is building relationships. We, as coaches, spend a lot of time diagramming plays and developing new drills, but we don’t spend enough time trying to figure out how to better foster relationships with our players. The greatest compliment a coach can receive is “his/her players will run through a brick wall for him/her.” The question is: how do coaches develop strong enough relationships with their players that drive such a spirit?

1. Show them that you care.
Always remind your players that you care about them. You must show them that you understand their condition, that you always have their best interests in mind, and that they can trust you. Understand that developing relationships with your players transcends basketball. You must show interest in their lives off the court – ask them about their day, their families, or how their classes are going. If your players feel that you are invested in them as people, they will buy into you as a coach. Don’t just tell your players that you care, show them!

2. Be their friend, not their “buddy.”
Make sure that your players feel that you are approachable. Have fun with them, and at times joke around to show your lighter side. Develop a relationship with your players so that they feel that they can confide in you during times of crisis or so that they feel compelled to share with you when something good happens in their lives. Even with all of this, remember that you are not their “buddy.” There needs to be a figurative line in place that maintains the distinction between player and coach. If you become their “buddy,” you will lose their respect as a coach and authoritative figure.

3. Give them ownership.
It’s very important to give your players ownership in your team and your program. You and your staff will make all of the major decisions and will have the final say, but it is important to get as much player input as possible. You can create a sense of ownership by trying the following:
- Ask them to decide on a team shoe or other gear.
- Get their opinion on the summer tournaments your program is in.
- Find out what the “pulse” of the team is at various points throughout the year. Ask them how they feel about their team.
- Have your players construct some team rules.
- Have players fill out a program and/or team questionnaire.
- Ask players to share their “scouting report” of another team or player if they know pertinent information about your opponent.
- There are a wide variety of options that you can use. Be creative!
- If your players feel like they have stock in your program, the success of your team becomes more important to them.

4. Remember that it’s about them.
Don’t lose sight of your purpose as a coach. If you got into coaching to make money or gain professional notoriety, then you are in it for all of the wrong reasons. Your primary purpose as a coach is to help your players develop positively as players and as young men and women. It should be about THEM. If you make it as such, players won’t have to be reminded too often that you have their best interests in mind.

5. We and us, not me and I.
You must try to talk in the form of “we” and “us” and try to avoid always referencing “me” and “I.” It’s OUR team, OUR loss, OUR big win. WE need to get better. OUR man scored. WE need to take better shots. If you speak in terms of “we” and “us,” it will help bring everyone together to reach common goals.

6. Reinforce good habits and actions.
Don’t always comment on the negative. Make sure you always reinforce the positive. This can be very difficult to do at times, but make sure you make an attempt. Coaches who are too negative often times will “lose” their players.

Relationship building can be very difficult to accomplish successfully. It takes up a lot of time and effort and requires much patience. Sometimes the process won’t always go the way you think it should or want it to. Even with all of the work and struggle that it may be, you must always attempt to develop positive relationships with your players. Without the foundation of positive relationships with your athletes, even the best of coaching will fall on deaf ears.
@HoopsRoundtable on Twitter
@CoachMMonroe on Twitter

Basketball Coaches Club

©2007-2016 Basketball Coaches Club. Lee DeForest
All rights reserved.