The questions immediately below were posted during the year 2001:


Email:
baller_96660@yahoo.com
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Date:
1/1/02

Question

Dear Lord! First of all i think your one of da best, when it come to answering basketball questions. Anyways i got a huge problems your highness. In a field of battle i get nervous i can't concentrated rite. I guess is juss becuz i'm at war with new strangers and spectators i juss don't played to my fully ability. Particularly when i messed up like take a bad shot or bad pass, than my low self-esteem rises. And lack on defences and my whole life seem to fall apart. So i'm askin' for your royalty help. If it help i been fightin' in war for 4yrs now , but i'm still a young soldier (16yrs old). I'm wierd huh? thanks, i hope this letter reach u in time befored my next battle........

Answer

I must say I enjoyed your entry in the Coach's Notebook immensely. You have a great sense of humor. You must have read the section "Basketball is like War". Anyway, I'll tell you a secret. Everybody feels insecure, especially at your age. Being in sports puts you in front of crowd where your all exposed so naturally you feel self-conscious. But, what is true for you is also true for your "enemy". Even the kid on the other team that acts all cocky isn't really all that secure, he's just trying to cover it up in his own way. The good thing about sports is that it helps you learn to perform in front of people. You also learn that people to talk loud or show off really aren't very powerful.

I understand that when you blow a shot, you feel your "low self esteem rising" (I loved that one). But it works the other way, too. When you knock down a great shot, don't you feel good? I think the key is to want that feeling of success so badly you don't worry about the embarrasing moments. Instead you just look forward to the next opportunity to do something good.

So, the next time you mess up, don't worry about it. You're going to mess up again anyway - everybody does. But you're also going to do great things again. Get excited about that instead of upset about mistakes. All you gotta do is be more positive in your outlook. Basketball is a game ... it oughta be fun, right?


Email:
mike1360803@yahoo.com
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Date:
12/29/01

Question

Where can I find a device that I can download off the internet that will allow me to create my own basketball plays?

Answer

Oh, good! An easy question. This is a great program and it is free, too. Just go to http://home.hccnet.nl/j.e.smit/links.html and you can download this popular tool.


Email:
ddawg_69@hotmail.com
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Date:
12/26/01

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hey i play basketball almost everyday. and i play on my high school team. i'm 5'8 or 5' 9 at most. and i can almost dunk our nets and they are higher than most highschools. I would appreciate it if u could help me improve my verticle jump with a prgramme or words of wisdom. i weight train too and i weigh 195 lbs. i can bench 315 so if u recomend a work out i know the exercices though i already know what one to do. I would just like ur opinion . thanx darren zettler

Answer

Normally I do not answer questions about dunking. Too many kids think its the definition of a good basketball player and the fact is that many, many very good basketball players never dunk all season. It a tool for showing off, not much more. However, your question intrigued me because you are a weight lifter. I know some body builders who do not play basketball and they can jump off two feet and dunk the ball with both hands. The key is the suberb development of their calf muscles, thighs and glutes. They get this development with leg presses and toe raises with weights. Talk with your weight teacher/advisor about lower body development and try it out. You may likely need to practice jumping as well. See how many times you can touch the bottom of the backboard in 15 seconds. Test yourself four times a day. You will get better at it.


Email:
texlikid@otenet.gr
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Date:
12/27/01

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i would like to informe me about the offense time. When and how the basketball decide that 24 seconds is the proper time for a time to make the offense. I appreciate if you tell me where can i find the history of this. The first rules of the game and who happen this transition to 24 seconds. Thanks from Greece and sorry about my mistakes. With regards.

Answer

Found it ... go to http://global.nba.com/Basics/00422949.html


Email:
bballa4life310@yahoo.com
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Date:
12/28/01

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Hey- I am actually a basketball player but i thought you would be able to help me out. i am in junior high, and the coach at our high school is only letting the junior high's that feed into the high school run a motion offense. it is not working very well for the team, and i am becoming quite frustrated with the situation. our point guard has practically given up and won't hardly even call the offense anymore. i play the two and three guard position. i am wondering if you could provide me with any information on how to make this offense more affective for my team. Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

Answer

Actually, the motion is my favorite offense. Its very hard to defend because the offense can make subtle (or drastic) changes based on what the defense does and therefore the offense is very unpredictable. To understand the motion offense, the players must first work very hard on the two and three man game. By that I mean be experts on pick and roll, give and go, passing into the post and cutting, setting screens for players away from the ball. These are easy to practice. Just break the team down and play 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 and just do one type of play (like pick and roll) and try to perfect every detail of it. In the actual 5 man game, the motion offense is really just 2 or 3 players executing these basic plays.

Another thing that makes the motion offense different is that it is based on rules, not a pattern. Our team follows these rules:

  1. If you pass to a post, cut to the basket
  2. If you pass point to wing, the point picks for the other wing
  3. If there is no pass to the post, the post can either screen away for the other post so he can break toward the ball or the post can set up a pick and roll for the wing with the ball.
  4. If the ball is passed to the point, everybody resets.

That's all there is to it. With rules, everyone on our team knows what to expect. We will succeed if we pass to the post effectively and then MOVE. Players who pass and stand are death to the motion offense.

Your coach has chosen a good offense. You guys need to learn these things if you want to progress in basketball, so pay your dues now and learn it. Good luck.


Email:
anton.a.nilsson@telia.com
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Date:
12/18/01

Question

Hi Coach!

My team of girls born 86 are soon faceing one of our biggest opponents ín championship games, both we and they got the same team since last year. Eccept for one new big center that they have accuired from a another town. This makes their advantage in height so much bigger, we only got one girl over 6 feet and they now got two. And my player has a bad habit in trying to block every shoot that is even near her, this of cause puts her in foul troubble in some games.

My team is betther on the 1,2,3 and 4 position but now that they have two big centers we are probably gonna get our ass kicked under the baskets. Our big player is more mobile (or is agile the right word?) so fronting on their big girl and hope that she can't catch the loob pass, might be a good thing to do. Or do you got any other hits or tactic for us that you might find suitable?

Sorry for my bad english.

Anton Nilsson - Sweden

Answer

I was very glad to get your letter. My ancestors are Swedish, so we have more in common than basketball. I understood your English very well.

I agree that fronting the post is the best idea. But, if you front the post, you must also put great pressure on the passer. The lob pass requires finesse. If you pressure the passer, the pass is much more difficult. Do NOT block shots. Especially if you have just one tall player at center. You cannot afford to have her get fouls. The percentages are much more in your favor if you simply keep your arms up and then box out to get rebounds. Blocking shots will not help you. If the shot is blocked, the ball just goes out of bounds and then they get to run a baseline play. It is bad strategy to block shots.

Well, good luck. Please write back and tell me how your team did.

email sent 12/19/01


Email:
jawhawks3@aol.com
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Date:
12/23/01

Question

I starting to coach a 14-15 year old team and all my guards love going to their strong side all the time how do I get them better with there weak hand?

Answer

Do you teach your players to over-play the strong hand when they are on defense? If we notice that a player can only dribble with one hand, we guard his strong side 100% and force him togo with weak hand. If your players are doing that in practice, they'll help each other learn the value of using either hand to dribble. You'll also need to do drills where only the weak hand is used and make sure the kid understand that they cannot advance if they are one-handed players.


Email:
saynoclassic@media one.net
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Date:
12/25/01

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hello, mason rod smith reporting on past history. over 15yrs in coaching basketball including the olympic development league in los angeles and the summer pro league of which the nba pros have won 7 summer championships of the last 10 years and appeared in the finals 9 of the last 10. I will supply at least 50 players for your try-outs see you wednesday rod

Answer

OK, Wednesday, it is ... (?)


Email:
ggerads@ci.bloomington.mn.us
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Date:
12/17/01

Question

5th Grade Girls Basketball. My team has a fairly good ball handling point guard but we have real problems making the first offfense pass to one of two breaking out wings. How do you teach this concept or is it just a matter of developing timing between the girls?

Answer

Thanks for your letter to the Coach's Notebook. The entry pass is a crucial element to practice. We spend a lot of time with it and our team is 9th grade boys. Timing is important, but there is much more that can be taught.

First, the receivers need to work hard. We teach a dive to the baseline then all the way back to the wing spot at full speed to get open. Another option is to go to the baseline then curl around the post and come back up. Many wings think they will get free with a shrug and a step. Its not that easy. I tell my kids they need to take at least three steps and then change direction to get open. Otherwise the defense can just stand there and guard them.

Passes need to be crisp. They should be made at the moment the receiver changes direction. The passes should be fairly short, say about 12 feet. If the players get too close, there will be too many defenders in the way. Too far and the passes are easier to pick off. Passers should use fakes to keep the defense off balance. If the defender guarding the wing comes out past the three point line, its an automatic signal to back door.

Those are the essentials. I suggest devoting part of practice to just making that pass. You can also practice in a 2:2 mode to get more involved at once.


Email:
kamgaroo@charter.net
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Date:
12/17/01

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I took your advice and asked for a meeting with the schools athletic director. And when I went to pick my son up from practice it was a closed practice and he told the kids in the locker room that their parents could complaine that he was not there to get them ready to play high school ball its about having a winning team and he doesn't think the other 10 are what it takes. he then pointed out to all the kids which parents have a problem with the way he coaches which embarrased the kids. He tried to intimidate these kids with telling them that the middle school principal supports him and he can act any way he wants, He also keeps going back to playing time when the parents that have a problem keep saying it is not playing time its a bout breaking these kids self esteem. We accept that this goes on in high school but middle school these kids are trying to fit in.


Email:
kamgaroo@charter.net
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Date:
12/16/01

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my son made his middle school basketball team. let me start by saying we are not complaining about playing time just opportunity, and I want to explaine my child is small and the coach told him he has more skill than the big kids but he will never give him the opportunity because he isn't interested in little kids. this is apparent because the four smallest don't play and when they do and the team losses its their fault and he tells them in front of the starters. mind that they play all of 10 minutes. he also takes the five starters out to dinner after each game and never invites the other 7 players which make these kids feel bad. And he has 2 hour practices where these kids sit and watch the starters practice. He also asked them to quit the team because he only did them a favor by letting them on the team . bear in mind some 89 kids tried out.And he doesn't know my kid.He also lets two dads make plays and run the program. this is middle school basketball. these two dads go in the locker room to intimidate these kids before and after games and he encourages it. He has managed to destry my sons self esteam.

Question

Email sent 12/16/01.


Email:
Roljoy@aol.com
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Date:
12/14/01

Question

I am new to coaching a high school girls volleyball team. We have a lot to construct a court but I know nothing about what the demensions should be. Can you help me? Thank you

Answer

Go to http://www.volleyball.org/rules/basic_rules.html


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Date:
12/15/01

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Email:
sassie@sonet.net
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Date:
12/11/01

Question

My name is Greg Honeycutt. My 6 and 5 year olds are about to start playing church basketball. I will be coaching their team. I played basketball in Jr. High but have never coached. Please tell me some drills to work on for K-2nd grade.

Answer

There is an article called Basic Skills that should get you started. Also, go to your public library. You may be surprised at how many books are there for free and offer basic drills.


Email:
bdiffly@msn.com
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Date:
12/12/01

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Im coaching rec for 8 year olds. I wanted to start with teaching positions. I'm pretty old and we used to play with 2 guards, 2 forwards and a center. My understandfing is today the positions are numbered 1 thru 5. pls explain this to me.

Answer

Basketball hasn't changed so much. All the good things you know will still work. When folks talk numbers, they simply mean that a 1 is the point guard, 2 is the shooting guard, 3 is the small forward who often has a similar role to the 2, 4 is the power forward who almost always plays a post position, and 5 is the traditional center.


Email:
romeo32188@yahoo.com
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Date:
12/13/01

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can you mail me a basketball programs for example verticle programs, shooting programs, and dribbling programs my home address is 41 john street rensselaer my name is bill williams

Answer

Its taken me two years to build the Coach's Notebook. If you explore the topic menu, you will find much of what you need. Anything not discussed is likely covered by the good coaches listed on my links page. So, to answer your question, no. Instead, I offer everything I have for free as it is here. My coaching friends do likewise. Seek and you shall find.


Email:
rdball11@aol.com
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Date:
12/10/01

Question

I was wondering if you have any good screening drills. Please let me know and thanks for your time. - Rod

Answer

There is an article specifically about screening. Look in the topic menu (upper right hand corner).


Email:
handleyc@cintas.com
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Date:
12/10/01

Question

Where can I find or can you suggest some individual drills to help with ball handling skills?

