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Basketball Fundamentals - Player Instruction, Tips and Development

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @

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It's much easier to win when you have good players. Great game-coaching cannot make up for poor talent and unskilled players. Players must be taught the correct fundamentals starting early in their development.

Youth coaches should spend most or their practice time (80-90%) teaching fundamentals and not worry too much about wins and losses. High school coaches will continue teaching fundamentals (about 50% of practice time) and also teach team skills, plays, etc.

Players must learn footwork, how to handle the ball, dribble, basic dribble moves, pass and catch, shoot correctly, play defense, rebound, cut, screen, etc.

And don't forget the mental aspects, conditioning, training and nutrition that are just as important.

Basketball Player Fundamentals

Point Guards:
Playing the Point Guard Position... tips for point guards.

Seven Key Concepts that Every Good Point Guard Needs to Know... tips from All-American Dena Evans at PGC Basketball.

Ganon Baker Interview... Premier basketball trainer Ganon Baker has a great DVD series for point guards.

Perimeter Players (Guards):
Guard Moves, Perimeter Play... how to play on the perimeter, triple-treat, jab step moves, attacking the defender, cutting, etc.

Pro (Advanced) Guard Moves for Finishing Around the Basket... Rondo Fake Finish, Euro Step Finish, Pro Hop Finish, Jamal Crawford Finish, Kobe Bryant Pound Pivot Finish, and Steve Nash Back Leg Finish.

Post Players:
Post-Player Fundamentals... playing the low and high post, and short corner.n>

Rebounding... box-out, defensive and offensive rebounding, free-throw rebounding.

Ball-Handling and Dribbling:
Ball-Handling... ball-handling tips and drills.

Dribbling and Dribble-Moves... all players must learn to dribble well.

Learning How to Shoot... teach your players how to shoot correctly.

Basketball Shooting - 3 Simple C's... 3 simple things to foucs on.

Individual Shooting Work-Out... individual shooting practice work-out for players.

Shooting Tips from NBA Coach Hal Wissel ... a series of shooting articles from an expert.

Jump-Shot... teaching how to shoot the jump-shot.

Hook-Shot... teaching how to shoot the classic hook-shot, the sky-hook and the jump-hook.

Free-Throw Shooting Techniques... good free-throw shooting will win those close games for you.

Correct Lay-up Technique... correct footwork and technique will result in players "finishing" more often.

More Offensive Skills:
Footwork Fundamentals... triple threat position, pivoting, defensive stance and slides, jab step, cutting, jump-stop, etc.

Passing Fundamentals... good passing is key.

Offensive Tips for Players... basic, simple offensive tips.

Cutting and Faking... teach your players how to cut and fake and move without the ball.

Setting (and Using) Screens... teach how to set good screens.

Spacing and Movement - Moving Without the Ball... what to do when you don't have the ball.

Escaping from a Trap... how to avoid and escape a trap.

Transition Offense Fundamentals... teaching transition offense, the fast-break, 2-on-1, 3-on-2, etc.

Defensive Skills:
Defensive Tips for Players... some basic defensive tips for players are presented.

Man-to-Man Defensive Techniques... teach on-ball defense, deny, helpside, etc.

Mental Aspects:
Mental Prep Playbook... how to become mentally prepared.

The Exceptional Player... what makes a good player great.

Guide for Serious Basketball Players

Don't Waste Your Time Getting Seen Before You Get Good

Keys to Becoming a Great Player... Roles, Training, Intelligence, and Determination.

Things Good Basketball Players Do... a list of tips for players.

Basketball Tips: Being a Team Leader... how to be a leader, by Lamar Hull.

How to Make the Team, Try-Outs... what coaches are looking for in try-outs.

Things to Think About... a few things players should consider.

Attitude, the "Right Stuff"... having the correct attitude.

The Role Player... good role players who can come off the bench are a tremendous asset to any team.

Mental Focus - Stay in the Present... how to focus and stay in the present.

Play Big: Believe in Greatness!... how all players regardless of skill level can contribute.

Reading The Court - Mastering The Moment... how players should make decisions, how to read the court, the situation and the moment.

Imagine... challenge your players to imagine greatness.

Playing Smart... how to play smart and make good decisions.

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

The Basketball IntelliGym... you train your body, now train your brain to make the right decisions... revolutionary new product that will help you improve your mental quickness, decision making, basketball IQ, court sense!

Other Stuff for Players:
Academics and the Student Athlete... academics from an athlete's perspective, dealing with time constraints, fatigue, stress.

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

Smaller Basketball Players: Perhaps the Best Athletes of All... by Tom Emma.

Dealing with Lack of Playing Time... by Tom Emma.

Having a Practice Program... how to practice correctly on your own.

Playing AAU or Club Basketball... yes or no?

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

Individual Shooting Work-Out... how to practice shooting on your own.

Conditioning... get in shape to play the game.

Alan Stein's Drills... strength, conditioning, warm-up and more drills from training expert Alan Stein.

Nutrition, What To Eat... have good nutrition. What players should eat.

Food Supplements... about food supplements, growth hormone (HGH), creatine, andro, etc.

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

Simple, Fun Driveway Games... here are several fun games that you can play in your driveway.

Basketball Terminology... learn the language of the game.

Basketball History... Learn about the interesting history of the game.

See these basketball videos in the You Tube library:

Helpful DVDs:

Many player improvement DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

Basketball Player Development DVDs & Videos
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store! This page lists and categorizes a number of excellent player instructional DVDs. It contains many basketball player development DVDs & videos for ball-handling and dribbling, shooting, rebounding, cutting and screening, post play, guard play, and other individual basketball skills.

Many coaching DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

Five-Star Basketball Instructional DVDs
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store! Since 1966, no organization has had a bigger impact on the sport. Five-Star has more graduates playing college or pro ball than any other organization out there. Over the past four decades, Five-Star Basketball has worked with some of the most famous names in the game ... before they were famous, they were Five-Star campers! In all, More than 360 Five-Star participants have played in the NBA. This includes Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony... check out the excellent 5-Star DVDs

Many coaching DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

Dynamic Basketball Player Drills
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store! Videos in this category strive to demonstrate drills players can use to improve their own individual play. Included are drills covering ball handling, shooting, driving and what can be characterized as "the best moves in basketball." These videos provide intense, game like drills that give players an added spark in their everyday use of fundamentals.

Many coaching DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

Basketball Player Workouts
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store! Extensive material on player enhancement and workouts by some of basketball's most knowledgeable teachers will help you challenge your players to improve as individuals and as a team. Numerous drills are featured covering areas such as proper warm-up, defense, rebounding, passing, shooting, footwork, ball handling, and individual moves.

Many coaching DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

Basketball Street Moves
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store! Videos in this category strive to demonstrate 1-on-1 moves that will help you to blow your defender away!

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