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30 Jan 2004

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Hey there coach.....i was just wondering if you know of any good resources for the Princeton offense. I know the Sac Kings run a version of it due to having Pete Carril as an asst. coach.

Thank You,

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30 Jan 2004

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Hi, I've had 1 child about a year ago. I still have a tummy that hangs over my pants and side handles that I can't get rid of. I weigh about 130, I'm 19 years old. Please help!


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Hi, I've had 1 child about a year ago. I still have a tummy that hangs over my pants and side handles that I can't get rid of. I weigh about 130, I'm 19 years old. Please help!


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30 Jan 2004

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hi steve,

im doing a dissertation on team building on a university girls basketball team. alot of the girls have very basic knowledge of the game and i was wondering if you had any ideas for practices/games i could use. they could be for passing, dribbling, defence, whatever, but they have to stress 'group work' even if it is in small groups of 3 and 4. Any help would be appreciated and acknowledged in my project.

thank you,

helena costen


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I AM ABOUT TO TAKE OVER A BASKETBALL PROGRAM AT JERUSALEM HIGH SCHOOL.WE HAVE A HALF COURT TO PRACTISE ON AND IT IS OUTDOORS.WEATHER COMES INTO PLAY.I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THREE YRS NOW AND HAVE COACHED THE GIRLS BALL TEAM AND BOTH JV GIRLS AND BOYS.THIS YR I WILL TAKE OVER THE BOYS VARSITY ALSO SEEING WE DO NOT HAVE B BALL COACHES AVAILBLE.I NEED TO FIT IN ALL TEAMS ON ONLY A FIVE DAY SCHEDULE.WE DO HAVE FRIDAYS OFF SO I CAN GO ALL DAY FRIDAY IF NECCESARY.HOW WOULD YOU GO ABOUT YOUR PRACITSE PLAN THANKS BINK FINAMORE

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29 Jan 2004

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First I would like to thank you for this site, it has already been a great help. I am going to have a week long basketball camp at our school this summer for girls and boys in grades 4--8. This is a small school and I will be a parent/coach. I was an athelete, even some in college but, I never have really coached very much. I was thinking about 8 AM TO II AM OR 9 TO 12. Can you tell me first if these age groups can be done together and is 3 hours a day the right amount of time. Can you also tell me how or where I may find an outline of activities and time guide line for creating a fun and successful camp. Thanks a lot for your help. Note: Click on link above to see court measurements such as the distance from the backboard to the free throw line.


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why do the player spin first the ball before throwing it?what is the use of spining the ball?


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29 Jan 2004

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hi! i just want to ask,.. why do catcher or the pitcher, spin first the ball before throwing it, in a baseball game setting?


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28 Jan 2004

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Hi, Does playing basketball makes people taller? Please mail me back.


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Hi, Does playing basketball makes people taller? Please mail me back.


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28 Jan 2004

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I am coaching a 6th grade team. We rebound and play defense well but unless we can get a fast break our offense doesn't move. I have tried to teach the kids some basic plays but in game situations they don't use them. We practice usually only twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes. Often it is hard for our offense to complete the first pass. The wings think they are open but they really aren't. Thanks Steve Sanders


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27 Jan 2004

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What is the best way to teach a full court diamond defense, or a 1-3-1 defense.


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what are the purpose of the different parts of the court?


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I am coaching 5th grade girls basketball and would like to know the easiest way to teach them the full court press and how to break it. We currently play a zone defense. Would you suggest a man to man might be better during the use of a full court press? And also, I am having trouble teaching them how to get open on offense, they seem to not want to move out of their assigned position. Any suggestions? Thank you.


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I am coaching 5th grade girls basketball and would like to know the easiest way to teach them the full court press and how to break it. We currently play a zone defense. Would you suggest a man to man might be better during the use of a full court press? And also, I am having trouble teaching them how to get open on offense, they seem to not want to move out of their assigned position. Any suggestions? Thank you.


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How many teams are eligable for the ncaa mens basketball tournament? not available brackets, but how many total teams are in the league total... out of the thiry two conferences?


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How many teams are eligable for the ncaa mens basketball tournament? not available brackets, but how many total teams are in the league total... out of the thiry two conferences?


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Is it appropriate in grade-school basketball (4th through 8th grade) to punish students who arrive late for practice as a rule, no exceptions, and without discussion with the parents? ("Punishment" includes laps and other physical conditioning apart from the team, or sitting out of drills "because you were late" and not because you don't know the drill or your tardiness prevents you from participating.) Our board would like to issue a policy that precludes this type of punishment for our school's sports (it is only happening within our Basketball program) however certain coaches feel that it is their only way to "get to the parents" to ensure promptness, or it's just how they prefer to operate. (Note that if the coaches want to limit playing time for practice tardiness, we have no problem with that.) Unfortunately tardiness can't always be helped, but there is no attempt made to provide some leeway and talk to the parents if it's a habitual problem.

Not sure that this is the kind of thing you can comment on, but if not, could you direct me to any particular authoritative guidance that would illustrate that this policy is not a necessary part of a well-coached program? Thanks.


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Q1. Explain the player positioning and ball movement in a five man offensive transition?

Q2. What are the important points of emphasis factors in running a 3 on 2 drill?

Q3. How would you defend a 3 on 2 fast break?

Q4. What are the important factors you consider would work towards your advantage in breaking down a zone defense?


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Q1. Explain the player positioning and ball movement in a five man offensive transition?

Q2. What are the important points of emphasis factors in running a 3 on 2 drill?

Q3. How would you defend a 3 on 2 fast break?

Q4. What are the important factors you consider would work towards your advantage in breaking down a zone defense?


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23 Jan 2004

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How do you get a team to listen to your suggestions in game situations?

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I'll presume you mean during the time-out huddle. Well, in practice, practice your huddle. Set the rules. Most kids do not intend to be disrespectful or aloof, they just have poor listening skills, so that's what you teach them. For instance, have them follow these rules when you blow the whistle in practice or when the buzzer sounds in the game:

Now, don't get too discouraged next time when you have a great talk in the huddle and then the kids go out and do something different. It takes time to change game behavior, even when they listen to you. You can immediately burn another timeout to correct their behavior. Or, especially as the kids get older, simply sub in other players who are willing to play the game the way you want. When your team is very young (and you may be constrained by substitution rules), patience is needed.

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How do you get your team to cooperate?

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The trick is to get them to feel like they need each other, and then to trust each other. The need is felt when the task that must be accomplished cannot be done without assistance from another. For instance, assign your best player to take one five other players in a basketball game. The solo player gets the ball first - out of bounds. The obvious dilemma is that there is no one to pass the ball to. When that is realized, add another player, 2 on 5. With 5 players to guard the receiver, it should be obvious they still need help, add another teammate. It should be apparent soon that you need all five to have balance. This is just one example of a team building exercise. You can do anything along the same lines, even off-court, non-basketball activities, that present a challenge requiring the players to assist one another. Trust will come in time as players see teammates coming to help. Trust also requires that the players discover they make mistakes, too, and need such help.


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how can you become a head coach without pride

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Do you mean a head coach who has loses his pride or someone with no pride becoming a head coach?


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21 Jan 2004

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I have a sophmore girl with a great shot but she has lost all confidence. I have worked with her one on one but as soon as she misses that first one.... it's all over. She won't shot again. Any suggestions??

Thanks, D.

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That's a real common problem with both boys and girls, especially at that age group. They depend so much on peer pressure and may stop shooting to avoid the embarrasment of missing or maybe to avoid doing anything that may disappoint their teammates. The kids need to learn that the shot is just part of the process. Sometimes the process to earn a a good open shot is long and arduous, and when a player passes up that shot she wastes all the effort it took to create it. Try doing a lot of drills that keep the players busy running and shooting. The novelty will soon wear off. Most of all, don't make a big deal out of it. You want to keep the shooting percentage from becoming a head game. Just provide lots of opportunities to shoot and be quietly supportive. Praise good shot selection whether the shot is made or missed.


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1) how do you become a pro athlete? 2) what kind of degree do you need? 3)what kind of money do you make in a pro athlete?

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1) Get paid for playing a sport 2) Ask Kobe and LeBron 3) Depends how good you are and how affluent the sport is.

 


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19 Jan 2004

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Coach,

Sorry, a typo in my last question changed the meaning of the question entirely. Here is what I meant to ask:

When we use your box low BLOB play, the player who picks away usually is open for the inbound pass when we are playing against a zone defense. But against a m2m, the defender of the player picking away is usually in between him and the basket and we can never get the inbound pass to him. Since a m2m defender will normally play between their man and the basket, that would mean there is always a defender between the inbounder and the screener. Am I missing something here?

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Well, the post away from the ball gets a pick and then breaks across the key. The screener's defender usually switches and covers the post play coming across the key. If not, the pick worked because the picked post got free. Throw her the ball instead. This play breaks down as you described when the post doesn't wait for the screen to set. If she leaves too early, the defenders slip by and the screen/seal never happens.


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19 Jan 2004

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Hello, I play girls Jr. High/intermediate/middle schoool basketball. i am trying to work on free throws and would like to know how far is the free throw line from the basket?

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15 feet will do you just right.


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19 Jan 2004

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Hello,

Let me first begin by saying my team (4-6 graders) has lost every one of its first 7 games.

Most games were by ~10 points or more.

However, in 2 of these games they played hard 5th quarter full court press defense and had a GREAT showing.

This last game, the opposing defense was too much for them. Pass after pass was picked off. We probably didn't get a shot off for 2 quarters. They scored outscored 48-8 as a final score.

A couple of players were really distraught. We have increased scoring every game until this one. What should the focus be to raise the players spirit?

I need to say that the other team had 3 of last year's allstars. We have none. (So much for team balance during the evaluation Preseason work)

Answer

See the article Getting Open. It may be the most under-taught skill in the game even though the concepts are simple. Once your girls get the knack of popping out to catch a pass, you'll be able to move the ball even against better athletes.


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19 Jan 2004

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I HELP COACH MY SON'S 5TH GRADE BB. TEAM~WE HAVE ABOUT 15 PLAYERS MOST OF THE TIME FOR GAMES BUT MAYBE 12 FOR PRACTICES`ABOUT 7 OR EIGHT BOYS THAT ARE GOOD BALL PLAYERS~WE SPLIT THE TEAM FOR MORE PLAYING TIME FOR THE KIDS ~I COACH WITH THREE OTHER PARENTS~THE OTHER PARENTS WANT TO TAKE MOST OF THE BETTEWR PLAYERS FOR THERE TEAM LEAVING ME WITH MY SON AND ONE OTHER GOOD BALL PLAYER~~HOW DO I HANDLE THIS~DOING WHATS RIGHT~THE OTHER 3 THAT THEY WANT ME TO FILL MY TEAM WITH ARE NEVER THERE TO LEARN~~MY SON AND THE OTHER BOY GET VERY FRUSTRATED PLAYING WITH THESE BOYS THAT JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND~YET THE OTHER TEAM HAS THE MORE EXPER, PLAYERS~MY SON AND THE OTHER BOY ARE THE TWO BEST OUT OF ALL BUT THEY DO NEED HELP~THANKS FOR YOUR TIME~PLUS I'M A FOOTBALL PLAYER NOT MUCH UPSTAIRS CONCERNING BASKETBALL~.

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In the practice time, I don't see whay you can't suggest the kids be split differently time to time. In a real game, you may see all kinds of combinations on the floor. It makes sense that they get used to playing with ALL their teammates.


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19 Jan 2004

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I coach 3rd through 7th grade girls. I want to pick a captain of the team, but I am not sure how to word the responsibilities of a captain. I want to make sure the girls understand that it doesn't mean that the best player should be the captain, but that it should be someone with leadership skills. Could you email me some advice so I can get something ready that the girls could read and then decide who they should vote for.

Thank you

Kelly King

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Choosing captains ... hmmm ... give the girls some warning that captains will be chosen. Tell the the qualities you are looking for and expected duties. Some duties are honorary, like speaking with the refs before the game. Some are like aides, assisting the coach with carrying equipment. Sometimes they can make calls like a phone tree. Most of all, they are expected to be leaders in practice, exhorting the others to play harder and setting the best example they can.


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18 Jan 2004

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When we use your box low BLOB play, the player who picks away usually is open for the inbound pass when we are playing against a zone defense. But against a m2m, the defender of the player picking away has a defender who is usually in between him and the basket and we can never get the inbound pass to him. Am I missing something here?

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Against a M2M you are probably seeing the inbounder's defender sag back to fill the passing lane. One solution is to pass the ball outside then return it to the inbounder who has just entered the playing area at the short corner. However, if your inbounder is clever and good at misdirecting, he can still hit the screener if he pivots and seals well. We have been successful against a 2-3 zone, too, which puts three defenders on the baseline.


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18 Jan 2004

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I have heard the the proper arc height of a free throw is 13' 6". Is this true? Also, what should the arc height be for a 3-point shoot?

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Seems like a minimum arc height to me. The arc height will be a variable dependent upon the size of the shooter and how high the actual release point is.


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17 Jan 2004

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I coach a junior high team and we have a problem with the scores being very one sided. We have won every game with a massive point spread. I feel bad for the kids on the other team. I only kept 8 players because we ran into playing time issues in the past so I don't have much of a 2nd or 3rd string to put in. I have my players lay off the press, go to a loose zone, and pass the ball five times before they shoot and still we blow teams out. We champion the program "Victory With Honor" and with these scores I can see how other coaches are getting upset. In one game we told the players to take it easy and they got bored and started to display bad habits. All the players want to play high school ball so we train very hard. What can I do?

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Well, I am not too pleased with the fact that you have a junior high team with only eight players. You are feeling compassion for the teams you are beating now that your victories are assured, but it would have been better if you had been willing to assume more risk early on and carried more players on your roster. Playing time isn't a problem if you let all the kids play. Junior high teams should be more about opportunity, participation and bringing kids into the sport and helping them to develop their skills.

However, your question is a good one. I'm sure the other coaches see you as a "sandbagger" with the short roster, so there isn't much chance of correcting that. If you are obvious in your efforts to manage the score, it just gets worse. I know ... I've been there. I suggest you stick with a no press policy (unless you need it). You may feel you need to press early to guarantee the win, but why don't you flip it around? Start with a conventional defense and use the press if you need it late in the game. That will force your players to excel in their normal game and you won't appear to be running up the score.  Your team shouldn't be dependent upon their press anyway. I never feel like you should tell your players to do less than their best. One thing I have tried is staying in our m2m defense, but allow no player to extend beyond the arc. You may even pull it back within the key. That removes the easy steals and will make your players focus on their team defense.

Its good you all are training hard. You are instilling the work ethic they will need in high. Next year, consider 12 players even if it means the subbing is more challenging. You may even discover a gem at the bottom of your roster.


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17 Jan 2004

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How many feet is it from the baseline to the near foul line?

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19


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17 Jan 2004

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following statistics in our local news paper they will have the name of the player followed by 6-0-12. I know what the 12 represents (points) what does the 6 or the 0 stand for?

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Looks like the player made 6 field goals worth two points each, no free throws, for a total of 12 points.


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16 Jan 2004

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How high is the rim on the goal from the ground on a regulation basketball goal. I want to put one up and want it to be right. Thanks.

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10 feet


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16 Jan 2004

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What is the distance of the free throw line from the net?

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The net is a variable depending where you measure from. I'll say about 13.5 feet.


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16 Jan 2004

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hey coach... i always hear pple talkin about how they got a "double-double" in a game or a "triple-triple".. i just wanted to know what that ment..

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A double double means you recorded double digit stats in two area. For example, 23 points and 11 rebounds is a double double. If you also got 13 assists, it would be a triple triple.


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16 Jan 2004

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I coach an 8th grade girls team (6 players total!) - the team plays very good defense and can press very well. Offensively my 1 & 2 guards are very weak ball handlers. I have a strong 3 and one post player. My other post is not a strong scorer. Other teams are playing a 1-2-2 half-court trap on us or simlply putting pressure on the guards the entire game. I need to keep my 3 and post player in a postion to score - so I don't want to have the 3 bring up the ball. Can you please explain how we should set up to beat this half-court pressure? Thank you.

Answer

I suggest you use one of your post to flash to the middle of their defense and use it to receive and relay the ball. The 122 has openings in the middle. When they shift to cover the middle, the weak side opens up. So, if you have a strong side to move the defense, a middle player and a weak side player, you should be able to reverse the ball against them. Pressure on your two guards will be a fact of life they need to get used to.


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15 Jan 2004

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with a 2-1-2 zone defense who is responsible for checking the opposing men in the corners?

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When the ball is in the corner, your entire defense should flatten down, so your 212 will compress into more of a 23. That means your two forwards will need to go out and defend the corner shot. Or not ... depending on how well your opponent shoots, you may want to provide a token resistance and focus on rebounds by staying closer to home.


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14 Jan 2004

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I play highschool basketball, and I want to increase my verticle leap. What is the quickest way and best way possible to do so. Im already a sophmore and still cant dunk. I can get rim just cant slam it. Im 6'1 and bout 184 pds. Is there any suggestions you can give me to help me out. thx

Answer

Practice jumping, lift weights, skip rope. I'm not too enthusiastic about this question. I would much rather have a player that can make layups consistently than one who can dunk. Usually players just want to dunk to impress their peers.


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14 Jan 2004

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hi, ummm my question is... can u name all the canaidian players on the lakers team??? cuz i need it for my project for skool cuz im supposed to find a canaidian person that i look up to and my favourite sport iz basket-ball so i look up to basket-ball players so can u please answer that question pleeeeaaaasssseeee!!!!!!!!!!! thanx n e wayz bye

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I don't do homework. Besides, I don't know the answer to your question. Try the Yahoo or Google search engines and search on "Lakers" Canada".


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14 Jan 2004

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Can you please give me tips on how to do the running jump shot, those shots that are frequently utilized by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant? I think it's a great shot and I too believe that it's simply unstoppable. I keep on practicing that shot but I always become unbalanced as I shoot, thereby missing the shot. Thanks!

Answer

Exactly ... you are off balanced and you miss. You need to build a solid foundation of normal shooting technique to be a great shooter, then maybe add some more difficult shots. One thing you might notice is that Kobe doesn't make many of his off balance shots either. Check out how many games he may score 20 points but shoot about 30% from the field. As a coach, I don't want numbers like that. On the other hand, somebody with Kobe's talent who gets good looks instead is truly unstoppable.


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14 Jan 2004

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What does the term full court press mean Thanks REM

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Basically it means spreading your defense all across the floor. Your intent may be to pressure the offense into making turnovers or it may mean you simply want to slow down their progress by forcing them to methodically pass the ball upcourt.


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13 Jan 2004

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Is it legal for a player to block a pass with her foot? If it is, who gets the ball if it is still in play?

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No, you cannot kick the ball or intentionally block a pass with your feet. If you do, the ball is given to the other team. If the ball incidently hits someone's foot, it is not a "kicked" ball.


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13 Jan 2004

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I asked about what I should start to teach first in my 3rd and 4th grade boys team. I thank you for the reply. Now I am wondering about if I should bother with a play. I tried to teach the basic motion play but I am not sure if it is doing much good. What do you think would be the best thing to do?

Thanks for your time, Tiffany McKane

Answer

I wouldn't invest time in a play. I would probably try getting across the idea of triangles. The point passes to a wing who then looks to a post, passes and cuts. Reverse the ball and then have your post follow the ball to make a new triangle on the other side. That's a very basic pattern they can use and it is the foundation for most offensive plays.


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13 Jan 2004

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Was wondering if you have any examples of a "situation" tournament set up?

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Nope.


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13 Jan 2004

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HOW DO YOU DEFEND THE FLEX CUT

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Play zone.


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13 Jan 2004

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Hello I am a youth basketball coach. I am looking for tips on how to beat the 1-2-2 full court press. Can you help?


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13 Jan 2004

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Hello I am a youth basketball coach. I am looking for tips on how to beat the 1-2-2 full court press. Can you help?

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I suggest you use one of your post to flash to the middle of their defense and use it to receive and relay the ball. The 122 has openings in the middle. When they shift to cover the middle, the weak side opens up. So, if you have a strong side to move the defense, a middle player and a weak side player, you should be able to reverse the ball against them.


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11 Jan 2004

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We is the actual definition of a basketball assist?

I have designated one of my parents to keep a team book on points, attempts, rebounds, steals and assists. The question has come up what we mean by an assist, including, e.g., does an actual basket have to be made, how many people can participate in the assist, is a pick considered an assist, etc.

Thanks.

Answer

An assist is the pass that leads to a basket. The assist is given when a player finds the open man and provides the basketball. If the player receives the ball then makes a move to shake a defender and get open, there's no assist. If a player receives a pass at mid court and dribbles uncontested to score, there is an assist. If a player is fouled and thereby misses the shot (but scores on the free throw), no assist. You have some leeway as a coach to define your stats. Just keep them consistent within your team.


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11 Jan 2004

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can you please give me the teaching points for the lay-up shot and describe a full drill that will help me improve?

 

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I have already provided an entire article - Teaching Layups.


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11 Jan 2004

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hey coach. Iv been playing basketball for a long time now. I think I started playing grade 4 or 5. I play as a point gaurd. I would just like to know how to jump higher. I have really big caff muscles but i jump soo low. Iv been going to the gym and working out my legs but it doesn't seem like i get any higher. So do you think you can help meh out. Like what musles are use for jumping or like making a lay-up. Becuase i cant dunk yet. thanks..

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You may need to work on things like jump rope and trying to touch the backboard as many times as you can in 15 second sets.


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11 Jan 2004

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analysing only the lower half of the body identify and descrive the types of bones and joints involved in a long jump or vertical jump?

Answer

That's not a question. Its an assignment. Your assignment.


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11 Jan 2004

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what are the advantages and disadvantages of a full court press and half court press?

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The article Implementing a Press goes into detail on that question.


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metroisa@hotmail.com
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10 Jan 2004

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how can i increase my vertical without paying a lot of money my vertical is about 25inches i would like a least a 35 someone please help


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what is the new techniques in teaching
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08 Jan 2004

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what is the new techniques in teaching

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Try Teaching Tips on this site.


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08 Jan 2004

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my team very good but my player loos game whean losse 3.point

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Devote practiice time to your end game situations. Give the kids one minute to play and a certain score situation, and practice that with game intensity.


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08 Jan 2004

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As the new school counselor I have been assigned the wonderful privilage of coaching boys basketball for Supai Elementary School, located in Arizona on the Havasupai Reservation. Our school is located in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, accessible only by hiking or riding a horse/mule on an eight mile trail, hiking, or by chopper. Mail is delivered by mule, and even our school lunch food is packed in on mule. I have zero experience with basketball and could really use some help from anyone. I would like to find three or four VERY basic offense and defense plays to teach the boys here (and share with the girl's team as well) that can be applied simply. Theses boys are not an agile or speedy bunch, in fact obesity is common, so a strategy game needs to be implemented. I can figure out the stretching, wind sprints and warmups with little difficulty. We have a zero budget for items like videos and manuals, but If you have anything at all that may help, please send or email it to me. Next week I will be starting practices Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, and my first game is Friday the 16th -- which means choppering the team out of the canyon and chaperoning till sunday when the choppers are running (pray for me). Our postal address is PO Box 40, Supai, Arizona 86435 and you can email me also to counselorcoach@hotmail.com Thank you, Jerry Nelson, school counselor and boys BB coach

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Anyone who cares to donate materials, please email counselorcoach@hotmail.com


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07 Jan 2004

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how far is the nba three point line from the basket to the line

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23' 9".


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07 Jan 2004

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8th grade boy's team is struggling to break a back court press. Average to good team speed, and basketball skills with power forward, forward, and three guard set. Competition is exceptional with some of the top 12/13 year olds in the state. What would you recommend for breaking the press?

