Set Point – How to Improve the Arc on your Shot

Are you looking to help improve the arc of your shot? Shooting with a low set point will result in a flat, line-drive shot. Players must understand how lifting the basketball to their proper set point will dictate their arc
Three Quality Teaching Points that Players Must Answer Yes to:

  1. Does their elbow clear their shoulder?
  2. Does their thumb clear their forehead?
  3. Can they see the rim underneath the ball?
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Coaching Audit – How On-Ball Principles Impact Post Defense

Coaching Audit – An examination of why we do what we do. When we think of improving our team, we must start by improving our processes. The first step is to study every aspect of our methods, analyze them and understand them.

How do you connect your on-ball principles with your post defense when the ball is below the FT line extended? Comment to share your coaching thoughts

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Just Hoops Highlight Series – How to Defend Screen-the-Screener

Screen-the-Screener is a multiple screening action set that can put the defense at a disadvantage as you hold-in to help on the 1st cutter. Use the “shark” concept to take the defensive player guarding the least threatening player (opposite wing) to defend the down-screen. This allows you to “hold-in” on the 1st screen to take away threat #1 while the “shark” defender can tag the shooters hip coming off the down-screen.

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June Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

  • Finding your Team Leaders from Texas Head Coach, Shaka Smart
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from former Wisconsin Head Coach, Bo Ryan
  • NBA Champion, Nick Nurse – 1st Year Head Coach with Plenty of Head Coaching Experience
  • Articles on ‘Be the Same, Whether You’re Up or Down: A Lesson From Golden State’s Steve Kerr,’ and ‘Inside the relationship that unleashed Steph Curry’s greatness.’
  • A breakdown of Decision Making & Reads on Baseline Drives using WNBA highlight
  • Play of the Month: Portland Trail Blazers – Rub Flare/Kill

Click the link below to read our June Coaches Newsletter.

Just Hoops June Newsletter

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What we can learn from the San Antonio Spurs – Pound the Rock

Practice after practice, day after day, season after season, the Spurs pound the rock. They get 1% better every day. They know that the first one hundred blows may not yield the outcome they hope for, but only through one hundred unsuccessful blows will come the one that cracks the rock, the one breakthrough victory, the next world title.

We live in a world where some people believe that high-level athletic performance is easy and that people are born with talent and greatness. They want immediate mastery. They want all the accolades without most of the sweat. They want to hit the rock on the first blow and have it break. The world is full of people looking for a shortcut to the top. There are none. Are you willing to pound the rock?

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April Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

  • Transition Defense Tenants from Kevin Eastman
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from former Gonzaga Coach, Jerry Krause
  • Chris Beard, “Why I Coach”, from his time as Head Coach at Angelo State
  • Articles on how heartbreak didn’t break Tony Bennett and ND Coach Muffet McGraw Says ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Power.’
  • A look at Virginia readings away screens & turning a flare screen into a back-screen
  • Play of the Month: Virginia – Elevator Rip

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Teaching Points from the 2019 Men’s Final Four

Tom Izzo

Rebounding – Send 4 to the boards

  • Guys are constantly going (gives your players mental edge, keeps them aggressive)
  • If you send 4 and they don’t get board you lose (players must fight for every board)
  • Forces other teams to adjust
  • Most basketball players don’t enjoy contact—tougher team usually wins
  • Go after ball instead of letting it come to you

DRILL: 2 v 2 Rebounding—Block out drill

  • Working on hit, find, and get
  • Make sure players go after ball with 2 hands
  • Grab ball above your head=good rebound
  • Coaching offensive and defensive rebounding at the same time. Offensive rebounder tries to get even footing with the defender. Don’t just lean on defensive guy

Tony Bennett

“Pack Line” Defense

  • Dotted line on the floor 16-17 feet from the basket.
  • Nobody goes outside the line with the exception of the on-ball defender.
  • Defenders inside the pack must stay in a stance and see both. Have vision!
  • No help move, just a recovery move.