Answer

There are dribbling exercises in the article, Basic Skills, in the topic menu (upper right hand corner).


Email:
yamamototed@yahoo.com
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Date:
12/9/01

Question

what is the hight of the basketball rim for adults?

Answer

10 feet, on the nose. Next question.


Email:
ptm5675@blackfoot.net
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Date:
12/7/01

Question

2-1-2 Zone what do you do against it, besides shoot from outside? Thanks, MT

Answer

The reason your opponent is playing the 2-1-2 is to give up the outside shot and prevent you from penetrating. The 2-1-2 is a good choice for this as it has a well balanced formation that close its gaps from attacks in any direction. So, the best plan of attack is to overload it heavily to get open shots. When we face a team that plays zone, one thing I like to do is accelerate the game pace as much as possible. Transition and advancing the ball after a made basket are specific team skills we practice. While one player is pulling the ball out of the net, two players are breaking to the sidelines and another to mid-court, and the last guy is going all the way. If they do it right, the ball progresses to the other end of the court with about 3 seconds. That kind of pressure often catches the zone unready and allows you open opportunities. Another idea is to go to a four corners offense once you have the lead. Unless you have a shot clock, the other team will be forced to come away from the basket and try and get the ball. Its not an exciting brand of basketball, but very effective.


Email:
zontini116@msn.com
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Date:
12/8/01

Question

where can i get girls tewksbury intermediet basketball rosters and schelduals

Answer

Hmmm... try this url - http://www.tewksbury.com/tgbl/


Email:
maz@epix.net
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Date:
12/6/01

Question

I'm just one of those parents thrown into helping out the team because there is no one to do it. I have agreed to keep track of stats. Can you help me with a simple form....these are 11 year old girls. We thought we might just keep track of baskets made, rebounds??? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks. First game is this Saturday! Lynne

Answer

Try this basic form in the downloadable tools section of this site. You just put hash marks next to the player's name in the appropriate column. The court diagram allows you to mark where shots were taken and made if you want to do that. The chart is a pdf document. If you can't open it, go to www.adobe.com and download their free reader. Its easy. There is also a more detailed stat program (MS Excel-based) in the Downloadable Tools section.


Email:
Pretzel41@aol.com
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Date:
12/5/01

Question

I am trying to work with a 9th grade girl who is a guard.
She has a nice shot and is an ok dribbler. However,the problem area seems to be the following:
1. speed.
2. Poor reaction time.
I have tried to work with her by having her run and help her recognize her lack of speed.
I am stuck. I just don't have or know of drills to help her improve in these ares.
Can you help?

Answer

Speed is one of those athletic qualities that you can enhance, but only with a lot of work, and then not much. The player won't be fast, just a little better. Drills that may help include feet fire (rapid steps in place), quick slide steps across the key and back (fast as possible) and bounds (explosive steps off one foot). The bright side is that I have seen some relatively slow kids do well because they learn to compensate through anticipation. They have seen different basketball scenarios play out enough times that they can guess what will happen next and be correct most of the time. Trusting that information they take action sooner than the other kids and gain an edge. Your player may need to visualize the immediate future to improve her apparent speed and reaction times.


Email:
machinegun14@yahoo.com
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Date:
12/5/01

Question

I would like to know how to attack a triangle and two defense.

Answer

There is an article on this site called "Beating Junk Defenses" that explains how to take advantage of the T2.


Email:
stevebullek123@aol.com
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Date:
12/1/01

Question

HI good sir could u please tell me the demensions of and nba basketabll floor it is for a school project

Answer

Sure ... go to http://www.bskball.com/NBACourt.htm and you can print a diagram with dimensions.


Email:
Barefo6529@aol.com
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Date:
11/30/01

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Good day, My question pertains to the Press Breaker - 2 on the Baseline. Am I right in assuming that this play can only be run after a basket by the opponent has been made? Have you ever heard of the play/ball being called dead and a turnover created because the ref. was not sure of the ruling? I have seen a ref. make a call under similar circumstances when a "wing or point" takes the rebound as it comes through the net, takes the ball out of bounds (maybe he was not out of bounds) and then throws the ball to the "post" as he comes out of bounds to set up for the throw back in. I got killed (final score 38-35 but we were ahead by 20 at the half) last night because of a press in the second half. I have 4 press breaker plays in place but, as you know all the things that could go wrong did. It was as if they had never seen a press or played against it, and they never completed any of the plays. "Deer in the headlight syndrome". I look forward to hearing from you.
Coach Paul Wahnish

Answer

Thanks for your question to the Coach's Notebook. You can run the "Two on the Baseline" play after two situations. One, after a made basket; two, after the ball is awarded to you after your team was called for goal tending. It is not legal to pass the ball out of bounds to another player on a spot throw-in. The ref should indicate the limits of travel to the inbounder. A spot throw-in gets 3', the other two cases the entire baseline.

I suggest picking one pressbreaker and mastering it and just having one other for a fall back. That may help your deers get back on the path.

Email sent 12/1/01


Email:
jonatan.mossberg@swipnet.se
Response Type:
Date:
11/27/01

Question

Hello!

My name is Jonatan Mossberg, I live in a city in Sweden called Södertälje pretty close to the capital Stockholm. Last spring I had my, compared to the school system i USA, high-school examination. One of my subjects in school was basketball, those students that were going in my class practised a sport, in my case basketball, three mornings a week and we also studied some theory in basketball. I got the highest grades in the second and third year but the first I didn´t. I´ve now decided trying to upgrade my grade from the first year. To do that I´ve got to write an essay about how you should play and practice to be a good point guard, both mentally, physicly and technically. I´ve got this task from the coach for Södertälje Kings (www.sodertaljekings.com), Waldo Teppans. He thinks that this is a great task for me to do (and so do I) because I play as point-guard by my self.

I would be very thanksfull if you could spare some time to write down your appointments to what you think characterize a good point-guard and what you can do to become a better point-guard. Otherwise maybe you can recommand a good web-site that handles the subject, or maybe a great book or video-tape or other person...

I´m sorry about my poor english but I hope you understand what I mean.

Jonatan Mossberg #7 Södertälje Knights (Youth team, winners of the 20-and-under-championship in Sweden 2000-2001)

Answer

This is a good question. It would take me 1000 words to really describe a good point guard, and maybe that would be a good idea for a future article. But, I think your coach is looking for you to do some searching within your own mind to define a good point guard. Great point guards are not all the same. Some look to score, some use sheer speed and quickness to create pass openings and some are very analytical and use the other players to create space.

What I look for in a point guard is control. I want the point to set the pace for the game, either slowing the game or accelerating it. The point needs to insist that the offense runs as planned. That means not giving players the ball until they are where they are supposed to be. The point is the primary ball handler. All the other players should trust him with the ball at every opportunity. They know that the point will give the ball back to them at the right time for scoring a basket. The point is a leader, often the team captain, because he is the floor general. He looks at the game as five people working together to solve a common problem, not as a hero trying to save his team.

My favorite college point guard right now is Dan Dickau who plays for Gonzaga University. Watch him if you can. I also like Bevin Knight, who played for Stanford but now is in the NBA. John Stockton, of course, is great example.


Email:
Jeff__Hardy__@hotmail.com
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Date:
11/28/01

Question

i was wondering if you know about any jumping programs that i could get so i can inprove my jumping hight.

Answer

See the note about this topic at the top of this page, please.


Email:
sarwar4fun@aol.com
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Date:
11/28/01

Question

My question is partly related to basketball but more so in training in general, I wanted to start doing some basic training to improve my strength, speed, verticle ect.... But as I have herd weights can affect growth and be a negative to your body. I am 14 years old and I basicly want to know at this age what kind of excersices/drills should I start doing that would be good for me and which kind of training I should stay away from... and as i grow older what should I also start doing (like what should I add to my routine/workout).

Also any workouts that would be good at my age if u can cut and paste/write em up/point me in the direction of the website i would also appreciate it

Thanks in advance

Sarwar Qureshi a.k.a.The Sun-Tan Superman :)

Answer

I already sent you an email, but to add to that answer, I suggest you try this website:
http://www.personalbest.ca/CampsClasses/Basketball/BasketballTips.htm
They have specific workout ideas for you to try.


Email:
bhiner2001@yahoo.com
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Date:
11/28/01

Question

hi, i am preparing a speech on the 2-2-1 press. i need help in diagraming where each player should be on defense. how to use it, and when.

Answer

In the article, "Implementing a Press" I used the 221 as an example. Look in the topic menu in the upper right hand corner. You should have enough to get you through the speech. Email sent 11/28/01


Email:
afcrew@hotmail.com
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Date:
11/26/01

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I was just curious to know if you were going to fix some of your topics. A few of the topics I am interested in such as Pressure Man-to-Man are not coming up. They had been previously but now they aren't. I know this isn't directly related to coaching but it is indirectly related. Please help. Thanks. This page is a great coaching reference.

Answer

I have had a few recent emails about pages not being available, but I can't find any problems. I can open all the pages. Be sure you are using the address http://www.alaskalife.net/sjordan/notebook/ and if that still doesn't help, tell me what kind of computer and browser you are using. If all else fails, I will email you the article you want. Email sent 11/26/01.


Email:
sarwar4fun@aol.com
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Date:
11/26/01

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This question relates to basketball but also to working out in general, I am 14 years old and started high school this year... I did not try out for the team this year but I saw i couldve made it had i given it my all, but this isnt like elementary school I couldnt have really dominated the games, since there are people that can jump real high and people with good amount of strength

I wanted to start working out but I wanted to be fully verced on all the good and bad effects, I have herd about losing your growth and other stuff so I do not want to jump into weights just yet I want to wait for that, but my question is how long should I wait... and at this age (14) what kind of exercises or training should I be doing that will not caue my and negitive effects to any part of my body... Also if there is a good basketball workout for me that wouldnt have any harmful effects to my body can yea post it or gimme a link because I am interested... Thanks in advance - Sarwar Qureshi

Answer

First, I am sorry you didn't try out for your team. The joy of basketball is not in dominating. The joy is actually from working with other people to achieve goals that cannot be achieved alone. There are many good athletes in our school who do not try out because they either fear to fail or they only want to dominate, not compete. I hope you will try out next year because you will have fun even if you are not the best player on the court.

You can work with weights without fear of stopping your growth. The worst danger is in trying to lift too much. If you try for maximum weight, you can damage your muscles, tendons and growth plates. However, if you train with medium weights, your body will respond in positive ways. Find a local qualified coach or trainer that will help you and follow their advice. I am not going to recommend a workout because I have not met you in person.


Email:
loveland@btinet.net
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Date:
11/23/01

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Coach, I coach 8th grade girls. They are a great bunch of kids and work hard at practice, but the problem we are having is throwing the ball away in our 1/2 court offense. The last game we had I told the girls to slow things down and just make the easy pass. They became very mechanical in their game and still threw the ball away. Any suggestions?

Greg Loveland

Answer

Passing is an underestimated skill. If you have weakness in your passing game, intense defense will certainly discover that fact. As you have learned, a more deliberate style will make them predictable. They need to maintain their game pace and feel free to be a little creative.

With my teams, poor passing has boiled down to these causes:

  1. The recipients stand and wait for the pass. Pass receivers need to work hard to get open, using teammates as screens and making sudden changes in direction to shake defenders. When the pass is on the way, the receiver should be moving toward it. Its hard work. Kids that won't work hard won't get the ball.
  2. Passers are too obvious. The need to understand misdirection (eyes and fakes) and manipulate the defense's eagerness to move them out of the passing lane.
  3. Passes are weak. Passes that have low velocity and/or are inaccurate are ripe for picking. Receivers can help by showing targets (their hands), but the passes need to be firm and accurate.
  4. Passes that are too long (the longer the more dangerous) are risky. Player spacing on the floor is critical. While the passes need to be short and crisp, if the players get too close, there are too many defensive players in the way. 10-15 feet is optimum.
  5. Cross court passes and passes from traps (especially from the corners) are easy to read. Avoid those. Passes should be made before the ballhandler is in trouble. Maybe the players are dribbling too much.
  6. Passers make high risk decisions and force the pass into people who are not open.

I suspect one or more of these problems is affecting your team. Once you decide which problem is hurting you most, focus on it. Then move to the next. As you can see, these are corrected by education and a little effort.


Email:
SRFIE859@AOL.COM
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Date:
11/25/01

Question

I JUST STARTED TO COACH A GIRLS 12 -13 YEAR OLD LEAGUE I NEED 10 EASY PLAYS THEY PLAY GOOD DEFENSE BUT LACKING ON OFFENSE THANKS SHELBY FIELDS

Answer

I suggest you just pick one or two offensive patterns that are easy to teach as well as an out of bounds play from the base line and from the sideline. That's all. Instead of knowing several plays, it's much more effective to perfect a few plays.

