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How to use this basketball playbook

Coaches... the Coach's Clipboard Basketball Playbook contains many articles, plays, drills, offenses and defenses (both full-court and half-court). Frankly, there is too much material here for any one team to incorporate. So what should you use with your team? What is your coaching philosophy? Are you coaching high school, or youth basketball?

Your team will need a half-court man-to-man offense, a zone offense, several plays, a few OB plays, and a press-breaker. Defensively, you must decide what your half-court defense is going to be (man-to-man or zone) and whether or not you want to use a press defense, either full-court or half-court.

Organizing practices, using drills, teaching fundamentals, coaching game-strategies are all vitally important things too. Start with the "Key Pages" and use the basketball playbook below to help select your offenses, defenses, plays, etc and to help organize this volume of material for you. The complete contents are located below.

Players... concentrate on the articles under "Player Development". Read the articles on "Mental Aspects". Learn to handle the ball... see the video clips of dribbling drills (one and two-ball drills), dribble-moves, post-moves, and other fundamentals.

It might be tempting to make things too complicated with too much "stuff", too many plays, too many "junk defenses", etc. Develop a system that is effective, yet simple, that satisfies your coaching philosophy and the physical and athletic make-up of your team.

Teach fundamentals... good players with sound basketball fundamentals will do more for winning games than a lot of "razzle-dazzle" coaching strategies. A good coach is a good teacher who can prepare and ready his/her team to compete. Good court-side strategy comes with experience and can help you win a few close ones.

Basketball Playbook - Key Category Pages

  folder icon Selecting Your Half-Court Offense(s)

  folder icon Selecting Your Half-Court Defense(s)

  folder icon Selecting Your Press Defense(s)

  folder icon Selecting a Press Offense, Secondary Breaks

  folder icon Selecting Plays - Quick Hitters, Out-of-Bounds Plays

  folder icon Selecting and Using Drills

  folder icon Teaching Fundamentals - Player Tips and Instruction

  folder icon Coaching Guidelines, Topics, Tips


  folder icon Coaching Guidelines

  folder icon Your Coaching Philosophy

  folder icon Building a Basketball Program

  folder icon Teaching Methods

  folder icon Teaching by Progression

  folder icon How To Use "Check Downs" To Teach Half Court Offense

  folder icon Spacing and Movement - Moving Without the Ball

  folder icon Teaching Basketball by the Millennial Method

  folder icon The Assistant Coach

  folder icon Planning Practices

  folder icon Creating a Master Practice Plan

  folder icon Game Situation Skills and Drills

  folder icon Pre-Game Preparation

  folder icon Coaching, Game Strategy

  folder icon Why Games Are Lost

  folder icon Reducing Turnovers

  folder icon Defensive Intensity - Charting Deflections

  folder icon Basketball Late-Season Tune-Up - Preparing for March Madness!

  folder icon Preseason Checklist: Preparing for the Season

  folder icon Off-Season Coaching

  folder icon Off-Season Basketball Workouts

  folder icon Struggling Through a Losing Season

  folder icon Basketball Coaching Do's and Don'ts

  folder icon Tips on Entering the Coaching Profession

  folder icon Team Building Strategies

  folder icon Importance of Communication

  folder icon Anatomy of a Championship Season

  folder icon Psychology and Athletic Performance

  folder icon Coaching Youth Basketball

  folder icon Parent - Coach Relationships

  folder icon Pre-Season Tryouts

  folder icon 8th Grade Basketball Tryouts

  folder icon Playing AAU or Club Basketball

  folder icon Running a Basketball Clinic

Half-Court Defense

  folder icon Selecting Your Defense(s)

  folder icon Man-to-Man Pressure Defense

  folder icon Pack Line Defense

  folder icon Bob Kloppenburg's SOS Pressure Defense:

