From the Bench

Prevent ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ with better coaching

Free throws are not difficult, and any basketball player who commits a moderate level of their time practicing them should be "average" at worst. The ... more »

Finding the Right Fit

Coaches dedicate countless hours conducting repetitive drills designed to improve their team performance, but most don't give a second thought to the ... more »

Why reliable stat keepers are critical to programs

It's also the job that can determine what you do in practice, and it's the job every program should have, but many don't. The most important job in... more »

Rushing the court poses too many risks

But Utah Valley's upset victory over New Mexico State this season showed us why we should consider a universal ban on court storming. It's dangerous a... more »

Still Waiting for the Shot Clock Rule

Waiting for the shot clock rule in high school basketball reminds me of an old saying amongst us Chicago Cubs fans: there's always next year.Each spri... more »

Progressions to build your full-court mane defense

Having good practices is a key element for a team to have a successful season. The goal of the coaching staff should be to make the practices tough so... more »

12 rules for new coaches

As a former athletic director and coaching educator, I have seen many young coaches enter and leave the coaching ranks. I thought a few simple rules m... more »

Developing young post players

Even though post play has been somewhat diminished with the dribble-drive offense and the high screen and roll offensive sets, it's still a skill that... more »

4 Point Guard Rules For Attacking Zone Defense

Point guards need to know the difference between being a passer who hits the open player and one who creates openings. Anyone can throw a pass to an o... more »

Installing the 1-2-2 match-up zone

Our base defense is man-to-man, but we mix up our looks throughout the game by incorporating a 1-2-2 match-up zone into our game plan. Most girls team... more »


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