As a coach, you always want to put your team in position to win, help your players develop and grow, and just be successful. We spoke to arguably one of the best and most influential high school coaches, in Team USA U17 head man Don Showalter, and he gladly shared his coaching secrets with us. Continue reading “Interview: Secrets to high school coaching with team USA U17 Don Showalter” »
Alot of you really liked our breakdown of Coach Roy William’s secondary break offense and have asked for the breakdown drills for it. So we’ve compiled some of the team drills Coach Williams uses at North Carolina.
These drills are surprising “simple”. Coach Roy Williams works on things as simple as taking the ball out of the hoop because to score easy buckets, you must be fast with the ball. If you watch North Carolina, regardless of a make or miss they very quickly inbound and look ahead. This is a habit that needs to be trained. Continue reading “Roy Williams Transition and Defensive Breakdown Drills” »
Coach Mark Few’s Gonzaga just came off an incredible 37-2 run, only to lose to powerhouse North Carolina in the finals. Now, let me explain why this is incredible. College basketball is dominated by powerhouse programs with resources, huge followings and ability to attract great players. Then you have mid-major programs (not part of ACC, Big ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC) that somehow manage to pull off upsets from time to time with less resources and Gonzaga ranks no.1 on the list of mid-major programs. Coach Mark Few has led the Zags to the NCAA tournament every year during his tenure. Racking up a 81% winning record and 7 Sweet 16 appearances. So if your high school team isn’t a traditional “powerhouse” team, you should look into Coach Mark Few.
- Coach Mark Few’s background
- Offensive philosophy
- Ball screen rules
- Ball screen offense
Congrats to Coach Roy Williams for winning the 2017 NCAA championships! Coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels is famous for their secondary break and early offense. Coach Williams started his career under legendary Coach Dean Smith and has since won the NCAA title twice in 2005 and 2009. So let’s get right into what makes his program successful.
What is a secondary break?
We’ve covered Tom Izzo’s fast break before but what is a secondary break? Coach Williams defines it when 2 or more defenders are back. When your guards can’t create a 1 on 2 or 3 on 2 situation, you try to get quick action with your 2 bigs who will sprint to the block or come in as a trailer. Alot of times, teams just practice for the primary break and forget about the secondary break. Continue reading “Roy Williams North Carolina Secondary fast break – A complete guide” »
When you’re in a situation where the final 10 seconds could literally decide the fate of your season, it’s time to go to a proven play. Whether it’s simply needing to inbound the ball, break a full court press, or get a late 3, I’ve found 5 game winning end of game plays that you need to have ready. They are:
- Curl Slip– An EOG play that uses movement and spacing to get a center slipping to the basket for a quick 2.
- Backcourt Overload– A simple way to break a 1-2-1-1 full court press by overloading the defense with passing options.
- Handoff Flare– Another awesome Brad Stevens play for a 3 that takes the simple concept of drive and kick to another level.
- Safety– This fail safe play will guarantee that you’ll be able to inbound the ball vs tight pressure.
- Flex Curl– Coach Kevin McHale used this play to get the Rockets a crucial 3 vs the Clippers
Each play has got game video and animation attached so keep reading to find out more.
Continue reading “5 Winning End of Game Plays” »
You can have 100’s of out of bounds plays, but in a game, you only get to run one of them once.
The number one mistake that basketball coaches is make is assuming that what worked for one team will work for your team. You can’t just pull plays from the NBA/college/youtube/your rivals and expect them to run smoothly.
There are many factors that you have to consider when it comes to picking the right plays to teach and run and after drawing up hundreds of plays.
I’ve broken down 3 key imitations below- time left on the shot clock, the score, and whether you have a time out to call or not. Keep reading to learn how to pick the right play.