The plays I diagrammed in the article "Easy Offensive Sets" should work well. The article is found in my topic menu in the upper right hand corner of the site.


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dwalpen@hotmail.com
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11/15/01

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Hi coach - I am a Swiss coach (yes we do play ball in this country) and would like to tell you how impressed i am by your web site. I have seen many so told coaching related sites, but nothing to compare with the richness of your informations. Thanks for providing and sharing your experiences - Daniel Walpen U 17 girl coach

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Email sent 11/15/01.


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thiago.ricardo@btinternet.com
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11/17/01

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hi what can i do to make me jump higher, what exercises and what is good to eat that will make me jump higher

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Please read the top of this page.


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znorris@richlandone.org
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11/17/01

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I'm looking for some simple stat sheet forms to keep up with defensive possessions and offensive possessions.

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I included my stat sheet in the Downloadable Tools page. Its designed to track stats like rebounds, assists, etc. If anyone has one designed for tracking possessions, please email the requestor and myself. Thanks.


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yyellowjackets@aol.com
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11/19/01

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I coach 2 teams 7-8 and 9-10 and we are having the meeting of coaches and parents tonight. I was wanting to ask if anyone had a letter that they have handed out to parents telling what they expect...thanks coach v

Answer

Email sent 11/19/01.


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asierra@sfnonline.com
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11/19/01

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At the U11 level (intra-mural) is it a time good to introduce an offensive play or two? If yes what would play would be recommended? Thanks Coach Tony

Answer

The article "Easy Offensive Sets" has plays that will work for you. Its in the topic menu in the upper right hand corner. These are the plays I used with 5th graders. Easy to teach. Also, they lay a foundation for motion based offenses they players will need to learn in the future.


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auburn11ubball@hotmail.com
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Date:
11/12/01

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I was wondering if you had any set drills that you could give 11u boys team to practice at home on their own? So they can practice at home in between practice dates. Thanks, matt

Answer

No ... but that may be a good topic. I spent many, many hours with my sons practicing in the driveway. Those times were really enjoyable for me. We worked on shooting, mostly. I'd take the pass as the post, then feed him back as he cut for threes and layups. We also worked on drives to the basket with me as the dummy defense. Its important not to block shots or foul, rather set up different angles and let him practice them over and over. Don't over coach. Just be a practice tool and have fun.


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EOCNCO.BRAGG.ARMY.MIL
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11/13/01

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WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF DEFENSIVE MEASURES

Answer

Well, one primary disadvantage is if you are taking defensive measures, you do not have the basketball. In this game the ball is power. You can't score without the ball. So, I guess the best plan is to be on defense as little as possible. However, the team that is taking the best defensive measures will likely spend the least time on defense, so defensive measure are a good thing.


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glupin97@hotmail.com
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11/10/01

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Let say your the coach of a basketball team what would you give your players in the following situations

a) A time out has been called with 15 seconds left in the game. Your team is down by two points and the opposition is to bring the ball in form their defensive baseline.

b) Your team of short, quick players is due to play a team of tall, lumbering players.

Answer

Well, I am the coach of a basketball team. And, I like hypothetical questions, so let see what happens.

End Game Scenario: This is a desperate situation where we must acquire the basketball or lose. There are two ways to do this: foul them (hopefully, they are in the bonus) or force a turnover through pressure defense. Most young teams shoot about 50% from the foul line, often less when the pressure is on. I would foul immediately and hope to get the ball back with as much time on the clock as possible. At 50%, the foul only costs me .75 in the one on one; and only 1 point in the double bonus. Of course, the fouled player may make both shots, but the odds are against it. Now, if the opponent had already demonstrated they will make most of their fouls shots, then we go m2m full court pressure with an emphasis on defending passing lanes. If we can stop the dribbler and force him to pass, we'll gamble everything on an interception. A turnover is great and there is the potential for a ten second call, too. We can score with 5 seconds to go with our sideline plays.

David vs Goliath: A game is really a long series of decisions and executions. In this situation, I want most of those decisions and executions to take place where we have the advantage. So, the theme is to stage the defensive battle in the middle of the court instead of near the baskets. When we get the ball, we'll press our speed advantage to the maximum, hoping to get a quick clean shot before their defense is established. The tempo must be maintained as high as possible. You may suffer some turnovers due to the pace, but theoretically, they will suffer more than you. If the big team is successful breaking your press, then front passes to the post and concede long shots. Longer shots rebound further from the hoop, increasing your chances of getting the ball.


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glupin97@hotmail.com
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11/10/01

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When coaching a group of junior players, could you explain six basic principles you would emphasise to them when performing a set shot.

How about seven basic principles? If you only want six, strike one of these. Anyway, avoid these shooting pitfalls:

  1. Twisted body. Align feet, hips, shoulders perpendicular to the basket. (Actually, I am changing my thinking on this one. In a set shot situation, like a free throw, angle can be beneficial. If a right handed shooter has his toes and body pointed slightly to the left, the arm mechanics and alignment are much smoother and the dominant eye has a better view of the basket. The more I experiment with these concepts, the more I like them.
  2. Inconsistent release. Watch the fingers as the player follows through. Do they turn away from basket at release?
  3. Non-vertical movement. Does the player leave the ground at an angle? Motion should be straight up or slightly toward the basket.
  4. Elbow flare. The elbow should remain close to the body. If it sticks out to the side, the shot will vary side-to-side and tend to be flat.
  5. No arc. The ball should travel well above the rim (15-17' at peak). Flat shots have a very small window to enter the basket. A nicely arced shots sees most of the basket circumference as it descends. Also, the ball is more likely to bounce up off the rim rather than back to the shooter.
  6. Ball on palm. The ball should be balanced on the fingertips during the shot, not resting on the palm where control is lost. There should be a discernable gap between the ball and the palm. This habit is a carryover from when the players are too small to hold the ball correctly. The thumb of the shooting hand should have a 45 degree angle up and toward the ball.
  7. Shot initiated from the hip or chest. Another carryover from days when so much strength was needed to merely reach the rim. Shots should generate from the triple threat position. The elbows should be at eye level when the shot is released. The higher the shot release, the harder it is to block.

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kch@usachoice.net
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11/5/01

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Could you give me a couple of effective offensive plays to run against a 2--3 zone? We're talking 6th grade level. Last year in our league it was strictly man to man defense. This year Zones are permitted too. Thanks!!!

Answer

Sure can ... there is an article on this site (you''ll find it at near the bottom of the topic menu) called Easy Offensive Sets. It has easy plays that I used with junior high aged players.


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zoink_42@yahoo.com
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11/5/01

Question

How could I get quicker but be stronger at the same time

Answer

Weight training can definitely help as well as specific individual exercises. Talk to your high school or athletic coach to get local instruction.


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BDGFilms@aol.com
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11/6/01

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I would like to advertise to all coaches about the possibility to find a career coaching on a nationally televised television show. The new sport, SmashBall is a high-impact sport based on Basketball. We are searching for coaches nation wide whom want to find a career coaching in front of millions of people on national television. If anyone is interested in such, I suggest they contact SmashBall by sending a resume into:

SmashBall
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Burbank, CA 91505
Fax: (818) 766-8488
E-mail: mason.gordon@warnerbros.com

Answer

I suggest you post this at http://www.worldofsports.com/nov01talk/ and basketball-coaching@yahoogroups.com


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dmayes@spc.net
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11/5/01

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I have coached the 6th grade team in our town for the past 5 years. This year, another guy wants to take a second team, this is assuming we have enought to field to teams. Anyway, we agreed to start with everyone practicing for two weeks, then split them up according to rank, hoping to field two teams of equal talent throughout.

Any suggestions on how to rank them would be helpful, such as passing, dribbling, attitude, shooting etc...all the basic fundamentals I assume.

I'm looking for anything though as this is a first for me. Thanks.

donnie

Answer

If you want to keep your teams balanced, first evenly divide up the better guards. The kids that can handle the ball will have the biggest impact on your game at that age. After that, balance the height. If each team has some big guys and some little guys, you can teach a typical basketball style that will help them in the long run. Another consideration is to keep family members together. The parents will appreciate the logistical help. Also, if its feasible, keep players who are buddies together. That will make the experience more fun for them. Here's an idea, too. Each coach can privately make a list of the kids he'd most like to have on his team, as if he was just picking a single team. Then compare the lists. Odds are the two lists will differ more than you think. Once each coach gets the kids only he selected, you can negotiate for the remaining players that were chosen by both coaches. I have seen this method work before at open tryouts and its pretty surprising how differently coaches choose players.


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11/2/01

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I'm a sophomore in high school and I'm trying to improve my form and change my basketball form and shoot from my right side because, I shoot form my left side. I just want to know will you please give me some tips on how I should improve my form and how I should hold the ball when I shoot. I'm trying to be the best I can and get a basketball scholarship. Please e-mail me. Brandon Merchant From: El Dorado, Arkansas

Answer

I think you are very wise to become proficient at shooting with either hand. Remember how effective Larry Bird was? All he ever needed was a window to shoot the ball through using either hand and he could score. Another advantage is that as you learn to use the right hand, you'll find you need to think through your technique. That will make you more analytical which will make you better equipped to adjust when you need to.

The trick is to start close. Stand two feet from the basket and shoot 50 shots concentrating on technique: bend your knees, extend your arms, flip your wrist and follow through. Back up 2 feet and do it again, and again until you are shooting free throws. Do this every day. When you play with friends, try to shoot all your shots right handed no matter how ugly it looks.

In about two weeks, you'll notice a change. You will start shooting naturally with either hand, especially near the hoop. Whenever you have a positional advantage by using your body as shield, you be able to use the protected hand to shoot.

The process is simple, but tedious. You need to be determined and consistent. It will be frustrating at first because it will take time to train yourself. Keep track of how many you make and miss each day. The records will help motivate you and prove your progress. Why don't you write me in 3 weeks and let me know how you are doing?


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tupac_des_uk@hotmail.com
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Date:
11/3/01

Question

hi im trying to increase my vertical jump do u have any programmes that would work??

Answer

Please read the top of this page.


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p.moorees@home.nl
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10/30/01

Question

i am surching for drills for the smallest childeren. can you help me?

Gretings Paul Moorees

Answer

Try reading the articles Basic Skills, Fundamental Defensive Skills and Happy Feet on this site.


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wwilson02@hotmail.com
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Date:
10/31/01

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How to improve jumping ability?

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Please read the top of the page.


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keseandy@aol.com
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10/31/01

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I recently purchased medicine balls to help strengthen the 5th & 6th grade boys. Do you know of any drills that would be helpful? They really have some talent but they aren't very strong. Thanks

Answer

I like using heavy basketballs for building strength and coordination. Heavy objects slow the player movements down so you can focus more easily on technique. One drill we use is to place 3 or 4 players in the middle of a circle. The remaining players are on the outside of the circle, about 12' from the inner players. You can use multiple heavy balls. I like to mix in some normal weight balls and even some tennis balls once the kids get the hang of the drill. The inner players each have a ball and the drill starts by them passing their ball to an outer player. The outer player then throws the ball to the next inner player. The ball makes its way around the circle alternating between inner and outer players. You can use as many balls as you have inner players. Keep all the balls going in the same direction, however, you can signal a change in direction and see how the players adjust. You can vary the type of passes somewhat, although medicine balls aren't too good for bounce passes! Insist on proper form, of course.

 


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sam_kristna@hotmail.com
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10/23/01

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jabronie1230@aol.com
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10/29/01

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are they in tourmemt i nj

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I'll keep an eye out for you.


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chrissy55555@hotmail.com
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10/29/01

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I am coaching basketball at the middle school level. I am looking for a coaching clinic that I can attend. The school that I coach at is in north east IL. If you have any information or know where I can find any please get back to me. Sincerely, Chrissy Laski

Answer

I'll keep an eye out for you.


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sarcastic_03@hotmail.com
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Date:
10/29/01

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What is the size (demensions) of a volleyball court?

Answer

Go to http://www.volleyball.org/rules/basic_rules.html


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tonia@wireless.com
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10/29/01

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dauna_a@hotmail.com
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10/21/01

Question

I am having a problem accessing your topics on the Coach's Notebook page. "Topics" does not appear in the upper right hand corner as stated on your Introduction page. Thanks for your help!

