100 Point Shooting Game

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This video is one of the great resources available from basketballhq. They have several more videos as well as basketball coaching resource articles.

Matthew Graves is the Head Men’s Coach at South Alabama. He was an Assistant to Brad Stevens and a player at Butler prior to taking the job at South Alabama.

You can tweak the drill to make it fit what you want. For example, you might rather have the 1 point shots be free throws or floaters rather than layups. Or you could

The total possible points is actually 120 and not 160.

You can decide whether or not you want to include the one and one as a bonus.

I like the idea of including free throws with pressure anytime I can.

Please make sure your sound is on to see the video.

Click the play arrow so see the drill.

The drill is a You Tube video, so you will need to be able to access You Tube to see the drill.

100 Point Shooting Game

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Don Meyer Basketball Coaching Notes

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Coaching notes from Don Meyer:

How to Evaluate a Game: Tools that we use to determine how well or poorly our team actually played. Many times the scoreboard is a poor judge of your team’s performance.

1. Turnover Margin: Looks to see if your team has “sureness” with the ball on offense and whether your team can create turnovers on defense. As the coach, you might have a goal of having a +5 margin, for instance, or you might set a mandatory goal of, for example, always having less than 10 turnovers and having a goal of forcing at least 15 turnovers.

2. Rebound Margin: Using a rebounding margin is a good barometer of how well you competed on the glass, and is probably better than measuring your rebounding effort with absolute numbers. For example, having a goal of out-rebounding your opponent by +10 is probably more realistic than saying that your goal is to get 50 total rebounds every game. Each game will have a varying number of rebounding opportunities due to the pace of the game, referees, etc.

3. Field Goal Attempts: If everything is equal, the team that gets the most and the best shots will win. Newell’s Rule = “Get better shots than your opponent and get more of those better shots.”

4. Field Goal %: Two rules that your program could live by are; your best shooter should have the most shots (shooting isn’t equal opportunity) and your worst shooter should have your best FG% (only takes lay-ups, wide open shots).

NSU Shot Grading System:

4 = Wide open lay-up
3 = Wide open shot by good shooter
2 = Contested shot by good shooter
1 = Terrible shot
0 = Turnover

5. Free Throw Attempts: The golden rule is to make more free throws than your opponent attempts.

6. Free Throw %: It’s one thing to get to the free throw line; it’s another thing to make your free throws. Great teams make their free throws.

7. No opponents player scores more than 15 points: We like to use 15 points as a barometer to see if any one player really hurt our team. Most teams may have one or two stellar scorers that require special attention on defense and if our team can’t slow those players down, it will be a long night. Holding great scorers under 15 points is a great measure of how well your team is playing team defense, because it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to stop a great scorer with one defender; help-side, rotations, and an overall effort by all five players on the floor is required.

8. 3-Point Game: Refers to both on offense and on defense. On offense, it’s simple enough – your team must make open 3’s. The players that are great 3-point shooters need to be the ones taking those shots. On defense, we always stress the concepts of “No 3’s to a 3” and the concept of a “Dead 3” 􀃆 A player that has at least 50% of his / her attempts from the three-point line. A Dead 3 gets no standing looks; he / she must dribble to a shot. Thus, how well did your team defend the 3-pointer? Also, how well did your team get your 3-point shooters open?

9.Floor Game: The floor game encompasses a wide range of possibilities, including getting loose balls, taking charges, saving the ball from a turnover (saver-savee idea), etc. Your team could have a goal of taking a minimum of 2 charges, or getting 90% of all loose balls, etc.

10. Assist Game: The assist game can mean many things. As a coach, you can look at your team’s assist: turnover ratio, possibly with a goal of 2 assists to 1 turnover (2:1). In addition, you can look at the assist to made basket %. Another, less subjective way of tracking assists would be to track how many “screen assists” your team has in a game; the number of times that a team member’s screen (possibly a back or flare screen) led to a wide open shot or lay-up.

4 Types of Players:

1. Unconscious & Incompetent: These types of players “don’t know that they don’t know.” They aren’t even aware that they don’t have a feel for the game. These players aren’t going to contribute on a winning team.

