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  1. Basketball is a simple game.  It’s the coaches that make it complex.

  2. We are teachers of basketball.  Teach part to whole.  3-5 minute drills.  No line, no stairs.  Everything we do happens in a game.

  3. The floor is an extension of the classroom.  Planning – Discipline – Methods

  4. KISS – Slippage – Repetition – Plan is a creature of habit.

  5. Decisions and Opportunities – KYP – DWW

  6. Talking too much in practice:  coaches

  7. Playing through – fatigue makes cowards of us all – fouls

  8. Be quick, but don’t be in a hurry (poise)

  9. Never foul (20-footer – last minute of ¼ - ½)

  10. Balance Offense – 1/3   1/3   1/3   - being balanced helps you win

  11. Be a positive coach.  It’s amazing how much one’s hearing improves.

  12. Be a model, not a critic.

  13. End practice on a positive note.  The challenge of competing for league championship.

  14. Fundamental – Conditioning – Team Play – Late in Game – OT 



  1. Organization

  2. Philosophy

  3. Discipline

  4. Surround yourself with Good People

  5. Ego – Insatiable Pride – Great Work Capacity



  1. Stance

  2. Concentration

  3. Quickness

  4. Balance

  5. Hard



  1. Acknowledge a Good Pass

  2. Ball on Chest, Under Chin

  3. Jump Stop – 2 Hand Pass

  4. V-Cut

  5. Step Back – Cross Over

  6. Hands Up on All Shots

  7. Follow Shot








Ask yourself these questions:

  • How much does basketball mean to me?

  • Am I willing to pay the price to win?

  • Am I willing to pay the price to have a great team?

All players love to hear the roar of the crowd after a successful play …. to sing and shout after victory, to hear words of praise from loved ones, to have pleasant memories of the game …. but few are willing to pay the price to be great.  

Is it worth the price you have to pay?  Others who have played on great teams think it is.  If you don’t think so, you are with the wrong team.  

The amount of work and preparation you do will be in direct proportion to how much basketball means to you.

“Basketball teaches everyone who is a part of it to be strong enough to know when they are weak and to be brave enough to face themselves when they are afraid.  It teaches everyone who is a part of it to be proud and unbending in defeat, yet humble in victory – to master themselves before they attempt to master others.  To learn to laugh, but not forget how to weep.  And, most important, it teaches the dominance of courage over timidity.

None of us were really born equal.  The talented are no more responsible for their birthright than the underprivileged.  It has become difficult to be tolerant in a society that seems to have sympathy only for the misfit, and only for the maladjusted, and only for the criminal, only for the loser.  Have sympathy for them, certainly.  Help them, certainly. But let us stand up, let us cheer also for the doer, the achiever, the one who looks for problems and does something about them.  We will never create a good society, much less a great one, until individual excellence and performance is much more respected and encouraged.

You can’t dream yourself into character.  You cannot copy anyone else’s character, but must develop your own.  Character, rather than education, is man’s need and man’s greatest safeguard.  I believe that a man’s character is more important than a man’s intellect.  And the difference between men is leadership in sacrifice, in self-denial, distinction between great and little men.”  

Author unknown


This phase of our program is the most critical.  It is during this time that players have an opportunity to individually improve.  Remember, every player at every level has one thing in common.  That one thing has nothing to do with size or ability.  It is TIME!  What you do with your time will separate you from the others.


Practice is not enough,
it must be intelligent practice
directed toward self-improvement.


In college basketball today, and in particular, at this level, the difference between winning and losing is very small.  The majority of the teams we will face are comparable in both talent and depth.  With all of these factors being equal, other aspects of the game become more important, specifically, attitude and execution of fundamental skills.


Individual workouts must be viewed as an investment period, with the dividends to be realized later – during the season and with a CHAMPIONSHIP!

You are the person who has to decide
whether you will strive 
for the goal that’s far
or just be content to stay where you are.
Take it or leave it!  There’s something to do!
Just think it over – it’s all up to YOU.


The player who really wants to improve his game and become the best player he can be works and plays at every opportunity.  The more you play, the better you will become.  This enables you to make your teammates better players and, therefore, a better TEAM.  

“Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail.”



  1. Flexibilities:  Extremely important that you stretch before and after every workout

  2. Jump Rope:  Begin each workout by jumping rope.  This will warm up your body and enhance your flexibility. Jumping rope will also improve your agility, balance, coordination, quickness, and conditioning.  And, you will build wrist, forearm, and leg strength.  Develop a routine, increase your speed, and cut down on mistakes.  

  3. Skill Development:  See the list following in “Skill Development” 

  4. Strength Program:  Quote by Paul Helsel, “Strength usually determines the winner when Skill and execution are equal. “

  5. Conditioning:  This is the area that allows you to physically and mentally prepare to play at a high level of intensity for an extended period of time.  Take care of your body and stay in basketball shape.  