Answer

Email me the type of computer and browser that you are running. I will try to access my page using a similar combination and see if I can figure out the problem. (Email sent 10/21/01)


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rderosas
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10/22/01

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I am a new coach for 3-4th graders. Both boys and girls mixed. I'm looking for a couple of good/fun drills for the kids to learn fundamentals of passing, shooting, rebounding, defence etc.

Email sent 10/22/01.


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rjabo33@aol.com
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10/19/01

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where can i find a detailed list of adjustments to offenses and defenses. For example, if the defense is playing a 3-2 zone, what offense should i be running? if an offense is running a 1-4, what defense should i be using? I would like to know if a list exists that cover all these and other situations. Thank you for your help.

Answer

Don't know of such a list, but let me ask you this... do you really think you can teach your team a offense to counter every possible defense? Pick two patterns you like, one for m2m and one for zone; or, try the Simplified Triangle on this site. Get real good at the offense(s) you pick. Then, let the defense make adjustments to you rather than you reacting to the defense. If you try to learn too many offenses, you end up mastering none and you're not going to be very effective against any defense. The kinds of offensive adjustments you should try to make involve tempo. When you have the ball, you have the power to dictate the game pace. A good way to bust a zone is to flat beat them down the floor. I hope this helps. Learning offensive plays is time consuming and doesn't really account for that big a percentage of your score.


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boyiamgood@hotmail.com
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10/19/01

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Do you have any programs for basketball kids trying to improve there vertical. If so may i have all of them

Answer

See response dated 2/22/01.


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boyiamgood@hotmail.com
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Date:
10/19/01

Question

may I have some program that will make my jumping ability better so I can dunk


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rainbowfish73@cs.com
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Date:
10/19/01

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I coach 7th grade girls basketball. My girls are small fairly athletic and quick. Are they to young to grasp the 2-2-1 half court trap defense? If so what defense would you suggest?

I favor the 131 as a halfcourt trapping press. It is very effective against younger teams. 7th grade girls are capable of learning its concepts. I have been considering diagramming the 131 for my next article. Stay tuned - should be up in about a week.


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wildthang449@yahoo.com
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Date:
10/14/01

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what are the demensions of the volleyball court? what is the average height of the net for men and women?

Answer

Go to http://www.volleyball.org/rules/basic_rules.html


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marnjoy@aol.com
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10/15/01

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This will be my 1st year coaching a middle school basketball team (girls) and was struggling with how to structure try-outs. How should drills/scrimmages be ordered, what kind of drills, how long should scrimmages last, how to pick players, do I need to use checklists to evaluate players, etc. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer

It is hard to answer your question in this brief format. Basically, use conditioning drills to see who has the will to work hard. You will eliminate some early that have no interest in strenuous exercise. Use drills to examine the base skills seperately - dribbling, passing, shooting. Use 3 on 3 to evaluate game skills. Some players get hidden 5 on 5 in tryouts. Checklists are nice, but are hard to use. Also - its difficult to objectively put a number on abilities. There is a tryout article on this site and a chapter of Ed Riley's book Coaching Youth Basketball Year 2 has input from three coaches on tryouts.


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condor@pacific.net.au
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10/16/01

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I am a relatively new Coach to an Under 14 Boys School Team. Most of the fella's are short compared to the other teams we play against. Could you offer some advice on how these guys may play defence against fella's much taller than them. Around the key, they just are'nt able to slow down or halt the other players as they just reach over the top of my guys to shoot or pass and my lads become quite frustrated in not being able to stop them. What can I do?

Answer

The tall player's advantage is greatest near the basket, so wage your battle as far from the basket as you can. Hopefully, you have some speed. If your short and slow, even being really smart and skilled may not be enough. Commit your defensive strength to the middle of the court with a press, trapping whenever you can. If your recover their turnovers, you can score without dealing with their height advantage as you will when you run a half court offense. Once they beat your press, all you can do is try to induce long shots and box out. You can prevent passes inside by fronting the post players, but it's defeinitely going to be an "uphill" battle.


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kennyham@aol.com
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10/17/01

Question

I have a kid who has a good three point shot but when ever we have games he has a hard time making them. I was wondering if you had any tips on making his percentage of three pointers in games go up.

Answer

Shooting confidence for most kids comes after a lot - and I mean a lot - of practice. Once a players "knows" he can make a shot, he will. In practice, you can use competitive shooting drills. In competitive drills, there is always a consequence for missing a shot and reward for making it. I like drills where we keep score or see how many we can make in a row. The consequences are minor, maybe pushups or a sprint, and the rewards may simply be that the player or his group "won" the drill. But after several times of making the drill-winning shot, the player is more accustomed to the pressure and can focus on execution. Good question.


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10/2/01

Question

how can i become faster and improve my leaping abilities so thats i can dunk


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johnnycradd@cs.com
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10/13/01

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I need information on the triangle offense PLEASE HELP!

Answer

Thanks for your question.

I have an article in on the site called, "Simplified Triangle Offense". I used the concepts there to teach the offense to 9th graders and it worked great. The offense worked against m2m and zone. When you get the site, look in the topics menu (upper right hand corner) and select the article. If you have questions, please feel free to email me.

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fuuball99@aol.com
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9/30/01

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hi i just turned 15 and i am 6'2-6'4 some were around there but i cant jump that high i cant hit the rim how do i get up there i jump off my left leg and my right leg is strongest can any one help me this is my first year in basket ball so i need help

Answer

Seems like you have some good height working for you. Size is a real natural advantage you should learn how to use. One, you can intimidate shooters just by keeping your hands up. Don't foul. Two, Location is more important than leaping. Learn the best positioning and use your body to make space near the basket. Three, getting to the ball quickly is more useful than jumping high. That means keeping your hands up and jumping quickly (not high).

To practice, look at my new article "10 Steps to Happy Feet". That will help your coordination jumping off either foot. Another exercise to to stand directly under the basket and see how many times in 30 seconds you can jump off both feet and touch the bottom of the backboard. Jumping is a coordination skill. Jump rope helps, too. You will slowly improve with practice, so keeping trying to touch the rim, first off one foot, the the other. You'll get it.


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Derk_23@hotmail.com
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Date:
9/19/01

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How can i improve my verticle? What drills can i do to help improve my game of basketball

Check this page by scrolling down to February 22.


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Derk_23@hotmail.com
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9/19/01

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What can i do to impove my game at basketball are there any drills that you could give me so i can work on them and also to improve my verticle jump is there any drills that i can do for that. Thansks. Derek.

Use the topic menu in the upper right hand corner.


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DMPrause@aol.com
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Date:
9/27/01

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Hi, I will be coaching my daughter's 6 and 7 year old team. I went to school on a basketball scholarship so I know how to play the game, but teaching it to young girls is a little different! Do you have any ideas or drills that might help me out? I'm really looking forward to this and want to make it a good experience for the girls. Thanks!.

Sure do! Just cruise the topic menu in the upper right hand corner. Also, Read Coach Riley's Coaching Youth Basketball for years 1 and 2. They are posted here, too and accessible from the front page or the topic menu.


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Jason.Ermer@sendit.nodak.edu
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Date:
9/18/01

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Coach, we recently faced an quick aggressive team that had a very effective 2-2-1 press. We emphasize trying to get the ball to the middle to break just about any press, but this 2-2-1 press was extremely effective at taking the middle away. When we tried passing up the sideline, we ran into the usual trap. Our solution during the game was to reverse the ball, but we seemed to have run into the same problems. One more thing, the pressing team had a very smart and athletic girl deep to read the long pass. Any ideas we could try to implement in our next practice?

Answer

The 221 is a very common press. You are right in trying to break it in the middle. Driving or passing up the sides is playing into its strength. The 221 is just a zone. You beat a zone by overloading it. When one of your girls goes to the middle, they are force to cover her. That means some defensive player must break formation. Why not plan for that?

The 221 doesn't contest the in bound pass, typically, so you just need an inbounder and a receiver up front. The best opportunity is to pass right back to the inbounder who already breaking downcourt. The momentum will clear the first two defenders and you already have an imbalance.

But, what if that doesn't work? Then, I like your furthest player downcourt to double back and cut to the middle of the court. The advantage is that she is coming from behind the midcourt defense and it is harder to see her coming. To cover her, one of the two midcourt defenders must leave their post. If you've stationed your two remaining people on each side of the mid-court, one will then be open.

Don't be too rigid on your offensive formation. Its not like a certain setup always beats a 221. Good presses always distort to adapt to the offense anyway. Like any effective zone offense, pass quickly and cut to the areas. And... be patient.


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cbv56@aol.com
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Date:
9/15/01

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I have NEVER coached before! I played basketball MANY years ago. I will be coaching girls' middle school basketball. I need the new rules, regulations, drills, ANYTHING! Thanks!

Answer

This site is dedicated to coaches like you. Check all the topics listed in the upper right hand corner. I like the idea on posting new rule and points of emphasis. Look for it in the near future.


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coachdeenice@yahoo.com
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Date:
8/20/01

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In reference to the article on the simplified triangle offense, if both cutters cut and neither receives the ball is the option an isolation for the post man?

Answer

If both cutters go by, there will be a hole for the post to follow. Cutters create a vaccuum in their wake. Posts should fake handoffs, then follow for their own shot. Some kids have a real knack for this. If no move is possible, kick the ball out. The weak side guard should have rotated over to serve as an outlet.

 


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mahan@xyz.net
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Date:
8/24/01

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I tried to add you site as a link on my website for the kids to get info from, but it will not come up when I hit the link, tried it 4 times, same results. I can get on if I use my listing in the favorites page. Is there some sort of block on your site that I can't access, any ideas?

Ak II

Question resolved and link is up. sj


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kinney17@pacbell.net
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8/29/01

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i have been coaching at a park near by ages 12 through 17. i have enjoyed it so much that i want to make a career move and try coaching at the high school level. i have talked to a counselor at a community college and besides taking some classes he suggested finding out what the requierments were for high school coaches. do you have any info that would help me?

Answer

The way I got in was to volunteer for a couple years. This is a good approach. You'll learn a great deal from the coaching staff and there's a bunch of school related things you need to be on top of. Most recreational league coaches have no idea how much is involved at the high school level. Also, you'll probably need to be certified and receive 1st aid training. These are good things for you anyway. The main thing that runs off volunteer coaches is the degree of commitment required. I have seen several that last a month or so, then disappear. You need to be willing to make every practice as wellas every game, bus ride and coaches meeting. If you prove you can do that, you'll have a big head start when a paid job opens up. Or... you may find tha the volunteer job suits you perfectly. Good luck.


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cflores@bmheagleton.com
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7/3/01

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Do you have any offensive plays to use against Man-to-Man and Zone defenses for 14 year old girls?


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Bendrickm@yahoo.com
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7/5/01

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I need a good Basketball Workout that help ever muscal in your body


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wbridgett@yahoo.com
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7/6/01

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I am trying to find a picture of a basketball court for Jr. High students with the demensions on it. We just put a new floor down in our gym. Now we have to start all over.Please Help. B. Williams

Hooplines has great products to help you sharpen your skills and enhance your playing area.


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piss002000
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7/7/01

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im a PG and i wanted to know what i can do to do a crossover properly? also i would like to know of any individual drill that will help my dribbling skills?

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I like the crossover, right hand to left hand, to happen as the ballhander steps back with left foot. Always protect the ball with the body and space. Just practice in the driveway a lot, starting slow to perfect the skill. This is a good skill, but not a critical skill. Don't neglect your shooting and passing to get better at a crossover.


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Bigpimp1n3@aol.com
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7/13/01

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My name is Dean and I am a jv high school basketball player my position is the 2 and the 3 my problem is that when I catch the ball in the corner near the base line there is always someone coming to trap me. Teams catch on that I have a very good shot so they focus on me when I get hot basically with a trap. My point guard has a problem of not coming to help fast enough so I end up going base line trying to get the big man the ball or I try slipping through and pulling up for a shot but I am off balance do you have any other good suggestions on how to move out of a trap.

You are playing in the weakest part of the court. The corner is the lowest percentage shot, and if you hesitate or drive baseline, you're easy to trap. So, keep the ball moving towards the middle of the court, as a rule. Don't blame your point guard. He probably doesn't want to pass the ball into a risky area.


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7/14/01

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how can increase my jumpshot and get better with my left.


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7/18/01

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What rules do you have when establishing philosophy for defending against screens? What footwork drills and teaching drills can you suggest? How do you specifically defend backdoor screens?

Answer

Man guarding ball fights through all screens, man guarding screener steps back to provide room for teammate being screened, teammates watch for ball handler to beat defender then step up as early as possible to help stop the ball. Lots of talk.