2. Conscious & Incompetent: These players now realize that “they know they don’t have it.” These players still don’t have a feel for the game and are lacking in the skill department but they realize where their weaknesses are and can now begin to improve 􀃆 Awareness is the beginning of correction.
Conscious & Competent: At this level of development, the player is able to perform various skills (competent), but he / she must think about everything that he is doing before performing the skill; i.e. catch the ball, go into triple threat, direct drive, etc. 􀃆 You know, but you don’t flow. Very robotic.
Unconscious & Competent: The most difficult level to reach, this player can perform the skills without having to think about them. For this type of player, the game naturally “flows.”
“The Anal Coach”
The final topic that we shall discuss is the idea of the anal coach. There is always a discussion as to how much control the head coach should exert over his players. Should he (or she) dominate the players, attempting to control every aspect of their games, not to mention their lives? Or, should the coach be a “player’s coach” and cater more to the needs of the player? While there is no clear-cut answer, and while it can be argued that both ways work in certain situations, we would like to talk about the concept of the anal coach and what that coach will do to a team.
􀃆 We argue that the anal coach will always have good teams, but never great teams because that coach can’t let the player’s play. An anal coach will make bad teams better because of the control, discipline and organization implemented into the program, but at the same time, an anal coach will also make good teams worse, because he will confine the players to a certain degree; he won’t be able to let them make plays because he has to control everything on the floor.
Key quotes:

A weaker coach has to exert more control

A stronger coach does not have to exert much force

The strong can be kind, the weak must be cruel – Sun Tzu.

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Man to Man Dribble Weave Actions

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These plays are quick hits to run against a man to man defense..

It is from an old Xavier Men’s Basketball Newsletter. If you are interested in subscribing to their newsletter, you can do so at this link: Xavier Newsletter

You might not be able to run the entire play, but possibly a few of the cuts, screens, and principles can be applied to what you already run.

There are links to other plays from Xavier newsletters at the bottom of this post








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Weave Ball Screen #2


1 Dribble Flips w/ 3.

3 Reverses to 2.

4 Cuts Filters to Opposite Wing.







2 DHO’s w/ 4.

3 Replaces Himself.

4 Reverses to 3.







5 Sets Backscreen for 4.

5 Sets Ballscreen for 3.

5 Rolls to Basket.

1 Replaces 3.





Weave Pop


1 Dribble Flips w/ 2.

2 Dribble Flips w/ 3.








5 Cuts to Elbow.

3 Passes to 5.

4 Sets Backs screen for 2, then pops to the arc.

5 Skips to 4.


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Kevin Eastman Basketball Coaching Notes

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Kevin Eastman is a great coach to study.  He has really good thoughts on all aspects of building a basketball program.  Coach Eastman is retired from Coaching.  His career included Assistant Coach for Doc Rivers at both Boston and LA, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Clippers, and Head Men’s Coach at UNC Wilmington and Washington State.

Here are some notes that I have put together from his teaching.  My resources for these notes: @kevineastman, www.pickandpop.net, kevineastmanbasketball.com and hoopthoughts.blogspot.com

I also have a sample five minute video of Coach Eastman discussing his views on skill development. Click this link to see it.

“The best defensive teams BUY TIME on defense.” by doing the following:  1) Ball Pressure- Intelligent, 2) Getting to early help spots 3) Stunts on flight of the ball not the catch 4) High and Active hands

“How hard are your cuts in the tempo of your offense?  This is what matters.  Cut with purpose and cut hard for the entire game.  How hard are your cuts the last seven or eight minutes?  You wear people down this way.” As a coach, you must demand that your players cut hard at all times.  The majority of players will cut hard when they think they are the primary receiver and a touch is possible.  But cutting hard all the time creates other advantages for an offensive team.  If you pick your spots to cut hard then the defense can also pick their spots as well.  Be the type of player in practice that constantly cuts hard — so hard, so consistently, that your teammates will grumble when they are told to defend you. Hard, sharp cuts create opportunities for teammates.  We refer to this as “cutting to create help.”  Quite often when you make a hard, sharp cut, you will force another defender to leave his/her assignment to help on you and this will allow them to be open for a shot.  Occupying the defense is a great advantage of hard cuts to occupy a defender (or two).  Often when you see a penetrating dribble to the basket, it is because of cutting away from the ball. As a coach, demand it of your players.  Even if you work on dummy offense — all cuts must be hard and sharp.