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Well, your question is pretty broad, so my answer will be, too. Most full court presses are zones, so use the same tenants as you would against a half court zone offense: overload one side, reverse the ball as needed, attack gaps and pass the ball quickly as opposed to dribbling. Against any press, avoid floating passes, don't pass over traps (pass around or through them) and move hard to the pass to receive it as the defense is probably moving towards it as well. It doesn't matter so much if you vigorously attack a press or beat it in a methodical fashion. That should fit the style of your team. Make sure the kids understand that as long as they have the ball, they are in control of what happens next, so stay clam and don't let the press force you into hasty decisions.


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07 Jan 2004

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I'm not a coach, and i'm just beginning to learn how to play basketball. What I want to learn is, what is the triple threat position? How do you do it?

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Triple threat means being in a position to shoot, pass or dribble. That means your shooting foot is forward a bit, the ball is in the shooting hand and held a little above the hip. The body is couched somewhat, ready to spring into action. The key is that the defense can't tell what that action will be. Whenever you catch a pass, unless you need to relay the ball immediately, go right into that position.


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05 Jan 2004

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I am starting to coach and 3rd and 4th grade boys basketball team. What would you start teaching first? They have never played before.

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Layups, passing, dribbling (using each hand) and basic man to man. At that age, its all about learning fundamental skills.


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02 Jan 2004

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02 Jan 2004

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I COACH A 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ELEMENTARY TEAM. I AM HAVING TO GO WITH FIVE GUARDS, AND NO POST PLAYERS. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON AN OFFENSE? WE HAVE THREE GOOD OUTSIDE SHOOTERS AND SPEED. NO REBOUNDING.

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Well, an obvious answer is an uptempo game that relies on fast break baskets. Another answer is the Spread Offense (in the article, Stalling) that has five men out. My team this year is small and we are using the Swing Offense which requires everyone to play a post position. I like it and the interaction with the post position makes the offense work, even if you have the smaller team.


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01 Jan 2004

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how far away from the goal is the free-throw line?

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15 feet.


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31 Dec 2003

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I coach a fifth and sixth grade boys team. We run an offense based soley on fundamentals such as screen & rolls Back door cuts etc. Also we teach the kids to Go back door when dribbled at, float the baseline for a kick-out if the ball is taken to the basket and other principles. They really do a good job of moving without the ball and using these principles and we have no problem getting good looks and lay-ups. Problem is we shoot very poorly evan from what I call Jump stop lay- up range and 10-15 feet out. I have had coaches tell me that they can't figure out how to stop our Offense but we shoot so poorly that we lose to better than average teams and of course have no problem with the equally talented or below teams. I have read the articles on your sight along with several others and have implimented drills based on them in practice and we look like we are in a zone but once the game starts we can't take the lid off. Are there any drills out there that teach good reps and can be done with an average of 8-10 kids a practice.

Thanks,

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I wonder if you have an underlying problem of poor confidence shooting in games or perhaps your players are simply rushing their shot attempts. Try putting pressure on your shooters during their drills and see what happens. Do the players change their form once someone is close to them? I have seen all kinds of crazy things when I play defense against the kids - sometimes they even close their eyes when they shoot! Try the layup drill Two Lines, Two Balls in the article, Pregame Warmups . You can name any shot style and location you want and you can play token defense on the players to see how they react.


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31 Dec 2003

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I am coaching my daughters little league team this year (reluctantly agreed). What is an easy offensive set to use for these kids to get some good shots. some of these girls have played little ball. We will see some man to man and some zone. Practice time is limited and these girls have short attention spans. Thanks for the help. Dan

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Look at the article, Easy Offensive Sets and choose one of those simple patterns. They are designed to teach the kids some basic looks that you will find on most sophisticated plays, but in a modular fashion. Practice time is minimal to learn the sets.


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30 Dec 2003

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Coach,

We are using your box low baseline out of bounds play with fairly good success, however it usually doesn't go exactly as planned because of the third defensive player (center)in a 2-3 zone. Any suggestions on what to do about the defensive center?

Answer

Often we can still hit the screener if he does a good job of sealing. It just takes a bit of misdirection on the part of the passer, and it helps to get the pass on the way as the screener is turning around. The next best option (if neither low person is open) is for the inbounder to hit the wing and then move to the short corner for a pass from the wing. The defender who is sagging in the middle will be too far away to help.


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30 Dec 2003

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Could you give some ideas on how we handle the following, from a coach's perspective? Handling playing time situations, large team, etc. - that is, helping the player cope, how to approach the coach to ask if there something your child needs to work on, etc. Situation - our son has suddenly found himself bench-warming the entire game (along with 5 or 6 others) on a 7th grade junior high team with 18 (yes, 18) players, after playing for several years on very good teams. Because he is a good player (not a superstar), well-behaved, bright, and has fortunately had excellent instruction (has a coaching dad, who has the special gift of being objective with all kids' skills), he is beside himself and can't understand what's happened. He sees the other kids out there still shooting with two hands, using only the right hand, unable to follow plays. We are trying to keep him encouraged, but we see the writing on the wall and don't understand it ourselves. We do not interfere - we are not "sideline parents"; we teach respect for the coach regardless and maturity in handling such things. There are additonal problems with this young coach regarding the whole team, but he has scared the kids and told them that he doesn't care what any parents think and if anyone talks to him that he will know the kid has "whined" at home (not true - we've had to pry everything out of our son). Perhaps some comments for other parents or coaches in handling this would be helpful. Thanks for a very informative website.

Answer

I had the exact same problem when my son was in seventh grade. The team wasn't as large, but the coach only played about 7-8 players (which I thought was ridiculous for a middle school team) and was very unapproachable about anything. I was very resentful after investing so much time in my son only to watch him sit or play with the second team. However, I had to deal with it by remembering that he was getting daily practice, their schedule was very short and I was still able to coach him in our YMCA league which was bigger and better organized anyway. The irony was that although the 7th grade team was undefeated that year, very few of the players who were given playing time in 7th grade made their high school teams due to poor grades or moving away. Eventually, my son and his friends made high school varsity. They look back on that 7th grade year with a shrug. It was very important to them that they were on the team, and it hurt to not play at the time, but in the long run it wasn't a life-event, not even close. So, the best advice I can give is to share that experience with your son, keep him active in sports, and to keep looking ahead to a brighter future. The chances of you changing playing time this year is very slim, and if you interfere, the results will be more negative than the situation is now.


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29 Dec 2003

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hi! i want to know what are good very good vertical leap exercise to do because iam having problem geting pack with the basketball all the time when i try to shot and iam geting upset i want you to tell me what are very good exercise to do i get pack all the time iam short i been going in the internet to find out what exercise should do but it does work so i want you to tell me very good exercise to do. PS

Answer

I don't think the answer is to simply jump higher. In fact, that is the "lazy" answer because you are trying to solve the problem by using your body and not your mind. You can improve the situation most by choosing better shots. If your shot gets stuffed, you probably should not have taken it. How much have you worked on your fakes? Being short, you must have noticed that everyone wants to block your shot. All you need to do is get good at pretending to shoot (lock, load, head fake) and when when the defender jumps, go around him to an open area. Defenders who leave their feet are effectively out of the defense. When you go around them, someone else must pick you up which gives you a chance to get some "dimes" by passing inside. Add shot fakes to your game and share the basketball and you will find that others want you on their team.


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29 Dec 2003

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Hey Coach I coach 7th/8th boys I just got hammered today by a real big team, with lot of pick and rolls.I was in man to man but went to a 2/3 def. Any suggestions?

streetball_hotsauce@hotmail.com


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29 Dec 2003

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Hey Coach I coach 7th/8th boys I just got hammered today by a real big team, with lot of pick and rolls.I was in man to man but went to a 2/3 def. Any suggestions?

Note: Click on link above to see court measurements such as the distance from the backboard to the free throw line.


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29 Dec 2003

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Hey Coach I coach 7th/8th boys I just got hammered today by a real big team, with lot of pick and rolls.I was in man to man but went to a 2/3 def. Any suggestions?

Answer

You need to stay in m2m and learn to "jump" the picks. When your player who is guarding a screener sees his man set a screen for a ballhandler, he needs to anticipate the drive as early as possible, go around in front of the screener and stop the dribble. As soon as that happens, the ballhandler's original defender should be able to recover as well as the screener's defender. There is usually no need to switch.


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29 Dec 2003

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How tall is the average high school basketball hoop?

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Ten feet. They are all the same height.


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26 Dec 2003

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What kinds of drills can I do with kids new to basketball that are not agressive at all? The other teams are planning to run a fast paced over turn the ball kinds of game, they don't have shooters or heigth but they are fast and experienced. We have shooters and heigth but are bigger, slower, what would you suggest as a line of defense and offense? Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Answer

Drills don't teach aggressiveness. Coach's must help kids find that trait within themselves. Generally, competition brings it out. Make every drill you do a contest with consequences for the outcomes (read Making Practice Fun on my site). Right now, my team needs more aggression on the boards. So we did a simple drill where the players toss the ball off the backboard, jump high as possile to get it, then fire an outlet pass to a sideline player. I told them to do this as aggressively as possible and I contested their rebounding efforts by bumping and impeding them. I also has the rest of the team get involved by loudly encouraging the rebounder. Once the kids got active and noisy, the agression improved. Note - don't hurt your players. A coach can be physical, but know where to draw the line with your particular team!

As for defense, get back quickly and stay close to the basket. Whatever m2m or zone defense you're teaching is OK, just stay close to home. Offensively, big team need to choose high percentage shots and ALWAYS crash the boards for 2nd and 3rd attempts.


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26 Dec 2003

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I am coaching girls middle school basketball in a small southeast Alaska community and feel that the season has gotten too short and am wondering if any other coach would be interested in putting together a game or tournament? If so, please let me know and see if we can keep these girls busy in the gym and off the streets.

Thanks, D.

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Good luck. How about hosting your own tournament? You might be surprised at the interest level and you would have control of the timing.


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26 Dec 2003

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what is the average height for a basketball hoop.

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Ten feet. They are all the same height.


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26 Dec 2003

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my jump shot isnt as consistent as i would like it to be, i would like to kno how can i develope the perfect jump shot?

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A consistent shot takes a lot of repetitions. Have a friend parent pass you the ball, catch (in the air), hop and shoot. If you have no helper, bounce ball off a wall or something to simulate the pass. Video tape yourself and study your own jump shot form ... you might find it educational.


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25 Dec 2003

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what is the latest basketball drill and can you help me to do a basketball program? can you teach me to do a indurance and streghting program?

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That's a tall order for this forum. Try the 48 Championship Drills tape. I am about to publish a review of it and its pretty good.


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22 Dec 2003

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my coach has been talking about teaching my basketball team how to do the St. John's basketball play i was just wondering if you could tell me a little about this play

Answer

Sorry ... I do not know a play called the St. John's, at least not by that name.


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21 Dec 2003

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I actually have two questions. First I have two teams I am coaching (due to shortage of coaches), I am not sure how I will do it but prays will help. :-)

Question one: Can you tell me what I should work on (give examples) for children ages 9 and 10?

Question two: My second age group (11-12) age group (my entire team have to move up to this age group due to date of birth) yet they are just 10 and will turn 11. This will be the first session they will be exposed to full court press. What would be the easies way I could teach them to break out of a full court press and also how to set one for this age group. v/r God Bless! Kimo 808-348-5424

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1. Concentrate on dribbling, passing, shooting and playing man to man defense. That's a short answer, but a challenge for any coach. Don't waste time on plays.

2. Check out my article, Press Breaker. You'll see there are two elements to breaking a press, inbounding the ball and then moving the ball upcourt. With young kids, you see a lot of pressure on the inbound pass where as you do not with older kids, because the older kids can throw the ball so much further. Anyway, read the article, and then I can try to help with specific questions.


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21 Dec 2003

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how many feet are nba hoops

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Ten.


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20 Dec 2003

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what is a full court press?

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Any defensive configuration where the defense is spread out all over the floor. The idea is to provide pressure defense for 90 feet.


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19 Dec 2003

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Two questions: 1. Do you have drills for screenig / picks 2. can you suggest an offense that uses mostly picks and screens?

This is for a 3rd and 4th grade boys team. We seem to run up against mostly zones in our rec league. Thanks

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I find I teach screens the most when teaching 2:2 basketball, like the pick and roll. Its a nicely isolated play that makes it real clear if the player understands screening. Another opportunity is when practicing BLOB plays, where screening is essential. As for using screen against zones - don't really do that. The emphasis against zone should be overload and reversal. Make the defense move and take advantage of the defense's decision making.


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19 Dec 2003

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What should you do to improve your dribbling and shooting skills?

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What do I do? Nothing. I am too old to play anymore. For the kids, we do a series of dribble drills. They need to dribble with both hands, learn to exchange from one hand to the other, drive around obstacles, learn to create space with a dribble, protect the ball - man, there's a bunch of skills here. I simply line them up at the baseline, define a lane they must stay within, define the exercise, and  send them down court and back. When they get control, add defense. For shooting, check out the Nordland tape. See Reviews on my front page.


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Thomas.W.Chester@state.tn.us
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17 Dec 2003

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I coach Junior Varsity basketball, boys 11-12 years old. We use the high post to set up all of our offensive sets. With good passing and motion, they work more often then not. However, we have run into teams with good quickness that are pinching the point guard once he passes the mid-court circle. With 2 and sometimes 3 people suddenly guarding him, it's been taking away the passing lanes and it's bee turn-over city.

What are some good plays to run to counter act their point of attack?

Thanks, Coach Tom

Answer

Well, you need to be willing to adjust your initial attack. Whenever the defense takes the initiative, as they are in your case, they are giving something up. If your PG has 2-3 defenders, you have someone else open. I suggest you have you next best guard near midcourt. Your pg can drive until he attracts the trap, but before it sets, pass the ball to the guard at mid court. He should be able to spot who is open. When the defense is trapping that high, you should be scoring layups and not trying to execute your normal offense. Be  sure to read the article on Getting Open. Your guard who receives the pass from the pg will need to get open in a timely, efficient manner.


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17 Dec 2003

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Would your "Box Low" play (in your article: "OB Play - Base Line") work against a zone defense. If not, what would you suggest. Your two plays in "OB Play - Basline vs. Zone" look too complicated for my 5/6 grade inexperienced girl's team and besides, we do not have a great outside shooter. We need something that gets us closer to the paint.

Also, we need a good Ob - sideline play for the same team which will mostly be playing against a zone.

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I use the box low and box high against a zone. you need to be more careful on the pass because they will have a defender right in the middle of the key. That's OK because you are not going to shoot the ball there anyway. The box low is designed to create an imbalance on the block away from the ball. All your screener needs to do is seal out that defender on the block and she will still open for a quick inside shot.


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16 Dec 2003

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When faking before shooting, would you suggest faking up or to the side. (5th and 6th grade girls)

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Answered by private email.


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JYarbrough@mail.lced.net
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16 Dec 2003

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What type of offense should my freshmen girls run against a 2-3 zone?

What kind of plays can I run to generate some offense, because our defense is great?

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Look on the Easy Plays page. Your girls should overload one side of that zone, look for unguarded teammates, move and pass to open areas and if all that fails, reverse the ball to the other side of the court and start over. If your defense is great, you should be scoring off fast breaks and transitions. Be sure to practice full court 2on1 and 3 on2 drills.


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15 Dec 2003

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What are some basketball drills that my 10 year old guards can do in my youth league.

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Look through the Drill Masterfile on this site (Topic Menu, upper right hand corner). Its huge and indexed.


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13 Dec 2003

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I am coaching 10 and under boys....I have two boys that are head and shoulders above the rest of the team. (They just happen to be the sons of the asst. coach and myself so I have to be aware of this issue.) If we don't have them in the game we will be lucky to get the ball across half court. Any suggestions about how to get the rest of the team into the game? The two leaders get frustrated by passing to other boys who have trouble even catching the basketball. We continue to work on fundamentals each practice but my two kids are bored and frustrated. They just want to take the game into their own hands.

Phil Harris

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This is a tough one. You may try to inspire them with examples like Magic Johnson who excelled at making his teammates better. You can also try to assign specific roles to the inexperienced players as screeners and decoys, but most likely the best answer is to enlist the help of your stars in assisting the other kids in developing their overall skills, despite the pain. Next year, try to get your sons on a team where they match up more competively. This is a move many father-coaches must face as their kids improve and surpass their friends abilities.


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Philip.Polito@CarolinaFirst.com
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13 Dec 2003

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My daughter plays on the Varsity Girls Basketball for her High School. She has been playing basketball since she was 5 years old (from recreation to AAU). She loves to play the game and she even loves to practice. This is her Freshman year (she played on varsity inthe 8th grade).

My daughter plays for a coach who is very positive, yet the coach comes from the school of "no-pain-no gain" and it seems as though my daughter and the rest of her team are suffering from overtraining. Between school and basketball, my daughter is averaging less than 6 hours a day. The coach is also a believer in weight lifting and has the girls lifting a day before game day. The girls are playing basketball (games or practice) six days a week (they have a 5:30 a.m. practice on Wednesday's), and it seems by game time that they are exchausted and their muscles are sore. Is this the norm for higher league play?

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This seems extreme to me but I am hesitant to criticize because the methodology of the most successful caoches is usually built around superb conditioning, especially with female teams. Weight training is very beneficial in the long term and may likely be an effective preventative measure against injuries, especially knee injuries that plague female athletes. Should your daughter end up playing for a competitive college team she may expect to find a rigorous physical training regimen, so there is a strong argument that her coach is preparing her for the next level.


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13 Dec 2003

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Hey coach just had a question for ya. Im 25y/o and in the U.S Air Force and have 3 years left before I get out, I ve always been interested in coaching ever since my high school playing days. I recently talked with my old HS coach and it really confirmed my desire to get into coaching. I was wanting to get your advice on how to go about getting started in coaching?

Thanks alot, Chris

Answer

Jump into it. Coaches are always needed for youth. Isn't there a youth league on your base? You can really find a lot about yourself as a coach by training a group of 10 year old kids. You get invaluable experience and the kids benefit, too. You can test your theories, your ability to teach fundamentals (which is crucial at all levels), your game strategies and your ability to communicate with parents and kids. With a couple seasons under your belt, explore the possibility of assisting an experienced high school coach. You won't believe how much more you will learn working in a good high school program. Don't shoot for varsity ball right at first. Why would that be so important? Your ego? Coach for the kids and you'll find the level isn't so important. You can advance as your new skills develop.


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12 Dec 2003

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Hey Coach!

I'd like to know how you would deal with a talented team of girls (14-15 yrs old) who need a lot of motivation to play to their ability? Their coach is a friend of mine, and he was asking me about this. I told him to motivate them as he seems fit, but what's your opinion?

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Why do they need a lot of motivation? Do they not have a competitive environment? There are many reasons for a team not playing to their best ability. It could be they are not challenged. It could be they don't have a strong sense of team identity. Generally, a common "enemy" unites people in a "cause" to excel. Sometimes a coach needs to make it clear to the team why they get together to play. The motivation needs to come from within the players rather than them feeding off the coach. The secret is for the coach to find the right buttons to push to spark that self motivation.


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11 Dec 2003

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What exercises can i do to help increase my verticle jump?

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Weight lifting is very helpful ... and don't forget to practice jumping. How many times can you touch the rim in 15 seconds? Merely testing yourself on that every day can increase your leaping quickness and height.


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11 Dec 2003

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how many people play basketball a year?

More thanI can count.


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10 Dec 2003

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how to shoot the ball properly in the three point shot line?

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There are several good shooting articles on this site. Check the Topic Menu (upper right hand corner).


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weirplumb@optusnet.com.au
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07 Dec 2003

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in your view what is sportsmanship and how do you develop it

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Read the Sportsmanship article on this site. Simply stated, sportsmanship is a commitment to play hard but within the rules, and to show respect to your teammates, coaches, opponents and officials. To develop sportsmanship, the coach must carefully define the rules (of the game and of the conduct that is expected) and then set a strong personal example upholding those rules.


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07 Dec 2003

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I'm doing a research paper on the affect of arc on a basketball jumpshot. I can't find any sites that include any valuable information. Do you know of any sites/books that could help me?

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Try this site.


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07 Dec 2003

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Hi there!

First, Many thanks for your site...SO HELPFUL!!!

I coach a 7th grade girls JV team this year, I've played basketball through first few years of college, so i have a good idea of the game. I am having a devil of a time coming up with an offense that works well against a zone, at the skill level of my girls. We can not get the ball into a viable shooting opportunity, and often time don't even get a shot off!!

Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thanks so much!!!

dj

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You need to teach the girls some basic concepts for beating a zone. They are:

  1. Overload the zone
  2. Reverse the ball to the weakside and make the zone MOVE!
  3. Have your players go to the ball side to make a new overload
  4. Pass the ball. Don't dribble
  5. Give players some freedom to break into open areas.

Some coaches do not even use plays against a zone. They just overload and take advantage of the defensive adjustments.


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07 Dec 2003

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how far away is a basketball hoop away from the free throw line?

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For information on court dimensions (like the distance for free throws), click on this link:


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22 Nov 2003

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How would you decscribe how to shoot a right hand free throw to someone in one short paragraph.

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Sure. Just read the two excellent free throw articles already posted on this site. You can get the input from reknown shooting coach, Tom Nordland, and in another article, Free Throws, advice from several other coaches.

Learning to shoot free throws takes a lot more than reading a short paragraph. If it were that easy, anyone could be an expert free throw shooter. To be better than the other players, you'll need to work harder and learn more than them. Are you up to the challenge?


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24 Nov 2003

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Hi my name is christian okeze, and I am a basketball player, I play for my school called stewart middle school and I am the starting power foward, I am only 13 years old and I am an 8th grader, well i never had a real basketball coach to talk to about my basketball game. so I just want to know if you would help me with pointers on how to make my game better, for example; how to shoot better, how to get my vertical jump higher, how to dribble the ball better etc. so I need you to help me. thank you for your time.

p.s. please help me.

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Christian, I'll be happy to help, but I need you to do some homework first. Read the articles on this site that already address your concerns, and then write back with specific questions where I can provide more details. Its hard for me to answer general questions because I have never seen you play and I do not know anything about your present skill level. Here's what I mean: pick one of your topics, like how to shoot better. Read the shooting articles (there must be eight good articles on this site). Think about how they apply to your personal game. You will probably have questions about what a particular point in an article meant or maybe you went to the gym and tried one of the things you read about and it didn't seem to help. Write me back and ask me exactly what you need to know. Then I can figure out the best advice to give you. Giving you general pointers on shooting right now requires me to guess which pointers you need. I can do better for you if you can be more specific. Don't give up. Read and learn. Then I can help you.


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25 Nov 2003

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What is the best way to shoot a free throw?

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Rather than me writing a lot here, just read the two excellent free throw articles already posted on this site. You can get the input from reknown shooting coach, Tom Nordland, and in another article, Free Throws, advice from several other coaches.


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25 Nov 2003

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wondering if you have specific drill that should be used in a basketball tryout?... ala dribbling through cones etc.???

thanks, David Lawrence

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You didn't mention the age group of your prospective players. I suggest the drills be simple so they can be easily learned by the newest players and that will allow you to watch closely for how well the skills are executed. I would also evaluate how well the players follow instrcutions. Before ech drill. explain exactly how you want th drills performed. For instance, when you ask them to shoot lefthand layups, do they try to change their habits and conform to the teaching, ie jumping off the proper foot, shooting with the correct hand, or do they worry more about making the basket than learning a new skill? Test them on all the primary offensive skills - ballhandling, passing and shooting. On the shooting, don't keep score on how many shots are made. Instead, look at who has good form and who is willing to change their habits. Defensively, the shell drill is good for isolating individual defensive skills, including rebounding. Check out the two shell drill articles on this site.