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7/19/01

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How does the triangle-and-two work? Scott Bokun

Answer

Two defenders shut down the primary ballhandler (or shooter) while the remaining three play zone defense in the key.


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7/19/01

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What is the average pay of most NBA coaches

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I have no idea ... but I am sure its more than I make.


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6/22/01

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I'm italian,a basketball coach.I'd like to know something attack vs zone 32,23 and vs zone-press.Thank you a lot,Benjamin.


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6/30/01

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Hi! My name is Dalibor and i'm an 18-year old guy from Yugoslavia. The reason i'm writeing you this letter is because i love basketball, but i need help because all that love and passion just isn't enough. As i already said, i'm 18, and that means that if i ever want to play pro basketball i have to get better... and i got to do it fast. That is why i need you. I need to know the best way to inprove my vertical jump, my speed, to make my ferlexes as sharp as they can be... in short, i need to become the best i can be in all posibile ways. All of this is probably included on your site, but i would like you to tell me what to do. I'm not such a god writer so i can not write about all the things i would like you to do for me, but i think i did say enough... enough for you to help me.

p.s. by the way, i'm about 178 cm i hight and i waight about 80 kg... if it helps. Thanx in advance.


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8/8/01

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Do you know where I can find something about triangle offense by Coach Tex Winter (book, video or by net)?

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Try www.powerbasketball.com


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8/9/01

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can you give me any info. on the triangle offense that you may have

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Yep! Go to the Simplified Triangle article.


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8/12/01

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Ik zoek Tennisballen voor een court baan. Ik heb er al in enkele winkels naar gevraagd maar tot nu toe zonder sucses. Indien u mij verder kunt helpen laat mij iets weten. dank bij voorbaat. Danny

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Het spijt me, lastig begrijpen Nederlandse taal.


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8/14/01

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I have a question about guards following their shots? I have argued that guards, particularly those farthest from the basket, should not follow their shots, but instead should be aware of the other team's guards heading up the court for a breakaway. Am I right? Should guards follow all of their shots, or should they be aware of the other teams heading off to the races for a fast break? Your feedback is much appreciated

Answer

I would agree as long as the guards are shooting near the top of the key. If they are shooting from the corners, they might as well crash the boards. Since threes bounce further, they should watch the course of the ball and plan for a long rebound. The defense will have their backs to them, so they have an advantage slipping into the best position. If the point guard, for example, shoots a three and follows (or penetrates, leaving the top of the key open), its a good idea for a wing to rotate into his spot, both for defense and to provide an outlet pass route.


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8/15/01

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hi, Im nick and i can jump 2 feet but i want to know how high my vertical jump should be at age 14?

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Thanks for your question in the Coach's Notebook. There is no guide for jumping height according to age because kids grow at all different rates. Just look around among your friends and classmates and you'll see what I mean. If you have a 24" vertical, you're doing pretty well. You're old enough to start working with weights. Do toe raises, power lifts, jump on one foot and stand under the back board an see how many time you can touch the bottom of the backboard in 30 seconds. Be patient, give your body time to grow and rest. Good luck.

Coach Jordan


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6/4/01

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Is there any formal education a basketball coach would need if he has set his sites on coaching in the NBA someday? Also, what is that basketball coaches have in common other than having played basketball earlier on in their career? Thanks for your cooperation and efforts.

Answer

Formal education? No. Basketball coaches come from everywhere. You need to work your way up the ranks, though. Start at the highest level you can as an assistant. Learn from your head coach and make contacts. Allow several years to grow. Attend camps. Use the internet to converse with other coaches. Volunteer coach anywhere you can. You do not need to be a prominent former player, but it does serve to provide some credibility and help you get started. Doesn't necessarily mean you'll be a better coach, not at all. Commonalities include a love for the sport and the players. Love it enough to do it for free. Bear in mind that I have never coached in the NBA or even in college, so not the best person to advise. Wish you luck in your ambition, though.

 


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6/13/01

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I need some ways to increase my verticle jump.

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This topic was addressed recently. See the response posted below on 2/22/01.


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6/17/01

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I want to increase my vertical how can I do that

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This topic was addressed recently. See the response posted below on 2/22/01.


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5/10/01

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basic plays of basketball to include positions. graphics?

Answer

The Basic Plays are explained in text as there are so many subtle variations. You'll see the potential opportunities as your kids practice them. I did include graphics for the pick and roll.


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5/24/01

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What kind of defense would you suggest against a team that primarily goes to their center for scoring, but also has two guards that can hit threes when you play off them?

Answer

My defensive preferences are simple. I would front their center and keep the pressure on the guards to make passing as difficult as possible. Your other post defender will need to help against lob passes. All this works within the man to man defense.


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5/27/01

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how can i jump higher and be able to dunk i am 5'8 and i can dunk a tennis ball i need about 7 more inces to dunk a real ball how can i do it?

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This topic was addressed recently. See the response posted below on 2/22/01.


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5/2/01

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hi i am doing a project for school and i am researching on the topic volleyball and what is the salary range on taking this sport up as a professional sport? And what are the school requirements for thsi sport? if you could answer me this that would be great . thatk you for your time lyndsay jordan

Answer

Sorry, I only respond to basketball questions - mostly because I know nothing of volleyball.


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5/8/01

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what is an assist

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An assist is the pass leading to a basket. All you need to do is find the open man and pass him the ball. Now, if the pass is made, and the receiver makes a move to get open, then because the man had to move to get open, there is no assist. If you find an open man, pass him the ball, and he takes a couple dribbles uncontested to the basket, its still an assist because the dribbles were not a factor in getting the man open.


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4/13/01

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I coach a CYO Boys team that will be playing at the 5th grade level next year. Although we only play man defense all our opponents play zone. Up to now we have played a very simple triangle with little movement and no screens.

My team is quite talented, but I need to install a more effective zone offense (when we can't fast break). I must have 25 books on coaching but have been unable to find an offense that has all 5 players in motion with screens. I would like to have 2 zone motions, against odd and even fronts. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mark

Answer

Coach, I hope I don't disappoint you, but I am really in favor of simple offensive patterns for players that age. I think its much wiser to focus on skills (shooting, passing, rebounding and ballhandling). If the kids are well grounded with those fundamentals, and can recognize the openings in the two and three man situations (such as your triangle offense likely provides), then they will be well prepared for their later teams. If you wish to vary even/odd guard fronts, that's great, but I feel they should be fairly creative against zones with the understanding how to move the defense through overloads and quick passing. I wouldn't attempt 5 players in motion against a zone - too complicated. The screening I will use against a zone is usually just to rub off one of the perimeter players.

Do you have a player that can play the high post spot against a zone? If so, you have a real prize. So, my advice is keep it real simple and fun. Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job.


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4/15/01

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Hello. I am a college student who wants to walk on to my university team. I would know coaches give their players off season manuals of what they want them to do, I was wondering if you or another coach could e mail me something like that so I can improve for the fall, thank you

Jay Otero

Answer

I think you should contact your prospective coach ASAP. Let him know you are interested and ask him what he thinks you should do. Don't be like me ... I tried to walk on at a division I school without an introduction and was deservedly cut. I found out the real players had already been together privately for weeks. I was too late and didn't even know it. Contact the coach and be assertive about it.


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4/11/01

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I have been a PE teacher/JV basketball coach for 6 years. I want to be a High School head coach. My record is 122-18 and I have made significant contribution to the varsity programs that I have coached under. I played for a NCAA div. II school and played briefly for the Fort Wayne Fury(CBA)( that is to say that I got scouted and picked up and played summer league). I keep running into the same problems when I go for head coaching interviews. The parents play a big part in the interview process. Basically, they want me to play their son no matter what and allow them to tell me how to coach. Is there any way that I can answer these questions diplomatically without compromising myself or control of the program and still get the job?

Answer

The object is to get the job and the parents have a big say in who gets the job, so the trick is to avoid alienating the parents while maintaining your principles. Is that a fair assessment?

One of my strongest points as a coach has been parent relationships, and that doesn't mean I play their kids unfairly or take direction from parents. I do believe in playing every kid every game. I also believe in making parents a part of the team. I need the parents in so many ways. Do I listen to them tell me how to coach? You bet. Does it dictate my style? No, but I do get the benefit of some good ideas from time to time. If you read the article Coaching Philosophy on this site, you'll get a more cohesive idea what I am suggesting.

I think you should take a high level, "kids first" approach in your interview. Talk about building a team in a larger sense, based on players and their families. Stress that you expect and value contribution from every player and every parent. Who can argue or feel threatened with that?

Trouble with many coaches is that they are too defensive. It doesn't cost anything to be nice and to listen to parents. Parents who have a say don't complain much. Parents who help rarely complain at all. Players who get to participate are motivated and enthusiastic. Coaches who like parents are liked in return. I don't see where an open approach necessarily compromises a coach.

Good luck. I'm interested in your results and comments. Email me at sjordan@alaskalife.net


 
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4/6/01

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how can i learn to jump higher?

Answer

This topic was addressed recently. See the response posted below on 2/22/01.


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3/23/01

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Hi, I am a basketball player and I just started playing so can you tell me were all the positions are with a drawing prehaps or any easy way I can understand. Thank you very much.

Answer

Visit my friend, Guy Power, at www.powerbasketball.com. He has an article there that describes the positions by number.


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3/26/01

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Do you have any idea what has happened to chalk talk. I havent been able to pull it up for about a week. Thanks.

Answer

I don't know ... but I miss Chalk Talk, too. I can only hope that Norm is upgrading his site. - Alaska Coach.


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3/22/01

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Is it a requirement for coaches at any level to have a teaching liscense or if there are any states that do not require them at the high school level. Do you have to have a teaching level at the college level too?


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3/22/01

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I would like to reword my last question. Sorry to be a burden, but my dad used to coach high school basketball at the varsity level and he loved it but quit so he could watch me play at the college level. He never had a teaching liscense because he did not have to have one in the state of Indiana. But today he found out they changed the rule and he must have one. I also for this reason have been pursuing a different degree because I thought I could coach without having a teaching liscence. My dream and his is to coach so I was wondering if there was any place where a teaching liscence was not necessary at the high school or college level. Thanks.

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I don't know, state by state, where coaches are required to have teaching certificates. I do know that being a certified teacher is a big advantage even where it is not required. In Alaska, a teaching certificate is not required, but preference is given in the following order: qualified teacher in the school, qualified teacher in another school, qualified school district employee, and finally a qualified coach outside (not employed by) the school system.


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3/18/01

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I have been reading your Q&A site and its wonderful to see so many involved coaches seeking answers to their questions. You have a great site.


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3/11/01

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For my A level research project I have decided to study the different coaching techniques and drills used by guards to the techniques and drills used by forwards. Could you please tell me the drills that are used in these positions and why they are used. Any information on coaching those positions would be greatfully recieved. Thanks Simon.

This requires a long, long answer using this forum. If you're really serious about talking with me, write me at sjordan@alaskalife.net and perhaps we can set up a telephone call. You might try the article here "Developing Your Big Players" for starters.


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3/12/01

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Some years ago, I bought a couple of booklets from a series called "Flashback Notebooks", originally published by Medalist, which was later acquired by Mac Gregor from Wisconsin. However, my supplier of those booklets has died, and I don't seem to be able to find them anymore. Does anyone know of any Website or shop that might still supply them? Many thanks !

Frans Godden, Belgium

Visit my friend, Guy Power, at www.powerbasketball.com. He has good connections for books.


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3/13/01

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How do I increase my vertical jump higher without having to pay for any strength shoes?

Look below to 2/22/01. There is a lot of suggestions there that may help you.


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3/14/01

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I do not know the codes for the Stats sheet. GP, FG, FGA, FT, FTA, TP, TPA, FL, REB (rebounds?), STL(steal?), AST (assists?)

AND any word on the banquet? Thank you. Jami

Answer

GP - Games Played; FG - Field Goals; FGA - Field Goals Attempted; FT - Free Throws; TP - Three Point; F - Fouls.

No word on the banquet yet. Now that the varsity boys are done with their season, a date should be set soon.


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3/2/01

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We have a U11/5th grade boys AAU team. We have played 40 games so far this season trying to gear up for the state AAU tournament. We play excellent the first game of the day or night but when we have a several hour layoff between games we seem to come out sluggish and don't play nearly as well. Any suggestions as to what to do with the team during this time, things to or not to eat, etc. would be much apprediated. Thanks, Larry

Answer

I think meal timing is very important. Have the players eat about 2 hours before their game. On bus trips, I found it helpful to bring snacks - cut oranges, breakfast bars - so they would have energy resources by game time. Another thing about tournaments, don't hang around the gym all day. Get out of there after your game and go do something fun (without being strenuous). The break will work well for you - much more than scouting the competition.