Ball Pressure

  • Closeouts – run 2 steps, chop rest of the way. Come out with high hands.
  • DO NOT let the ball-handler go baseline.
  • DO NOT allow the ball-handler to shoot a rhythm shot.
  • Try to force the ball-handler to an angle. Turn him and level him off.
  • No straight line drives – the more you turn the ball-handler, the better.
  • Shooters – Have to bother hand. Get hands up on the ball, not on the face.
  • Against the ball you must =
    Closeout/Take away baseline/Take away rhythm shots/Level off/Bother/Jump to the ball

Bruce Pearl

“Raise the level of expectations they have for themselves. As sons, as brothers, as son’s of God. No one should have higher expectations for you than yourself. Focus on the positives, everyone is good at something, find that in all your players.”

Under out of bounds defense “15”

Coach Pearl uses a number system to call all of his defense. First digit indicates where the defense picks up (50’s were full court, 40’s were 3/4, 30’s half court, 20’s in the scoring area, and 10’s were under out).

The second number indicates the type of defense (0 = no switching, 1= 1-3-1, 2 = 2-3, 3 = 3-2, 5= switching everything).
55 would then be full court man, switch everything etc.
15 builds from the inside out. The ball can’t ever go inside. If they get anything it has to be a lob or a pass way outside. If you have good ball pressure you can steal these passes.
1)Don’t let the man on the ball side block duck in.
2)Don’t allow any clean screens.
3)All defenders must stay inside their man.
4)On ball defender must have hands up. Any low pass is a steal for someone else.
5)Come together on all screens. If you are switching onto a screener win the foot fight and get below him so he can’t slip.

Chris Beard

“In basketball, there is no right decision. After you make a decision, you make it the right decision.”

300 Club – Making 300 made 3’s every day in practice from the start of the season to the end
Kill Drill – 3 Consecutive Stops (7 kills in a game is an automatic win) – 21 stops in a game

We believe in daily film. Daily film is crucial-Day to Day work in the film room-minimum of 10 minutes a day.
No cell phones at team functions (team meals and bus rides)

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Should High School basketball use a shot clock?

Would implementing a shot clock at the high school level improve the game of basketball? With every game that is slowed down by long possessions & the final score kept in the 30’s, regardless of outcome, the debate rages on among the basketball community.

Would adding a shot clock improve player development? Provide a better viewing experience? Allow the better team that night the best chance to win? Better prepare players for the college level? How much will it cost?

Below are two insightful articles that cover both sides of the argument:

For –

Against –

Earlier this season, our Twitter poll question overwhelmingly was in favor of adding a shot clock in the state of Ohio. Comment below and let us know where you stand.

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February Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

The February newsletter features:

  • Program Organization from Virginia Tech Head Coach, Buzz Williams
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from Davidson Head Coach, Bob McKillop
  • Kobe Bryant visits with Nick Saban during Alabama Training Days
  • Articles on Arizona State women’s Head Coach, Charli Turner Thorne, who pushes her team to stay positive & How the managing partner of a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm became a college basketball coach in Virginia
  • A look at Michigan State’s primary fastbreak
  • Play of the Month: Marquette – Double Blur

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January Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

The January newsletter features:

  • Some Things I Think Are Over-Done from Texas Legend GM, Del Harris
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from Saint Joseph’s University Head Coach, Phil Martelli
  • “Where does changing team culture start?” from Cori Close, UCLA Women’s Head Coach
  • Articles on Michigan assistant coach, Luke Yaklich, who has taken Michigan to another gear defensively & how Kevin Keatts is building his style of play at NC State.
  • How to defend screen-the-screener action using the “shark” concept.
  • Play of the Month: MIlwaukee Bucks – SLOB – Box Double

Click the link below to read our January Coaches Newsletter.

Just Hoops January Newsletter

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