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26 Nov 2003

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Hello Coache, "It's a great thing finding pleasure in sport but when it's becoming reality of life we don;t have to neglect it. I will be nice to notice one's dream and planning to fulfil it at the instant". I have so much interest in basket ball than anyone and I think it not going to work out just being stagnant or something. I am a 6 ft tall guy not fat and fit for this game. My dream is to become a International Bball player and bringing out the stuffs and the hiden potentials. Sir, it will be appreciative if you can reply me and tell me what to do and how to work this out. I know there are lots of bball players out there but mine is some kind of different. I am just hoping for the dream to come true. Thankx in anticipation.

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Private email sent 11/27/2003.


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18 Nov 2003

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Hello. My name is Aleksandar and im from Macedonia. Im student on Belgrade basketball akademy. I want to aks about your opinion for one coach question. How is coach behave after and of the game.

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Well, here are some ideas I think help define sportsmanlike behavior once the game is over. Don't involve your team in a long talk while you are on the floor. Do that in the locker room. Instead, line up quickly to shake the hands of the other team. Win or lose, congratulate the other coach. Say thank you to the officials and that includes the scorekeeper and the timekeeper. If a reporter or spectator asks you to comment about the game, say something positive and gracious about your team and the opponent. Never criticize the referees or blame a loss on them. Never say anything negative about the players. Once you start making detrimental remarks, you sound like a poor loser and a whiner.


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19 Nov 2003

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How high can a basket ball bounce ? Click on link above to see court measurements such as the distance from the backboard to the free throw line.

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That would depend on how forcefully it hits the floor and how much air pressure is in the ball. I suppose there is a physical limit where the ball would burst before it could be bounced any higher, but what that maximum height is - I don't know.


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19 Nov 2003

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Coach - I have been coaching a 5th grade girls team since last May. They have now played and practiced together for several months. Skill wise we have progressed very well and are able to execute our offense and defense most of the time. We have progressed to the point that we are in good shape physically. We usually are not tired at the end of the games. The problem I am having is getting the team to play with passion and fire. We just lost again to a team we should beat every time. Basically it was because of our lack of intensity. How can I get the team fired up and able to play 4 quarters as hard as they can? Speeches, excitement on my part, etc, so far hasn't worked. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer

Let's see if I can grasp this - you have coaching 11 year old girls for 6 months and you are wondering where their passion is? Give it a rest. It is so easy to impose adult commitment levels on young kids and all you accomplish is that the kids burn out and quit the sport. Its OK to have an intense season that lasts a couple months, but then the girls need a break and a chance to do something else. If they play basketball at all during their break, they should do something that reinforces their individual skills, but with a self-paced, fun approach. With enough rest, they will return to the next season with all the passion you want and more. As they get older, they will want to play for longer periods of time. Right now, though, you should stop trying to fire them up and concentrate on helping them have fun playing. When your current season is done, give them some space. They'll need a rest from you, too. Trust me on this one - I've been there, done that.


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19 Nov 2003

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I have a little problem with shooting. I cant find the right stance so ive been experimenting. I have some questions. When I shooting and and I move my elbow inward to follow the proper technique, my wrist and my hand flick to the inward to side and not straight. I know that if that happens I wont get the results I want. Do I shoot to the side farther away from my face and just turn my body to be in a position to shoot accurately? Im not sure what to do.

Answer

A couple things might help. One, as you raise the ball to shoot, your shooting hand should be at your shoulder (on top), then your arm straightens out and you release with your fingers snapping down and everything is pointing toward the basket. Don't try to bring the ball in front of your nose. That makes your arm angle awkward like you described. Two, and this works well on free throws, angle your body so your shooting shoulder is closer to the basket than the other shoulder. Your feet point straight ahead, not at the basket. This way, you are looking over your shooting shoulder, somewhat, and your arm has a very natural angle to the basket. I've tried this style and really like it. You don't need much of an angle, but experiment and see what you think.


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19 Nov 2003

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What should you do to get into shape for making the basketball team?

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Run a lot. You need to run some long distance on one day and run sprints the next. Vary your workout. Another thing that helps is staying active all year year long. If you are not playing basketball, do another sport. That will help your general fitness and you will have more fun, too. Talk to your coach or your PE teacher at school for more advice. I don't know your age or physical condtion so I do not want to give you specific direction.


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20 Nov 2003

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What would be the best offense to counter a 1-1-3 defense?

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Make a court diagram on paper, then get some pennies and dimes. Your team is the dimes. Put the pennies in a 113 formation. Now put the dimes as follows: one on the block, one in the corner (same side), one near the midcourt at the top of the key, one about the same level but closer to the sideline. You have four players on one side of the court, right? Put the fifth player on the other side of the court at a wing position. You have overloaded the defense on one side. Their 113 must change to cover the open people. Move the pennies accordingly. Are they still in a 113? I don't think so. Reverse the ball to your player on the weak side. Your big guys and your middle guard move to the ball side so the overload is where the ball is. Repeat. It won't be long until they make a mistake and leave someone wide open.


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20 Nov 2003

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how much money will i make being a high school coach? will i enjoy it? how will i get there? how long will it last? is it a job i will want to stick with it? would i need a diploma? will i travel to other towns?

Answer

A. Depends where you work and how long. B. That's up to you. C. In a car? D. It last until you quit. E. That's up to you. F. Yes, a big part of coaching is influencing players to get good grades. You need to set a good example. G. Other towns are where the bus goes on game day.


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20 Nov 2003

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how do i add inches to my vertical jump?

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Practice jumping. Look below at the answers to this question. Its been asked many times.


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20 Nov 2003

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During a free throw can any player occupy the block space at the lower end of the lanes, or does everyone need to stand on each side of the block and no one can occupy the block ? Thanks!

Tony

Answer

Two defensive players must occupy the lower block spaces. The other spots are optional, but there can be no more that 6 players total.


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21 Nov 2003

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I have never liked zone defense for kids and have always been in leagues which do not allow it. We moved and my 5/6 grade team are in a league that runs a lot of zones. So we now have to learn to run a zone in practice so we can practice against it, but I am completely clueless. For example, I am not even sure whether each zone player follows the ball or follows the man that enters his zone. And what happens when one zone is overloaded. Can you give me some basics. (The article:"Basic Zones" really does not get down to the specific basic fundamentals of the zone.) Or can you recommend some other resource.

Answer

The main use I have for zones is when you need to pack everyone in the key and force longer shots. They are also an easy retreat from a press. Anyway, the fundmental concept is that each defender guards an area of the floor, not an opposing player. You have flexibility on the initial configuration, but that's the idea. One way to determine if the opponent is playing a zone is to watch what happens when your player cuts through the key. If no defender follows him, its obviously a zone. Zones shift from side to side to follow the ball. They also try to prevent dribble penetration by having the closest two players come together to "close the door". The way to beat a zone is to overload an area. That puts one or more of your players in area guarded by one defender. It also removes your players from guarded area(s) so their defenders are useless. The only thing the zone can do is abandon its original shape and adjust to cover everybody. This requires decisions and communication by the defense, and that means a higher chance of error on their part.


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09 Nov 2003

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I'm coaching a 7th/8th grade boys team, and have a coordinated center that's 6-2, but doesn't have a lot of basketball experience. I also have a gifted point guard and left-handed wing...and thus am looking for a simple, effective inside/outside play.

Any ideas?

Thanks....

Answer

Try the hi-lo play in the offense patterns in the article, Easy Offensive Sets. The posts are key spots but do not need tohandle the ball much..


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10 Nov 2003

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Click on link above to see court measurements such as the distance from the backboard to the free throw line.


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11 Nov 2003

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I have a group of freshmen girls with no prior organized experience. What should be the main focus of my practices.

Answer

Spend 50% of your practice time on the basic offensive skills, 25% on basic man to man defense, and 25% on very simple team plays. For offensive skills, check the Drill Master article for suggestions. Use the Shell Drill Article and the two man to man defense articles for pointers. For team skills, choose a press breaker, a easy offensive set (see above) and one out of bounds play. Aftera few practices, you can budget 10 minutes or so of 5on5 practice to help get the game flow, but your main mission right now is to provide fundamental skills as all else is based on those.


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12 Nov 2003

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who are some wnba basketball players?

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Come to think of it, I can only name a few. Shame on me.


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12 Nov 2003

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MY name is noel I want to now If jumping or keeping your feet on the ground make shooting free throws make more accurate.

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I don't think jumping is necessary, but you should definitely bend your legs and then straighten them and be on your toes as you release the ball. I've seen some small players jump a little as they push so hard to get enough power behind the ball. One problem with jumping is if you go forward, you may cross the line which is a violation.


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12 Nov 2003

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I am coaching kindergarten to third grade basketball. I need to know what to teach them at practice to make them learn the game for their ages. Please help me, I volunteered and our first practice is Monday. I played in jr. high and high school so I am not at a total loss. I just need the basic fundamentals for their ages. Also we are not playing man to man, just zone, so could you tell me a little more about that? Thanks Lisa

Answer

Lisa, the younger players need to learn the most basic elements of the game. Spend at least half your time with drills (make them fun - there's an article here about how to do that) and make sure they have enough time to scrimmage at the end and have fun playing the game. You can breakdown parts of the game and practice certain skills. Just make each drill a game in itself and keep it short, maybe 5-6 minutes. Too much time on a drill makes it work, not play.


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13 Nov 2003

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I coach a 6th grade girls CYO team and use a 3 out, 2 low post set. I am looking for a few things we can do which are simple to attack a zone defense such as 2-3, 2-1-2, and 1-3-1.

Answer

Why lock into a 3:2 set? What if you overloaded 4 on one side and just had 1 player on the weak side? That much overload forces the zone to distort so much that it won't look like a 2-3, 2-1-2 or 1-3-1 anymore. When the ball is reversed to the weakside, have 3 players go to ball side to create a new overload.


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13 Nov 2003

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I am 7th grade Girls coach after being 5th Grade girls coach. I have been following your website for a couple of years. I was wondering If I could Print the Drill Master File and some other info so I could have at hand.

PS This has been a great site being a youth coach. I have used it alot. Thanks for the time and effort put into it.

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Thanks - and feel free to print the articles for your own use at practice. That's what I do!


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13 Nov 2003

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do you know of any good playing time charts or software programs?

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No, but I will ask around.


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14 Nov 2003

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I need ideas for encouragement to get my highly talented 6th grade post player, who has rarely seen any bench time, through a season on a 7th and 8th grade team. Coach can see her talent, but will be playing the 8th graders and using her as a 2nd string sub. She also plays on a 6th grade competitive traveling team. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Answer

Its a good thing she plays on the traveling team where she will get ample time on the floor. That will make it easier to deal with sitting more with the older girls. She needs to understand this is an important learning experience and she will need to really earn those minutes. One idea is to try and put more basketball into your minutes, meaning to play with as much intensity as possible. There's no reason not to. Just maybe the extra effort will buy a few more minutes as well as instill a lifelong habit of playing at her top level all the time.


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15 Nov 2003

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I am coaching a 1st Grade Girls Basketball team. Do you have suggestions for age/beginning level appropriate drills and hints on conducting a scrimmage for this age group.

We have made it through 3 practices and have done fairly well but I would like to have more suggestions for drills. Could you suggest a reference book, video, etc.

Thank you.

Answer

Try the Drill Master article for drill suggestions. Check out Tom Nordland's video review on my site, too. Its my favorite shooting video and there are techniques quite appropriate for the youngest players.


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15 Nov 2003

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hi, i just wanted to know what sorta drilss should be done to improve ball handling skills.Also i wanted to know what exercises to do in order ro improve my jump. Thanks for your advice, jeremy pereira

Answer

You know, one good trick is to carry your basketball with you everywhere and dribble anytime you can without annoying people. Like walking down the sidewalk, across a parking lot. After a while, it just feels natural. Pretty soon you can dribble between your legs as you walk, frontward or backward, crossover - no problem. If you make it feel natural, then you don't have to do a lot of drills. Drills work, but I like the idea of making the ball part of your normal movements so you don't even think about it.

As for jumping, practice jumping. Try to touch something you can barely reach when you jump your highest. Then see how many times you can touch it in 15 seconds. Once you get to where you can touch it 15 times in 15 seconds, pick a higher target. Jump up stair steps. You can do both feet at once, or just work on one leg. If you have a long stairway somewhere, this exercise can be very challenging. Keep a hand on the railing so you don't fall!


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15 Nov 2003

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I am unable to see all but the first diagram from the Mac Shuffle. Is there some place I can get them. great web site.

thanks, tom

Answer

Private email sent.


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17 Nov 2003

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Hi! I'm a student in high school. I'm doing a research paper about whether how to dribble would affect the way you shoot.I will like to know the answer and how long would it take us to shoot. You know our Reflexional time. Were the eyes send infomation to the brain and the brain to the muscle and then you shoot.Please Thank you.

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No homework questions, please. I haven't taken your class and I haven't done the research required to answer your specific question. What I suggest is that you think about some ways to test your hypothesis. Get some of your friends to participate. Try to time them and write down the results. Then you can form an educated opinion and your opinion will be much more valuable to you than mine would.


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17 Nov 2003

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Hello, I am doing a project about being a College Basketball Division 1 coach and I would like to know when you are coach do you have a supervisor or do you work independently? Also I wanted to know what type of credentials do you need?

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Everybody has a supervisor of some kind. A college head coach will have full say about running the basketball team, but still has a reporting relationship to the school administration. As for credentials, that will depend on the school. Typically, coaches train for many years as assistants, then hopefully get a chance at a head coach job.


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05 Nov 2003

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does the tequinque you use to shoot a free throw effect how and if the basketball goes in?

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Absolutely. The main point of technique is to provide a consistent delivery. Once you have consistency, you can make adjustments to improve accuracy. Without a reliable technique, your shots will vary and your results will be ... inconsistent. The difference between good techniqu and bad technique is simple. Good technique creates a shooting path that maximizes your chances for success. In the case of free throws, good technique provides a nicely arced shot with good ball rotation.


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05 Nov 2003

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I have just agreed to coach a 5th grade basketball team. My team strengths are: a good point guard and a second excellent ball handler with above superior size and shooting ability. I anticipate that we will play against mostly 2/1/2 or 2/3 zones. What type of offense should I run that will take advantage of the team's strengths?

Answer

Use a standard 3 out 2 in configuration, but have your point guard start more at one side, not at the top of the key. Have your two big men play high and low post on the same side as the ball. This will ensure you have a strong side that overloads a zone. Have your good shooter at the wing. He'll pass to a post and V cut through the key and come out to the other wing. Meanwhile, the guards rotate to the ball, and reverse it back to the shooter on the weakside. Repeat as needed. If you look at the article, Easy Offensive Sets, you'll see this theme throughout the offenses I use.


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07 Nov 2003

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My daughter is in 3rd grade which has a Saturday League only if a parent is available to coach. I am the only one who is willing. I have played girls basketball in high school and watch numerous games and feel very comfortable with the game. I have noticed that the other girls do not know anything about basketball (which I am sure is normal for most). I am not sure what to start them with and not overwhelm them, and yet get them to really understand and enjoy the game instead of just running around, not getting the ball or getting really bad habits from other after school programs that have been available. Any ideas?

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The best advice I have is make the main emphasis of your practice learning basic skills. They need to learn to dribble, pass and shoot to be able to enjoy the game. Winning is nice, but the main enjoyment will be the realization that they are improving. If they cannot handle the ball, pass or shoot then the game is just frustrating. Practice the elements of the game in controlled situations (like 2vs2 or no defense) and limit the 5vs5 to minimize variables. Teach m2m defense from the footwork up so they learn how to move and where to look when guarding someone. Accomplish these things and you have made a significant contribution.


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04 Nov 2003

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what are the positions

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The offensive positions in basketball are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. Unlike baseball, where the positions are distinct and need to filled a certain way, in basketball you mix and match any way you want. You can have all guards on the floor or all centers, theoretically.


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04 Nov 2003

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I coach 5th grade girls and my most difficult challenge is getting them to "pick up " their man on man-to-man defense. They literally bang into one another trying to get to their man and pay no attention to anything else that is going on with the ball or on the court. Any suggestions?

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Once the other team gets the ball, the first move should be to get back to the key to defend as quickly as possible, then find your man and move out to play defense. Often, if the other team is fast breaking, a player will need to defend the ball even if its not her man. Anyway, if your players get back to the key quickly, they should be able to fan out on defense to get to the assigned man without colliding too much because the other team will have spread out some by then.


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merickso@eesus.jnj.com
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05 Nov 2003

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How do I print out a particular piece? When I print it I only get the heading "Coaches notebook" without the text.

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Select anything in the area you want to print, then choose print. That will assure the frame that has the content will be printed. If that fails, after you choose print, click in your pint properties and select the option "Print only the selected frame".


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03 Nov 2003

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When you are making a right hand layup which knee should be in the air?

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Right elbow - right knee. Like there is a string attaching them. Think of Superman - up, up and away! See the Teaching Layups article.


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03 Nov 2003

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i play j/v high school b-ball. i used to be a dead eye 3 point shooter, even when i was in 8th grade i was shooting almost 45% from 3. But last year i started missing more and more, all season long. Now i've moved from the 2 guard to the 3 position (small forward). Now i rely mostly on a mid range jumpshot and posting up near the basket. Well anyway i want to know if u have any idea why my 3 point shot is now off, i think it could be becuz i grew from 5-5 to 5-10 from 8th grade to 9th. Also my 3 point shot has almost no rotation on it, but my mid range shot has normal rotation. If u have any help it would be much appreciated

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Go Yankees! (Just teasing!) I doubt your growth is a factor. You have made a fundamental change in your form at the longer range. The best clue you gave me was the fact that your three has no rotation. That would be due to a lack of follow through. You need to maintain the "wrist flip" at the release. The reason that would go away is if you have lost the rhythm of your shot. If you don't bend your knees and get some lift generated with your lower body, your arms need to work harder and that  can cause you to push the ball instead of flipping it. One way to practice and get your timing back is to shoot from a relaxed, balanced position at the three. Bend your knees, straighten, tip toes and leave the ground a little as you release the ball. You should still be rising as you release. Once you get the timing it will be effortless. The good news that once you find it, you'll have your shot back (and your confidence) just like before.


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03 Nov 2003

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How can I effectively teach young players how to set screens? Particulary back and cross screens? Is there a website, video, or book that can help?

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Is there a website? Oh, my, yes. Read the article, Screens. Click here or look in the Topic Menu.


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03 Nov 2003

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I run a mens basketball league and need to know if there is a site that I can download to use that will automatically put together the averages of the players without me having to do it all manually.

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Hmmm ... not sure what you mean, exactly. If you look here (Topic Menu) for the Downloadable Tools page, you can download a nice, free stat program.


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03 Nov 2003

Question

What would be a good tr aining session for a beginnner U/14 basketball team? The session would have to incorporate a warmup, technique learning, intensity, tactical learning, speed and agility, power training, aerobic endurance training and a recovery. This would be greatly appreciated Sincere Thanks Jessica large

Answer

Well, OK, you have a good start already. Make a template practice plan. At the top put the practice date and then list your items above as headers. Each day list appropriate drills or discussion under each header, one or two drills is enough for each. If you check out the free Drill Master File on this site, you even get an index that break the drills down into categories.


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jflagg@sigecom.net
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Date:
30 Oct 2003

Question

What is the new rule for the free throw lanes? Thank you.

Answer

There is a limit of 6 players that can be at the key when the free throw is attempted - 2 defense, two offense, 2 defense.


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Peter1kim@Yahoo.com
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30 Oct 2003

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I have a question. I'm not that good at shooting, so can you give me a list of things I should check before I shoot, such as hand or foot positioning and how to shoot with my arms? I've looked for it all over the net, but they are all "pay $15, buy this book, buy this video." Thank you.

Answer

I have several articles related to shooting form. Just check the Topic Menu in the upper righthand corner. After you've read those, and have a specific question(s), write back. Otherwise I'm just guessing at what you need to know.


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christopherthang2000@yahoo.com
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Date:
01 Nov 2003

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how can a one-man team win a strong team which has players who are tall and strong?

Answer

I don't think a one man team has a much hope of winning at all. The first thing to do is figure out how your one man team can work as a five man team. Until that happens, your competitors are irrelevant.


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tknippenberg@hotmail.com
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Date:
01 Nov 2003

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I coach a team of 4th graders and we rotate kids from position to position. Any idea how I can teach a basic offense so they don't look disorganized and keep yelling their name for a pass?

Answer

Pick one the offense patterns in the article, Easy Offensive Sets. They are simple enough the kids can learn all the spots.


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bgmck@deakin.edu.au
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Date:
01 Nov 2003

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what are the key strategies involved in performing a three on two fast break? How would you defend a three on two fast break?

Answer

On offense, the ballhandler must make a believable drive to the basket. The purpose is to make one defender commit to him. His two teammates must be wide enough apart to force the second defender to make a choice. Obviously, the ballhandler will get the layup or have an open teammate.

On defense, the closest defender takes the ball handler. The second defend hedges and covers the receiver of the first pass. The first defender then goes to a help position in the key and covers the second pass. The defensive goal is to delay the shot long enough that the rest of the defense can get back and help.


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MNThompson4@cinci.rr.com
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Date:
02 Nov 2003

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how high is a regulation hoop for the high school level?

Answer

Ten feet.


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Date:
02 Nov 2003

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what is the length from the free-throw line to the basketball goal

Answer

click on this link


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jlmurphy89@att.net
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Date:
25 Oct 2003

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Our local park league for 1st through 4th grade makes each player where a colored wristband. The red person needs to cover the red person and so on. This forces man to man defense. Zones are not allowed. I have a team of 3rd graders and 9 of 12 have played 2 years already. Is there a simple motion offense I can teach? Or, is there a zone offense that requires a lot of movement? Any advice would help.

Answer

I used two very simple m2m offenses with kids that age. They are called the Two Low and the Hi Low in my article Easy Offensive Sets. What they are designed to do is to get the kids to pick away to get a man open. Once they learn to screen properly (and understand the timing), simple screens that get a man open and moving toward the ball are very effective.


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garygutt@ozemail.com.au
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Date:
26 Oct 2003

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We have several kids who do not understand 5 out offensive plays and parents are asking for some information of diagrams to help explain? any suggestions would be helpfull!

Answer

The only 5 out play I use is our Spread. Its is diagrammed fully in the article Stalls. You don't need to use the offense as a stall, in fact I have run this play for a full game, but it requires good ball handlers and good use of backdoor cuts to sustain.


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26 Oct 2003

Question

I AM 14 YEARS OLD AND HAVE PURCHASED SOME JUMPSOLES AND PROPRIOCEPTORS. TOGETHER THEY SAY THEY WILL INCREASE VERTICAL AROUND 10 TO 12 INCHES.I AM ALSO USING A TRAINING PROGRAM CALLED THE PHI SLAMMA JAMMA PROGRAM.DO THEY REALLY WORK AS WELL AS THEY SAY THEY WILL?

Answer

I think the Jump Sole program will work if you follow their directions carefully. Don't overdo it. At your age you are suceptible to growth plate injury if you overwork. Be patient and go slowly!


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damo21ww100s@yahoo.com
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Date:
26 Oct 2003

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i am 18 years old and im a basketball player but the only problem is that i am 5,8 and i want to grow some more and it seems like im not growing no more. what do i do? is there something i can naturally do?my only problem is that i also stoped working out daily. is that a problem?

Answer

There is no way to control your growth. All you can control are your skills and your attitude. Practice often, love the game and enjoy your friends. When you stop worrying about your height, you'll be happier and no one will even notice how tall you are. It just doesn't matter.


