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By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @ http://www.coachesclipboard.net

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There are many facets to coaching basketball. The articles linked below will hopefully give you a good foundation, or the building blocks needed in your becoming a good basketball coach. Becoming a basketball coach is a process, not something static. Good coaches keep an open mind and are constantly learning new things, and are not content to "stand pat" with what they know. This learning is multi-faceted... not just learning new offenses, defenses, plays, etc, but also learning how to better teach fundamentals, how to get along with others, how to deal with players, parents, fans, and how to build your program.


General Coaching Articles

Your Coaching Philosophy... your own style of coaching, style of play and how you teach. Organization, preparation, work ethic and winning effort, setting goals, team concept, belief in the system, rules and discipline, measuring your successes, etc.

Building a Basketball Program... do you really want to take over a program? Outlining your "system". Selecting assistants - creating your organization. Developing talent and instilling work ethic. Changing attitudes and setting goals. Communication. Maintaining balance in your life.

The Assistant Coach... what makes a good assistant basketball coach.

Coaches Preseason Checklist: A Quick Guide to Preparing for the Season... by Clint Daly.

Off-Season Coaching... basketball coaching in the off-season. How to improve yourself and your team.

Off-Season Basketball Workouts... planning off-season workouts.

Struggling Through a Losing Season... dealing with a tough season.

Basketball Coaching Do's and Don'ts... by Ari Fisher.

Tips on Entering the Coaching Profession... by Ari Fisher.

Team Building Strategies... by Ari Fisher.

An Interview with Elite Basketball Trainer Ganon Baker... and introducing his Point-Guard Workout 3-DVD Pack.

Coaching Youth Basketball... working with kids and their parents. Goals, what to teach, etc.

Parent - Coach Relationships... working with parents.

Pre-Season Tryouts... organizing and running your pre-season tryouts.

8th Grade Tryouts - by Ari Fisher.

Running, Organizing a Youth Basketball Clinic... getting organized, using drills.

Why Doesn't Johnny Practice Any More?... from Paul Hoover.


Helpful DVD


Knight School: Teaching Coaches How to Coach

Bob Knight: Knight School - Teaching Coaches How to Coach
with Bob Knight, former head coach at Texas Tech and Indiana University; Over 900 career wins, 3X National Championship Coach, Five Final 4 appearances; 4X National Coach of the Year;1984 US Men's Olympic Coach (Gold Medal)

In the unique presentation, Bob Knight answers more than 70 questions covering a vast range of topics concerning coaching and off the court responsibilities. Now you can improve your program by pulling ideas and concepts from this catalog of coaching wisdom.

A program's success is not only about on-the-court production but also what is does off the court. Coach Knight gives you all of his thoughts and beliefs for building your team, staff and program. The topics Knight covers include:.... (more info)

Price: $79.99
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Teaching Basketball

Teaching Styles... different players learn in different ways, and have different learning styles. It's important to be aware of this in your teaching approach.

Teaching Basketball Fundamentals... the fundamentals that players need to master to become good players.

Teaching Basketball by Drill Progression... teaching basketball offenses and defenses by using breakdown drills (with examples).

How To Use "Check Downs" To Teach Half Court Offense... teaching players how to read the defense when running a play and choose the best option.

Teaching Basketball by the Millennial Method... a novel way of teaching your players from Jason Schreiber.

Psychology and Athletic Performance... from Ohio University's Online Master's Program in Coaching Education.

Information about College Basketball Scholarships... from Kyle Ohman.


Organizing Practices

Planning Practices... organizing and running good practices, selecting and using drills effectively, etc. Sample practice plans are included.

Creating a Master Practice Plan... by coach Mike May, owner of Practice Planner Live.

Selecting and Using Drills... a comprehensive listing of well-proven, established basketball drills.

Focus Your Practices on Impactful Skills & Drills that Win Games... important game skills needed for success and the necessary drills.

Practice Form... a handy practice form for organizing practices.




Selecting Offenses, Defenses, Plays, Strategy

Selecting Your Half-Court Offenses... choose your half-court man-to-man offense(s) (from free-lance, motion offenses - or patterned offenses) and your zone offense(s).

Selecting Your Half-Court Defense(s)... choosing your half-court defense(s)... man-to-man defenses, zone defenses, combination "junk" defenses, half-court presses and traps, and how to defend inbounds plays.

Selecting Plays... selecting plays for attacking man-to-man defenses and zone defenses, out-of-bounds plays (baseline and sideline), special buzzer-beater plays, etc. An extensive, long list of plays is provided.

Selecting a Press Defense(s)... selecting and installing an effective press defense. Included are a full-court man-to-man pressure defense, zone presses, match-up press defenses, half-court presses and traps, and deny presses.

Selecting Your Press Offense(s)... selecting and teaching your press offenses... tips on transition offense, attacking the press, specific press breakers and secondary breaks.


Game-time Tips and Strategy

Pre-game Preparation... develop a consistent pre-game routine.

Game Coaching, Strategy... court-side tips... game plan, tempo, defense, pressing, using time-outs, substituting, yelling at players, dealing with officials, specific game strategies.

Why Games Are Lost... seven major reasons why games are lost.

Reducing Turnovers... getting a handle on turnovers.

Defensive Intensity - Charting Deflections... turn up your defensive intensity.

Basketball Late-Season Tune-Up... Preparing for March Madness!


Conditioning, Nutrition, Drugs

Basketball Conditioning... getting in shape both physically and mentally. Conditioning programs, resources and drills.

How to Condition for Basketball... by Courtney Campbell.

Managing Long-Term Player Fatigue... by Thomas Emma, a former Duke player and graduate, with a Masters degree and specialty in sports conditioning.

Basketball In-Season Strength Training... by Thomas Emma, a former Duke player and graduate, with a Masters degree and specialty in sports conditioning.

Athletic Development - are we pushing our young athletes too fast?... by Thomas Emma, a former Duke player and graduate, with a Masters degree and specialty in sports conditioning.

When Individual Basketball Instruction Goes Too Far... having your own individual instructor or trainer.

What to Eat Before a Game or Practice... guidelines for what to eat before games and practices, and in general.

The Recovery Snack... what to eat after a hard workout.

About Food Supplements - Growth hormone (HCG), Creatine, Andro... should you, or not?

Coach's Guide for a Drug Free Basketball Team


From Point Guard College

Point Guard College Review... review of Point Guard College

There's Only One Way to Win: Coach DV's Four Rules of Basketball... by the late Dick DeVenzio, founder of Point Guard College.

Seven Key Concepts for Point Guards... by Dena Evans, Point Guard College.

Season Ending Disappointment... from Dena Evans, Point Guard College.


From Ganon Baker



Coaching Forms, Diagrams

Coaching Forms... stats, planners, scouting, evaluation, etc.

Court Diagrams... half-court, full-court, USA and International.

Court Dimensions... court diagram with measurements, dimensions.


Basketball History, Terminology, Other Stuff

Basketball History... the history of the game.

Professor Blood & the Wonder Teams... more great history.

Basketball's First Wizard... more about the legendary Professor Blood.

Basketball Terminology... the language of basketball.

Motivational/Humorous Quotes



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