Be there before you get there (great thought in regard to a players mentality — especially defensively)

The great ones (Players/Coaches) have Master Ability …responsibility  …dependability  …accountability   …availability

Do you know what’s going on in your locker room?

Knowledge is quickness

Can’t win with “my turn shots” = shooting turnovers

They say the truth hurts? Re-frame your mindset to: the truth helps. In all reality it’s lies we must be concerned with: lies lose!

To “get to” you must “put in”. Simply stated: to get to where you want to go you have to put in the required effort, study, and preparation!

It’s not play “with” each other; its play “for” each other!

Trust: a very powerful ingredient to team success. It’s developed over time by what people see you do & hear you say. Do your words/actions match!

Leaders have bad days just like everyone else. But leaders must rise above this knowing they often determine the pulse each day for many!

To be the best as an individual or team you will have to overcome selfishness, embarrassment, & failure. It requires mental strength & belief!

Coaching & Leadership are positions of dealing with failure and criticism. The best combine intelligence, respect, and class in doing so!

Interesting thought hit me hard when I was with the Para Jumpers Rescue Squad: their effort philosophy of “we all have 40% more to give!”

Good players KNOW the plays… Great players EXECUTE  the plays.

In regards to your administration “budget your bitches.” -Murray Arnold

Demand in February what you did in October — core covenants

Are you best players getting enough shots/touches (this one sounds simple but its not — are you giving it constant thought)

Assistant Coach are there to “assist” the head coach — “weed the garden”

The greater respect the coach commands, the easier it is to ensure buy-­‐in from his or her players. And the more often you can get your team to buy in, the more you’re going to see them do what you want them to do. I’ve always tried to gain respect by outworking others in the business and trying to learn as much as I can at the place and position I’m in. Work ethic and this continuing search for knowledge have been keys to my ability to gain respect.

Relationships are the foundation for success in any field. As a coach, you need to get to know your team, get to know about your team, talk to your players in good times and bad, let your players know you care about them, and develop a trust with your players.

It seems to me that the most successful people in any business have an insatiable intellectual curiosity about their field. They talk to the best in the business, they read about others, they listen to CDs and DVDs, they want to know what the best are doing and how it can relate to them and their programs, and they are curious to know what you know and how it can fit in to enhance their program or business.

Ability to motivate -­‐ Motivation is an aspect of coaching that requires coaches to constantly “read” what’s needed for their team and any given player on a daily basis. It also requires a great deal of thought and study in order to find new ways to accomplish these tasks. Find out what makes a player tick and then create ways to motivate him to get the most out of him each day. And be able to recognize when it’s a new day that needs a new motivator -­‐-­‐ even for the same player who responded yesterday!

Teams become stronger as sacrifices become greater. When it’s more about each other than it is about me; that’s when teams become special!

Something you can get out of your practice tape is slight offensive wrinkles/adjustments your first unit is making (sometimes unknowingly) to your offensive system due to the second team knowing what they’re running. Some of our best offensive wrinkles in Boston were born out of KG doing this or that in practice against the second unit.

Those who have the ability to bring a team together during rough times are maybe the most valuable players/coaches on the team.

Effort is important to winning games. Intelligent effort is essential to winning against the best.

Great organizations have people who come to work every day and build others up with their energy rather than tear them down with negativity!

Our future can belong to us if we are willing to craft it. That requires intentional daily investments toward where we want to go!

In NY–just saw a sign that said “Exhale”. We should all do this each day: exhale & just think! It doesn’t always have to be do, do, do!

Willingness to give “all you have” to your teammates & having the trust they will do the same; that is a powerful separator from other teams!

Great question to ask: “How good are my questions?” Quality of your questions determines quality of your information. Use the info to help you grow!

How far a team can go is directly proportional to its level of trust and respect it has “for” and “in” each other.

To get what you want you must first know what you need. You must know what you need to learn; what you need to do to. Need comes before get!

Leadership ingredients: head; heart; gut. All will come in to play at different times. Leadership is not just about the mouth and “orders”!

Defensive Communication Intimidates opponent, Gives defense a head start. Gives man on ball more confidence, Wakes up a disengaged defender, Catches a mistake before it happens, Energizes team.