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steverkent@cablespeed.com
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Date:
27 Oct 2003

Question

what is the minimum ceiling height recommended for an indoor basketball court?

Answer

I don't think there is an offical measurement. I have seen basketball courts crammed into all kinds of buildings. I would guess you'd need a minimum of about 18 feet.


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Rachelroo8875@comcast.net
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Date:
27 Oct 2003

Question

My daughter has just been given the Point Guard position. I am not very familiar with basketball, so what can I do to help her develop in this area?

Thanks!

Rachel

Tennessee

Answer

I am working on an article that will cover this topic. Won't be done for a while yet, so ... what you can do is encourage her to practice her ballhandling and shooting. I liked to play basketball in the driveway with my sons. I didn't coach them, just helped by returning the rebounds or by being a post player. They would pass to me, make a cut, get the ball back and score. Little things like that help a lot. Be careful of offering a lot of advice. Consider it quality time and have fun with it.


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mcasullo@msn.com
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Date:
27 Oct 2003

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What is the best way to go about teaching 3rd & 4th grade (boys and girls) offence?

Answer

Emphasize floor spacing, breaking to the ball to catch a pass, and always moving after making a pass. Practice the simple plays - give and go, pick and roll. They are all you need and they are the foundation of all the offenses they will learn later in their playing careers. You can do all of this in a 2on2 format. Avoid 5on5. Break the game down to simple elements where they can all be active and understand the 2 man game.


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and1black@hotmail.com
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Date:
28 Oct 2003

Question

what are the biomechanics of a righthanded layups?

Answer

Sorry, no home work questions, please. If you read the Teaching Layups article on this site, it painstakingly describes the movements.


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lilbabyhawk03@aol.com
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Date:
28 Oct 2003

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Hello coach-

i am krista phillips, i am about to try out for 8th grade basketball..i just learned my lay ups and i have good free throw shots but i am not good putting the ball in between my legs and i am not very good at playing defense... can you give me any pointers? and i need to work on my free throw shots and when my coaches tell me to shoot with form, it messes up my shot sometime...any pointers on that? thanks for listening

please email asap!

thanks Krista Phillips aim-ShortNfine55@aim.com lilbabyhawk03@aol.com\

Answer

Good luck in your tryouts. Here are a couple quick suggestions. If your coach suggests changes in your shooting form, do what he says even if you think it messes up your shot. The important thing is to show that you are willing to change and get better. I will cut kids who won't take advice because I know they are already as good as they will get. Ball handling takes a long time to learn. Don't try crossovers when the pressure is on until you are comfortable with them. Pass the ball. Kids who dribble too much make a bad impression anyway. As for defense, try to keep your man from catching any passes. If she does get the ball, stay low and move laterally as needed to block the path to the basket. The main idea on defense is to frustrate the offense. Its usually pretty obvious what the offensive player wants to do at any given point, so position yourself to take advantage of that knowledge. Defense is very much a thinking ahead thing instead of just reacting. If you just react, you'll always be too late.


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rockyferrante@yahoo.com
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Date:
28 Oct 2003

Question

what is the legnth of the three pint line overseas

Answer

Pints overseas vary in length from bar to bar.


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Date:
28 Oct 2003

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why is it a advantage to be tall than short

Answer

Because the basket is ten feet in the air. If the basket was actually a hole in the ground, coaches would be recruiting short little fast players. Come to think of it, how many 7 foot pro golfers are tere?


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rkrakower@bordentown.k12.nj.us
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Date:
29 Oct 2003

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Hi. I coach fourth and fifth graders in a township rec league. We have a total of 12 practices, each one hour long. First game is Saturday and first practice was yesterday. We will also practice once more this week to prepare for that first game. With such limited practice time, what do you suggest we emphasize? I want to stress the fundamental skills, but also want to put in a few offensive and defensive sets. I like drills, but think it might be better to introduce a few related skills and then let the kids scrimmage as they work on the new stuff. What do you suggest? Thank you!

Answer

Forget the offensive sets. They are a waste of time for your players. Instead, spend at least half your practice time dribbling, passing and shooting (especially layups) and doing 2on2 breakdowns (pick and roll and give/go). Spend another 25% on m2m defense. The remaining time can be spent in a 5 on 5 setting so they learn the flow of the game. Think ahead to when these kids will be in 9th grade. They will have forgotten any of the plays you taught, but the fundamental skills will stick forever.


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lraymond@ewc.edu
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Date:
29 Oct 2003

Question

I am 19 and I play college basketball. I am a very good shooter, but I would like to increase my verticle leap. What can I do to increase it?

Answer

Read my review on the Jumpsoles. Maybe they are an answer for you. A simple exercise l like is having my players see how many times they can touch the backboard in 15 seconds (22 is our record). Try this a fewl times a day and your height and jumping quickness will improve.


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lraymond@ewc.edu
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29 Oct 2003

Question

I am 19 and I play college basketball. I am a very good shooter, but I would like to increase my verticle leap. What can I do to increase it?


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cdedbddux007@yahoo.com
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Date:
21 Oct 2003

Question

I dont want to spend any money cause i have no money but what can i do to increase my verticle?

Answer

I have a simple drill I like to use. One way I train my players is to have them touch the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. If they can't reach the backboard, choose another target that they can barely reach. Try this 4 or 5 times a day. After a while, they'll jump higher and get up more quickly.


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angela.devlin@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au
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21 Oct 2003

Question

Why should a basketball layup be taught?

Answer

The layup is the most common shot in the game of basketball. Its also the simplest way to score points. Quite often, the difference between who wins and who loses comes down to which team was the most proficient as making their layups. At the end of a close loss, its usually pretty easy to remember a few blown layups that cost the team critical baskets.


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dentistry@aol.com
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Date:
22 Oct 2003

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Could you please critique this variation on the HI-LO (in Easy Offensive Sets). The point guard does the cut (instead of the wing) after he passes to the wing or try to do a give &go with the post if the post gets the pass &can't do anything. Also have the post guys switch positions (set low pick). After the guy cuts through and is now the left wing, I tell him to flash across the lane instead of higher up, since the bottom &middle usually open up at this age. It gives both post guys a pass option. Otherwise we bring it back to the top &start over. I also tell the wing guy, after he gets the pass, to dribble down to the corner to get a pass into the low post, the top guy fills the wing, &now you have 4 on that side. BTW, really enjoying everything about your site. What a great resource for a great game.

Answer

I always like to see perimeter players using the post and with some of my younger teams, we did very much like you described with point interacting with the center near the FT line. However, as the kids got older it became apparent that cutting toward the basket from the top of the key was problematic in that the cutter is trying to move through all five defenders. Usually if your cutter gets the ball, a double team follows and he gets tied up. Attacking the defense from the corner is better in that you meet fewer defenders, but the offense has half the operating room. The most flexibility comes from attacking at the wing. Another benefit is that when you reverse the ball you can get the offense moving side to side which is very useful. Attacking from the top allows the defense to cover a smaller area. I'm not saying don't do it, just use that angle as an option rather than a mainstay of your offense. As for the posts, screening away for each other is extremely effective whether its side to side or up and down.


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melmel@rcn.com
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Date:
23 Oct 2003

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What goal height would you suggest for 3rd and 4th grade girls to play at? If possible give an explaination to what you suggest.

Answer

I prefer to see a smaller ball used rather than bringing the basket down very far. Most elementary gyms have nine foot baskets. That height and a small basketball should make the game playable for 3rd and 4th grade girls. What's important is for the girls to be able to shoot the ball while learning proper form. If the basket is too hard to reach, they can't shoot without resorting to extradordinary efforts. That makes the game a chore and instills poor shooting habits.


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homerwana_b@hotmail.com
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Date:
20 Oct 2003

Question

hi im 5 11 with like a 15 in verticle i can't dunk but planning to do you have any tips on what types of workouts to do to increase my hop. thanx hawaii

Answer

You might look into the jumpsoles training program. Click here to see their web site.


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kraigno1
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Date:
18 Oct 2003

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im 17 how old do u have to be to coach like a 3rd or 4th grade basketball team. do u need to get a coaching certificate?

Answer

Ask the organization that is hosting the league. For instance, I coached in the YMCA Youth Basketball League for a long time. They were always happy to see new young coaches and provide training for them.


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Konajrocks@hotmail.com
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Date:
19 Oct 2003

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What does a Point guards job? what assets does he or she need to have (ie) good balance, briliant fast break ect. What exactly does the point guard need to be?

Basicly what im asking is what is all the information you can give me about a Point guard position and what the player needs to have or to be to execute the position effectivly.

Thank you

Answer

This is the topic of an article I am working on. Stay tuned...


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Dentistry@aol.com
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Date:
19 Oct 2003

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Very inexperienced 5th and 6th grade girls team. I am trying to combine simplicity without sacrificing effectiveness. So I am thinking of using the plays explained in "Simple Offensive Sets" Both zone and m2m defense is permitted in this league. 1. Is it acceptable to run one of these motion offenses each and every time a fast break does not materialize, or is that too tiring. If too tiring, what do you suggest as an alternative when not running the motion offense. 2. a.The simplest would be to run only 1 play (the Hi-Lo) since it is good for zone and m2m. Is it effective to only run 1 play in this age group? If the play is run well, will predictability to our opponents not be an issue because of the young age group or because there are enough options built into the play? b. If I need to have 2 plays, should it be Hi-Lo and Two-Lo; Hi-Lo and Four Out; or Two Lo and Four Out. c. Do I need to run all 3. (Would have made this 2 shorter questions, but combining them seemed to make more sense.)

Answer

Just use the Hi-Lo. At your players' level, you want to minimize time learning plays and concentrate on fundamental skills. The only option you may want to add, if you have good inside player(s), is to have the ball side post move away from the ball and pick for the other post who can then come to the ball (as in the Two -Lo play). That's enough. You'll have players passing inside and cutting, a ball reversal to the weakside and an option for the posts to pick for each other. If the other teams start pressuring your wings, you have backdoor opportunities, but I doubt predictability will be a problem. Since the point will always pass the ball to a wing, you may need to review the article Getting Open, but my guess is you'll be OK there, too.

My theory is to fast break whenever possible, then run your halfcourt set. Its not tiring. In the motion, players are waiting, then moving. Its a lot less effort than playing good defense.


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lynn@beckincorporated.com
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Date:
19 Oct 2003

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Hello, I just wanted to thank you for having this site available. It has been invaluable to me as I have not played ball in years and I am coaching a 7th grade team this year. Everything is coming back to me and I am able to implement a lot of your ideas. Thanks again, Lynn

Answer

Thanks. Words like these make everything worthwhile.


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laurie.nielson@ndsu.nodak.edu
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Date:
20 Oct 2003

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The girls I coach play 3 on 3 after school ball. They are in the seventh grade. My problem is I have no post player. I do have a shooter, a driver, and a girl who can do some screening, short passes, some shooting. What type of defense can I use against taller players? What would be the most effective offense?

Answer

Tall people usually are less effective further from the basket (unless they are highly skilled and then their height advantage beats you everywhere). If you have shorter players, play aggressively against the ball handler and take more risks guarding the passing lanes. Play in front of anyone who sets up in the low post to prevent passes. You'll need to win the battle away from the basket because once they get ball inside, there's not much you can do to counter the height.


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FoReal504@yahoo.com
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Date:
20 Oct 2003

Question

where is a good place to do the jumpsoles training program

Answer

Well, you can do the exercise just about anywhere. Click here to see their web site.


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mine_noturz@hotmail.com
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17 Oct 2003

Question

can u tell me how high is the basketball hoop supposed to be from the ground?

Answer

Yes. Ten feet.


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dontbehatin2287@aol.com
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Date:
17 Oct 2003

Question

How can I shoot the proper jump shot? I have trouble getting it right i need some good pointers on that. I play highschool ball but was never tought the proper way 2 shoot.

Answer

I suggest you try Coach Tom Nordland's Shooting Video. Its a small investment, but it would take me a very long time to try and describe it only half as well. Coach Nordland also has articles he has written on this site. You can find them in the Topic Menu, upper right hand corner of the page.


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17 Oct 2003

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A coaching video I recently watched said it was ok to allow kids to use the right hand on left side lay-ups. Believe it or not, the video was by none other than John Wooden. Your thoughts?

Answer

It is essential for youth coaches to teach young players to shoot with either hand and the best way is to insist on left hand layups from the left side (and vice versa). Young players who are allowed to use their strong hand on both sides will never develop their weak hand and will be seriously disadvantaged (maybe even cut in tryouts) because of that liability. That stated, there are times its best to use the right hand when shooting a layup on the left side. One is when the approach is along the left baseline. Another is when driving to the basket with a defender on the left side. Then it may be more important to protect the ball and shoot right-handed. Now, if a player never learns to shoot with the left hand, what happens when driving on the right baseline or with a defender on the right side? Without that ambidexterity, the player is much easier to defend.


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john.nelson@dmps.k12.ia.us
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Date:
16 Oct 2003

Question

I am looking for a 5 out man to man offense. Can you recommend one and let me know where I can get detailed diagrams of the offense?

Answer

Start here: http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/larryjackson/offence.html


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jamesford@leeuniversity.edu
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Date:
15 Oct 2003

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Hello, my name is James and I am a college sophomore/vollunteer coach and I am about to enter my first season as a coach. I am very nervous because I am very competitive and do not enjoy losing, but I want more than anything for the boys that I am coaching to have fun and enjoy this opportunity to play the best sport int the world. Can you please let me know how to hold an insightful, productive tryout for these boys? This will be very appreciated. I hope we can continue to talk in the future.

Answer

Try the article Selecting Players and then feel free to write me at sjordan@alaskalife.net for specific questions. Prettty much all coaches are competitive. That's why they stay in the sport after their playing days. Just keeps the kids' interests first in mind and don't use their win/loss record as a measure of your success.


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Date:
15 Oct 2003

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I want fast answer. the question is : not for the public? and one more question : not to work; to have fun? I'm waiting for the answer.

thank you

Answer

Well, keep waiting. I have no idea what you are talking about. Are you referencing an article on this site?


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trudesciple44@hotmail.com
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Date:
15 Oct 2003

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What's your name?

Answer

You may call me, "Coach".


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rndballer2008@aol.com
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Date:
10 Oct 2003

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I have jumpsoles but no workouts for them do you have any?

 

Question

I have the video tape. Go to Jumpsoles(and other products) by JumpUSA to get more of their information.


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13 Oct 2003

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do you have any more information about san bernardino

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No.


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c4bergs@htc.net
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Date:
13 Oct 2003

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Great information ! is this available in book form so that we can reference the material at our junior high practices?

Answer

No, but you can print any page you want (that's what I do) by clicking anywhere in the article, then selecting print. Make sure your printer properties specify Print Selected Frame.


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amber_cunningham11@hotmail.com
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Date:
14 Oct 2003

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when did you start coaching b-ball??

Answer

1990-1991. Before that, I coached several baseball and softball teams.


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hawthorngal@hotmail.com
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Date:
09 Oct 2003

Question

I have a team of short fast players and we have to play a team that is very tall how do we go about winning this game

Answer

Play the game where you are strong. Play the game as fast as you can, especially pushing the ball upcourt. On defense, try to wage the battle in the middle of the floor where your quickness will pay off. Once the ball is near the basket, their height will prevail. Once they get into their offense, put a defender directly in front of their post to make the pass inside as difficult as possible. If they try to lob pass, your other post defender will need to intercept or deflect that pass.


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goodasiankiller@hotmail.com
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Date:
09 Oct 2003

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what is the offical basketball hoop regulation height

Answer

Why do people not read directions? Use the link above for court dimensions.


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olumzajibz@yahoo.com
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10 Oct 2003

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pls i would really like to know what i can do to grow taller,because my short stature is really retarding my basketball,especially when am playing with my friends most of whom are very much taller than i am.

Answer

You cannot control your height, but you can learn to take advantage of your body's characteristics. Short people are excellent at stealing the ball and recovering loose balls. They are also often blessed with quicker reactions and foot speed. With practice, you can become an excellent shooter, passer and ballhandler. Don't waste time worrying about your height. Concentrate on improving what you can control. And, make sure your grades are strong. Coaches like players with strong scholastics.


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tisaac@bellsouth.net
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Date:
10 Oct 2003

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I coach 5-6 year olds and am concerned about teaching them bad habits. I have coached older students but now these are starting with a "clean slate".

In a recent dribbling/defensive stance drill, I had the kids dribbling straight at the defensive player while the defensive player tried to stay in front of him with knees bent and arms out. A parent came down and immediately told me that the dribbler should have his back to the defender and dribble that way. I think this is a bad habit to form as the offensive player should go straight forward. What do you think or suggest for children this age?

Any other suggestions for the "clean slates"?

Answer

I strongly disagree with the parent. The only advantage to having the dribble turn his back to the defender to protect the ball with his body. But ... what you lose is visibility. How can the dribbler pass effectively if he can't see all his teammates? Worse, he is very vulnerable to a steal. In a game, if the dribbler turns his back to the basket and his defender, the next closest defender should leave his man and go steal the ball. The dribbler will either never see it coming or turn right into trouble if he does. Instead, the dribbler should face ahead and keep the ball away from the defender as he tries to go around him. A good drill is zig-zags. Define a lane downcourt, perhaps 12-15 feet wide (use whatever markings are on the floor). Have the dribbler progress downcourt first from the left side to the right side of the lane, then crossover and go right to left. The defender mirrors the movement. You can turn up the defensive intensity as the kids get better.

The zig zag path is much better for working the ball upcourt than straight ahead as it allows both vision and ball protection. The key skill is the cross over. The younger the kids learn crossovers the better.

I have seen kids cut in high school tryouts because they turn their back to the basket. Don't teach that.


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DETobin@msn.com
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Date:
10 Oct 2003

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I coach 7th and 8th grade girls for the middle school team. Every year, our girls play good defense, are well conditioned, yet they have NO OFFENSE! We spend time on setting picks, and cutting without the ball, however it always looks like they are bumping into each other and have no offensive set. Is there something that I could do to get my team to finally have some sort of offense?

Answer

You need an easy pattern to follow that allows the girls to do their picks and cuts and then they end up in a familiar spot so they can repeat the pattern. In the article Easy Offensive Sets, start with the High-Low play. Its really easy. Once they are comfortable with that, read the Latest Motion Offense article to get more ideas.


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COLUMBUSCHICK16@MSN.COM
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Date:
07 Oct 2003

Question

Hello.. I have a new computer and so i had to reinstall msn messanger. Now i cannot use my old screen name.. Is there a way i can keep my new screen name and and use the old one at the same time?? thank you

Answer

Yes, I think so. You should be able to copy your MSN configuration from your old computer (like to a floppy disk) and transfer to your new computer. However, I don't have the immediate expertise to tell you exactly how to do that and because this is a basketball coaching site, I am choosing not to research this question. You might go to msn.com and check their FAQ page. It seems like a good question to ask them.


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shajman007@hotmail.com
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Date:
08 Oct 2003

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What kind of an offence should a team run if the defence is playin 3-2 zone or any other kind of zone? I would really appreciate it if I can get an answer for this. Thanks

Question

Read the article Easy Offensive Sets. Against all zones, key strategies are to overload one side, make the zone move and to simply advance the ball as quickly as possible and score before the zone can set up.


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Fadi.Sabbah@Aramex.com
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09 Oct 2003

Question

How do you evaluate a basketball program at the end of the season?

Answer

I keep notes during practice and games. On my clipboard are my practice plans, diagrams, handouts and whatever else I need. When I notice things that need improvement (with my team or the program), I just write it down so I can remember it later. At the end of the season, I review all that stuff and write up a brief letter to myself and discuss the changes. When we have the last coaches meeting, I share a copy with the other coaches.


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MYLlipscomb@st-aug.edu
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Date:
03 Oct 2003

Question

How many full time-outs does each team get in requlation play, in high chool basketball, in college baskeball, and men's professional basketball

Answer

In high school, there are five time outs, three one-minute and two 30 second time outs. In college, there are six, four for 75 seconds and two for 30 seconds. If the college game is on TV, then there are four media time outs per half. Read more at http://www.ncaa.org/library/rules/2004/2004_basketball_rules.pdf. In the NBA, Each team is entitled to seven (7) charged timeouts during regulation play. Each team is limited to no more than four (4) timeouts in the fourth period and no more than three (3) timeouts in the last two minutes of regulation play. (This is in addition to one 20-second timeout per half.). Read more at http://www.basketball.com/nba/rules/rule5.shtml


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03 Oct 2003

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Hope this question doesn't seem to silly. I am starting a 5th and 6th girls travel team. Anything I can bring to practice to differentiate teams during a practice scrimmage other than pinnies. Pinnies seem to only come in one size fits all and they are so oversized for the girls that I think there could be a safety issue with getting arms tangled

Answer

Well, I have never heard of kids getting all tangled up in pinnies. Shirts and skins won't work. I suggest you buy some inexpensive plain, reversible jerseys. That's what my teams use in practice.


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03 Oct 2003

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Coaching 5th and 6th grade girls who are relatively inexperienced. I plan on teaching fundamentals (pick and roll, give and go, box out, dribbling etc.) But, I am not strong with offensive and defensive strategies. In our league, many teams use a zone defense.

1.What is a good basic strategy for playing against a zone in my situation. 2 Is the Alaska play appropriate for this age group?

Answer

1. The key to breaking down a zone is to do two things. One, overload the zone by putting four players on one side of the floor. Secondly, by passing the ball quickly, make the zone MOVE. To do that, you need to move the ball from side to side and get the zone to shift. An easy play to do that is in the article Easy Offensive Sets. Its called the Hi-Lo. Very simple and easy to teach. 2. No, not at all. The Alaska Play requires experienced players who know pick and roll, give and go situations thoroughly. You're teaching the right things for their level. Stick with your plan.


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05 Oct 2003

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I am trying to defeat a zone defense by overloading one side. Can you be more specific about some specific plays or strategies appropriate for 5th and 6th grade girls.


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25 Sep 2003

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does wilt chamberlian has any kids

Answer

Well, if his claims of knowing 20,000 women are true, then I'd say the odds are pretty good he does. Somewhere.


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dan-dowdall@fmc-law.com
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25 Sep 2003

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I am a coach of a club team in Toronto, Ontario made up of girls age 12 (eight grade) who last year ranked 12th in the province at our provincial championships. I think it would be fun to take the kids to the states for a tournament this year in one of the border states but I have no idea how the tournament structure works and where we would fit in. We have tons of US teams coming to our hockey tournaments up here and often they are mismatched and I would want to avoid this. Can you give me some help ass to where I can get information or who I should contact

Answer

Try these links: www.aaugirlsbasketball.org/ and www.aauboysbasketball.org/


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28 Sep 2003

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hi! I am a freshman in high school and i love playing basketball! I want to play in college so bad and even the wnba. But i want to know how to get a basketball scholarship at the college i want to go to or at least be recruited. so do you know how i can?

Answer

If you want a college scholarship, get good grades in high school. There are far more scholarship dollars for scholastic achievement than there are for basketball. Even if you are dead set on a basketball scholarship, emphasize grades above all else. Colleges will look at an athlete with good grades as a good investment compared to a good athlete who may not be eligible due to poor grades. Ask your coaches for help getting noticed. Go to camps in the summer. You'll be seen. Don't be afraid to contact colleges you like, especially in your junior year of high school.


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28 Sep 2003

Question

What makes a good point guard?

Answer

Good question. Watch for an article on that particular topic. Its a long answer - hard to do it justice here.


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30 Sep 2003

Question

When a player shoots a layup in practice, should that player turn and try to rebound his own shot? Or, is the layup the only shot in which the shooter is not expected to try for the rebound?