  folder icon Notes on Rick Torbett's Dynamic Defense

  folder icon Zone Defense

  folder icon 2-3 (2-1-2) Zone Defense

  folder icon Coach Marshall's 2-3 Zone Defense

  folder icon Circle Defense

  folder icon Buzz - Twilight Zone Defense

  folder icon 1-3-1 Zone Defense

  folder icon 3-2 (1-2-2) Zone Defense

  folder icon Zone Rebounding

  folder icon Amoeba Defense

  folder icon SWARM Defense

  folder icon Point-Zone Defense

  folder icon Match-up Zone Defense

  folder icon 1-3-1 Match-up Zone Defense

  folder icon 1-2-2 Viking Half-Court Press

  folder icon 2-2-1 Half-Court Press

  folder icon "Junk" Defenses

  folder icon Triangle Defense

  folder icon Last Second Defense

  folder icon Defending the Pick and Roll

  folder icon Defending Without Fouling

Full-Court Defense

  folder icon Selecting a Press Defense(s)

  folder icon Transition Defense

  folder icon Match-up Press Defenses

  folder icon Run-and-Jump Press Defense

  folder icon Trapping with a Trailer Defender

  folder icon Pressure Defense, and "41-Deny"

  folder icon SOS Full-Court Pressure Defense

  folder icon 2-2-1 Zone Press

  folder icon 3-1-1 Zone Press

  folder icon 1-1-2-1 Zone Press

  folder icon 1-2-1-1 (Diamond) Zone Press

  folder icon Coach Sar's 1-2-2 Zone Presses

Offensive Strategy

  folder icon Selecting Your Offense(s)

  folder icon Fundamental Precepts of Offensive Basketball

  folder icon Motion Offense Principles (B)

  folder icon Bob Hurley:Motion Offense (B)

  folder icon 3-2 Motion Offense (M)

  folder icon 4-Out, 1-In Motion Offense (B)

  folder icon Notes on the Dribble-Drive Motion Offense (M)

  folder icon Dribble-Drive Motion Offense - More! (M)

  folder icon Read and React Offense (B)

  folder icon 3-Out Read and React Offense (B)

  folder icon Triangle Offense (M)

  folder icon High Low Triangle Offense (B)

  folder icon Pete Carril's Princeton Offense (M)

  folder icon Princeton Offense (B)

  folder icon Princeton Offense Plays (M)

  folder icon Pick and Roll Offense (M)

  folder icon Fred Hoiberg's Early Offense (M)

  folder icon John Wooden's UCLA Offense (M)

  folder icon Wisconsin Swing Offense (B)

  folder icon West Coast 1-4 Stack Offense

  folder icon Michigan-Style 2-Guard Offense (M)

  folder icon Hawk Offense (M)

  folder icon Horns Offense - A-Set Offense (B)

  folder icon 2-3 High Patterned Offense (M)

  folder icon 2-3 Offense (M)

  folder icon Blocker Mover Offense (M)

  folder icon T-Game Triple-Post Offense (B)

  folder icon Grinnell Offense (B)

  folder icon 2-1-2 High-Post Offense (M)

  folder icon 1-3-1 Offense (B)

  folder icon Open Post Double-Up Offense (B)

  folder icon Open Post (5-Out) Motion Offense (B)

  folder icon Shuffle Offense (M)

  folder icon Youth Swing Offense (B)

  folder icon Thunder Offense (M)

  folder icon Flex Offense (B) (M)

  folder icon 4-Corners Delay Offense (B)

  folder icon Spread Delay Offense (B)

