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The Basics of Playing Good Defense in Basketball

Everybody loves to score, but good defense is an inevitable and important part of any win in basketball. When starting to intensify your skills with basketball there are a number of factors in defense that you must focus on.

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Becoming a Better Offensive Rebounder

Some thoughts and ideas on becoming a better offensive rebounder. Offensive rebounding boils down to flat out desire, effort and the consistency with which you attack the boards.

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Thoughts on Becoming a Better Basketball Coach

Many many many factors go into making a good basketball coach. The matter what level we coach at, we are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve our team through improvement as a coach. Here are a few ideas to help you become a better basketball coach.

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Evaluating Your Shot and Making Corrections

Most coaches and experts recommend the best way to develop a good jumpshot is to practice, practice, practice. Shoot everyday. Most players just shoot though and don't evaluate their jumper. The most common errors in shooting are listed below, along with suggestions on how to correct them.

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Basketball Strength Work More Important Than Ever

As basketball players have become bigger, faster and stronger, strength and weight training have become a necessity rather than an afterghought. In the past, it was perceived that weightlifting could mess with a players jumpshot and hurt their game.

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Tips for Becoming a Better Basketball Defensive Player

Everyone loves to score, but the difference in most basketball games is on the defensive end of the court. Players who care about defending and give the effort to play good basketball defense are invaluable to any basketball coach. Below are some tips to make you a better defensive basketball player.

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Teaching Sportsmanship in Youth Basketball

Over the past decade it seems sportsmanship on the youth basketball level as well as in all youth sports has taken a dramatic downturn. The consequences of the poor sportsmanship reverberates throughtout society as these young men and women grow up and exhibit the same poor behavior in their everyday life.

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Beginning Coaches Should Focus on the Basics

Basketball for the younger ages is a relatively simple game. Of course it gets more advanced as the player matures. But for the beginning youth coach it is a pretty basic game and should be kept so.

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The Benefits of Agility Training for Basketball Players

Many younger players will moan and grona when asked to do basketball footwork or basketball agility drills. The simple fact is that they just don't understand the benefits of such workouts and the improvements they can provide.

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Common Mistakes of a Basketball Coach

There are articles everywhere on how to be a better basketball coach. Articles giving advice on tactics to use and what to do right when coaching. What rarely is discussed are common basketball coaching mistakes. Here are some ideas and thoughts on what NOT to do on the bench.

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Sometimes Old School Works Best for Basketball Fitness and Strength Training

Sometimes coaches try too hard to come up with basketball fitness and strength drills for their players. I have found it is best to just go old school and do what has worked for years.

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Defensive Rebounding Tips

Many things make a great defensive rebounder. Technique, determination, anticipation, strength and good hands are just a few of the attributes that set rebounders apart.

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The Importance of Footwork in Basketball

The importance of good basketball footwork and basketball agility is greatly underestimated today. The top teams focus valuable practice time to developing their player's quality of footwork, balance and agility.

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NBA All Star Teams Announced

The NBA announced the reserves for both the Eastern and Western Conference All Star teams today. Along with the starters that were announced last week the rosters are now all set for the All Star game to be played in Phoenix.

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Why do Basketball Practices Fail?

I know I have hopped in my car after a basketball practice and thought "well that didn't go as I had planned" or "that wasn't a good basketball practice today. Why does a basketball practice fail?

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Five Under the Radar NBA Players

We all know the NBA stars like Kobe, Lebron, Dwayne Wade and Dwight Howard. They get all the press and glitze, but there are several very good players flying under the radar in the NBA that deserve more respect. These could be breakout players in the future.

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The Importance of Planning in Basketball Practices

As a youth basketball coach you should always spend a little extra take time to properly plan and design a quality basketball practice for your players.

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A Look at the 08-09 Basketball Rookie Class

The 2008-2009 NBA rookie class has a chance to be one of the best drafts of all time and certainly a top 5 draft in terms of quality. Led by stars such as Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo and Michael Beasley the 08-09 draft is as deep as it is quality.

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The Art of the Basketball Timeout

A well timed timeout is a definite art in the game of basketball. Timeouts can be used to stop the other team's momentum, reorganize your own team or plan a specific situational offensive play or defense.

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Defending the Basketball Fast Break

Stopping the fast break is a difficult but important part of the game and a key to being a good defensive basketball team.

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Ideas for Working on Free Throws

Shooting well from the free throw line is the difference between winning and losing the tight games. Too many coaches do not work on free throw shooting in a creative manner, thus the players do not put much into the practice.

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Tips on Better Man to Man Defense

Playing good man to man defense is a lost art in the game of basketball. Today's game is all about offense, flash and scoring. But if you look closely, its the teams that can really play good defense that are the really successful ones.

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Some ideas for practicing on your basketball game alone

One important aspect of becoming a good basketball player is the ability and focus to be able to practice basketball on your own.

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A look back at the 2004-2005 NBA Draft

It is always fun to look back at previous NBA drafts and see how they panned out. Here is a look back at the 2004-2005 NBA Draft.

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Ideas on Becoming a Better Rebounder

Here are some thoughts on becoming a better basketball rebounder on both ends of the court.

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The Primary Goals of Basketball Conditioning

The primary goal of your conditioning program should be to get in peak basketball shape. There is a huge difference between being fit and being in basketball shape.

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Proper Balance, Quickness and Agility in Basketball

Proper balance, quickness and agility are the foundations of playing good basketball. You cannot be a productive basketball player without focusing on these areas.

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Footwork and Stance are the keys to being a good 1v1 basketball player

Proper footwork and stance will allow the basketball player to exploit opponent weaknesses and be a more advanced basketball player.

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Printable Basketball Stats Sheet

We have recently put together a free printable basketball stats sheets to help you evaluate your players and team's performance. This basketball stats sheet tracks shot attempts and shots made for 2-pointers, 3-pointers, and free throws. The Stats sheet also tracks offensive and defensive rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

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How to Teach Dribbling in Basketball

Effective dribbling is one of the most important elements to teach in basketball. Players must be able to dribble to be successful. Dribbling is one of the offensive triple threats that every player must learn.

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Printable Basketball Court

We have recently put together a free printable basketball court to help you draw up new plays or use during time-outs to demonstrate plays or breakdowns during the game. This basketball court is also great for tracks shot attempts and shots made and can help you quickly find your strengths and weaknesses.

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Improving your mental toughness and focus

There are plenty of very talented basketball players out there at all ages. What separates the good from the elite? The mental focus and toughness can be the thing to te you to the next level.

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Managing the Overtime Period in Basketball

There is not much more exciting in coaching basketball than going to overtime. It means you are in a nip and tuck battle with a team that is on level with your own. Coaching and execution will be the keys to prevailing in the overtime period.

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