Answer

After shooting the layup the player should keep his eyes on the ball, even as it goes in. However, momentum wiil take him out of rebounding position. The next best place to go if the shot is missed is to the side line for an outlet pass from a teammate who gets the rebound. There are exceptions, of course. If the player has no momentum or is alone when he misses the shot, then he would be expected to rebound.


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01 Oct 2003

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how much practice time do the basketball players have???? what do they do when they're practicing? are men's training harder than the women??? what do they do first before they start practicing shootings and lay ups?

Answer

Check out the article, Practice Plan. It will answer your questions in detail. Look in the topic menu, upper right hand corner.


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02 Oct 2003

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I love your site. The Alaska offense is a great conceptual weapon for players who can be caoched to move.Why no new articles recently. I have coached teams to national success using the alaska offense with some other special plays, however at the end of games when usually everything breaks down we always go back to the alaska offense as we pass and move automatically .Thats the most important thing in end of game situations.

Answer

Thanks for your comments. I like the Alaska Play, too, (and I am really happy it is working for your team!) but I have had trouble getting enough kids that are smart enough to run it. Our incoming talent is very talented, but usually very playground oriented which means we spend a lot of time learning to work together at a basic level.

I'll write more when I get time. I am administering a Fall basketball program and a coaching and having a very busy period in my real job, so there's no time to sit and write, as much as I'd like to do that.


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18 Sep 2003

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You see I'm about 5'6. Just about the shortest kid in my school. Am like the 3rd kid that could jump the highest though. But i want to be able to dunk the ball already. I am only like 8'' inches away from touching the 10 ft rim. All i want to know is what muscles do i work to jump higher. I work on my calves like 3 times a week. Is that enough. Am i doing pretty good for being my height. I think I am but i need other peoples opinion too.

Answer

You are doing very well. Do not overwork your calves. Give your muscles time to rest and grow between workouts. Be patient. Good things take time.


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19 Sep 2003

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Whats the best way to break a full court press or pressure???

Answer

Read the article, "Press Breaker".


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19 Sep 2003

Question

How do I do a lay-up?

Answer

Read the article, "Teaching Layups".


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20 Sep 2003

Question

how can i make my jump higher in a workout expect by all these products?????

Answer

If you buy a product, follow the provided directions. Any one that is worth anything will require strength training. There is no magic pill that will make you jump higher. With strength training, don't overdo it. Allow 6 weeks to see improvement. It'll take awhile.


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20 Sep 2003

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CMy name is jarvis and i want to know if anybody would tell me how i could junp higher without spending to much movey.

Answer

Basically, I advise kids to practice jumping from a standing two feet position and touch the bottom of the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. Do it four times a day or more. In a couple weeks your score should rise along with your heighth and leaping quickness.


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20 Sep 2003

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what are the dimensions of a basketball court?

Answer

See the link above already provided for you.


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23 Sep 2003

Question

Write the number 1 through 10 in the boxes below so each side of the pentagon has a sum of 14.

Answer

Sorry ... you need to write your question in the form of a question ... kind of like Jeopardy only different.


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24 Sep 2003

Question

Is coaching a basketball team like being a father?

Answer

Coaching is like being a parent in many ways. In fact, I believe each role augments the other. It helps you coach if you have parental experience; likewise, if you coach kids that may help you be a better father or mother.


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14 Sep 2003

Question

How high is it from the floor to the bottom of the backboard on a regulation basketball hoop. I just wanted to know how high i have to be able to reach to get backboard.

Answer

The backboard extends just 3" below the rim (according to the rule book), so you'll need to reach 9 feet 9 inches.


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15 Sep 2003

Question

What are three devices used to measure angles?

Answer

A compass, a protractor and a square ... I'm guessing. What's the angle to this question that has to do with coaching basketball?


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smed5_basketball@yahoo.com
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16 Sep 2003

Question

What are the official hand signals in a basketball game (in the referee)?

Answer

Try this site: http://www.nba.com/analysis/00422964.html


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12 Sep 2003

Question

I am coaching a youth bsketball team. Due to scheduling conflicts we will be down to 6 or 7 players at times. I want to keep every player at equal playing time. Do you have a substitution pattern for 6 and 7 players based on 8 minute quarters. Thanks, Craig Carr

Answer

When I have a full roster, I plan the rotations out on paper. Its important to me to keep a balance on the floor. However, with 6 or 7 players, its much easier to balance the time and I don't bother to plan it out. The trick for me is to divide quarters in half and sub every four minutes. The two guys on the bench go in, of course, at the four minute mark, and at the start of the next quarter, the two guys now on the bench go in for two players who haven't rested yet. The last starter to come out will have played 12 straight minutes, but that is unavoidable unless you break the substitutions into smaller increments. With six players its real easy. Somebody new sits out every four minutes.

This is a very simple system and the players accept it pretty well. When you're down to 6-7 players and playing hard, there is plenty of action for everybody.


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14 Sep 2003

Question

How high is a Basketball hoop?

Answer

10 feet above the floor. See link above for court dimensions.


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06 Sep 2003

Question

whats the percentage of 13 yrs old?

Answer

13 year old what?


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07 Sep 2003

Question

It has been a month since a player of ours was on the basketball court. He says he's been lifting weights for his upper body during this month. We have a tune-up game coming up, will the weight training affect his shot? We run plays for him to take the 3 on the wing and he has really been hitting these. Will we have to start all over again to make-up for his increase in strength?

Answer

My belief is that weight training will only be disruptive to the player's shooting only if the player has worked out right before playing basketball. With sufficient rest, he'll retain the muscle memory for his outside shooting. At least, that has been my experience.


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08 Sep 2003

Question

I am looking for a couple of very basic sets against a 2-3 zone for 6 and 7 year old boys. Can you help?

David Haller

Answer

Sure. Look in Easy Offensive Sets. There are a couple simple zone offenses you can try.


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08 Sep 2003

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Thank You, Rich www.BarrysTickets.com


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08 Sep 2003

Question

how can i get perfect abs

Answer

Do perfect ab training. That means lots of reps doing exercises like ab crunches. Also, diet is important. You can have great abs, but they are easily hidden if you have much body fat in that area. Before you diet, talk with a qualified trainer. Defined abs are not worth risking your health.


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08 Sep 2003

Question

What is the best way to beat a half-court press?

Answer

Easy - get the ball upcourt as fast as you can. Don't give them time to set it up. If you walk the ball upcourt, you will have a tough time.


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09 Sep 2003

Question

coach my tryouts for varsity is 2 months away and i played JV before but im nervous about Varsity, my question is what do i have to do in tryouts to out shine the other point gaurds, should i show him I can shoot pass and drive or just concentrate on getting team mates involved?

Answer

Good question. If the coach doesn't know you, you could be playing great team ball but end up helping everyone get picked but yourself. That's exactly what happened to my son one year. Try to play very aggressive defense, get the ball upcourt as fast as you can (under control) and be verbal about encouraging your teammates to play harder. Shoot when you get good shots. Your passing skills will show - don't force them. One great sign that a player is a point guard is that the other players readily give the ball to him. They'll do that if they know they will get the ball back.


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10 Sep 2003

Question

Hello, I'm Luciano from Brazil, 18years old, I'm not tall, I think its about 5'7 or 5'8 (172cm), I really like basketball and play in a team of my city, I am fast and I can touch the basket when I jump, but I wanted to jump higher, doing some excercices or any training, but I can't find anything that really works, do you have any tricks? Exercices or even a book for me to buy?

Thanks for the attention, and sorry for my bad english...


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luciano66@brturbo.com
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10 Sep 2003

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Sorry for posting again, but I forgot somethings... I was searching how to jump high, but its only for jumping higher, but to stay more time in the air, speacilly on rebouds, because when you face someone "more" tall (taller? sorry for my bad english) than you, he can stay more time on the ground waiting for the time to jump, because its a bigger way for you to reach that height, so you spend more time jumping to get the same place, it may sound 'wierd' but I feel it everytime I have to face someone tall, in the most times I lose for him on the rebounds, its because of that I wanna jump higher.

One more time a thank you for your attention. Luciano

Answer

Try to win your rebounds using your position on the floor. Block your opponent away from the ball. Taller people have a natural advantage. You try to battle them by jumping, but that is hard work getting up there and you always come back down. Tall people are always tall. The secret is not to fight the battle up high where they are strong, but down low where you are stronger. Think ahead. Where will the rebound go? Keep your tall opponent from getting to that place before you can. Its that simple. Hard work, but simple.


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10 Sep 2003

Question

dos it make a difference if you use a arch in your shot or not?

Answer

Yes, within reason. Flat shots have a lower potential of going in than arcing shots.


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10 Sep 2003

Question

Hi Coach. I am coaching a girls varsity basketball team. This is my first year at this school. The team hasn't tasted much success in the past. My philosophy is to keep things basic and simple but mastering your position. Is this philosophy to "Old School" with all the complex offensive and defensive plays out there?

Answer

I totally agree with keeping things simple. A lot of complex plays usually shows a coach that is "over-coaching" and neglecting fundamentals. When its all said and done, the team that gets the most rebound, has the fewest turnovers and shoots the better percentage wins the game. There's nothing complex about that.


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10 Sep 2003

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i am 5'7 playing in a leaugue where most are 5'9 to 6'3 how do I combat this problem. It is mostly on offence e.g driving in the paint. I average 12 ppg mostly from outside shots or three's and average 4 rpg. It is just getting inside the key. My team plays motion offence if that helps?

Answer

Don't dwell on your height as a problem. Your numbers show you are an effective player. Drive to the basket when you have a clear advantage, and if that is just a few times a game, that's fine. Getting open for shots is about creating space for yourselfto shoot. Once you create the space you need, it doesn't matter how tall you are.


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05 Sep 2003

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Nice page, but why do you feel the need to clear the back button??? Web developers that put in that kind of functionality are clearly not working in the best interest of the user.

Answer

Thanks - but the back button is not intentionally disabled. It works fine whenyou within the site itself. Tell me where that function is controlled and I will change it. I learned my html from scratch and do not claim any special expertise.


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05 Sep 2003

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I am 6 foot 1, and I am a junior in High School basketball season will be starting in a few months and I am not a good jumper, I was wondering if you knew of anyway I could Increase my verticle jump. I do not want to pay anymoney, just a simple workout, if you could help me it would be greatly appriciated. Thank you

Answer

I suggest you scan down the previous questions. This has been asked many, many times.


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06 Sep 2003

Question

i play the point and im just wondering what to do in this situation. im at the top of the 3 setting up and waiting to pass to either wings but my man is playing really tight so im wondering should i shake him off and try to pass to the wings or drive right pass him and go to the lane or pull up at the foul line.

Answer

One thing I like to teach my point guards is to use all of the space they have from the three point line to the half court line to set up their offense. You can start it deep or from either side. Notice how the defense distorts depending on what you do. Its really about how you manage the spacing. If your man plays you tight near half court, you have lots of room to get around him. That will make the defense go into recovery mode which will open up your teammates. If you are right at the three line, your defense can play extra tight without much worry. Help is close. After you have burned him once or twice, your fakes will work better. Time your jabs and penetration fakes so he backs off just when you want to pass to your open wings. Its OK to go around him and pull up a jumper, but don't let that become a big part of your game. Get your teammates involved in the offense as much as you can by delivering the ball to the wings. That's your main job.


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29 Aug 2003

Question

In order what muscles are used in a lay-up starting with the left foot planted on the block for a right handed lay-up?

Answer

Please, no more homework questions.


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30 Aug 2003

Question

Coach, I was wondering how you would feel, as a coach at a local high school, if a coach of an AAU program or an academy, who coached some of your players in the off season, gathered together with those players - during your season - and went over your game tapes with those players to coach them, behind your back. Would you consider this coach to be helpful to your program, or a hinderance? And, would you ever do this to a fellow coach?

Answer

Private email sent.


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31 Aug 2003

Question

I AM COACHING AN 8 & 9 YEAR OLD GIRLS TEAM. WE ARE PLAYING A MORE ADVANCED TEAM THAT HAS A GREAT 3-2 HALF COURT PRESS. WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO BREAK THIS?

Answer

I think its deplorable that a 9 year old girls team needs to wast practice time dealing with a half court press. What's the matter with coaches in your league? Teach them basic fundamental basketball. I realize you're faced with the problem of dealing with the press, so here's what I suggest. Have your two best passers bring the ball to half court and stop. The other three girls go all the way to the baseline, one in the middle and one at each corner. The girl under the basket breaks to the top of the key. Right after she leaves, the girls in the corner advance up their respective sidelines. The girl at the half court can fake a dribble penetration, but what she really wants to do is pass to the girl at the top of the key. If that girl isn't open, fake the pass anyway, then throw the ball to either of the advancing sideline girls. If the three defenders are worried about the ball and the back defenders are covering the middle player, either or both of your sideline girls are open. As soon as the pass is made, the center girl should roll to the basket and both of the girls at half court should break into the front court. The girl who just got the pass should give up the ball immediately before she's trapped.

The girls who go to the baseline need to hustle. If they are slow, you may get a ten second violation.


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31 Aug 2003

Question

Coach, I was wondering if you knew the offence T-Game. I have seen it in use, but am not 100% sure on all the motions. Could you please explian T-Game to me?

Regards, Josh

Answer

Sorry, Josh, I do not have enough experience to offer you an explanation.


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02 Sep 2003

Question

what are some good exercises to getting me to dunk cause in only 5'6 and a half but i can already grab a 10 foot rim like exercises to do at home

Answer

Look at the answers below. Basically, I advise kids to practice jumping from a standing two feet position and touch the bottom of the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. Do it four time a day or more. In a couple weeks your score should rise along with your heighth and quickness.


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02 Sep 2003

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Does the angle of a shot have any effect on the accuracy of the basketball?

Answer

Yes, in two ways. Shooting threes from the top of the key is more advantageous than anywhere else. The corners provide the lowest percentage. The angle of the ball in flight (your arc) is important, too. Without getting ridiculous, the higher the arc, the better the odds of the shot going in.


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02 Sep 2003

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Hi, I am senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and I am currently enrolled in biomechanics and I have to do an annotated bibliography on the biomechanics of a jumpshot and I was wondering if maybe you could give me a little information this subject so I will have something to go by. Thanks

Answer

http://cmr.sph.unc.edu/~deano/bball/index.html - start there. I hope the site is still up.


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03 Sep 2003

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what excercises should i do to specifically target the chest area??

Answer

Bench press, flat and inclined. Old fashioned pushups are good, too. Using free weight (dumbells), lie in your back on the bench, lower the weights to the floor, then slowly bring them together high over your chest. Those are my favorite chest exercises.


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garyarrington@hotmail.com
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22 Aug 2003

Question

Whats the top ten criteria's for chosing a player? Whats the top ten discipline problems and solutions?

Answer

I have covered both these questions in detail in the following articles:
Selecting Players and Disciplining Players.
Click on these links or look in the Topic Menu (upper right).


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24 Aug 2003

Question

When someone refers to a matchup pressure defense what do they mean by matchup and pressure. I'm not sure what these nuances refer to as I view that all defenses should involve a matchup and pressure.

I hope this isn't a completely stupid question.

Regards, JIM

Answer

Not a stupid question at all. Bear in mind that such terms are not universal in their definition. One coach may use the term "matchup" differently than another. We are in agreement that defense should involve matchups and pressure no matter what the formation. However, the definition of matchup (to me) is the strategy of having your defender guard the closest opponent rather than a specific person. This is very useful for recovering from a full court press as one may be far from the man he is assigned to defend when the press is broken. The term pressure is more ambiguous. Your team is applying pressure when the on ball defense is intense and the immediate passing lanes are covered. A pressure defense assumes more risk from back door cuts and lob passes in an effort to force decisions and speed up the tempo of play. Hope this is of some help.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

Question

What is the distance from the backboard to the 3-point line on an NBA court?

Answer

22 feet.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

Question

What muscles does it take to shot a jumpshot in the air like Micheal Jordan?

Answer

More than I have.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

Question

How do I increase my vertical leap without buying anything and just find excercises on the web with no cost?

Answer

How many times can you jump and touch the backboard in 15 seconds? Test yourself twice a day for a couple weeks and you will have the answer to your question.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

Question

What percent on high school 3-pointers should you have if your going into the NBA? I am 60%

Answer

60%? That's remarkable. Is that in games or in practice? Either way, you're doing pretty well.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

Question

What is a good weight for a basketball player that s a point guard, 4'11", and is in 7th grade?

Answer

At that age, don't worry about your weight. Just worry about learning the fundamental skills of basketball and keeping your grades up in school. Your weight isn't in your control, but your skill level and grades definitely are.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

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How many basketball players that lived in Wisconsin made it in the NBA?

Answer

I give up. How many?


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

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Who is the best 7th grade point guard basketball player in Wisconsin and what is his stats?

Answer

Beats me.


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

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How many current NBA players lived in the country?

Answer

Which country? Or do you mean not in the city?


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lakerskobebryant@hotmail.com
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25 Aug 2003

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Who have been the State champions of Wisconsin over the past 20 years?

Answer

Boys or Girls? Which division?


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boys_of_summer2000@yahoo.com
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27 Aug 2003

Question

Do you know of drills or anything esle to get you team to take the charge? We have 5-6 players around the 3-pt line with one under the basket. The player under the basket takes the charge as an offensive player is called to go to the basket.

Not too many drills address taking the charge. Any help would be very helpful. Thanks

Noel Shafer


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boys_of_summer2000@yahoo.com
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27 Aug 2003

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Do you know of drills or anything esle to get you team to take the charge? We have 5-6 players around the 3-pt line with one under the basket. The player under the basket takes the charge as an offensive player is called to go to the basket.

Not too many drills address taking the charge. Any help would be very helpful. Thanks

Noel Shafer


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dclark16@mix.wvu.edu
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28 Aug 2003

Question

i was wondering if somehow i could get instructions on how to use the jumpsoles


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Bballa209@aol.com
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28 Aug 2003

Question

What are some weightless ways to increase your verticle leap in a short amount of time.


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What are some weightless ways to increase your verticle leap in a short amount of time.


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13 Aug 2003

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How exactly are smaller players (guards) effective in basketball? How do they pose a problem for the defence?

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The advantage for small players is generally near the floor, so ballhandling and steals are their strength. However, small players can really help their team by adding other qualities such as quickness, all around skills and intelligence. Because basketball favors taller people, the small player must develop in all facets of the game to compete. And, when they do, they are extremely effective. The defense must really work hard against small players that can push the ball up the floor, demonstrate good ball movement in their offense and shoot well from outside.


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14 Aug 2003

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i would like to see an illustration of an offensive line and the backs showing the numbers for the holes and the numbers for the backs

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I would be inclined to help if I knew anything about football. But, this site is dedicated to basketball coaches.


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15 Aug 2003

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what are the referees duties after a game of basketball

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Most refs I know get off the floor as quickly as possible. Sometimes they run. Even when they've done a great job, some knucklehead would still love to hang around and offer his worthless opinion, so its best to signal game over and leave quickly and gracefully.


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15 Aug 2003

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some tactics on attack in basketball

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Read the article Basic Strategy on this site. It will get you off to a good start.


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08 Aug 2003

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I am working with 12 year old girls in 3 on 3, we were running plays in the past and doing fairly well. I would have the point call the play. However, we always seem to get beaten by a team which does not call out plays. They will run a give and go and just play out there. Have I made a mistake? The girls seem to get caught up in moving and going to a certain place more than learning cutting and getting open. What do you suggest I do? Thank you

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3 on 3 is a great situation to learn reactive basketball. I suggest you stop calling plays. Let the girls initiate their own plays, or follow a simple pattern that doesn't require a specific conclusion. For instance, the ballhandler could always pass then pick away. That would give you an easy continuity. Or you can simply run pick and rolls over and over. The key is for the girls to start recognizing the opportunities presented every time the defense is forced to make a decision and then moves. That foreknowledge is the essence of getting open. Make the defense move and then use that movement to your advantage. Its very reactive, creative and effective.


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10 Aug 2003

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Would you be able to tell me where I can be trained to be a soccer coach here in anchorage? Thank you

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I think so. I just met a very experienced soccer coach. Let me check with him and get back to you.


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11 Aug 2003

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what is the distances for free throws. what is the 3 point distance in girls basketball?

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Holy cow! I gave you the link to find such measurements above. It says, "For information on court dimensions (like the distance for free throws), click on this link: " So click on the link (the colored type that says, click on this link.)"


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05 Aug 2003

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i have two questions for you first is how tall is a regulation nba rim ? and what are some free excersises that i can do to increase my vert(but i am 5'10 187pounds and 13 years old)

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The NBA plays at the same rim height as college and high school - ten feet. Concerning jumping, I have answered that question about 100 times. Just read below.


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06 Aug 2003

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fine,just tell me how much the best baketball hoop in the world costs?

Ah ... I think I know what you are talking about now. Try this link ... these are the best basketball hoops I know of. http://www.jumpusa.com/bballhoops.htm


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02 Aug 2003

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CAN YOU TELL ME THE VERTICLE LEAP OF THE FOLLOWING BASKETBALL PLAYERS WILT CHAMBERLIAN. WORLD BE FREE. AND DAVID THOMPSON

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I don't know ... interesting question, though. I'd guess David Thompson would have jumped the highest.


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03 Aug 2003

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Yes, I checked ebay and a 4 year old final four basketball hoop is not there so please anwser me!

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I really don't know how to answer your question. In fact, I am not even sure what you mean by Final Four Basketball hoop. Sorry.


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03 Aug 2003

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what do you recommend the goal height be for 5th and 6th grade girls.

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I recommend a 10 foot hoop but use the small, girls basketball appropriate for the age group. By 5th grade, the kids should be using a regulation size basket.


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01 Aug 2003

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Hi, i just burrowed a pair of jumpsoles...but i do not have any instructions or work-out videos. I was just wondering if you could tell me some excercises i could do with them, or if you know anywhere i can find online instructions for free. Thanks alot.

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Try jumpusa.com


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01 Aug 2003

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what's the diameter of a basketball hoop, need to know fairly quick as I'm in a quiz at work.

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Too bad you didn't read the note at the top of the page. Within seconds, the court dimensions link would have informed you that the diameter of the hoop is 18".


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28 Jul 2003

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Very nice website, very informative and, most all, very basic, which is what we need. Do you have any suggestions on the offensive and defensive formations if most of your players are "guards". Meaning, I have only one true center that plays in the lane, the rest are guard oriented. These are 17-19 years of age. Thank you.

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I have always preferred a 2 post offense, even if it meant a less talented player was on the floor in that capacity. When my team has few post players, the big guys get a bigger share of the minutes. However, that's just me. Many (maybe most) coaches want their five best players on the floor and will use a 4 out 1 in style of offense. There is a basic offense like this in my Easy Offensive Sets article. You can look at other sites that have more sophisticated 4 out motion offenses. You can also consider a 5 out offense like the Spread Offense in my article, Stalling. It doesn't need to be a stall. It can be used aggressively.


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28 Jul 2003

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coach is there a reason the top guard doesnt screen away after ball reversal in your new motion offense

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Nope. Screening away on the reversal pass is a good idea. I may even borrow it from you. Whenever I put a new play into use, adaptations like that will happen. If it makes the play better we keep it.


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29 Jul 2003

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Hii!!!!!!!! listen the thing is in October we are having our inter-school Basketball Tourney!!!! I need help to coach my team from scratch!!!!!!!!! Our coach doesnt know a thing about basketball !!!!!!! Me being the captain, i have to train them!!!!!!!! How can i guide my team mates & myself to play well in the game!!!!! 1) How do i train them??? 2) How do we work on plays? 3) Defence & offence????/

I would really appreciate any help from u guys!!!!!!!!!!! seriously!!!!!!! Our team is good & we have a chance of winning the cup!!!! But How do we play together????????