Zone Offense

  folder icon Basics of Zone Offense (Z)

  folder icon Screening the Zone (Z)

  folder icon Anchors Zone Offense (Z)

  folder icon Dribble-Drive Zone Offense (Z)

  folder icon Attacking the 2-3 (or 2-1-2) Zone (Z)

  folder icon Simple, Easy 2-3 Zone Attack (Z)

  folder icon 2-3 Zone Offense Plays (Z)

  folder icon Stanford Motion-Zone Offense (Z)

  folder icon T-Game Triple-Post Offense (B)

  folder icon Attacking the 3-2 Zone (Z)

  folder icon Attacking the 1-2-2 Zone (Z)

  folder icon Attacking the 1-3-1 Zone Defense (Z)

  folder icon 4-Out Zone Offense and Zone Plays (Z)

  folder icon 5-Out Zone Offense (Z)

  folder icon Attacking "Junk" Defenses (Z)

  folder icon Attacking the Box-and-1 Defense (Z)

  folder icon Attacking the Triangle-and-2 Defense (Z)

Transition Offense

  folder icon Selecting Your Press Offense(s)

  folder icon Transition Offense

  folder icon Concepts for Playing Fast

  folder icon Secondary Fast Break

  folder icon Coach Sar's Secondary Break

  folder icon Secondary Numbered Break

  folder icon 3-Up Secondary Break

  folder icon 80-60-40 Press Breakers

  folder icon Simple Press Breaker

  folder icon Flood Press Breaker

  folder icon Beating the Full Court Press

  folder icon Attacking the Full-Court Man-to-Man Press

  folder icon Attacking the 1-2-1-1 Press

  folder icon Four Across Press Breaker

  folder icon 3-Up Press Breaker

  folder icon 2-2-1 Press Breaker

  folder icon Half-Court Press Breakers

Offensive Plays

Also see 3-2 and 4-1 motion plays above

  folder icon Selecting a Few Plays

  folder icon 90 Series (M)

  folder icon Big Series (M)

  folder icon 1 Series (plays for your point guard) (B)

  folder icon 2 Series (plays for your shooting guard) (B)

  folder icon 50 Series (M)

  folder icon Simple 3-2 Motion Plays (youth teams) (M)

  folder icon 3-2 Motion Plays (advanced) (M)

  folder icon 4-Out, 1-In Motion Offense "High" Plays (M)

  folder icon 4-Out, 1-In Motion Offense "Low" Plays (M)

  folder icon Michigan State Sets/Plays (B)

  folder icon Michigan State Tom Izzo's "Fist-Down" Zone Play (Z)

  folder icon Gap Attack Zone Play (Z)

  folder icon Heat (M)

  folder icon America's Play (M)

  folder icon High Pick and Roll Set (M)

  folder icon Redhawk (M)

  folder icon Loyola (M)

  folder icon Michigan (M)

  folder icon Miami (B)

  folder icon Ohio (M)

  folder icon Buckeye (M)

  folder icon Demon (M)

  folder icon Blazer (M)

  folder icon West Coast 1-4 Stack Offense

  folder icon 1-4 Offense (45, 41, G-town, Hoyas, 43, 93-Low) (M)

  folder icon 1-4 Low Set (Pinball, Double-Cross, Scissors, Spurs)(M)