There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns. Players have to understand that the hardest thing to do defensively is to close out — to be running out at a player from the help position. Having said that, we need to understand that’s an advantage our offense must look to create, i.e., to get the defense to close out as often as possible. We want the ball to be reversed from side to side. With our team I can tell you that our scoring proficiency goes up as the number of passes and ball reversals goes up. We like a minimum of 3 passes, as we then know the ball is getting reversed. When we only throw 1 or 2 passes, we find that it’s very easy for the defense to load up to the ball.

The faster the ball moves, the closer the defenders stay to their man. We have found that when we move the ball a little faster, the defensive players are more concerned with staying up with their man and tend to not jump to the ball and get in help position. We also feel that that leaves us with more room to drive it, as the defenders are out of position just enough to allow us to get a good driving angle on them. I would say that if you don’t have a good scoring post man you should look to move the ball a little faster at times and create driving opportunities. If you do have a good post man, you would want to slow it down and give the post man a good look.

Coach Eastman rises each day at 5 AM to get his reading in. No matter how much we know on any subject, there’s always more to learn. Make the time to read, to study, and to think; each of these is important to your development. We all need to keep up with what’s going on in our field, too. I’ve found that news and magazine articles can be as helpful as books in this regard. The key is to keep searching so that you stay gain knowledge, improve, and stay relevant!”

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2 on 1 Chaser Conversion Drill

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The Coach in this video clip is Grey Giovanine, Augustana College Head Men’s Coach and 2015 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year.

In his scheme to defend a 2 on 1, the first defender sprints ahead of the basketball and make the ball handler make a pass.

The chasing defender is responsible for the 2nd pass.

In this version of the drill, one team goes until they get two stops. You could make it even more competitive by playing to 7 stops and allowing one team to continue to go on defense until they don’t get a stop. The best way to run the drill is for you to modify it until it fits what you want to accomplish.

From an offensive perspective, you can also use this drill to improve your execution. 2 on 1 advantages don’t last very long with other defenders sprinting back. You also don’t get many of them during a game. 2 on 1 is such a big advantage to the offense that it is imperative to execute the ones that you do get.

If you are interested in finding out more about the DVD that the video sample came from, click here:

Open Practice: Ball Pressure Defense Drills – Basketball — Championship Productions, Inc.

Make sure your sound is on as you watch.

The video is a You Tube video.

Click the video to start the presentation.

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Brad Underwood OK State Man to Man Plays

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Today’s post contains two man to man plays from first year Oklahoma State Coach Brad Underwood, formerly at Stephen F. Austin.

Adjust these sets to fit your players and philosophy and/or take bits and pieces to combine with what you already run against man to man.

The plays are from The Faces in New Places 2017 Playbook assembled by Chris Filios.

The playbook contains 200 basketball plays from Division 1 Men’s coaches who are at new schools for 2016-17.

This week’s eBook bundle for February 16-22, 2017 is the combo of Faces in New Places 2017 along with the complete Guide to the Packline Defense. You can find out more at this link.

You can also pick any 2 Coaching Toolbox or HoopScoop eBooks for $25 by clicking this link.

If you need any customer support before, during, or after your purchase, please contact Brian Williams [email protected] or call 765-366-9673.

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OK State Spread Elbow


Play Starts in a 2-3 High Alignment.

1 passes to 2.

4 then cuts off a back screen from 5 at the elbow opposite the ball.

If 4 is open, 2 can hit him for a layup or a post isolation. This will not be open very often.




4 clears to the corner.

3 curls off of 5 at the elbow.

If 3 is open for a layup or post up, 2 will make that feed.

*Note, you could also make a call for a pass to 5 for a clear out in several of these frames if that is an advantage that you have.

If 3 is not open, 2 passes back to 1.



1 passes to 5 at the elbow and cuts off 5 for a Hand Off opportunity.

If available, 5 should hand off to 1.

As this action is taking place, 2 replaces 1, 4 replaces 2, and 3 moves to the dead corner.





If 1 does not get the ball on the hand off, 2 follows for a second hand off opportunity.






OK State Stagger Curl Iso


Play Starts in a 2-3 High Alignment.

1 passes to 4.

4 passes to 3.

