From the Bench

Three tips for young basketball coaches

This year, at 32 years old, I completed my 10th season of coaching. During that time, I quickly went from coaching junior high basketball to spendi... more »

Team captains must not be normal

We expect captains to hold teammates accountable and unite players at difficult junctures of the season, but that’s not what makes them remarkable l... more »

Effectively using brush screens in your offense

The brush screen is more popular in the college game and has been modified from its original form: the downscreen. With a brush screen, the cutter bre... more »

6 keys to maximizing your assistant coaches

A characteristic of good basketball programs is that they have great assistant coaches on all levels. Assistants play a vital role in a team’s succe... more »

10 ways to improve before next season

When basketball coaches talk about the offseason, usually we think of what the players will be doing. This is an extremely important aspect for any pr... more »

Delivering criticism to athletes

I recently asked a group of coaches to give me their main challenges with athletes. Almost immediately, the majority of coaches agreed they see many a... more »

Four principles for offseason basketball training

Another season is in the books, and by now you’ve had time to audit your program, your work and your players. The offseason is where programs create... more »

A letter to communicate your philosophy to parents

Basketball programs must effectively communicate to parents as a way to avoid altercations or disagreements during the season. Coach Mike Bailey, who ... more »

‘Mouse’ counters help defense, attacks players in foul trouble

Coaches are always thinking of new plays to attack the defensive schemes they encounter during the season. Basketball is a game of adjustments, with o... more »

Dear parents: I want your kid to fail

Yes, you read that right. I want your kid to fail. Specifically, I want your kid to fail in basketball, and the earlier he or she can start failing, t... more »


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