  folder icon 3-On-3 Plays

  folder icon Opening Tip-Off Play

Out-of-Bounds Plays

  folder icon Sideline Plays

  folder icon OB Plays vs the 2-3 Zone

  folder icon "Box" Plays

  folder icon "Stack" Plays

  folder icon "4-Low" Plays

  folder icon More Pretty Good OB Plays

  folder icon Full-Court Buzzer Beaters

  folder icon Half-Court Buzzer Beaters

  folder icon Last Second Situations

Player Development

  folder icon Teaching Fundamentals

  folder icon Video Clip Library

  folder icon Footwork Fundamentals

  folder icon Offensive Tips

  folder icon Cutting and Faking

  folder icon Ball Handling

  folder icon Dribbling

  folder icon The Art of Passing

  folder icon The Lay-up

  folder icon Learning How to Shoot

  folder icon Coach Wissel's Shooting Series

  folder icon The Jump Shot

  folder icon The Hook Shot

  folder icon Outside Perimeter Moves

  folder icon Pro Guard Moves for Finishing Around the Basket

  folder icon Playing the Point Guard Position

  folder icon Inside, Post Moves

  folder icon Free Throw Shooting

  folder icon Setting Screens

  folder icon Spacing and Movement - Moving Without the Ball

  folder icon Escaping from a Trap

  folder icon Transition Offense

  folder icon Practicing in the Off Season

  folder icon Playing AAU or Club Basketball

  folder icon Individual Shooting Work-Out

  folder icon Defensive Tips

  folder icon Basic Defense

  folder icon Transition Defense

  folder icon Rebounding Tips

Mental Aspects

  folder icon How to make the team...

  folder icon Things to think about...

  folder icon Attitude, the "Right Stuff"

  folder icon The exceptional player...

  folder icon Mental Prep Playbook

  folder icon Guide for Serious Basketball Players

  folder icon Keys to Becoming a Great Player

  folder icon Things Good Basketball Players Do

  folder icon Basketball Tips: Being a Team Leader

  folder icon The "role" player...

  folder icon Play Big: Believe in Greatness!