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To play together, you need a plan. Write down what you want the team to do. Keep it very simple. What kind of defense will you play? What kind of offense? Who will play where? Make these decisions with your coach and then have the team get together and tell them what the plan is. Once you get it organized and people know what they are supposed to do, you are 80% towards your goal of playing together. Most teams never organize. They just go play. If you lay it out for your teammates, they will follow. Once you decide on your plan, then you can pick drills that make sense to do.


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30 Jul 2003

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what are some workouts i could do to make me jump higher

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Players can learn to increase their vertical leaping. You'll need to invest some effort in weight training. You might review the Jump Soles products shown on my Reviews page. If you choose to lift weights, do so under the supervision of a qualified trainer. One way I train my players is to have them touch the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. If you can't reach the backboard, choose another target that you can barely reach. Try this 4 or 5 times a day. After a while, you'll jump higher and get up more quickly.


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Hi i'm just a b ball playa but i just wanted to know the proper stants and practice i can do to improve my game. I want to shoot better, jump higher, and play better defence. what practice can i do to make my jump shot better? What excersise can i do to improve my verticle leap? how can i not get beat when i play defence? please help

EDDie #1

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You're asking for a lot - take the time to read all the articles on this site that may help you. They are listed by subject. Then go to my links page and visit other sites. Listen to coaches. Study and talk to other players and see what they do well and how they do it. If you ask specific questions, you are welcome to more detailed answers.


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31 Jul 2003

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Hey coach, I play gaurd/forward on my freshman team but since I'm only 5'7, my high school coach will probably put me at 1 of the gaurds. I have no problem playing shooting gaurd since I have already adapted to playing the position. I can shoot the 3 point well and i have a good drive to the basket. But I am not comfortable at point gaurd. I can dribble fair and pass fair too but I just don't have the point gaurd quality. Can you give me some tips on how to be a good point gaurd and some drill I can do to help me. I also have a 24 inches verticle but i wana jump higher so can you tell me some tips and works i can do to get more air and how to get more hang time. Do u also have any drills to help my overall shooting? thanks

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Learning to play point guard well takes a long time. If that is where your coach puts you, just focus on getting the ball up the court safely and then doing whatever you need to do to get your offense rolling. That means NOT dribbling ball upcourt and creating a shot for yourself. That means getting your plays started and delivering the ball to the right people. Don't worry about getting shots. Your openings will come as the defense worries about the rest of your team. Your shooting skills will pay off every time they leave you unguarded, like if they try to double team your post player. I have several articles on the site about shooting. Just look through the topic menu.


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Hi, I'm a new helping coach.. I'm a girl, and now I am coaching some guys together with to others, about 25... half of them at my age the other half are much older than me.. they are also much more talented than I am.. The thing is, the two other coaches are respected/accepted by the players, but you se I have played basketball with them all many times before.. and they know or see me as maybe a fun friend to play with, but not as their coach.. So, its hard f me to coach them.. They are all a bit mad that me, a girl is coaching them... So, just wanted to hear; What shall I do to make them accept me as their coach? Cause I knom that I can teach them things/how to play anyway, even if they are older and perhaps better than me.. thank you for listening...

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I think your coaching arrangement is complicated - three coaches, girls coaching boys and players being older than the coach - those are significant factors. Which coach is the head coach? If one of you is in charge, then you need to fit in the best you can to help the head coach. It will be the head coach's job to make the other players listen to you. However, if you are all friends with no one directly in charge, then you need to approach the issue differently. I'd suggest meeting with everyone together. Tell them to listen to you for a minute. As your friend, they owe you that much. Then, tell them you are willing to help them the best you can as a coach, but if they want you in that role, then they need to agree that they will follow your suggestions while you are all together as a basketball team. Insist that they voice their opinions and not just look back at you. If they will not agree to follow, then there is no point in you continuing as a coach. You need to be willing to take the risk that they will prefer you be a spectator. If that happens, don't get mad, just say OK. Your friendship is more important than being a coach. However, it just may be that they do want you for a coach and just aren't aware of your frustrations. It will be scary to take a stand like this, but its the only way I know for you to get the acceptance you're looking for. You need to be able to take a risk to get what you want.


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20 Jul 2003

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'' Hi, my name is Rusmir and i'm 5'3 at the age of 12, I was wondering if you could tell me if will be able to dunk when I'm in the nba. I can almost touch the backboard now." Please help me.

P.S.-How do I increase my vertical and jumping. Thank You

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It sounds like you are progressing fine on your own. The next few years will give a lot more strength as you mature. Don't worry about dunking now. Practice ballhandling, shooting and passing. Be perfect at those skills - they are much more important.


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20 Jul 2003

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Hi my name is Imraan I'm 5"5" 100 lbs... small... I'm having troule getting past my defender, I can't post or fly by my defender because there ussualy bigger than me What should I do?

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How good are you at an outside shot? If you are a threat, then your defender will need to play you closer. Size isn't your problem - lack of technique is your problem. There are lots of ways to get open that do not require speed or size, just a little brain work. Look at my new article called, "Getting Open", and try some of those tricks.


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23 Jul 2003

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when i was on my 3rd grade to 4th i used to shoot great. My average is 9/10 but after several years that i stop playing i lost my touch. How can i get it back.

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Just start practicing again. You'll return to your natural shooting style soon enough. You're older, so your body is different and needs to adjust. Do you have a coach? It will really help to have a coach look at your technique and give you advice.


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24 Jul 2003

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How can I get my team to increase their verticles in time for the winter season? I know that jumping exercises in the weight room will help, but are there any specific exercises I should have them doing? And How often should they be working out?

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I have a simple drill I like to use. One way I train my players is to have them touch the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. If they can't reach the backboard, choose another target that they can barely reach. Try this 4 or 5 times a day. After a while, they'll jump higher and get up more quickly.


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24 Jul 2003

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Ok, I have a summer workout plan from my coach. I was wondering if it matters if you workout at the same time everyday or not because I play soccer very competitively, and we are supposed to do our workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I usually do my workouts in the morning, because I am a self-declared "morning person." The only problem with this is that all of our soccer tournaments are all day Saturday and Sunday, so I have trouble finding time on Saturday mornings to do my workout. Is this a problem?

Thanks-

Andy

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It seems to me that you are already active enough. However, it would be wise to check with your basketball coach as he (or she) may disagree with me ... and you are on his team, not mine. Perhaps it is reasonable for your to do the skill portions of the workouts and not the conditioning, but again, you need to ask your coach.


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24 Jul 2003

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I am a female softball/basketball/volleyball player. As a girl, I know it is more difficult to increase my verticle leap. The only trouble is that nothing I try seems to work. Can you help me?

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Girls can learn to increase their vertical leaping. You'll need to invest some effort in weight training. You might review the Jump Soles products shown on my Reviews page. If you choose to lift weights, do so under the supervision of a qualified trainer. One way I train my male players is to have them touch the backboard as many times as they can in 15 seconds. If you can't reach the backboard, choose another target that you can barely reach. Try this 4 or 5 times a day. After a while, you'll jump higher and get up more quickly.


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25 Jul 2003

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What are rules of thumb for calling timeouts? When is it appropriate and when is it not?

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Good question. Read the article Basic Strategy Guide on this site. Time outs are covered as well as using other coaching resources.

Time outs are the most limited resource in the game. Use them wisely. Some leagues allow as few as one or two per half. In such situations, they are more valuable than possessions. Players who call time out while saving a ball from going out of bounds are not really making a beneficial choice (unless that particular possession is critical). So, educate your team beforehand on this circumstance.

Generally, it is a really good idea to save one time out for the very end of the game. You probably won't need it, but if you do, you will need it very badly. On the other hand, if the game starts off horribly, you may need to use all your timeouts early. The rationale is that if you can't fix the problem at hand, the outcome of the game won't be in question so there is no point for saving a time out for the last minute.

One thing to remember is that it's very difficult to teach effectively during a timeout. Use the time to discuss topics the team already understands and has practiced. That way you are reminding them, not introducing new material.

Here are some reasons to call time out:

  1. The team is in confused and in disarray.
  2. The team is tired.
  3. The following play/defensive change is very important and must be discussed
  4. The team is not following directions or the game plan.
  5. The team doesn't appear properly motivated.
  6. You need to make a point with the referee
  7. The clock or score book needs correction. If you have a good case, you may not be charged with a timeout.
  8. You want to make an important substitution.

You need to trust your instincts as to when to call a time out. Timing is everything. Try to use them to have the greatest benefit possible for your team. If you don't need one, don't call one. There's nothing wrong with winning a game and not using any time outs. However, judicious use of time outs is one of the coach's important responsibilities.


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25 Jul 2003

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Click on link above to see court measurements such as the distance from the backboard to the free throw line.


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19 Jul 2003

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I have for playstation Final Fantasy Origins. I stock to find (TIAMAT). I have the bell that the sky people gave me and the warp cube that is under the waterfuls. what am I missing ?

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What are you missing? You are missing a chance to play some real basketball with real people. Coach Jordan doesn't play Final Fantasy, so he's not a good choice to answer your question.


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19 Jul 2003

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Hi coach, my name is Mike and I am from Germany. I'm studying sports at a university here and I have to hold a presentation about "continuity offense" real soon. Do you have any link or advice for me? I would be so very thankful. Yours, Mike

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To me a continuity offense is one that that has a repeatable pattern. If no one takes a shot, the pattern would go on and on forever. There are several well known offenses that fit this description like the Flex and the Four Corner offense. They are so redundant that they can be used to stall. Plays that have a specific objective, "quick hitter" special plays and out of bounds plays, would be the opposite of a continuity play. If I had to give a presentation on continuity plays, I would plan time to explain one and diagram it for the audience, explaining all the steps and the reason for them.

On my site, you will find a couple flex offenses, the four corner "spread offense" (the article is called stalls) and the hi-lo play in "Easy Offensive Sets". All could be considered continuous. Also, read the article Designing your own Plays. That is what I would use to explain how a play is created.


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16 Jul 2003

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hi coach, my question is how can increase my vertical jump with optimal results and minimal time? What sort of exercises should I do, and how often should I do them? Thank you.

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Check out the Jump Soles program seen on my Reviews page. There's no "minimal time" answer. To increase your leap you'll need to build muscle and coordination and that will take work and practice.


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12 Jul 2003

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How much does a 4 year final four basketball hoop cost?

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Well, there's a new question for me. I don't know. Did you check Ebay?


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14 Jul 2003

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Does a player have to be in contact with the foul line when shooting a free throw? Can he be behind it? Outside the key? Can he shoot it from beyond the three point line?

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Stand behind the free throw line. Standing on it is a violation. You must stay in the half circle to shoot the free throw. You cannot be outside the key or behind  the three point line.


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14 Jul 2003

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could utell me a couple wourkout programs to give me that basketball look etc wide shoulders calves and chest

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Try this site - http://www.4seasonsbasketball.com/ There is a Drills & Workout section.


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10 Jul 2003

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I coach a 10u girls basketball team. What is the best way to teach a match-up defense(1-2-2 or 1-3-1) and a simple offense to run against a team that plays a match-up defense

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For 10u girls I suggest you forget the 122 and 131 styles defenses and concentrate on m2m. I know you're anxious to teach and make the girls as successful as possible, but they need fundamentals more than anything. Let them explore the more exotic defenses when they get into high school. The same school of thought goes for offense. Can they give and go? Pick and roll? Do they know how to make good cuts? Set screens? Can they shoot layups with either hand?

You see where I am going? A couple seasons from now, the girls will not remember their win/loss season this year, only whether they had a good time or not. The one thing that will stick with them and really help them later are the fundamentals you either introduce or refine at this time. That's how you can help them the most.

I coach JV high school boys and I follow the same train of thought ... work the fundamental m2m concepts. They need to be very good at that to be effective players later on.

You can find some simple offensive patterns in the article Easy Offensive Sets. They are easy to learn so you don't consume much practice time learning a pattern. That way you can devote more time on how to handle the opportunities the pattern provides.


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10 Jul 2003

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hey hello i want to know some thing if weights are ok for kids only 1-17pounds of weights and if some pounds make u not grow.please answer my question

Thanx

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How old are your kids? I'd stay away from weights unless your players are in high school. Younger than that, focus on aerobic exercise and stretching. I don't think kids need much stretching, but its a great time to get them in the habit and learn how to do it. Use of weights won't make a significant gain in strength and you risk injury to growing bodies.


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10 Jul 2003

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When ever I shoot with my basketball my jump shot be going in the majority of the time but when I shot with anybody else ball my shot be off what should I do. My second question is I'm planning on trying out for my college basketball team next year as a walk-on and can you give me some tips for making the team. Can you give me some tips on being a good ball-handler, a deadly shooter, and have lethal defense you can say triple threat.

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Either you're changing your form (like to avoid a shot block), rushing your shot or losing concentration. You need to relax and shoot even when a defender is their. Believe you will make the shot and don't worry about missing. Worrying makes you miss. Make your best attempt and if you miss, remember even the best shooter only make half their shots.

As for quick tips, good ball handling, deadly shooting and lethal defense takes years to master. They are not skills you get through quick tips, rather hard work. If you want to be great, work your butt off practicing your specific skills instead of shooting around or playing pick up games.


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03 Jul 2003

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how many jump shot should i shoot a day to make it effective i'm 6foot tall lookin to play shoot guard next year sophmore and weight 147 how much more pound should i try to gain 15 years old

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100 shots a day will make a difference. Serious shooters practice by shooting 500-1000 a day. If you try that, keep a log so you can watch your improvement over time. Shoot from standard spots in an organized manner.


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08 Jul 2003

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Please tell me the names of all of the muscles and ligaments used to shoot a free throw, and tell me what form of movement should used by each muscle and joint in terms such as eversion and abduction?

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Sorry. There's no point to me looking that information up for you. str strength gainIts your homework, you do it. Look up the terms and muscles names in google or yahoo then think the shooting process through and imagine what the muscles are doing.


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08 Jul 2003

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please tell me the names of the muscles and joints used to shoot a jump shot and tell me the scientific names of the muscles and joints and the scienctific names of the type of action each muscles and joint is using

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Same answer as above.


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08 Jul 2003

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Hello I`m a Baschetball player in Romania !!

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Cool ... I am a basketball coach in Alaska, USA!


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08 Jul 2003

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How to get faster for football in 31days?

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Practice running and jumping ... your coach has probably written down exactly what he wants you to do. Ask him/her.


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09 Jul 2003

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the steps for doing a layup

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Look at the article, "Teaching Layups" on this site. It goes through every movement of the layup mechanics.


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09 Jul 2003

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what are some good post up moves.....explain in details....n whats the perfect form for a shot??

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See the article,"Developing Your Big Player" on this site. There is a section that details low post mechanics.


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02 Jul 2003

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how high is an average highschool basketball hoop? i hate basketball, but hey! my dad wants to know. :|

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Sorry you don't like basketball, but tell your dad the rim should be 10 feet high.


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03 Jul 2003

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My free throws are missing short and to the right. What can I do to correct this. Thanks for your help. James

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James, to fix the short shot, just bend your knees more before you shoot. That's all you need to do. That's a good thing to remember when you are tired at the end of the game. If you are missing consistently to the right, you can try three things: simply move to the left of where you normally stand, or drop your left foot back a few inches and let your body be at an angle to the basket. Your head and right arm still line up facing the basket, but your body and toes point a little to the left. Another thing is to examine your follow through. After you release the ball, is the backspin level and spinning top to bottom or is it more side to side? After the shot, are your fingers pointing toward the rim or toward the right? I haven't seen you shoot, but chances are one of these tips will help. Just try one at a time and see which works best.


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30 Jun 2003

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How far away is the freethrow line in basketball

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How far away from what? Alaska? See the link provided above for court measurements.


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01 Jul 2003

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Hi there. I`ve been playing basketball for 5 years but i can`t jump high enough. Is there effective way for me to train myself to jump higher? Thanks.

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Depends a lot on how old you are. If you're in high school or older, you may consider the Jump Sole program mentioned in my Reviews page. They offer a full workout to increase your leaping.


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01 Jul 2003

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send me a simple weight training program and basketball workout for improving strenght spee and verticle leap.

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Nope. I believe weight training should be done under the supervision of a knowledgeable instructor. You can try the Jump Sole program mentioned in my Reviews page. They offer a full workout regimen.


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01 Jul 2003

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how far away is the basketball hoop away from the free throw line? also how wide is the key? fow far away is the three point line?

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How wide is the key? There's a new question. 12 feet.

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20 Jun 2003

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how far away is the basketball hoop from the three point line?

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19 feet 9 inches.


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20 Jun 2003

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What is full court press? Thanks. Kenneth Copeland

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A full court press is an extended defense that covers the entire floor with the intent to force the offense into a fast paced effort prone to hurried, predictable decisions that result in turnovers and hopefully, a quick increase in scores.


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20 Jun 2003

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what are the measurements for the 3 point line, the Key,and the free throw line

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The answer would depend upon where one measures from ... see the link at the top of this page for court measurements.


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21 Jun 2003

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Can you recommend anywhere where I can get information on implementing the Princeton Offense, or at least some of it's fundamental principles, to a 5th - 8th grade girls team? Thanks.

Answer

You're kidding, right? The Princeton Offense is designed for very experienced, very intelligent basketball players ... like the kind that go to Princeton. Teach your girls some simple offense patterns that let them learn to read the defense, and use your practice time to practice fundamentals rather than a complicated college offense pattern that they may never encounter again.


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22 Jun 2003

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Hey there, before I begin I think your site is awesome and you really help people out. I'm going to be a Junior going out for the high school basketball team. First off, what are some suggestions you have for me to really get the coach to see my talent and to get a spot on the team. Second, if I make the team what do you think I could do to really stand out, I've always dreamed of being a key-player on the highschool team and getting scouted to a D-1 college and maybe even going pro. What advice do you have for me to get noticed. Thanks alot. - Drew

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First, talk to your coach and introduce yourself. It helps a lot just knowing each other a little bit. Then, hustle more than anyone and do what you are told. Don't worry about standing out. Worry about helping your teammates succeed. Then you'll discover that you stand out as the kind of player everyone wants.


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24 Jun 2003

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I was wondering if there was a going rate for 1-on-1 instruction, or if there was an amount that would be deemed reasonable?

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I've heard rates go from $20 to $50 dollars per hour. It kind of depends on the affluence of your area and your credentials.


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25 Jun 2003

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hi... my name is chad. im 16 yrs old. I just started playing basketball last summer. Im pretty good. Theres just things about the game i need help with. i cant change the fact that im 5''6" and only 120 pounds. i have speed but i need a workout program that i can do with such a small and weak frame. I've tried programs but my body couldn't take it cause weights are too clunky do you have and no weight programs i could look at. until i start to fill out and grow. It would be a big help thanks.

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Chad, you're getting a late start. Practice on your fundamental skills for now. Be an excellent ball handler, passer and shooter. That will keep you busy. Your body will mature in its own time. You can't rush that. Maybe next summer will be the best time to think about weights. In the mean time, you have a lot of work to do on your skills, so get busy.


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25 Jun 2003

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Hi My name is Brad and i have a tounament coming up and i want to beable to slam in the tounament the tounry is 1 month away and i can just touch the rim i am 5 11 and I have a 25 inch vert. am I out of luck or can you help me slam in this tourny?

Thanks,Brad

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Sorry, Brad, there is no quick answer to dunking. If there was, everyone would be slamming.


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26 Jun 2003

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I have just received the Tom Norland Swish Video in the mail. I have watched twice already and feel good about my purchase. I am a head coach at a high school and have only taught fundamentals of shooting, not controlling the flight of the ball which he focuses on. Do you think I should demonstrate everything or allow the players to watch the video in a team setting. I do not want the players to think that I am not capable of teaching it. I am just not comfortable because I do not want to go out there and miss a few and then have the boys think that the method is faulty.

Answer

Private email sent.


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26 Jun 2003

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Although I do not coach Basketball, I am wondering how to best make up a player evaluation form in youth track and field. I have done on in the past with Soccer and am curious about track. Thank you

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Sorry - my expertise is in basketball. I know very little about coaching track and less about soccer. I suggest you draft up your own form and then show it to some qualified coaches and get their opinions. When you're done, you'll have created a useful tool to share with soccer and track coaches everywhere.


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26 Jun 2003

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i am the first born to go college in my imediete family, i know my family can barely afford me as it is, and i wanted to know if there was any schlorships that that under this category, i appreciate all the help

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Sorry, can't help you there. Best I can offer to to use the Yahoo and Google search engines and see what the web offers.


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27 Jun 2003

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Dear U! Would you please tell me what is so called TRIANGLE OFFENSE in basketball? I extremely need this information. Best regards Liudmila

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Try the Simplified Tiangle Offense on this site. Its in the Topic menu (uuper right). Also see the Reviews page for Jack Temple's Triangle offense book.


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18 Jun 2003

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Can you please tell me what are the main principles of coaching?

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The main principle of coaching is to teach. If your players learn, you are successful. To be a good teacher, you need to educate yourself, set a good personal example, organize and present your material, test your students and measure their progress. Practice sessions are your classroom, games are your tests. Your players should take something useful with them when they move to their next team. And, they should understand and love their material well enough to pursue their basketball educational on their own.


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18 Jun 2003

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haw far is the basketball hoop from the free throw line?

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Hmmm ... after reading the 18 other answers (below) to this same question I see no reason to change my response.


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18 Jun 2003

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Hello, I enjoy reading the responses to the questions on this site, but I also have a few of my own: 1)Can you name the different types of zone defenses, their strengths and weaknesses?
2) Do you have any basic offensive or defensive strategies for girls 13 and under?

Answer

1) Yes, I can.

2) For offense, I would use the simple, motion - based plays explained on this site in the article Easy Offensive Sets starting with the Two Low play. For defense,I would stick with a basic man to man. You might try the Pressure Man to Man article if the girls are experienced.


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18 Jun 2003

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is it a foul if a player stop your layup?

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If there was bodily contact, then the referee will decide who will get called for a foul. Remember, the defender is entitles to his space and as long as he is set in his position, the driver has no right to crash into him. On the other hand, the defender cannot legally extend his space by sticking out his hips, legs or arms. He is only entitled to his body space from the floor to the ceiling.


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19 Jun 2003

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how is the free throw line from the out of bounds under the hoop?

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See above ... see below. This question gets asked almost every day.


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16 Jun 2003

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Is it good to do two vertical leap programs? Will you get better gains by doing two vertical leap programs at the same time? How long should you do programs and how much is overdoing?

Answer

I'd be very reluctant to do two programs at once. You need patience when building muscle. Strenuous exercise breaks your muscles down. The regrowth is what adds the the strength because your muscles adapt and grow back stronger. When you work out too often, you don't get the necessary rest required for growth. So, unfortunately, your muscles only break down and you do more harm than good. I suggest two days rest after a workout. Body builders stagger their workouts. They may work out every day, but each day has a different muscle group exercising, another resting. If you want to try two programs, stick with one for 6-8 weeks, then try the other for 6-8 weeks. Always allow time for rest and do not neglect your nutrition. Food is your fuel and is essential to provide both energy and growth.


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13 Jun 2003

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what is sportsmanship ?

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There is an article by that name in the topic menu.


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16 Jun 2003

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How far away is the free through line in the NBA?

Same as everywhere else ... see multiple answers below. Try link above.


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11 Jun 2003

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how far is the free throw line from the basketball goal

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15 feet, free throw line to backboard. The hoop is 18" in diameter, the little plate that holds the rim to the backboard is 4 inches wide, so the shortest distance from the FTL to the rim is 13 feet and 2 inches.


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09 Jun 2003

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What's the distance from the free throw line to the basketball hoop?