1 cuts off a screen from 5.

3 will pass to 1 if there is an opportunity to score.




1 clears to ball side corner.

2 curls off a screen from 5.

4 screens down for 5.






5 curls to the top of the key off the screen.

3 passes to 5.







5 passes to 4 for an isolation opportunity for 4.


The plays are from The Faces in New Places 2017 Playbook assembled by Chris Filios.

The playbook contains 200 basketball plays from Division 1 Men’s coaches who are at new schools for 2016-17.

This week’s eBook bundle for February 16-22, 2017 is the combo of Faces in New Places 2017 along with the complete Guide to the Packline Defense. You can find out more at this link.

You can also pick any 2 Coaching Toolbox or HoopScoop eBooks for $25 by clicking this link.

If you need any customer support before, during, or after your purchase, please contact Brian Williams [email protected] or call 765-366-9673.

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Growing Leaders in Your Basketball Program

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The following videos on “Growing Leaders in Your Basketball Program” and “How to Develop Leaders in Your Program” are from PGC Basketball Director of Player Development Tyler Coston.

The video is one of several hundred available as resources for improvement for basketball coaches and players at the PGC Basketball You Tube Channel

The videos are You Tube Videos.

Please make sure that the network you are on offers access to You Tube Videos.

Also, please make sure that your sound is on.

Click the play arrow to watch the videos on Developing and Growing Leaders.




Growing Leaders in Your Basketball Program


How to Develop Leaders in Your Basketball Program

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Finishing Through Contact

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Some teaching points from Drew Hanlen, Founder of Pure Sweat Basketball on the Veer Finish to work with your players on being strong and finishing through contact.

My belief is that players need to focus on putting the basketball in the basket and not contorting their body to hopefully call a foul.

Trying to draw a foul usually results in missing the shot and often there is no foul call.

If the player is tough enough to put the ball in the basket, you don’t have to rely on the official. If the ball goes in the basket and you get a foul call for a free throw attempt, even better.

Whether or not you like this move, my belief is that just like any other fundamental skill, you need to have a method to teach and drills to practice finishing at the basket through contact and not put the game in the hands of the officials by relying on them to call fouls.

The drill is posted in the Pure Sweat You Tube channel. You can access their channel of instructional videos at this link:

Pure Sweat You Tube Channel

This is a You Tube video, so please make sure that you are able to access that network.

Also, please make sure your sound is on for the instruction with the video.

Click the play arrow to view the video.

Veer Finish Through Contact

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4 Team Shooting Drill

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This shooting drill was contributed by Coach Fabian McKenzie to the FastModel Sports Basketball Plays and Drills Library.

You can also find out more about FastModel Play Diagramming software by clicking this link: FastDraw

Coach McKenzie has been a head coach at the university level for 17 years, and has been involved as a coach at this level for 20 years. He has been involved with the Canadian Women’s National team program for the past 9 years.

This is a good competitive drill that can help you work on different finishes or shots from certain locations

Teams line up as shown below.

Player in circle cannot leave until pass is received.
Pass is made to 1.
1 Dribbles in and takes shot. You can be as creative as you like, take shots from different spots or add moves at certain spots.

1 gets own rebound and makes outlet pass to next 1 in line.

The passer sprints to the circle following their pass.

Continue drill until a set amount of shots are made or for a certain amount of time

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Coaching the iY Generation of Basketball Players

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Clinic Video from:


This video was filmed at a PGC/Glazier Basketball Clinic.

The Coach in the video is Washington Women’s Head Coach Mike Neighbors.

This video was filmed at the PGC/Glazier Spring 2016 Chicago Clinic.

Coach Neighbors led the Huskies to the 2016 Final Four and has had them ranked in the top 10 for 2016-17 season.

He is absolutely one of the best coaches at any level to study and learn from if you want to become a better coach.

If you want the best in basketball education, then you need to attend the PGC/Glazier Basketball Clinics this Spring!

They’ve changed the coaching clinic game forever with more topics, superior speakers, and a staff pass that includes unlimited coaches from your school.



2017 Spring Clinic Dates

Coaching the iY Generation: Keeping Kids Accountable

Even though it is a black box below, the video will play once you click on it.
It is a little over 10 minutes long and is very good.

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