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3/3/01

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I play basketball for my high school team, I have an awseome inside range (15 feet) but struggled a little with my 3-point jump shot this year. So then I moved to my set shot (which is usually pretty good) for three pointers, but then it screwed up my jump shot. Should I have just stuck with my jump shot? And are there any websites, books , etc. that could really help my game for next season? If you could help me I'd really be thankful, Mike. P.S. I'm only a 5'11 shooting guard.

Answer

You're big enough now that you should be feeling comfortable shooting a jump shot in the three point range. If you cannot shoot that far without distorting your form, then you need to investigate mechanical problems within your shot. Check out the shooting articles by Tom Norland that have been posted on my site. There many good tips there to help your shooting.


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2/26/01

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Help! I need examples of coaching resumes. I have the opportunity to coach a Jr. high school basketball team and the AD would like to see my resume. I have over 10 years experience coaching youth basketball, but never thought about preparing a resume. Coach Turpin

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I emailed you my resume' and I also posted it on my site (look in the topics menu). Its the only coaching resume" in my possession!


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2/22/01

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I am playing 15's club volleyball. I am 5' 3 and want to improve my hitting and blocking ability. How would I go about improveing and increasing my verticle jump?

Answer

See below...


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2/22/01

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hey i am in the 8th grade i am 5-3 105 i want to play bball in high school what can i do to jump higher? and how should i work on my strengh and endurance? also give me some tips on spot up shooting on the dribble (stop and pop) i cant get my hands on the ball right if i shoot it too fast

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Tips: Pick your shooting spot a little ahead of time. Instead of initiating your jump shot at some random moment, visually select a spot in an open area, perhaps just beyond a screener. That way, you are totally prepared and your timing will benefit. Also, be ready to shoot before you catch the ball - hands up and in position. The instant you catch the ball, you should be ready to fire.

Here are some vertical improvements I copied from egroups.com/coaching-basketball:

Everybody wants to jump  higher, run faster and be more explosive, but not many  individuals are willing to pay the necessary price  to create  the  desired improvements in these areas . The  following drills will show improvement  if they are  done two or three  times a week  over a two month  period  for approximately 20 minutes a session . THEY WORK !!!

ALL of these drills are done -10 second bursts,  because generally, basketball is played  in 10 - seconds  or less bursts :

1. Jump Rope Simulation - 10 seconds each ,3 sets as fast as  you jump
a. 2 foot jump - feet shoulder-width apart
b. Right leg only
c. Left leg only
d. Jumping jack legs move as if  doing jumping jacks
e. Wide base - feet  as wide as   possible ( stay wide )
f. Split  legs  forward and back (switch as quickly as you can )

2. Line Jumps - 10 seconds each , 3 setes  keep hands above ears
a. Forward and back split - one foot over line , other  foot behind
line then switch  repeatedly
b.  Side of foot next to line - Jump back and forth
c. Switch over top and behind
d. Straddle- left leg on top , right  leg behind  , jump over line
e. Stradle - right leg on top( same as d)

3. Explosive Jumps - 8 jumps of each,3 sets  . Keep  hands above  ears
a. Double  leg  truck  jumps - jump up and  bring  knees to chest land  and immediately jump up again - repeat

b. Glute kicks - jump up and  bring  heels to butt , and repeat
c. Lateral jumps  as far as you can side to side, land on both feet, Immediately jump back laterally, repeat
d. Forward and back - jump forward as far as you can, then backward, repeat
e. Single leg tuck jumps - hold left leg at right angle jump up and bring
Left  leg to chest. Keep  right leg at right angle, it does not move, repeat.
f. Single  leg tuck  jumps - hold  left leg at right  angle, bring leg to chest, repeat
g. Split  jumps -  right leg to forward, left leg back, jump  up and bring back on landing.

4.Partner jumps - partner gently puts hands on shoulders of  jumper
a. Two feet - jump as high as possible, repeat 10 times
b. One leg - 10 jumps
c. Other  leg - 10 jumps

5. Across Court - length  of basketball court .Keep hands above ears
a. Repeat standing broad jumps - jump off 2 feet, land ,jump as
quickly as
Possible, down the court
b. Lateral jumps- shoulder points to end of court, jump sideways, land on Both feet, repeat
c. Lateral Jumps - point other  shoulder to end of  court, jump  sideways, land on  both feet, repeat
d. Double  leg zig zag -  both feet  together, jump in zig - zag the Length of the court
e. Single leg zig - zag -- same as d , but jump on right leg only
f. Single leg  zig - zag  -- other  foot
g. Repeated double leg split down court
h. Repeated single leg  tuck jump  down court
i. Repeated single leg tuck jump  down court, other leg
j. Power skips -- with maximum height, jump the length of the court
 
6. Upper Body quick workout
a. Do one push up, go to knees and do one shoulder press
b. Do  2 push  ups, go to knees and do 2 shoulder presses, etc
c. Repeat until you can t do anymore -- a good goal is to build up to 15

These drills should  be done on a soft surface like a gym floor or grassy area, so as to lessen the  shock on knees. Also never do these drills two days in a row -- always take at least one day off afther this workout: These drills will make you better if done over time GOOD LUCK!


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2/23/01

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what are the responsibilities of an Athletic Director?

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I expect that role may change from school to school. I would guess that the primary duty would be scheduling all the athletic activities - what a nightmare! - including gym use for practice and outside events. The AD should have input on new coach hires and policies, and also budget administration. For a more authoritative answer, ask an Athletic Director.


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2/21/01

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Hi I'm 14 years old and I am 6'3'' 188cm. Every body thought I was going to be a huge centre but I am realising I'm not going to grow much more. Last year I worked at my dribbling and now I'm point guard for my team, even though I'm the tallest. I am very quick and jump farely high 29 inches. Where would you see me in 6 years time? My problem is that there is alot of talk that I should not play point guard any more because of my height. But if I don't get use to playing point guard I won't be ready for the big league. Do you recomend any drills to make my dribbling skills incredible. What I use to do is practice normal dribbling then through my legs and behind my back etc. I would really appreciate your help because I think I've got the potential to make it all the way to the N.B.L I live in Australia.

Answer

At 14, you still have growing left. Although you may not be huge, you'll definitely be tall. Do you think Magic Johnson was a great point guard? (Nod yes) He was also a great forward and great center. He could play everywhere. Maybe that is a reason why he was so good at point. Is there any chance you can play on multiple teams? What if you were a post player on a team near your own age and also a point guard for a team of older kids? Look at the NBA's big people - more and more have good ball handling skills so it seems like you're heading the right way. I wouldn't worry much about choosing a position right now. Just build your overall skills. As you get older, your future teams may need you to play in different spots. Perhaps your best attribute in the eyes of scouts will be your versatility.


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2/20/01

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Coach- My girlfriend played a number of sports in high school, with basketball being one of them. She is always complaining about her legs being too big and muscular. I am fine with how they look but she still seems uncomfortable with them. I am trying to help her out and I was wondering, do you know of any workouts to solve this or someplace that would? Thank you for you time and I hope to hear from you soon! -Nate

Answer

Now that's an original question! However, the only exercise I know to make one's legs less muscular is no exercise. and where's the fun in that? I suggest staying in sports and enjoying the power you have. Some folks work real hard for just a little extra musculature.


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2/20/01

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Do you have any suggestions in how to attack a high 2-3 zone defense? I coach 8th grade boys who are very good 20-2 this year, but one teams plays this against us the entire game. It pushes our offense way high and wide and really takes us out of it . I have a great point guard and another quick off guard who can shoot, but this team is very quick and seems to anticipate every pass....any suggestions would be helpful...we play them again next week in a tournament....

Answer

Sounds like you may be a bit over-reliant on your offensive set. I like to take advantage of whatever the defense offers. It requires that you give the kids a lot of freedom, though. If the defense extends itself, it just opens new doors of opportunity. Even if a team is good at anticipating passes, the odds are still in the offense's favor - passes are faster than people. Fake passes and some anticipation by your own guys can work wonders. Get them in the mind set of "toying" with the opponent. The offense can be manipulative with enough confidence. There should be holes for your shooting guard to pop into... how about some high post action? Post flashes to the top of the key, gets a pass back to the guard cutting by ... have some fun with it.


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2/19/01

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Hi - I am coaching an 8th grade girls basketball team that finished the regular season 10-0. The problem is that in the post season tournment we were moved up a division and drew the first place team in that division. I have not seen this team play but have talked to other coaches and know that they are a big, athletic and quick team. I have been working on a game plan that I think will work but need some assistance. My plan, so far, is to use a variety of different defenses: half court man traps, full court zone traps and to apply constant pressure on the ball. My thought is to try and keep them off balance so they cannot establish any offensive rhythm. On offense, I want to spread out the offense and force them to guard us man to man so that I can use the speed and athletic ability of my point guards. I also think that from this spread set I can use the one on one coverage to give my low post players a better chance to score without getting their shots blocked. I think that if we can control the ball for most of the game we have a better chance of winning. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks for listening. - Joe Peabody

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Coach Peabody, the plan sounds fine, although complicated for 8th graders. You know better than me what your team can do. I think its better to do a few things very well than several things done not so well. However, if your team is well drilled in pressing, you can change the formation and they will pick it up quickly. Press principles are constant, no matter which configuration you use. Sometimes, if you are athletically outclassed, a zone will help you keep the ball outside and will also slow the game down to your favor. Good luck.


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How to get a higher vertical quick and easy

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If you want quick and easy, jump off a table. Any realistic plan will require work. Remember, if something is quick and easy to do, everyone will be good at it. You need to build strength and quickness and that, my friend, will take some time and effort.


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2/20/01

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hello Sir!! i am keen to knowing the full name of Mr. michael J. Wells ?

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Looks like you have the name down pretty good. Michael J Wells is like the father of internet coaches. You can visit the extensive links at his site at http://hometown.aol.com/coachmjw/pp22.htm. His contact information is also published there:
Business Phone: 727-347-3023
Business Fax: 727-345-3388
E-Mail: coachmjw@aol.com


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2/16/01

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I am very weak at dribbling with my left hand.....can you give me some tips on increasing my speed on my left hand?

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You just need to use it! I have had some kids go from zero left hand to pretty good in just one season, but it takes daily practice and understanding of the fundamentals - fingertips on the ball, firm push to the floor (nothing soft) and close to the body. Spend a half hour a day doing simple repetitions, then added movement from one place to the next. Don't try cross overs and hesitations until you're really solid with basic movement. Give yourself a goal - say two weeks of daily practice - and see how good you get in that time!


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2/15/01

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The other night at a basketball game, a shot came close to hitting the bar on top of the basket. It hit the tip of the top of the backboard. The ref by half court did not make a call (which we all assumed was correct) but the ref under the basket blow his whistle saying it hit the bar. The coach of the offended team went crazy since his team got the rebound and was given a technical. I assume there is no rule saying which ref should make that call but shouldn't the ref under the basket be looking at the people under the basketball and not watching the ball? Is there any way for the other ref to override this call if he knows it did not hit the obstruction? If so, can that negate the technical? Thanks.

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The referees share responsibilities even though they each have their own areas to concentrate upon. So, if the referee under the basket believed the ball hit the support, he should make the call. It doesn't really matter where he "should" have been watching. Now, if an official is clearly convinced that his partner made a mistake, they should confer and decide is the call should be changed. In this case, one referee was quite close to the situation so I can understand if his partner accepted the call. Referees are partners (I use that word deliberately) so they will trust each other's judgment and back each other up unless its obvious one ref didn't see the violation.

As for negating the technical ... I don't see that happening. The tech was probably for poor sportsmanship. An error by the ref doesn't give a coach the right to go ballistic. In this case, the coach lost control of himself and hurt his team. Blaming his actions on the referees isn't very responsible, is it?


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2/12/01

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This is my first year coaching boys jv basketball. I would love to install the 2-3 matchup zone were can i find info on this zone?

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I am looking for a good write-up and will post it here.

