From the Bench

Setting expectations on and off the court

The accomplishments of your players on the basketball court only represent half the battle. Part of a coach’s job is to help players develop charact... more »

How varsity coaches can help their junior high counterparts

Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens. Expectations — great or otherwise — are what every high school varsity basketball coach ... more »

The 12 attributes of elite point guards

Great point guard play is easy to recognize, but can be difficult to define. You can talk about John Stockton, Magic Johnson and Chris Paul, and every... more »

Making time for skill development in practice

At the beginning of the season, you have many different things you must implement into your basketball practices, and unless you are fortunate enough ... more »

Column: A challenge to get better every day

One year ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to read 25 books by the end of 2017. It was an ambitious goal, and one that came with a high probabilit... more »

Scouting the opposition

Tips for gathering and dissecting information that matters Scouting is agonizing for some coaches and simple for others, but the process of identifyi... more »

Psychologically healing injured athletes

Because of the high demands placed on elite athletes, injury is virtually inescapable. With increasing early sport specialization comes a particular ... more »

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 »


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