  folder icon Imagine

  folder icon The Student Athlete

  folder icon Psychology and Athletic Performance

  folder icon The Basketball IntelliGym


  folder icon Selecting, Using Drills

  folder icon Partner Drills

Defensive Drills

  folder icon 1 on 1 Drills

  folder icon Close-Out-Drill

  folder icon Shell Drill, Half-Court Live Drills

  folder icon M2M Defense Breakdown Drills

  folder icon Breakdown Drills for Teaching the Pack Line Defense

  folder icon Breakdown Drills for Teaching the 2-3 Zone Defense

  folder icon 1 on 1 Defensive Drills from Coach Costa

  folder icon Man-to-Man Positioning Drill

  folder icon Deny, Corner Trap Drill

  folder icon Take the Charge Drill

  folder icon Match-up Press Drills

  folder icon Z-Drill

  folder icon 3-on-3 Defensive Drill

Offensive Drills

  folder icon Learning the Jump Stop

  folder icon Footwork Drills

  folder icon Screens, Pick Drills

  folder icon Motion Offense Drills

  folder icon Dribble-Drive Motion Offense Drills

  folder icon John Calipari's "One More" Passing/Shooting Drill

  folder icon Drive and Kick Drill

  folder icon 2-3 Zone Offense Drills

  folder icon Transition Offense Drills

  folder icon Full-Court Transition Offense Drills

  folder icon 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 Drills

  folder icon 2-on-1 Continuous Transition Drill

  folder icon Michigan State Progressive Transition Drill

  folder icon Memphis Transition Drills

  folder icon Fast-Break Drills

  folder icon 5-on-0 Full-Court Drills

  folder icon 3-on-2, 3-on-3 Transition Drill

  folder icon 4-on-4 Transition

  folder icon 4-on-4-on-4 Transition

  folder icon 5-on-4 Transition Scramble Drill

  folder icon Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill

  folder icon 11-Man (and 7-Man) Drills

  folder icon Post Player Breakdown Drills

  folder icon 50 Points Full-Court Drills

  folder icon Special Situation Drills

Dribbling Drills

  folder icon List of Stationary Circle Drills

  folder icon Stationary 1-Ball Dribbling Drills

  folder icon 2-Ball Dribbling Drills

  folder icon Sideline Dribbling Drills

  folder icon Tight Chairs Dribbling Drills

  folder icon Full-Court Dribbling Moves Drill

  folder icon Dribble Tag Drills

  folder icon Video Clip Library

Passing Drills

  folder icon Fast-Break Passing Drills

  folder icon Full-Court Weave Passing Drills

  folder icon More Full-Court Passing Drills

  folder icon Basic Half-Court Passing Drills

  folder icon Press Break Passing Drill

Shooting Drills

  folder icon Team Shooting Drills

  folder icon Guard Breakdown Shooting Drills

  folder icon 2 Man Shooting Drills

  folder icon Lay-up Drills

  folder icon Free Throw Shooting Drills

  folder icon Individual Shooting Work-Out

Rebounding, Loose Ball Drills

  folder icon Rebounding Box-Out Drills

  folder icon 2 Man Drill

  folder icon War Drill

  folder icon Hustle Drills

Alan Stein's Strengthening & Conditioning Drills

  folder icon Alan Stein's Drills

  folder icon Warm-Up Drills

  folder icon Strengthening Drills

  folder icon Agility, Quickness & Reaction Drills

  folder icon Conditioning Drills

  folder icon Core Strengthening Drills

  folder icon Pre-Season Drills

  folder icon Drills for Ankles and Knees

  folder icon Stretching and Mobility Drills

Ganon Baker's Drills

  folder icon Ganon Baker's Basketball Drills

  folder icon Ganon Baker Interview

Tim Springer's Drills

  folder icon Guard Workouts

  folder icon Spartan Guard Skills Workout

  folder icon Spartan Skills Drills

  folder icon Shooting Guard Workout

  folder icon Forward Scoring Workout

  folder icon Post Player Workout

  folder icon Spartan Gun Shooting Drills

  folder icon Team 3-Point Shooting Drills

  folder icon 15 Point Per Game Workout

  folder icon College Point-Guard Workout

  folder icon Lebron James Scoring Workout

  folder icon Tony Parker Scoring Series

  folder icon Kevin Durant Scoring Workout

  folder icon Derrick Rose Scoring Workout

  folder icon Tim Duncan Scoring Series

  folder icon Manu Ginobili Scoring Series

  folder icon George Hill Scoring Series

  folder icon Defensive Rotations into Transition Drills

  folder icon Basketball Performance Training Drills

  folder icon Becky Hammon Floppy to Pick and Roll Drill

  folder icon Kyrie Irving Scoring Workout

Other Stuff

  folder icon Video Clip Library

  folder icon Animations Library

  folder icon Coaching Youth Basketball

  folder icon Coach's Clipboard Newsletter Archive

  folder icon Conditioning

  folder icon How to Condition for Basketball

  folder icon Vertical Jump Claims

  folder icon I-Jump Vertical Jump App for iPad and iPhone

  folder icon Managing Player Fatigue

  folder icon Basketball Strength Training

  folder icon Athletic Development

  folder icon When Individual Instruction Goes Too Far

  folder icon Why Doesn't Johnny Practice Any More?

  folder icon Small Basketball Players

  folder icon Dealing with Lack of Playing Time

  folder icon What To Eat

  folder icon The Recovery Snack

  folder icon Supplements (HCG, Creatine, Andro)

  folder icon Coach's Guide for a Drug Free Basketball Team

  folder icon Simple, Fun Driveway Games

  folder icon Point Guard College articles

  folder icon Meet Coach Keith Haske

  folder icon Information about College Basketball Scholarships

  folder icon Quotes - Motivational and Humorous

  folder icon Basketball History

  folder icon Basketball's First Wizard

  folder icon Professor Blood & the Wonder Teams

  folder icon Basketball Terminology

  folder icon Basketball Book Reviews

  folder icon Coaching Forms

  folder icon Court Diagrams

  folder icon Court Dimensions


  folder icon Coach's Clipboard Google+

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Help, Instructions, Misc

  folder icon Website Help and Instructions

  folder icon Deluxe CD Instructions

  folder icon Player's CD Instructions

  folder icon Playbook & Animations Download Instructions

  folder icon Playbook Download Instructions

  folder icon About...

  folder icon The Basketball IntelliGym

  folder icon Shoot More Rebounding System

  folder icon Swish Video/DVD's

  folder icon Wissel's Shooting DVD's

  folder icon Blue Eagle Motion & Shuffle Animations

  folder icon Links

  folder icon Legal Notices

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