OK, here's a link you can vist: http://members.tripod.com/~coacheshome/matchup.htm

From Coach Mac on Chalk Talk: I posted a description in January but will summarize it here. Play man2man sagging off with your hands up. If a cutter goes thru, stay with him until you get close to another defender, then stop and cover his man/area and he slides over to defend the cutter (basically a switch). You are matched up as in man but you are sagging with your hands up as in a zone. You don't defend an empty area since you are matched to a man, but you are only tight on the man with the ball and defending low posts. To further confuse the offense, call out various zone formations or even "man" as you set up each time. Just make sure your own team knows you are in the match up zone or they may get confused, too. To further confuse them, switch between man, zone, and the matchup zone with one of your players calling the defense. If you work with a shot clock, it can play havoc with a team that runs different sets against man and zone if you switch defenses on the fly and they have to reset each time. Also, as the shot clock winds down and a lot of teams go to a flat 1-4 low set to isolate a player 1 on 1, switching to a straight zone will kill them. It is hard to get a good shot quickly against a zone.


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2/13/01

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I am kind of a stats junkie. I am looking for a stats program to use for my team next year. Do you have any programs that you recommend. Looking for something that I can use year after year and under $100. Thanks

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I made my own. Its a FileMakerPro database. If you have FileMakerPro, I'll send you a blank file. Email me at sjordan@alaskalife.net if you are interested.


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I have a 17 year old daughter who is a greater shooter. At the 3 point range she can come out at half time or in practice and hit one right after the other. She is a team player but gets verly frustrated when she can't hit the 3 in a game situation when she knows she should be able to. She can hit 10 for 10 3,s with no problem, just not in a game. How can she get to the next level.

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Perhaps its just that her confidence changes - shooting can be such a mind game - but maybe the excitement of the game is making her change her shot in a subtle way. Watch her form closely. Is it different? Does she rush her shots? These can be easy things to fix. If its all in her mind, then you need to get her used to shooting under pressure. Create competitive situations in practice where she must hit the shots - like buying back conditioning laps. Or have timed contests ... use your imagination. Once she gets accustomed to making shots under simulated pressure, tyhe game performance may improve.


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2/9/01

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HOW DO YOU WEAR A JOCKSTRAP?

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You strap it on your jock.


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i am 21 and playing for an intramural basketball team at UW-Madison. My problem is that my team is extremely small relative to the other teams. I stand 6'1" and I am the tallest player on the team. We got killed in the paint tonight and am looking for a possible defense in order to assist underneath. We only have seven players that play and only 5 that are decent so pressing probably won't be an option. thanks in advance for your advice

Answer

Don't be too quick to dismiss the press idea - you don't need to press the entire game. You will benefit by doing battle away from the basket where you are strong, rather than close where you are disadvantaged. Try an extended half court zone. You have no choice but to combat size with speed, hustle and outright chicanery.


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what is the most difficult thing about becoming a coach and what should coaches do to overcome it?

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Becoming a coach? Hmmm... most organizations require some form of certification, so you may need to complete a coaching class and a first aid course. A new coach may need to face his/own feelings of inadequacy (like can I be responsible for others) and conquer them, take criticism well, command the attention of players, things like that. Generally, people who stay in coaching do so because they are born to it. Its in their nature to be in control and accomplish feats through others. Parents who start coaching to support their own kids may need grow into the role. On the other hand, there is no ideal coaching model. Each individual must understand their strengths and weakness and use them to best do the job.


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what is the coaches most important role? TO be the best coach he/she can be, or to affect the teammates in the most influencial way possible? Brandon

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I can't pick one of your two choices as they are not mutually exclusive. Important roles a coach must fulfill are teacher, organizer, safety advocate, role model and being the players' "#1 fan".


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Hello,

This is my first year coaching. I coach a Varsity Boys Basketball Team at a Christian School. I am a 22 year old female and I have a hard time getting one of the boys to respect me. (the rest of them have come to respect me and listen to me.) Do you know what I can do to get the respect that I deserve? My next question is, is it too late in the season to teach new things? I feel that we learned quite a bit at the first of the season and now we should just be perfecting what we learned. One of the boys keeps telling me that he wants to learn something new now, but we only have four more games left. Any suggestions?

Thanks alot, Nicole DeFilippo

Answer

To get respect, you must first respect yourself. Provide a plan, follow it. Be fair. Listen and respect your players' opinions and ideas. Understand your own values (which may be difficult due to your youth) well enough to write them down and define your coaching philosophy. I did this recently and it really helped me. Click here to see... Don't blame lack of respect on your gender, just be a sincere coach. If a kid can't deal with the fact that his coach is a woman, that's his problem and maybe he can deal with it by not being on the team.

Its never too late to learn new things. I would avoid a radical change in tactics at the end of the season, but I like introducing new drills, OB plays, etc. throughout the season. Good luck, coach.


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My 3,4,5th grade girls team had a game today. While we were on offense, the other team had a player who while fronting my center,had her arms wrapped behind herself, and around my player. I questioned the league commissioner about a holding foul, and he said that it was only a foul if my offensive player tried to run thru the defensive player, and the defensive player continued to hold onto the offensive player. Can a player phsically wrap their arms around a player to the extent that my player cannot move? Thank you

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The defensive player is only entitled to the space her body occupies, and that does not include extensions of the arms or legs. However, referees will permit touching in many circumstances, including the one your describe, if the player is merely "finding" the opposing player. Refs allow even more contact when players are boxing out and spread themselves wide. But, when a defensive player inhibits the offensive player's movement by extending an arm or leg or hip ... prepare to hear the whistle blow.


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1/27/01

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Can you telling how could i grow taller by playing basketball? Or does basketball really promote growth... i want to know because i hope to be a centre but i am really too short..i am 17 years old and only 172cm tall.Please help me. Thanks

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Playing basketball doesn't make you taller, it just makes you better at playing basketball. Which is more important - be a good player or being tall? Which of the two can you control? Have fun with the sport and don't worryabout your height.


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1/28/01

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I am a 6th grade girls basketball coach. What are some good offenses to use against a 1-3-1 zone defense? Also, how about an offense that plays a 3-2 defense with 3 girls up front? Coach Bill

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There are a couple of plays in the article Easy Offensive Sets that can help against zone defense. Try the High-Low against the 131 (with the low post moving from corner to corner) and the Four-Out against a 32 zone. The main concept I try to teach the players are filling open areas offensively, overload one side of the floor, making the zone move with passing and penetration dribbles and being patient with shot selection. Experienced players adhering to these concepts can dissect a zone pretty well without a structured pattern.


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1/29/01

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What is your best drill for attacking the net with your guards?

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You can use the shell drill (I like 4vs4) both as a defensive tool and as a tool for players to learn how to move the offense and take advantage. I encourage the players to try and penetrate. Hopefully the defense will anticipate and help out to stop the drive, but that just creates another offensive opportunity. Also, I have posted three layups drills (see the front page). Players can attack the basket in these drills using the post as a helper. You may insert a defensive player in the drill to help.


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Can you tell me what the measurements for a basketball goal board are and the dimensions of the goal aiming square above the actual goal. I want to make my son a goal for use in the yard. thank you

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I found a site some time ago that had all the specs you need to build an entire court. When I recover that address, I'll post it here. It was perfect for what you want.


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2/1/01

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DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ON THE "FLEX" OFFENCE? THANKS. STEVE

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No. For that, I suggest:Coach Jackson's Page.


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I am looking for fun drills for 5 & 6 yr olds.

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Try the layup drills posted on the front page (I am almost finished with layup drills #3). Another fun one is the long-short drill in the article Warm-up PreGame Drills.


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I am involved in a three on three basketball tournament and was wondering if you could give me a play-book of plays that could be run for a three on three basketball game. I have looked around and all the play books are desinged for five on five. I hope that this is a feasible question, just some plays that might spice up our game a little bit...any ideas? Thanks a bunch

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The playbook is really simple in 3 on 3. That's why 3 on 3 is such a great learning tool. It gets you right to the basics of basketball. Look at the article Basic Plays in the topic menu.


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1/25/01

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I coach 5th and 6th grade girls,of which all are 5th graders but one. We are short but scrappy . We play good defense (m2m) and we are aggressive. My question is this, we play the best team in the league Sat. they have a big athletic girl inside who is their main scorer I have my best athlete guarding her, should I front her with this girl or play her normal and get help from other defenders?

We are 3 wins 2 loses. loses were by 1 point and 2 points the team mentioned above beat us by 2 in our first meeting. I have adhered to your advise of teaching fundamentals and keeping it simple while others teams are practicing plays we are dribbling and boxing out. This is a really good site and has been very useful. By the way we have only one 6th grader by choice, I knew the 5th graders and liked their attitudes.

David Winfield Al 35594

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Good job, Coach. Absolutely front their post. Most kids won't pass to some if there is a body in the passing lane. The only pass opening is a overhead lob pass. How do you beat that? Easy. Maintain high pressure on the ballhandler so they can't concentrate on the lob pass and do it well. Behind the big girl, on the weak side, your defenders should be cheating - sagging in the key - and they should anticipate that lob and go get it. You can shut the big scorer down if she can't get thqat ball and you aren't fouling her.


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1/22/01

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What are the field measurement of a high school softball field?

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I prefer basketball questions here. Our softball programs play on fields with a 300' fence and 65' basleines.


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1/23/01

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I am interested in coaching NCAA D-1 women's basketball someday. I am trying to get into some Junior College work right now and I was told that a Master's degree is necessary in order to coach in college. Is this true? If so, should my Master's degree be in physical education? I am currently a Physical Education teacher in Anaheim, CA. Any information that you have would be greatly appreciated. I am only 25 and want to start pursuing college basketball. I played 4 years of college basketball but have not started to coach at that level yet. Thank you for your time. Amanda Waters Anaheim, CA

Answer

I do not believe all D1 coaches have masters degrees, but it certainly may be the rule at some programs. A physical education degree is definitely appropriate, but it seem very limiting to only hire coaches with that particular education background. If you have schools in mind for your coaching future, learn their eligibility requirements.


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1/24/01

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How do you attack a triangle and 2 half court defense. This is designed to stop your top two players. In my case the point guard and our 4 man are considered our top players.

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There is an article on this site called Beating Junk Defenses. It has diagrams and explanations specifically for the Triangle and 2. Look in the Topics Menu, upper right.


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1/24/01

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Coach - I am a first year JV basketball coach at a vocational high school. I have the ability to teach basic techniques to my players, such as blocking out, teamwork and other fundamentals, but I lack the basic basketball acumen, the anlytical ability, to assess a game situation and respond. I simply try to shuffle my personel until I find a combination that works. I rely on my players to give me feedback on what is working, and I take their advice in making adjustments. My team is 3-6 on the year, but there is no doubt that an experienced coach would have a better record with our talent. In short, I get my players to play hard, with heart, but I don't know how to be a good "game coach". Do you have any advice for me to expedite the learning process? Thank you for you time and advice. Sincerely, Ed Fitzpatrick.

Answer

Don't beat yourself up over the losses. There's no guarantee a different coach would have changed the win-loss record. If your players are working hard and playing with heart, you have already achieved something significant as a coach. As far as advice, rehearse end-game scenarios in practice. Experiment with different tactics and different kids. Some will shine when the pressure is on and some will fold. Its part of their nature. Watch the kids in the game to see who is hot and who is not. If your star is having a horrible day and a sub is having a great one, who is most likely to succeed in the final big moment? Be more concerned about your teams performance and execution than in what the other coach is doing. If you are worried about countering the other coach's moves, you'll always be a step behind. Analyze other coach's decisions - like when you watch a college game on TV. What would you have done in the same situation? Lastly, watch for signs of fatigue in your players and be quick to take them out. If a player is tired, you will see uncharacteristic errors or hasty decisions. You want the kids to be successful as possible while they are on the court. Once a player is tired, chance are a fresh body will be more effective.

As far taking advice from players, sometimes I will do that if I think they will perform better with a defense or a play they are most confident with. Generally, though I make the call and see what happens.


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1/24/01

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how do i improve my verticle jump and also increase my speed?

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How many times can you jump and touch the backboard with two hands in 15 seconds? Test yourself as often as you like. If you test yourself everyday, your "score" will increase as will you leaping height and quickness.


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1/20/01

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I am currently coaching a girl's Jv basketball team and have a question. I have a girl who is pretty good size,(5'8" maybe 160) and she has all of the talent in the world. she can go inside and shoot the three, i know this because she has proved over and over again in practice, but whenever she get's in a game, she chokes, plays semi good d, get's 7 or 8 points, and maybe 3 rebounds. She always comes out of the game with a disaproving look on her face and i think she is put down becauwe she knows she has an ability to play on the next level. im in a bind with this one, is there anyway i can get her motivated or give her a boost of confidence, I know she has the ability to drive but when she has 1 person to stop her in the game, she chooses, she pass. I need a little help thanx. Coach A

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I am trying to understand if this is a case of a player disgruntled because she is playing JV instead varsity or a case of a player with talent who lacks confidence to display it. I'd like to ask her why she plays basketball. Maybe she's trying to prove something as an individual and when the game doesn't go her way early, she gets discouraged. The secret to happiness is devoting efforts to team success. I often see players get upset because they miss a shot or two. So what? The only thing that really matters is that they made a good decision to shoot meaning that the shot was taken in the team's best interest. I try to take the pressure off the kids as shooters. We practice shooting, but I don't like to harangue on them for poor shooting percentage. Shooter's confidence is fragile. Hard to build and easy to destroy. Anyway, the point is to find out if she cares about team performance and how much does she want to contribute. If she is lost in her concern for her personal performance, then you know where your challenge lies.


