Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Buford 30 Series

If you are looking for some nice offensive sets, you should look at the 30 Series sets.  You will find a variety of great screening (floppy, wide pins, shuffle, narrow pins) and cutting actions that will put your players in ideal scoring situations.

Todd Schlimgen: Tom Izzo DVD Breakdown

Coach Schlimgen breaks down a some Tom Izzo offensive man and zone quick hitters, sideline out of bounds, and baseline out of bounds.  Tom Izzo is known as one of the best when it comes to designing offensive actions to get quality shots.  I think you like the diagrams provided by Coach Schlimgen.

Friday, July 25, 2014

2011 Final Four Roundtable: Marlene Stollings

Came across this great set of notes from the 2011 Final Four Roundtable Ole Miss clinic headed up by Marlene Stollings.  In these notes, you will find some great practice drills along with some nice quick hitters.  This is a great set of notes and I think you will be able to find a drill that you can incorporate into your system.  Personally, I like the 8 Point Defensive Drill because it involves so many defensive concepts.  I would make some slight modifications to fit what we do defensively, but it provides the ground work for a drill that our program could use.

Don Meyer: Evaluating Possessions

Don Meyer has influenced my coaching career more than any other coach.  I had the fortunate pleasure to here Coach Meyer talk numerous times, had personal conversations with him and was able to get feedback on some philosophical items as well.  He always made time to help other coaches and to give back to the coaching community.  Today, we are going to look at same game analysis resources that you can use to evaluate the effectiveness of your games.  I will be the first to admit that analyzing each possession can take some time, but the information you gather from it is so useful.  Hopefully, these resources provided by Coach Meyer will help you improve your team's efficiency.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brad Stevens: Butler Offense

Brad Stevens has become a very popular coach over the past few years.  One of his greatest attributes is his ability to relate to his players and get them to buy into his system of play.  When he was at Butler, his teams utilized a lot of ball screen concepts.  I think you will like the breakdown of his offensive system used with his Butler teams.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tom McKinney Practice Planning

Practice planning is one of the most important aspects of coaching that determines team readiness for a game and for player development.  Very few things are more frustrating that watch a poorly planned and structured practice.  Tom McKinney provides a great example of practice items that can be incorporated into a practice plan.  I hope there are some valuable components that you can use to help design effective practices.

Backdoor Plays

I think all offenses should have backdoor concepts built into them.  It creates scoring actions towards the basket and serves as a good pressure release against teams that like to get out and defend hard.  Therefore, I am sharing some backdoor plays that can be ran as sets or simply added as actions within your own offensive base.

Jeff Capel Shooting Workouts

As the off-season continues for many of us, I am always looking for a new shooting drill for my players.  Jeff Capel shows us some different drills in these workouts that we can implement into our own basketball program.  As I have always said, I think it is really important to not only find new drills and ways of doing things, but more importantly, it is vital that you modify the drill to fit your philosophy and style of play.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1-on-1 Practice Drills

When structured appropriately, 1-on-1 drills can be great for individual development.  We like to put constraints on the 1-on-1 drill such as:

  • 2 or 3 dribble max
  • Players only score on defensive stops.  If a player gets a stop, he stays on defense
  • Play to 3 or 4 - this places more emphasis on the defensive component of the drill
  • Post players can start on the block - makes perimeter players have to learn to defend in the post
I am sure there are lots of other variations or rules that could be used, but these are some that we are going to focus on this off-season.  I am including some other 1-on-1 type drills for you to look at.  As always, modify them to fit your system or philosophy.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Basketball Skills Checklists

Here are some great resources that you can use to help develop player workouts for this off-season.  I think these lists provide a great foundation for developing a list of basketball skills.  I would probably want to break it down into specific age appropriate skills for our program.  Hope they help your off-season development.