From the Bench

Three strategies to battle the conference grind

Conference season can be one of the toughest parts of the year. I like to call it the “conference grind.” It’s the same routine every week: P... more »

Winning Hoops’ most popular Xs/Os features of 2017

Winning Hoops has helped educate basketball coaches throughout the world for more than 32 years. With another year in the books, we thought we'd take ... more »

How to turn around a failing program

Losing happens. Sometimes, losing happens too often and for too long, whether it’s over the course of a season or several years. Overcoming a losing... more »

13 tips to sharpen your daily practice plan

A major part of coaching is the ability to prepare your players and your team. That process takes place on the practice floor. The limited time you... more »

Teaching your players to get tough

The most important virtue for any basketball player is talent. But what’s talent without the competitive spirit that consistently motivates your tea... more »

Refining your communication skills

Skilled coaches always look for ways to improve themselves. This can be done in many ways, including developing better communication skills. Here are... more »

Good coaches ask great questions

The idea for this article comes from the book, “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions” by John Maxwell. It’s a wonderful book and I would strongly ad... more »

Structuring a well-organized plan for practices

After more than 40 years of coaching high school basketball, it has become apparent to me the importance of having an organized practice plan. How a c... more »

Tubby Smith offers three keys to program building

Memphis men's basketball coach Tubby Smith last weekend offered his keys to program building at a USA Basketball Coach Academy. Smith has coached h... more »

Support for high school shot clock going strong

This summer, my home state of Wisconsin became the latest to implement a shot clock for high school basketball. The change, which won’t take effect ... more »


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