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1/19/01

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I'm coaching freshman girls high school team for the first time. Two problems:

1) I was instructed to teach the freshman team the same plays as JV & Varsity so we can be a farm team for them. My girls never seem to finish a set play in a game. They get intimidated by the defensive pressure and give up on the play before it has a chance to develop (so we simply go into crisis mode). In addition they don't seem comfortable with where they should be on the floor. In spite of my instructions to teach "to the play book" I'm thinking of switching to a motion offense just to get them moving. It's important to note that I don't get anywhere near the same amount of court time for practice as the othjer squads. Any thoughts or suggestions?

2) Last night we ran into a very agressive half-court trap that ate us alive. The defense sagged off the full court press only to pounce on us immediately after we crossed mid court. How do I tell my girls to handle this? - Mike Howard

Answer

1) You have an obligation to teach the program's offense to your freshman team. If you don't, the players will need to learn it next year. However, you don't need to teach it all at once. I have a similar situation with my freshman team. But, to run the varsity offense at the start of the season is a very complex and difficult task. So, I have broken the play down into layers. In our first game, all we had of the offense was the entry pass to the wing from the point and the point picked away. That was it. My team is so imexperienced that we had to solve the problems of taking care of the ball on and getting the ball to the wing under pressure before we could go any further. In that first game, we still managed to score 50 points off our defense and our rudimentary offense. Now we are five games into the season and we have the pass to the post, ball side posts picking for the weak side post, pick and roll and give and go options between the wing and the posts working for us. Since we are installing these in layers, the kids learn to recognize the openings the offense provides as it progresses. This plan is augmented by using 2on2 and 3on3 play in practice enforcing these elements.

2) A good halfcourt trap/press intends to disrupt a set offense and never let it start. If you practice your offense with intense pass defense on your wings, your players will learn to use back door concepts to break free. Also, encourage players to flash into open areas to receive passes. A little creativity is OK. The defense is gambling by spreading the defense allover the floor. Take advantage of that. Once you demonstrate you can burn the extended defense, then they will back off and you can run your regular offense. Set your team up in a half-court trapping defense in practice so you can learn to beat it. If you haven't already, read the article "Press Breaker" on this site for more detailed tips. Thanks for your question.


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1/17/01

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HI! im a b-ball player and i really dont know really anything that i should know in a game. Are team played this really hard team and we got beat by 40 points thats pretty bad huh? could you help me out like tell me good plays or tell me some tips on how to get better. let me describe myself ok well im 5'8 and i can shoot baskets really good but im so tall so everyone gangs on me and trys to get the ball i know that you are spose to do that but i just dont know how to get out of the trap or what ever it is. and i forgot to tell you that im in 8th grade and i play center and i really dont know the other positon i play i dont know what it is called i just know that im at the far back at the basket for offense. are team needs to practice more so i really need some good plays that has got you a winning game because i wannna win sometimes. i play another game tommorow so can you get back to me very soon because i need to know thanks for your time and good luck with your team or with your self. bye!

Answer

There is an article on my site called Developing Your Big People. Read that. It has many tips that can help you. In general, use your height to your  advantage. Since you  are tall, whenever you have the ball, keep it high over your head. Don't drop your hands down low where the smaller players can grab the ball. Practice passing and shooting with the ball overhead. Make people shoot over you by keeping your hands high. Don't try to block shots because you will get fouls called on you. Just make shooting over you difficult for others. You can avoid traps by acting quickly - shooting or passing - before the defense gets to you. Good luck.


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1/17/01

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I coach a 7th and 8th grade team (12 players). We don't have alot of speed on the team. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle a full court press?

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Read the article "Press Breaker". Key points are taking your time, use a trailer so you can pass backward to avoid pressure and reverse the ball to the other side of the court, avoid traps and progress the ball by passing, not dribbling. Remember, the defense is gambling and is spread all over the floor. People can't run as fast as a ball can be passed. The odds are really in the offense's favor if you stay calm.


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Date:
1/15/01

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Love this site! Looking for some monthly publications on coaching girls youth basketball. Currently coaching my daughters 2nd grade rec league team. Thanks.

Answer

You might try www.hoops4u.com


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1/15/01

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hi guys give me some help on breaking the diamond press.

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Flash a player into the heart of the diamond and pass the ball there, then quickly pass upcourt. All presses are susceptible to quick passing. Its really a matter of moving to the open areas and passing intelligently. The key is to avoid the traps. Pass backwards to a trailer if you must, but keep the ball outof the traps.


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1/16/01

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Does height have anything to do with athletic ability

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Well, John Wooden wrote that at the end of the game when the players are all tired, the tall guys are still tall. Sure, height is an advantage in basketball. But, before it is an advantage, onen needs the prerequisites of conditioning, fundamental skills and talent. Height gives you leverage, vision and gets your hands closerto the basket with less effort. However, short people with skills and fortitude can be great players.


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saljojr@aol.com
Date:
1/10/01

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I am interested in coaching high School basketball and want to know where I can get certified . I live in Davenport, Iowa. Where can i take a class to get certified for coaching.

Answer

I recently completed a national coaching certification program that you might want to look into. The course had two tested components; NFHS Drugs and Sport Clinic and NFHS Coaching Principles Clinic. The organization, the American Sport Education Program, has master level courses, too. Here's some contact information:

Web url: http://www.asep.com/ Email: asep@hkusa.com

(800) 747-5698 x2930


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1/7/01

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Coach, What would be some good things to teach 5th and 6th graders in a youth league style basketball league? We just drafted our players and will begin our first practice on Saturday. Thanks Tony

Answer

I always answer this question with encouragement to teach them to use both hands dribbling and shooting. Its such a long process teaching left-handed layups and basic ball handling to high schoolers. If kids in the tryouts can do these fundamental things, they have a real competitive edge. Teach them man to man defense. The things to concentrate on are footwork, slide stepping, pass defense and helping (I call it cheating) when their man is away from the ball. Teach them pick and roll, give and go and how to handle numerical advantages on fast breaks.


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1/7/01

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I am going to be coaching my first basketball team....I was wondering if you had any pointers on how to run tryouts......what specific skills should i focus on. Any help would be greatly appreciated. - Jen

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Make sure all the kids have a fair chance to be seen doing the same skills. Don't pick a few talented kids and pay attention to them. Absolutely examine their basic skills - layups, mid range shooting, dribbling, both hands! Have them play some 3 on 3 to evaluate their level of game play. Also important, give them some strenuous drills to measure their fitness and tendancy to quit when tired.


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AndMicAle@aol.com
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1/8/01

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Hi, Id' be interested in the answer you sent to Goerniego@aol.com regarding 5th and 6th grade youth teams. Thanks.

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No problem - read above!


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Autumnwin@aol.com
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1/9/01

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I'm looking for rules, ethics, etiquette, etc, regarding the addition of new players to teams after the regular game season has started. I coach a small team in a small church league with a limited number of players available for those teams involved. Each week one of the teams shows up with additional (NOT replacement) players on the roster. Any feedback on this practice? Thanks. Coach Mac

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Well, rules will vary according to the league. For example, high school players must have a certain number of practices in before they are eligible. Recreational leagues may have a minimal wait. For a team that grows as the season goes would certainly have playing time issues. Why aren't the new players provided to all teams in turn? It seems the league should balance the squads if new players are coming into the league, maybe have a tryout pool at some point. As far as etiquette, most coaches introduce a new player gradually, even if they are good enough start.


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doriann710@aol.com
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1/5/01

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I have a 6th grade team, we are not the best outside percentage team however we can shoot but not on a good percentage. However we can pretty much control the boards but the ball seemingly never gets down to our big men. Can you help me find a play or an offense designed to go against the 1-3-1?

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A logical answer to the 1-3-1 is a 2-1-2: put you people where they are not. The main weakness to a zone is that the defensive players are restricted to areas. You can also overload the zone by placing 4 or 5 players on one side of the floor. For big people to get open, they need to move, pick for each other and understand how to create space by using their body when they post up. These techniques are discussed in the article "Developing You Big Player".


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cjcall@qwest.net
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1/5/01

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I am a coach of a youth girls team (ages 10 to 13), my questions is how to score against a 2-3 defense. To give you a little back ground on the players. My center is my leading scorer and I have a great guard who can score outside and inside the other players are fair. What type of plays can I use to break down a the 2-3 defense?

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In the article Easy Offensive Sets, try the Hi-Lo or the Four-Out. The combination of good outside shooting guard and talented center is powerful. You may try pick and roll on the defensive guard and see how they handle it.


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1/6/01

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a discription of the career researched including specific tasks or responsibilities of an employee for being a basketball coach. advancement oppertunities. post secondary courses or certifications required for the positiion. approximate salary rang for the position (if posible). advantages/disavantages of working in this career. the appropriateness of the field for the student.

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What is your question, exactly? I do not hire coaches, so I do not have a job description prepared for publication - if that is what you want. I have published the questions and answers from my coaching interview if that is any help. I am coaching a team by myself as well as holding down a very full time job. I like answering questions, but I need them to be specific to make best use of my time. A thoughtful response to all that I believe you're asking for requires more time than I can give you right now.


Date:
1/6/01

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What are some good tips for the 2 and 3 guards?

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Well, I can think of a zillion ... here's a few:

  1. Keep your head up and look downcourt. Don't turn your back to your basket.
  2. Don't rely on your dribbling prowess. Pass the ball. It will come back.
  3. If your partner drives to the basket, move to the top of the key to protect against the fast break.
  4. Give your big men the ball - often. If you try to save your team with your outside shot, you will lose and your big people will lose motivation to work hard.
  5. After you pass, move! Players on the wings that pass and then stand there are useless.

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UNCG33@aol.com
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1/3/01

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I know that for a high school player, a good three point percentage is 30 % or above. What is a good field goal percentage for a high school player? For a team? Thanks for your help.

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I shoot for 33% on threes, 60% on other field goals and 75% on free throws. Look at the article entitled Analogies and read the section, Basketball is like  Money to see how the numbers can help measure your game.


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12/31/00

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I am from China, I once coached a high school team. My players told me that it is too crowded with 10 players on the court, why can't they play with 8 players? That way they will get more chances to drive or cut just like the way they do in three on three. g.man

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One great thing about basketball is you can vary the number of players and still play the game without much change. Our modern teams can be pretty big and certainly fill up a floor. For a youth coach, its important to teach spacing concepts to players so they can make use of the available space. The floor is a limited resource - use it wisely. I suppose you caould have a league that is only 4 on 4. However, that means fewer players can participate.


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mayoman1221
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1/1/01

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Is there a simple system, format, or template for substituting young players during a game? I used to have one that was based on rating your players and then depending on how many players you had (9,8,7 in my case) it gave a system for equal play. I usually set my game plan ahead, but invariably, someone does not show up and it throws off my planning. I coach young 4th grade boys. Any suggestions?

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I break the game down into 4 minute player chunks. For a typical 32 minute game, there are 40 of these chunks, and each of my ten players will get 4 of them. Usually, each player plays half a quarter. If somebody doesn't show, I have 4 extra chunks to pass out, meaning there will be four of the nine players getting an extra shift of 4 minutes, or another way to express it, four players will now have one full quarter of play instead of just a half quarter. If two players don't show, I have extra 8 chunks to dole out, so each of the remaining eight players will have a full quarter at some point. I like to balance my units, so I usually have my combinations worked out before game time, including expected no shows. If I'm surprised by an absence, I improvise in granting the extra chunks.


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Dovyboy@aol.com
Date:
1/2/01

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What are some good post moves and some good drills for free throw shooting and some exercises or increasing vertical jump?

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I teach the drop step and the power dribble for big guys. See the article "Developing Your Big Player" for details. The best way to practice free throws is when you're winded. Its hard work, but it pays off when the stakes are high. A drill for jumping ... how many times can you jump from a standing position and touch the back board in 30 seconds. Try it every day and see how much you improve!