Vault: Basketball Skills

Closeouts vs. Contesting

A good coaching friend is hunting for a “sticky” term to offer up to his players for how they should contest shots. How would you answer his query? Searching for a “sticky” adjective to #teach our players how they should contest shots…? @PGCbasketball @CoachBobWalsh @coachwoodley @DrewHanlen @CoachBobStarkey @BCCoachStevens @SefuBernard @CoachJimBoone @kawhileonard @UVAMensHoops — Sam Ferry …

Knowing vs Believing

Separating fact from opinion is one of the hardest challenges coaches face. It’s human nature for perspective to be clouded. And, notions of effective coaching are not immune to the myths of success (e.g. falling prey to it’s always been done that way and struggling to distinguish between because of and in spite of.) “Stay down in your stance… Don’t cross your feet when …

The Genealogy Of A Vicious Move

Check out this video from NYtimes.com’s video archive… It’s a tribute to the crossover and neat video and useful teaching/learning video for athletes and coaches. /sef. #thankthepasser: Shoutout to @dena10 and @GlideHoyas for the share!

Ettore Messina: On Dribble Penetration

“A gifted athlete with poor understanding of the game will be slower to react than a slower player who better understands the game.” —Ettore Messina The more dribble penetrations that are allowed, the more help is required and subsequently, more susceptible your team is to offensive rebounds. In an ideal world, each player on your …

Start In Stance. Move In Stance. Finish In Stance.

Here’s a video that I picked up from Swedish coach and friend David Leman’s blog: Leman Coaching. (BTW – If you can translate Swedish, let me know. I know he’s got more nuggets on his site, but I just can’t understand them!) In the video, Lithuanian coach, Evaldas Kandratavicius, takes a young basketball player through …

Body Control: Dynamic Jumps Stops

When working on the various type of lay-ups and finishing moves, I spend a quite a bit of time teaching basketball players how to utilize two foot take-offs as an important part of their offensive footwork toolbox. (PGC Basketball calls two-foot finishing moves “dynamic jump stops”. That is, ending your forward movement by landing with both feet hitting …

Teaching Vision In Basketball

The NYTimes.com featured and article, “It’s a Vision Thing for Nash in Soccer and Basketball.”  To be frank, it’s not an overly enticing read, but what jumped out to me was something that I’ve been toiling with at length for quite some time: vision.  And, how to teach it. In the article, Claudio Reyna, long-time …