  1. Practice skills three or more times per week.

  2. Practice skills at game speed and with control.

  3. Work hard, but be patient with progress.

  4. Put yourself in situations to win the game.

  5. Work harder and smarter than your opponents.

  6. Get stronger!!

  7. Be in basketball shape.  Work through the fatigue!  Have MENTAL TOUGHNESS!  


Perimeter and post players are responsible for completing skills in section A though D each day.  Skills in section E are broken into post and perimeter.  


A.    Ballhandling – Approximately 30 seconds per drill (4 minutes)

  1. Finger stretch

  2. Ball slaps  (20x each hand)

  3. Body circles  (waist, knees, head, ankles)

  4. Single leg circles  (right / left)

  5. Figure 8  (both directions)

  6. Dribble around right leg with right hand

  7. Dribble around left leg with left hand

  8. Dribble figure 8s  (both directions)


B.    Free Throws – Shoot 15 while charting makes/misses
Be consistent!  Same routine every time.  If you fail to make 75% of daily FTs, shoot an extra 25 at the end of the workout.


C.    Dribbling – 7 minutes
Do each drill as quickly as possible but always be under control!  Each dribble drill should be for 2 court lengths.

  1. Speed dribble – left/right hand

  2. Change of pace/stutter

  3. Change of direction/crossover

  4. Behind the back

  5. Between the legs

  6. Spin dribble

  7. Combination


D.    Free Throws – Shoot 15 while charting makes/misses


E.    Shooting – 30 minutes
This is the most important aspect of the game.  CONCENTRATE!!  Set goal for a number of makes before moving to the next drill.  Be able to go either direction.  Stay in your shooting range.

  • Form shooting – Use proper form

  • Make 10 shots from each block and middle of lane

  • Free Throws – Shoot 20 while charting makes/misses




  • Use jab/jumper, jab/go, jab/cross

  • Use chairs as defenders to go around or shoot over

  1. Toss out drill with V cut/shot

  2. Toss out drill with V cut/shot fake with 2 dribble pull up

  3. Toss out drill with V cut/shot fake and dribble move

  4. Free throws – shoot 20 while charting makes/misses

  5. Transition – Toss out with pivot
    > 2-3 dribbles to foul line for jump shot   
    > Speed dribble to top of key/pivot   
    > Defensive slide to mid court

  6. Same as #5 except add move at foul line

  7. Same as #5 except add 2 offensive moves

  8. Free throws – shoot 30 while charting makes/misses


Note:  If fatigue becomes “too much” during a workout, you should shoot 5 free throws instead of continuing and developing bad habits.  It’s not how much time you put in, it’s what you put into that time.


If a partner is available to workout with you, the following drills may be substituted.:
   2 man / 1 ball shooting
   2 man / 1 ball shooting with shot fake / go right / pull up jumper
   2 man / 1 ball shooting with shot fake / go left / pull up jumper
   2 man / 1 ball shooting with offensive move

 8 spot shooting drill (15 feet and 3s)
       1 minute at each spot


Add 1/1 from 8 spots – toss out
           Make it/take it
           Basket = 1 point
           Foul = lose 1 point
           Play to 3 points from each spot
           Defense must touch offensive player before play begins
           2 dribble limit


Skip pass with dribble drive and pitch out for jump shot and shot fake/1-2 dribble pull up

1-2 dribble drive pull up jump shots

Post feeds with spot up jump shots (use overhead or bounce pass into post – fake a pass to make a pass)


Add shot fake with 1-2 dribble pull up jump shot

Add 3s

Shots off curls, triangle set, thumb up set, baseline screens, etc

Use your imagination to create game-like situations.


  1. Toss out drill / drop step / shot

  2. Toss out drill / drop step / shot fake / shot

  3. Toss out drill / square up to inside and outside / jumper

  4. Toss out drill / baby hook to inside

  5. Mikan drill (25 makes with each hand)

  6. Free throws – shoot 20 while charting makes/misses

  7. Toss out drill / offensive move / power layup

  8. Toss out drill / offensive move / reverse layup

  9. Toss out drill / offensive move / jump shot

  10. Reverse Mikan drill (25 makes with each hand)

  11. Free throws – shoot 20 while charting makes/misses

  12. Board bangs (25)

  13. Tips (15 each hand)

  14. Tips with put back (10 each side)

  15. Tips with put back / add fake shot

  16. 2 ball pickups – add shot fake / 2 shot fakes (20)

  17. Free throws – shoot 15 while charting makes/misses


If a partner is available to workout with you, the following drills may be substituted:

  • Short corner cut / jump shot

  • High post flash / jump shot

  • High post flash with weakside drive

  • Post and seal move

  • Duck in move



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