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15 feet, free throw line to backboard. See response below.


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10 Jun 2003

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hi- - i would rrrreeeeeeaaaaalllyyyy like to know how far it is from the free throw line to the hoop, from the three point line to the hoop, the elbow, and all of the lines in middle/highschool basketball. i'm sorry i don'tknow all off th names of the lines. please answer as best as you can or tell me where i can find out.... thanks. S.R.S.

Answer

Find all the specifics at http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/basketballcourt.html


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10 Jun 2003

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I have a simple question. Do I have a possibility to Dunk?

My height is 181cm (5"11) , vertical jump is 64cm..., weight : 145 lbs

I'm trying to dunk 10 feet hoop. For now, I can bearly hang my fingers on the rimp with verticle jump without stepping. But I think I need 30cm of more verticle to dunk.

Simply, is it possible to increase 30cm of vertical jump?

If possible, what should I do?

Answer

Sure, it's possible. I have seen shorter guys dunk. They earned the ability, though, by going to the weight room and working hard on their abs, calves and thighs. Also, read my reviews page about the jumpsoles program.


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11 Jun 2003

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Hi..

First I would like to say, i really like your page. I've got so many good things from it. I'm coaching 3 youth teams i Denmark (12years, 16years and 20years). My own age is only 23 years, I'm studing economics, but I'm using about 75% of my time on coaching, reading books on basketball, talking with other coaches and so on. I'd have some succes there will take my to my dream of life; coaching a College BasketBall Team.

My question to you is, what whould you do if you where my, if you wanted to become a college coach? How do I get good enough? How do I end up coaching at a college?

Your Morten Rostved, Denmark

Answer

Getting a coaching job at a college is not much different than another job. You will need the prequisite knowledge, recommendations from a respected source and a willingness to work your way up from the bottom. It seems like you are well on your way. I suggest finding a small college basketball program that will aceept you as a volunteer. Do whatever they want and prove yourself. It may take a few seasons, but you will learn what you need to know and make valuable contacts. The guy who coaches at our local university was an assistant for seven years, I think. This will take hard work and patience, but that's what makes dreams worthwhile.


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07 Jun 2003

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Hello Coach. This an absolutely terrific site. Thank you very much for sharing it with us fellow coaches. I have a question. I am currently coaching an AAU 14-U team. When we practice I run an abundant of drills for defense, offense, special situations, etc, etc. For the life of me, I cannot get my kids to screen for each other on offense. They will do it out of a set play from a time out, but it any other offensive set or in a motion offense, they don't do it.

How can I motivate them to play unselfishly by screening for each other. We do it in practice, but not in games. Thank you for your time and help.

Jonathan

Answer

Jonathan, one of the biggest challenges a coach faces is changing a player's game behavior. In practice, where you have full control, players will usually do what you ask. But, come game time, they often resort to old habits. Its like they become two teams - your practice team and your game team.

I attack this in two ways. One, I tell them up front about this very situation and that my goal is to change their game behavior. Nothing else really matters. If they are unwilling to change their game, then practice is really a waste of time and they are not going to improve. They are already as good as they are going to get. If they have any hoping of going to the next level, then they need to pay the price of now before its too late. Change can be painful and embarrassing. But if they persist in old habits in the game, then I take the offending kids out of the game and tell them why - in your case because they failed to set a screen. Put them in again when its appropriate, and pull them when they forget. Do this over and over until they all get the message. Now, it will cost you as a coach. You may likely lose games because you will have unusual combinations of kids out there. But, like I said, change can be painful and embarrassing.

Two, in practice, I like to run 5on5 scrimmages. Each team has a game plan to follow and I insist they stick to it. What I found was that the players' discipline dissolves as they play and the game plan gradually distorts into playground style. The answer was to limit the scrimmage to two minutes. In that time frame, the players can easily maintain intensity and maintain focus on the plan. After two minutes, stop and talk. There is always something that can be discussed. Only talk for a minute and encourage players to suggest ideas and ask questions. Then play for another two minutes. If the players do not play at full tilt or deviate from their instruction, stop the scrimmage and talk. Sometimes I stop them after 15-30 seconds. They'd much rather play than listen to me so they soon do what I want. I like rehearsing the game plan this way and it has seemed to be the most effective way to mold our team game style and behaviors.

Thanks for your question. It was a good one and I hope my answer is of some use. There is an article on screens (Topic Menu) if you haven't read it yet.


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06 Jun 2003

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What are the receivers spots and when are they used?

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Sorry - don't know what you are asking about.


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06 Jun 2003

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i just got a basketball hoop for easter we set it up and i was at out high school shooting there and their hoops were much higher than mine. could you please tell me what the standard hight is for a hoop and if it matters how old you are or grade wise. thank you manda nelson

Answer

Standard height for a basketball hoop is to have the rim ten feet above the ground. Players 5th grade and older can handle this height. If your kids are veyr young or small, bring the basket downto eight feet. Basketball is no fun if you are unable to shoot the ball high enough.


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06 Jun 2003

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can u send me some video clips of some flashy layups i am 15 years old and i am well into basket ball i teach my year 10 team skills and i want to find out some more lay ups thank u Peter

Answer

I have an article called Teaching Layups. Look in the topic menu. Don't have any video clips of flashy layup, though.


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07 Jun 2003

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Dear Sirs,

Would you kindly let me have your assistance on how I can find articles on the biomechanics of basketball techniques.

Thank you very much in advance.

Truly Yours,

Morad Mos-hafi (Mr.)

Answer

Here are three links to get you started:
http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/cis/basketball/papers/sm1.html
http://www.per.ualberta.ca/biomechanics/bwwframe.htm
http://www.biomech.com/search.shtml


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24 May 2003

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I'm researching on biomechanics of the shoulder in set shot in basketball and would like to know the force taing place in the shoulder arm, hand and wrist.

Answer

The Coach's Notebook is dedicated to new coach of youth basketball, not assisting with homework projects. No claim of expertise in biomechanics is expressed nor implied on this site.


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24 May 2003

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i am a first year coach and i am beginning summer workouts in a few weeks. i was wondering if you had any helpful tips or things i can do to get the most of mine and there time.

Answer

Keep your workouts short. Provide basic instruction and then send them home to work on their own. Summer is a time to get a break from basketball. Serious players should still work on fundamentals, but I believe that they are best served practicing isolated skills, especially shooting and ballhandling. Therefore, the workouts with the coach should emphasize technique. The mood should be relaxed and enjoyable with the aim of encouraging the athlete to work independently top get the necessary repititions completed. You may wish to provide a suggested daily workout. I prefer to ask the athlete to identify one or two skills that need the most improvement and concentrate on those for the summer.


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25 May 2003

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What is the fastest ball pitched in womens fast pitch softball on record?

Answer

I give up ... how fast?


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25 May 2003

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i'm 5'11 in the 8th grade am i good to go to a division college come se me at pearson elemetary i can shoot 3rs and everything and the tallest one on the team come see me am i goog of nouf

Answer

If you want to go to a division I college, excel in the classroom. If you think basketball alone will get you there you are fooling yourself.


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26 May 2003

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i want to join a basketball team in nigeria

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Go ahead. Its OK with me.


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29 May 2003

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Hey coach, Just a few questions...

1. What key coaching points would you use in teaching a beginner the technique of a basket ball free throw?

2. What are some appropriate practice methods and how would feed back be used to assist the acquisition of the particular skill?

3. is there a such thing as an areobic training program for training teenagers, if so what is it?

thank you for your time, i would greatly appreciate it if you could reply asap. thank you

Jess

Answer

Questions one and two are covered in this site if you will take the time to look through the topic menu. The answer to question three will come to you as you run around the gym a few times.


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02 Jun 2003

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How and what's the fastest way to get my players to get there vertical jump higher for rebounding, block shots, and some of them want to slam the ball down so if you have any tips please e-mail me back.

Answer

Strength conditioning - abs, calves and thighs - is the key. And don't forget to practice jumping. How many times can you touch the backboard (both hands)in 15 seconds? Try that a few times every day. There's no "fast" answer. You need toearn the strength.


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02 Jun 2003

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HOW DO YOU ENTER CHARTER SCHOOLS INTO BASKETBALL LEAGUES?

Answer

I can only suggest you talk with the administration governing your local school district. Its likely you have a state agency for high school sport activities that can help as well. In Alaska we have charter school participation at some levels so I know its possible. I just can't provide specifics that would apply to everyone.


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02 Jun 2003

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HOW FAR IS THE FREETHROW LINE FROM THE HOOP

Answer

15 feet


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03 Jun 2003

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how do you do a bounce the ball between your legs?

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Take a step forward and stop. Practice dribbling from your right hand to your left passing the ball between your legs. Do this a LOT. Then step forward with the other leg and do the same. You will need to do this without really going anywhere until you get coordinated at it. Once you're comfortable, try wlkaing slowly and dribbling bewteen your legs. Carry a basktball around with you all the time. You can practice everywhere you go and it will become as natural to you as walking.


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04 Jun 2003

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I am doing an assignment for year 11 on biomechanics of a jump shot. I need to know who is the best shooter by watching two different people do a jumpshot and the reasons biomechanically why they are the better shooter. Can you help me structure things with help to what it envolves with going against enertia and newtons laws ect. Thank you

Answer

You know, I watch shooters all the time and its easy to see inefficiencies in their form. The body is just a machine in a sense. When you watch shooters, you will see things like twisted positioning, unnecessary movement and follow through that is lacking or distractive. If the shooter was a robot that you could program, what would you tell it to do to be more efficient? I suggest you watch shooters, like your assignment says, and think it through. It should be fairly obvious in a specific shot, like a free throw, to spot differences in form. Look at them from varying angles and you will see what I mean. Bear in mind that technique should suit the shooter. A very tall person will need to handle and push the ball differently than a small person.


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30 Apr 2003

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what are the measerments for around the world the basketball game

Answer

We always just made up the shots. There are no official distances.


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02 May 2003

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DO YOU HAVE AN OUTINE FOR A EIGHT (8) TEAM DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT BRACKET FOR BASKETBALL....IF YOU HAVE ONE THIS WOULD BE GREAT THANX....

Answer>

Type in tournament brackets in yahoo.com and you will find some.


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03 May 2003

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this isnt really a question but i was wondering if u knew of any basketball plays i could use for a 3on3 tourney were having this weekend i have a couple but there not very good i would appreciate it thank you

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Try the article Basic Plays o


this site. They are perfect for 3 on 3 basketball.

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04 May 2003

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Does lifting weights have an affect on shooting the basketball, and what are some tests I can run to test this?

Answer

Well, I think you need to define your question more specifically. Does weight training affect your shot right after a workout? Definitely. Long terms effects may be minimal if you rest after working out and keep practicing your shot every day.


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06 May 2003

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What is the hight of a NBA basketball hoop?

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10 feet


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07 May 2003

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what is the distent of a nba three shot

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22 feet, I think.


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07 May 2003

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could u anser me how long is it frome the basket to the nba three point line thanks

Answer

See above.


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12 May 2003

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In science we are doing a movement project. We have to list all the joints and muscles in an activity. I'm doing mine on hockey, a slap shot. What are some of the nutrients used to make the bones and muscles strong? (example: protien, building and repairing tissues)

Answer

I'm trying to stay away from doing homework. I'm sure your teacher has given you resources available in your school library.


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14 May 2003

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can you tell me a basketball strategy for a school prodject

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There is an excellent article on my site called Basic Strategy Guide. Lots to choose from there.


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16 May 2003

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We are proposing to build a multipurpose hall in our new church. It will be 59' X 50'. Is this a suitable size for young children (elementary school age)to play basketball?

Answer

That's pretty small, but it could work. Design it as two half courts, then overlap the halfcourt lines until the design fits. You'll end up with two halfcourt lines for your ten second count. This works as I have seen it done before.


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16 May 2003

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I have 5 questions!

  1. How do I dunk to make a cracking sound?
  2. What exactly is a crossover?
  3. How do I make my free throws go in when I need it to?
  4. Could you email me half-court rules?
  5. How do I gain more speed for my dribbles?

Answer

I have 5 answers!

  1. Uh ... cracking sound? Sounds scary. Not sure what you mean.
  2. Simply transfering the ball from one hand to the other while dribbling.
  3. Read the article Free Throws on this site.
  4. Half court rules of what?
  5. Thr dribble should be forceful and close to the floor. Read the article Basic Skills.

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17 May 2003

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I want to teach a 2-2-1 full court press. Can you send me this by e-mail. Thanks

Answer

Done.


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20 May 2003

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Hi. Im a 15 year old, 6-5 sophmore on a State Championship winning team (Hyde,in CT). I can jump really good, know all the things that have to do with big men (boxing out, defense, more..) but I want to get better. I've been Defensive Player of the Year every year since 7th grade (averaging 14 blocks a game). I just want to know if you can tell me as many exercises you know to increase my vertical leap, (I can only get real high jumping off my left leg) and any ways to help increase my game? Thank You for your help and take care!

Answer

Probably all you need is more coordination in your right leg. The answer to that is practice jumping off of it. Try right leg toe raises, sets of 50. Without a ball, try one step layups and try to touch the backboard as high as you can. Do these until you're tired and try again the next day.


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20 May 2003

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Why do you like monkeys so much? Monkeys are so stupid!!!!

Answer

I agree ... ooh - ooh - ooh!


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22 May 2003

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What is difference in basketball from the years 1891 to the present day game??

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Well, today's players are much younger than those who played in 1891. Seriously, though, most of the game we know now has changed. The original game had no dribbling or jump shots, for example.


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22 May 2003

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Coach, Are you allowed jump while take a free throw? While taking a lay up how many steps are you allowed to take? What is officially considered a traveling violation. Thank you, Cj

Answer

You can jump, but don't cross the FT line. As for layups, you get a step and a half. The thing to remember is that when you pick up the ball, the foot on the ground is your pivot foot, so it cannot touch the ground again before you shoot. If you are in the air when you catch the ball, you can land on you right foot, take a full step and jump off your left foot. Its just you need to shoot before your right foot hits the ground again.


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22 May 2003

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My second year with 7-8th boys. Need source for drills on basic skills (passing, dribbling, shooting, basic plays, offence, defence). I want to run a fast break offence next year due to no "big" men inside. Need plays and stratagies.

Thanks

gm

Answer

Well, read the topic menu. I have covered these topics on the site. Also, check out the review of Jamie Angelie's fast break offense.


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25 Apr 2003

Question

if Ihave been lifting for a while and I want to teach my cousin ho to lift how should I do so?

Answer

Its always best to start with qualified instruction. Weight lifting can be dangerous if improperly done. Don't risk an injury. Take a class or perhaps a course at your local athletic club.


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27 Apr 2003

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Hi I would like to teach the fundamentals of screening and screen work. Do you have any suggestions for some training drills that address screening. The age group of the group is 12 to 14 years Thanks

Kindest regards

Jeff K Northern Rattlers Basketball Club

Answer

Email sent suggesting the article on this site, "Screens".


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27 Apr 2003

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Hello I am looking for a " report Card " " or ( Player Progress Report ) that I could use for the end of the season evalulation. I coach 12 to 14 girls , and I feel it is a good way for them to know what they have to work on over the summer . Thanks in advance Tom D.

Answer

Try this sheet. Its from http://greenvalegrizzlies.asn.au/There is an MS Excel version there, too. Go to Coaching then Useful Resources.


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22 Apr 2003

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I need to know the answers to these three questions 1. what is the Biomechanics basketball layup 2. what are the Functions of basic basketball layup 3.what are the Structure of basketball layup

Answer

I offered what I have in the article, Teaching Layups. Its up to you to think through your assignment and answer the three questions.


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23 Apr 2003

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Do you know of any basketball travel leagues in south florida, I'm located in Pembroke Pines, 33024.

Answer

Try the coaching discussion group at basketball-coaching@yahoogroups.com. I see a lot of ads for clinics and travel leagues there.


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24 Apr 2003

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Do you need to go to college? How do you increase skill Desc.? What is adimission office address? How do you get a schlarships? That is a career research

Answer

Do you need to go college? Yes. I suggest you choose one college, go to their website and research the other answers you need.


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24 Apr 2003

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Dear coach, I'm looking for some new shooting games for my camp. Presently I've used Up 3, Lightning or Knockout, Beat the Pro, 21, Hot shot, Horse, Around the world and On the line. Is there anything new out there? Thanks' Deb

Answer

Go to the Drills section of this site. There are several fun shooting drills to pick from.


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24 Apr 2003

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where can i get cheet sheets to skip the 5th grade?

Answer

Check with the principal at your school. He might be able to help. Personally, I suggest you stick with the 5th grade and work out the grammar/spelling thing. If you do, you'll gain a lot more credibility when you write.


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24 Apr 2003

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how long is the distentes form the hoop to the three point line?

Answer

The distance from the center of the hoop to the three point line is 19 feet 9 inches for college and high school courts.


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19 Apr 2003

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I need a little help with my jumpshot, I just cant seem to get that rotation I need. I try everything, I mean I shoot with my finger tips and form is right on tact, and I shoot with my legs. I just dont know what else to do can you help me. Thanks very much.

Answer

You might like the Nordland video called Swish. You can find it on my Reviews page. I think you are having rotation problems because of poor follow through. As you release your shot, your wrist should flip forward as far as it can. Try lying on your back and shooting the ball straight up in the air. That way you can practice your release over and over in an isolation mode.


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20 Apr 2003

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I need a little help in our basket team. We have a guy who like to practise 3pt very very much. In a match he always shoot 3pt.He dont know how to do a lay up, and in a 2pt he is some infortunate.What can we do. Teach him layups and 2pt or just simply train him 3pt more. thankyou

Answer

I suggest you challenge him to be a more complete player. He is like a carpenter who only has a hammer in his toolbox. He might be really good at hammering, but when its time to saw a board in two he is useless. Who would hire a carpenter like that? He can always have the three as his specialty, but he owes it to himself (and his team) to add the rest of the tools to his toolbox to be a complete player.


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20 Apr 2003

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Hi my name is ralph and i would like to have some information please. well,what's the best time to train ? 2nd what's the most intense workout page on the net that will let me fly i've tried air alert2 and i did not gain much i'm trying now the jump attack and i think it will work but not so sure. Can u give me ur advice about that? thank u so much i'm really sure i'll have good results from u bye now

Answer

The best time to train is over the summer. You can work on weights to build strength and also work on individual moves and shots to make them better. Try the sites on my link page. Some have workout plans you can use.


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coach_eid@hotmail.com
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22 Apr 2003

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where i can find basketball coaches courses as clinic just fot coaches in usa .....im basketball coach and i would to develop my expiernce as youth coach so im seeking your help to find to me overseas clinic in usa for one week to ten days in end of june which it is off season here in kuwait

yours in basketball coach - eid ......

Answer

I see a lot of ads for clinics, but don't know of a site that specializes in listing them. You might try the coaching discussion group at basketball-coaching@yahoogroups.com. I see a lot of ads for clinics there.


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22 Apr 2003

Question

Pertaining to the biomechanics of a lay up, what are some of the movement phases?

Answer

Read the article called layups on this site. It describes all the movements.


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14 Apr 2003

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I am looking for an offense that attack a "point" match-up zone. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!


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16 Apr 2003

Question

This is kelvin hughes can you update me on summer league basketball teams for 16and 17 yearsof age

Answer

Where are you located?


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17 Apr 2003

Question

What is a simple, basic strategy for breaking a press. I play on a team and we don't have a great ball handler. Teams constantly press the guy that's bringing it up and steal it for an easy layup.

Is there some sort of spacing or some general strategy we can use?

Thanks!

Answer

Read the article called Press Breaker on this site. It should help.


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WILLEF@SUTTONSBAY.K12.MI.US
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18 Apr 2003

Question

this coming year my best player and shooter is my point guard, what would be a good offense to run? Trying to get her open as much as possible?

Answer

Hmm... you might look at the Simplified Triangle article on this site. The point passes to a wing, then does a cut to the baseline and then to the corner. Once she gets the ball back, she works with the post to get open for shots, usually on give and goes from the post. When we ran that offense, the point got a lot of shots.


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09 Apr 2003

Question

did i need a license to become a coach

Answer

Depend upon where you coach. Recreational organizations use volunteer coaches who may need minor certification, if any. If you want to coach in high school or above, you'll certainly need credentials satisfactory to the school district.


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09 Apr 2003

Question

what is the highest touch on a backboard done vertically and running on a regular size basketball court? who did it also?

Answer

Interesting question, but I don't know the answer. I have heard of guys snatching dollar bills ffrom the top of the backboard, but couldn't tell you who.


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10 Apr 2003

Question

Hi. I'm a college freshmen who, besides getting through my first year of school, would like to get into some volunteer youth coaching. The problem is, I don't know where to start! Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cameron Smith

Answer

This is easy. Contact your local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or any similar organization and tell them you're willing. They need you and you can be sure to get a team when their season rolls around. Another option is to assist an established coach. Again, you'll need to see where the games are being played and go introduce yourself.


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10 Apr 2003

Question

Coaches, including yourself, say that a higher arc on a free throw (or any other set shot) increases the liklihood of a made basket. The reasoning for this is the larger area the ball has to enter the basket. However, the higher the arc, the further the ball will have to travel. eg. Shooting from 15 feet completely flat, the ball will travel 15 feet. shooting from 15ft with a huge arc and the ball will travel alot further (I don't know how to calculate the length of parabolas to tell you exactly how far.) The further the ball travels. the more pronounced inaccuracies will become. (Thus rainbow shots are generally low percentage)

My question is did you take this into account when giving advice on how to shoot, and has anyone discovered the perfect arc for a shot?

Thanks. Dave.

Answer

You're correct, of course, that the greater distance provides for a greater chance of error. Theoretically, the best angle is a shot that drops straight down from the ceiling. Nobody will teach that angle, of course, so the best angle will be a compromise. The thing I see so much is players who shoot too flat, much too flat. Their shots get even flatter and shorter when they get tired or careful. I try get them to exaggerate the shooting angle as much as possible knowing that they will settle for something less but still better than what they had. My feeling is that the benefit of a higher arc outweighs the detriment of error over distance. I lack the math skills to prove it, but I know when I shoot I can trust the ball to go where I shoot it. I don't notice any added difficulty unless I really jack it up there.

A site you might enjoy is Coach's Info Service.


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no11_jacky@hotmail.com
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08 Apr 2003

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can u show me a picture of how i can shoot properly as i can not shoot well. thank you

Answer

Look at the Reviews page and check out Tom's Nordland's Shooting video.


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08 Apr 2003

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I am reserching on what happens in the joints and muscles of the shoulder and wrist when shooting.(movements involved).Biomechanics in basketball.Than you

Answer

Start with this page:
http://www.sportsci.com/SPORTSCI/JANUARY/department3.html


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YEHIA.ALANI.B@BAYER.COM
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08 Apr 2003

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I would like to know if there is a special school one can attend to obtain a certificate in coaching basketball. Please advice Thanks,

Yehia Alani

Answer

It depends on which state you live in. Where I live you can take classes in the local university. Canada has nationally certified coaching levels.


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08 Apr 2003

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How do u beat a man to man press..??

Answer

See the article called Press Breaker.


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lil_elizajane@hotmail.com
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08 Apr 2003

Question

How far is the freethrow line from the baskeball hoop? And do you measure it from the rim or where?

Answer

The backboard is 4 feet from the baseline and the free throw line is 15 feet from the backboard. The backboard is 2 inches thick. The rim has a diameter of 18 inches. The distance from the baseline to the center of the free throw circle (where the free throw line is) is 19 feet.


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06 Apr 2003

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thanks for helping me on my project its a sure A+

Answer

No problem.


