A common complaint I hear from numerous high school coaches is that when the Freshman class arrives on campus in the fall, they are not very skilled on the basics of basketball. (Check out my post, tips on coaching youth basketball, geared towards players 12 and under.) Because high school coaches have their own offensive and defensive philosophies, they must spend the first few weeks of practice teaching these philosophies to their new players. There are some ways to help create exceptional feeder systems into your basketball programs. Click here to read the rest of the article…
It is said time after time that our youth is the future; unfortunately our youth today are so consumed with television and social media that they are learning poor habits earlier and earlier. I will give you an example, one of my players last Summer was in charge of the lay-up station at one of our camps. I looked over and he was teaching 8-10 year olds how to perform the Euro-Step; you can imagine my disbelief – I quickly changed the drills.
We coaches continue to talk about the importance of fundamentals in basketball. But are we teaching the right things? Most will argue that there are more than four tips to coaching youth basketball, but these are what I believe are the four most important elements to teach our youth when it comes to basketball. Click here to continue reading at FastModelSports.com
Earlier today I posted an action from the New York Knicks that involved a horns staggered pick & roll. Later in this game they ran this similar play but Carmelo decided to keep the ball and use the pick & roll himself.
The New York Knicks ran this play during their playoff loss versus the Indiana Pacers Saturday night in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. There are severals aspects I love about this play.
1. I love running staggered pick & rolls (especially at lower levels) because most coaches do not teach their players how to guard. **I teach the first big to level the screen to prevent the slip and the second big to be the hedger/trapper/helper.
2. By using Carmelo in the first pick, the defense did not want to detach itself for too long and giveaway a look from the Knicks’ best player.
3. The Knicks spaced two shooters in the corners (2-JR Smith, 4-Copeland) which made it difficult to help on this action and give up an open corner three.
In an attempt to get Amar’e Stoudamire going during his limited minutes, Mike Woodson had the New York Knicks ran this post-up action several times last night in their win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Spreading the floor our the way the Knicks did made this action difficult to run and would be an excellent option if you have a dominant post player on your team. By using Jason Kidd to set the screen on Stoudemire, you make the defense make a decision to switch or help and recover. In my opinion, switching is not even an option. By helping and recovering, the defense arrives late and allows the post player to catch and make a move towards the rim quicker.