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07 Apr 2003

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I am doing a reasearch in biomechanics in sports and what to know the type of lever used in free throw.thanks

Answer

Then you'll be happy to have this site to use in your research!

http://www.sportsci.com/SPORTSCI/JANUARY/department3.html


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07 Apr 2003

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Im doing a school project and i would like to know ---- Does the weight of a girls basketball affect the form of there shot?

Answer

I'm not sure what you are asking. If a girl was shooting free throws with a balloon and then a bowling ball, I am sure that you could notice changes in her shooting form. If you mean the difference in weight between a mens ball and a womens ball as a factor affecting a girl's shooting form, I would think that changes would be unlikely unless the girl was quite small.


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07 Apr 2003

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please give me one or two stratagies on basketball stratigies..

Answer

I already have. Check out the article called Basic Strategy on this site. You'll find it in the topic menu in the upper right hand corner.


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04 Apr 2003

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can you get me some plays for a 3on3 tournement this weekend

Answer

Use the Basic Plays article on this site. All you really need is the pick and roll, give and go action to score.


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06 Apr 2003

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I am doing a school project on how to shoot a free throw. I need examples on pre-shot reitines and the arc and so forth please e-mail me some examples thanks!!

Answer

Read the free throw article on this site - its pretty good with several coaches contributing. Try this link, too, for the mechanical aspects of the free throw. Click here:
Coaches' Info Service


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01 Apr 2003

Question

I got some wrist weights recently and I was wondering if dribbling with them on would help improve ball handling skills or not. If they could could you give me some drills I could do? Thanks

Answer

Interesting idea, one I haven't explored. Be careful using weights on extremities. If you feel joint pain in your wrists, elbows, shoulders or lower back, stop using the weights. As for drills, try to improve in two areas. One is the power of your dribble. You should always push the ball downward with a lot of force and keep the height of the dribble as low as you can. Rather than use a specific drill, make those things a habit. If you have a suitable wall, try dribbling horizontally against the wall. Secondly, slowly practice your crossovers and behind the back dribbles and gradually speed them up as you gain control. Also, dribble two balls at once using same and alternating patterns. This is all stuff you can do in the driveway. Just ten minutes of practice a day can make a big difference.


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29 Mar 2003

Question

How would you conduct a Coaching Evaluation to see how effective the coach is being.

Answer

For the past three years I have sent out survey - a coaching evaluation form - home with my players. There are sections for both parents and players to complete. The form is useful for getting feedback from the people who care most about your coaching performance. If you wish to do a more comprehensive evaluation, you must add these items:

  1. Before the season starts, provide the coach with written expectations, such as a list of things the players must be taught, programs rules that must be enforced, and so on. It is unfair to formally evaluate a coach on anything not on the list.
  2. If you have a head coach with subordinate coaches, the head coach should conduct a meeting after the season to go over performance and also present upcoming goals and expectations.
  3. The head coach should be evaluated by the athletic director in the same manner.

If there are parental or player complaints, the evaluation form helps bring those to the surface for consideration. While you probably do not want the parents running the program, at the same time they are your "customers" and you need to listen to them.


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24 Mar 2003

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Hi, I am looking for info to become a youth basketball head coach either girls or boys. I have a love and knowledge for the game and wish to pass this on to kids to teach them that win or lose, you will become a better basketball player. Please let me know asap so I can get started. You can reach me at the email address provided or at 575-2675, or 703-8101. Thank you for your time.

Sincerly, Steve Padgett

Answer

Private email sent 3/24/03


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27 Mar 2003

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Do you hav any stratigies for a 5 on 5 game for girls ages 12-13yrs old? It's greatly appritiated!

Answer

Try the article, Basic Strategy, on this site.

BTW, your email address is incomplete so I can't send you an email.


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27 Mar 2003

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hey i have a friend that fouls when ever i drive in basketball and he is quick. how do i get aroung him?

Answer

Simple. Use fakes. He is probably super-eager to block your shot. All you need to do is make a believable head fake, and as soon as he goes for it, head the direction and score.

BTW, your email address is incomplete so I can't send you an email.


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28 Mar 2003

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Whats Up Coach,

I the head coach of a very athletic 11u boys basketball team, although we are very fast and athletic, we struggle during games.

We get off to fast starts and are beating nationally ranked teams at halftime, but we have trouble finishing teams off.

My rotation is about 8 players deep, we are little at the guard pos, and average at foward and center for 11 year old. This team is extreamly fast, but that works against us a lot of times.

How would you prepare this team for games, and what strategies would you use to start strong and finish strong?

Help Us

Coach Marc

Answer

I think you need to analyze what changes your opponents are making at half time. It seems from your question that your opponents measure you in the first half and then change their game plan. But, you keep on with the same formula. Do you change your game once you have a good lead? I like to go to a more conservative defense and start using clock if I am ahead in the second half. Another factor with an 8 man rotation could be fatigue. How many players are on your team? I hope you're not keeping eleven year old kids on the bench all game.


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28 Mar 2003

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Hi, I go to sampson G. Smith Intermediate school and I am doing a project to find out what sport is a better choice to have as a career. we would like to know whether you think football or basketball is a better career choice. involving ideas about salary(which sport pays more), years(how long the average football and basketball player are in the business.) physical attributes(what muscles develop from playing basketball and football) and body structure (how the average basketball and football player looks). we would also like to know what common injuries occur in both sports. We would also like to know what sport you would prefer and why.

Answer

You know, I am reluctant to spend much time answering homework questions. However, its an interesting topic so I will share a few thoughts:

  1. Neither is a good career choice. The odds of making a pro team are astronomically small. If you are physically blessed, maybe you have a shot, otherwise don't fall into the trap of wasting your energies on a pro career. The problem is when kids don't work hard in school thinking basketball will save them. That's a bad career choice.
  2. Pro salaries are ridiculously high. The amount a pro athlete is paid is totally out of line for what they offer society in return. Your teachers offer people a lot more benefit and they are very underpaid. If you want to contribute something to the world, choose a profession that helps other people. Pro sports are only entertainment.
  3. Basketball is less dangerous. Football can wreck you in a hurry. For the sake of longevity, I'd say basketball has the edge.
  4. To make it in pro basketball or football, you must be built for the game. Football coaches can take one look at your body and tell you what position you could play. Basketball is pretty much the same way.
  5. Common injuries probably include tears of the anterior cruciate ligaments and dislocated fingers.
  6. I like basketball a lot better, probably because I never played football as a kid.

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28 Mar 2003

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Hi Coach....... My journey began in December 2002 with 10 years of previous coaching experience in youth soccer, baseball, softball, and a copy of your book on coaching basketball. I was assigned a ragtag bunch of 5th-6th grade girls, two of which had played one season of rec ball(one of them being my daughter). The remaining six had only touched a ball in gym class. To make a long story short, after 5 one hour practices, the season started. By the end of Feb. they were all in a pile on the court celebrating their tourney championship. They finished the regular season with a 4-4 record, and had just beaten the undefeated regular season champs. I just wanted to say thanks for the info. The girls loved practice, applied what they learned, and never gave up !!! I guess since this is a forum for questions I had better ask one, huh ? Does it get any better than this???????

Answer

Nope, I don't think it does. Well, maybe in 10 years or more in the future, you'll meet one of these players at the grocery store and she'll smile and say, "Hi, Coach!" and it will make your whole day.


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21 Mar 2003

Question

can you please send me a detailed illustration of the Princeton offense that explains how it works? thank you

Answer

No, I do not have such an illustration at this time.


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hcaparo@amersol.edu.pe
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20 Mar 2003

Question

Hi; I need to contact with the basketballclinic workshop in las vegas May,9to 11 it is very important for me. I need to buy the ticket now Im From Peru. Please I try via mail and with some E-mails but I dont recieve any answer. Thanks For your time. Coach Caparo

Answer

Sorry,coach. I do not have an inside contact for the clinic in Las Vegas.


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cliffnpam@excite.com
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20 Mar 2003

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Can a players feet leave the ground while shooting a free throw, as long as they don't cross the line?

Answer

Sure, but like a player in one of the slots, you can't step on the line or in the key until the ball hits the rim.


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james_fran2002@yahoo.com
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20 Mar 2003

Question

i am intresed in your club i am from nigeria i live in lagos state so coach tell me how you can help me in your club i am a very good basketball player i hope to hear from you soon

Answer

I coach a high school team in Alaska. Unless you plan to move here and attend school, there's not much I can do get help you in our club.


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kborden2005@hotmail.com
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20 Mar 2003

Question

if i want a more consistant and quicker jump shot, what should i do? What workouts should i do to strengthen my body?

Answer

Hmmm ... jump rope, leg press, stair stepping, toe raises ... all those help your explosive power to intiate a quick jump shot.


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tom_mcwaters@hotmail.com
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21 Mar 2003

Question

To be a top basketballer what type of cheese would you recomend eating, and wot colour hair do u need to make it big?

Answer

Cheese is so often overlooked as a basketball food. Gouda is good for your game. Try some brie for your three. Cheddar can make you better. Swiss helps you find holes in the defense. Speaking of defense, our favorite cheese is romano to romano.

As for hair, I am unqualified to answer your question as I hardly have any.


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19 Mar 2003

Question

What would be the best program out to increase vertical jump in high school boys?

Answer

I suggest you go to my Reviews page and take a look at the JumpSole USA products.


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bballer4life8@hotmail.com
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16 Mar 2003

Question

how far away is the free throw line from the basketball hoop?

Answer

15 feet.


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17 Mar 2003

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how does playing basketball help us?

Answer

Well, in no particular order:

  1. Healthy exercise
  2. Teaches teamwork
  3. Make friends
  4. Learn solid work ethic
  5. Emphasizes respect for authority

This could be a long list...


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lynnpogo@insightbb.com
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16 Mar 2003

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How far is it from thgwe free throw line to the baseline?

Answer

Why does this question come up so often? 19 feet.


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sburke@francis.com
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12 Mar 2003

Question

What is the best way to defend the Princeton Offense.

Answer

Stay on offense all the time. If your opponent doesn't have the ball, that Princeton Offense won't work for them at all.


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13 Mar 2003

Question

I am looking for a few plays to teach 4-5 grade boys in a 3 on 3 tourn. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Answer

I love 3on3 basketball. Its fun and everybody has an important, active role to play. It breaks the game of basketball down to its purest elements. What plays to run? That's easy. I use 3on3 to teach the basic plays of basketball - the give and go and the pick and roll. The only pattern you really might consider is a rule where every time you pass, you cut to the basket and if you don't get a return pass, go pick for the player without the ball (or return and pick for the player with the ball as a pick and roll. Repeat over and over. You're bound to get lots of shots.

I'd send you an email, but your address as provided is incomplete.


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rachs_pie_73@hotmail.com
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Date:
10 Mar 2003

Question

I have to critically analyse each of the principles of training used in developing basketball skills and link the types of training required. And then i have to highlight my knowledge with a sample mid-season fitness training program over one week, please help me it will be greatly appreciated i really need this, please help me. Thanking you, Rachael Shepherd

Answer

OK, so you need to list some basketball skills and under each skill make subordinate lists of specific training methods that will improve that particular skill. Then, in another document, you are going to list activities for your team for each day of a mid-season week. The list will show a time to start and how many minutes will be devoted to each training activity. Essentially, you need to invent a practice plan.

I don't know if paraphrasing your project will help you get started. You need to get it rolling, then the best way I can help you is to reply to specific questions you may have.


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joylynnmccavit@alaska.com
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10 Mar 2003

Question

Hi, I would like any information you have for all possible spring league programs for 6th grade\U12 girls. I would like to put together a team from the Wasilla area that would compete with the higher level of competition in Anchorage. A league with games on Saturdays would work the best for us, but other schedules might work also. Summer league programs would also be of interest. Your reply will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Scott M.

Answer

I will send you an email with the contact information you need. BCI The Spring League is run by Tom and Kathy Chirhart in Anchorage. Its a Saturday only league.


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basketplyo@hotmail.com
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11 Mar 2003

Question

thanks alot for your answer last time!!

theres a jumping exercise that u mention here that is the one on touching the backboard in 30s. is it tried and proven and can it really improve one's jumping??

Answer

You won't know how much it will help you until you try it for a couple weeks. Do it every day and try to improve your number. Measure your present jumping height so you have a reference point.


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Date:
11 Mar 2003

Question

Will you help me. I have a presentation due on Thursday March 13, 2003. My topic is on Defence and I have not a clue about defence. I need a hand-out about defence and I don't know what to do. Please answer as quickly as possible.

Answer

I have a few articles on defense. Go to the topic menu in the upper right hand corner and scroll down to DEFENSE. Read them and pick the one you want to print.


Email:
basketplyo@hotmail.com
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Date:
10 Mar 2003

Question

1. i've been playing basketball for 2++years now

2. no matter how hard i train, i am still as lousy as b4.

3. everyone looks down on me, even the junoirs

4. please help me think of a way to be a really good player becos i wan to be in the school team next year and be the 1st five players so that everyone will stop looking down on me. it feels really bad

5. is that possible? please help me!!!

also, is there anyway to increase my vertical lift up to 40" in 8 mothns(or faster) ? now my vertical lift is only 26". i believe the ability to jump high is one of the keys to becoming a good player

im am now in a very pathetic state.........please help me!!

Answer

Ok, now sit up straight because I am going to give the best advice you can get.

  1. Two years is not enough experience to be a good basketball player. The reason basketball is such a great game is that it takes many years to master. If you are playing kids who have been playing twice as long as you, I can see where they might be twice as good at basketball as you are right now.
  2. You didn't say what you are doing as training, but I know that unless you are training at doing the fundamental skills of basketball, you won't improve very quickly. By that I mean not just shooting, but practicing the correct form even if feels awkward, practicing using your weak hand while dribbling and shooting close to the basket, and practicing good defensive habits like boxing out, not blocking shots and guarding your man properly when he doesn't have the ball. These are the things coaches really care about. They are the foundation that is needed to build a better player.
  3. Actually, nobody is looking down on you except yourself. When you think you are pathetic, then other people will, too. When you have a quiet confidence in yourself and don't let jokes or teasing bother you, then you pass the test. People will respect you as someone who has confidence and can take joke. It starts with you. Just change your attitude.
  4. The basic problem here is that you think becoming a good player and making the team will also make you a good person. That's backwards. Work hard at becoming a better person and you'll find that you will like yourself more and so will people around you. The weird thing is that nobody else really cares if you make the team or not. You are the one who has made that condition an issue. Just you. Your friends and family care most that you are happy. You get to decide if you're going to be happy every morning when you wake up.
  5. Is it possible for you to become a really good player and make the team? Hard for me to say. I don't know how you compare to your competition. Is it possible for everyone to stop looking down on you? Definitely. That can start tomorrow. Stop trying to prove your worth through basketball skills and prove it through being good to other people. Its easier and more important.
  6. Vertical lift isn't key to good basketball play. Neither is dunking. Dunking is like a trick. I see a lot of kids work very hard to be able to dunk like if they can do that, then they must be a good player. Dunking does not prove you are a good player. At our school we have several kids that can dunk but can't make the basketball team. One trick isn't enough. You need the fundamental skills and experience.

Pathetic state? Do you realize how many successful people on this earth would trade places with you in a heartbeat? You have your youth and your future ahead of you. Many folks would give up every thing they have to be in your situation again. Stop wasting your precious time feeling pathetic and start enjoying your life. Basketball is a great game, but its a game for young people, and hardly the basis for defining a person's value.

I hope this note makes a difference. Good luck in whatever you do.


Email:
vt-ike@msn.com
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Date:
08 Mar 2003

Question

How does Stephon Marbury set up the crossover and how does it work?

Answer

Don't know.


Email:
ivoryroses@hotmail.com
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Date:
09 Mar 2003

Question

Hi - I have 12 6th grade girls on a traveling team. This is the first traveling team I have put together, but have had over 20 years BB experience. I have 4 girls on the team that are not any good because I didn't have the heart to tell them no you can't be on the team. I have been making a very consious effort to play and work with them but, they are not taking any initiative, nor are serious in practice. My 8 players are not getting the time or the experience they desire or need because they have to pick up the slack from the other girls who are not serious. I am kicking myself for letting this happen but, now I need some advice !

One of the mothers, one of the 4 who are the ones in question even had the adacity to ask me why her daughter is not playing. I have had her playing at least 10-14 minutes of the game, she had 6 turnovers in the last game.

How do I explain to these parents what is going on and their daughter doesn't have what it takes and she is just out there for show?

What makes it worse I am friends with a couple of the parents. What advice do you have for me ?

Thank you

Answer

You are paying the long term price for your decision to add unqualified players to your team. It would be wrong to pick them and not play them, so you are doing the right thing by getting them in the game. However, in the example you described, I think your allotment of playing time is pretty generous for a traveling team, especially if those players are not putting forth their best efforts. Its necessary to let the players know that the mission of the team is to play the best basketball it can play. Your plan is to have the players on the floor who are working the hardest to make that mission succeed. When players slack off in practice, remind them of the mission. Why are they there?

It helps to present your playing time philosophy to the parents up front. Even at mid-season, though, I think you can explain to inquisitive parents that their daughter didn't play much last game because she hasn't been working very hard in practice and her present skill level shows it. One of the primary benefits of being on a team is learning that rewards come at the expense of hard work and sacrifice. Most parents will have a hard time arguing with that. Ask the parents for their help in motivating their daughters and supporting your goal of helping the team be the best it can be.

If all that doesn't work, the only recourse is to be less ambitious and play out your season the way you have been going. As far as the one mother who complained about playing time, you should know after 20 years of experience that you can never really satisfy all the parents on that issue. Many parents would much rather see their child play a lot and don't care very much if the team plays poorly. If you play the kids equally, the better players and their parents get upset because they want the team to succeed and know that their kids will play more if that is the goal. The best compromise I know is play everyone every game and give them each a chance to contribute commensurate with their ability and work ethic.


Email:
lee_k_mosby@keybank.com
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Date:
07 Mar 2003

Question

Any suggestions on the best offense to run when you have a 6th grade girls team of average ability and plays in a league which allows both man/2/man and zone defenses and starts defending you at the 3/4 court area?

Answer

I would base my offense choice on how many post players I had and how good they were. Ideally, I like two posts in my offense and that allows a wide variety of offenses. However, you can run effective offenses with 4 out and 1 in or even 5 out if you have no post players.

If teams are extending their defense to 3/4 court, I would treat that like a zone and overload one side and bring the ball up quickly. If we break that press without scoring, then we set up the normal half court set. Their 3/4 press doesn't really dictate our offense choice.


Email:
suemahoney11@yahoo.com
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Date:
07 Mar 2003

Question

Any one person drills for offense?

Answer

Try Steph's Ball handling Drills on my links page. As for shooting, you can use chairs as dummy defenders or a wall for a passer and then set up shooting situations. Throw a soft pass away from yourself, go catch it, and then shoot or drive. Pretend you a post player with your back to the basket, fake, spin and drive. You can make these up as needed to practice the shot you want.


Email:
dcaster@net-link.net
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Date:
07 Mar 2003

Question

My friend and I are doing a science fair project on shooting free throws? Our question is do different amounts of time spend at the free throw line affect your accuracy? So if you spend 3 seconds doing your routine or 6 seconds doing your routine, will that affect your accuracy? Please write back with a little information. Thanks, Matt and Justin

Answer

That sounds like a fun project. I think you should state a hypothesis, like, a free throw shooter who takes 6 seconds to shoot will have a higher free throw percentage than one who shoots within three seconds. Then, test your theory. Get about 5 of your friends and go to a playground. Have half of them shoot within three seconds and half at 6 seconds. When they are done, record your results. Then have the ones who shot in 3 seconds wait for 6 seconds and switch the other group, too. After each player has tried both ways, you can see if it was better to shoot quickly or slowly. Some players may be better at quick shooting, some not. And, some may improve just because you are practicing free throws, not because of the time difference. The more people you get to participate, the more valid you findings will be. I'd love hear what you discover.

Oh, I suggest each participant shoot 100 free throws at 3 seconds and 100 at 6 seconds. Makes the math easy and there are enough shots to be statistically viable.


Email:
www.vitaman.com
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Date:
06 Mar 2003

Question

Hi i have a report to do on shooting free throws here in anaconda Mt. can you please explain whats the best way to shoot free throws. Thanks Dennis Davis

Answer

There is an article about free throws on this site. It has contributions from several coaches. I think you will find it useful.


Email:
Kaneykob@cstone.net
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Date:
06 Mar 2003

Question

How or what type of exercises can you do at home to jump higher, I mean at least adding 8-12" on your verticle.

Hi, I'm 6-3" and I can't dunk yet. I can get the ball up, but right as I get to dunking it, I get hung. Can you give me some leg exercises to get my hops up, Pleeeeaaaasssseeeee. I'm desperate I'm 17, Junior and going out for Varsity next year and can't throw it down what's good.

Answer

My favorite exercise is asking the players to jumps and touch the backboard as many times as they can within 30 seconds. Make it a contest. Do it every day and keep track of their improvement. getting up quickly is perhaps more important than getting up high. On my reviews page is a product that offers polymetric training - jump sole shoes and exercises. Check those out.


Email:
pennysea@yahoo.com
Response Type:
 
Date:
07 Mar 2003

Question

How many steps in the layup leading up to the shot?

Answer

Technically, one and a half. Let's say you catch the ball (or pick up your dribble) while you are in the air. You come down on your right foot. You go forward and your left foot touches the floor. That's one full step. Now, as you jump off the left foot, that's another half step. If your right foot touches the ground before you shoot, that will be two full steps which is, of course, a traveling violation.


Email:
Detrive@msn.com
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Date:
07 Mar 2003

Question

I want to know about If a Coach Mixed the Zone, Half Court Trap, and Press Defense Will that make the team better on defense.

Answer

No ... what makes a team better on defense are proper execution of the basic fundamentals, players helping one another, an aggressive desire for opportunities to disrupt the offense and the discipline to box out for rebounds. Do these things and your defense will be successful no matter what formation you use. Lacking in any one of these areas will hurt you. Its nice to have the options of fullcourt, half court and confined defense, but they don't offer anything all by themselves. I suggest you teach your kids solid m2m defense and as they understand it better, add some new formations as you specified. The new formations will not be successful unless the players retain the values mentioned in the first sentence. The farther you extend the defense from the basket, the more vulnerable you are, so don't add the half and full court presses without accepting the addtional risk of giving up easy baskets. The kids will need to generate more points from their defense than they allow from the press being broken. That sounds simplistic, but I often see coaches deploying presses even though they are losing points. Keep your primary defense close to the basket and use the press variations in short bursts. That way you can minimize your risk and hopefully still get some easy scores.


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Date:
04 Mar 2003

Question

What are the dimensions of a junior high school basketball court?

Answer

A junior high school court does not have special dimensions. The rules say a court should be 74 to 84 feet long and up to 50 feet wide.


Email:
gb247@msn.com
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Date:
05 Mar 2003

Question

I coach a 5th grade girls basketball team. We have 8 great and excited girls on our team. They are all good players but when we go into tournaments the most trouble we face is a full court press. I would like to know what is the best why to break a full court press?

Thanks

Answer

Stay calm. Don't rush. Don't dribble much. Pass and cut to open areas. Keep your team spread out. Read the article on Press Breakers.


Email:
songflare@yahoo.com
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Date:
05 Mar 2003

Question

hi, my name is Teck Loy. I was wondering if there is any training tips available to have my players make significant improvements leaping vertically (jump)?

Answer

My favorite exercise is asking the players to jumps and touch the backboard as many times as they can within 30 seconds. Make it a contest. Do it every day and keep track of their improvement. getting up quickly is perhaps more important than getting up high. On my reviews page is a product that offers polymetric training - jump sole shoes and exercises. Check those out.