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Teaching youth basketball players can be a very rewarding job, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. As a youth basketball coach you have the responsibility to create an environment where the kids can learn to love the game through having fun, but also teach them the basketball fundamentals so that they will be able to compete and play when they get older. Checkout our different basketball basics articles and also our youth basketball section to get all of the resources you need to be a great youth basketball coach.
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Here is a list of the 10 best basketball coaching quotes and lessons from some of the greatest basketball coaches to ever be a part of the game.
This article is going to talk about what a high character player looks like and ten characteristics that they should have.
This article is going to give 10 keys for beating a pressure defense. It is a must read for any basketball coach or player.
This article was written by VMI assistant coach Chris Kreider and is going to give 10 keys to setting and defender screens.
This article is going to cover 10 keys to team defense that every team should be focusing on as they develop their defense.
This article is going to give players ten ways that they can earn more playing time in games, and show their coach that they are committed to winning.
It is important that as a coach you take advantage of all of your scoring opportunities. This article will point out 3 great opportunities you will have.
This article is going to breakdown five keys to becoming a great rebounder and really adding value to your game and your team.
Screens are a big part of the game of basketball, and pretty much any good offensive team sets a lot of them. This article is going to give 5 keys for defending screens.
Since being a basketball point guard requires so much of the player, it can become a very challenging position.
The post position comes with certain responsibilities as a player. Here is a list of 5 things that every basketball post player should know.
Here is a list of 5 things that every basketball wing player should know about playing their position.
This article is going to touch on 5 ways to be a great teammate. It is written by Basketball HQ co-founder Kyle Ohman and is a must read for all basketball players and coaches.
This article is going to give you 8 keys to becoming a great defender. It is a must read for all players that want to improve their defense.
This article is going to cover 8 different keys to becoming a great point guard in basketball. Article is written by UCF coach Mike O'Donnell.
This article is going to give you 8 keys to becoming a great scorer and clear up some of the confusion between volume shooters and great scorers.
This article is going to cover 8 different keys to becoming a great shooter. It is important for both coaches and players to read and learn from.
8 Player Development Question For Trainer Mark Adams is an on point interview about the role of skill development and basketball drills in today's game.
To become great at something you must first spend the time first learning, and then practicing. Here are the 9 essentials for rebounding the basketball.
This article is going to talk about some of the things that go into a career in coaching. It is going to cover what a good coach should look like and what to prioritize.
There must be accountability in practice if your team is going to accomplish anything of importance. Here are some tips on establishing it in your practices
This article from Santa Clara's Brandon Rosenthal is going to talk about one of the most important areas within a team, accountability in your program.
Coach Stein has allowed us at Basketball HQ to ask him a few questions about some of his coaching experiences. Here is the Alan Stein basketball interview.
Learning, playing, and practicing basketball is fun. It is also a great way to exercise, make friends, and enjoy a competitive game.
This article is written by USC coach Chris Capko, and it is going to talk about attacking the off season.
This article is going to talk about attacking the preseason and making the most of your time in getting ready for a winning season.
This article is going to talk about some great basketball conditioning drills that you can do on your own or with a team. They are going to work on a variety of different skills.
If you are looking for some great drills but are not sure where to start, this basketball drills for beginners article will help point you in the right direction.
This article is going to cover some great basketball drills to do at home when you don't have access to a gym.
Looking For The Perfect Basketball Gifts? This top 25 basketball gift ideas list will have everything that you need for yourself or a loved one.
Basketball point guard play is so important to a team, because they are the general or quarterback on the floor. Learn what it takes to be a good point guard in this article.
Find the right basketball practice drills for your team to maximize both practice time and also skill development for your players.
Coach Williams has been doing scouting for a long time on several different levels and here is the basketball scouting outline that she has come up with when she scouts
This agility training article is going to focus on basketball specific training to help the player become quicker and lighter on their feet.
This article is going to explain what basketball specific training is, and then also give some pointers as well.
Here are some tips for basketball strength training beginners by an expert strength and conditioning coach that trains players of all levels.
Basketball training covers many areas of the game but this article is going to go over shooting at game speed and how you should shoot in practice and drills.
Learn the right balance for basketball training between working on their strengths and their weaknesses. There is only so much time so you need to use it wisely.
This article is going to give you some great basketball tryout drills that you can use to help determine which players should make your team this year.
Becoming a better basketball players requires you to analyzing yourself and understanding both athletic and skill development. This requires hard work in combination with understanding what to focus your time on.
Becoming a great basketball scorer is not something that happens overnight. You must work on your game to become a well rounded scorer that is able to do a few things really well and then also not have any major deficiencies in your game.
This article is going to explain some of the things that go into becoming a great rebounder. So whether you are a player learning to rebound or a coach teaching their team, this article is for you.
What is being down ready on your basketball shot? Down and ready is what is done in preparation for your shot. What you want to do is have your feet set, drop your butt, place your hands where you want to receive the pass, and be ready to jump or step into your shot simultaneously as the pass is received.
The goal of this article is to review some of the best basketball coaching blogs out there and then let you decide what ones are worth your time.
Great coaches and players never stop learning. This list of the best basketball coaching books is designed to give you some great resources to do just that.
Here are some of the best basketball resources that we have been able to find for basketball coaches and players to use.
Along with training harder you want to train smarter. This list of the best basketball training equipment is going to help you do exactly that.
This article is going to provide you with some of the best social media basketball resources out there today on Twitter and Facebook.
Here is a list of some of the best summer basketball camps from around the nation. Look through the list and find the best basketball camp for you.
It is not always easy to find great youth basketball coaching sites. That is why I have put together a list of the best youth basketball coaching sites.
These 2014 clinic notes are from when Billy Donovan and Gregg Marshal spoke at the 2014 Coaching U Clinich
Bill Donovan is the head men's coach at the University of Florida. Here are the notes from when he spoke in 2010 at the Florida Basketball Coaches Clinic.
These basketball clinic notes are from when Bob Cantu spoke at the Rising Coaches Clinic in 2010. Learn from his insights on the game of basketball.
These coaching clinic notes are from when coach Bob Hurley spoke in 2013 at a basketball clinic.
This article is going to talk about breaking down the back cut and how to successfully use it in a basketball game.
This set of coaching notes was taken by Lason Perkins who attended the 2010 Coaching U basketball clinic. The speaker is coach Brendan Suhr who is very well known in the basketball coaching industry.
These Brendan Suhr Coaching notes are from the 2014 Coaching U Clinic, and are going to cover areas of the NBA game that transfer over to high school.
Brendan Suhr Coaching U Clinic 2013 notes on having ethics and integrity in coaching. Here are all the notes from when he spoke on this topic at the clinic.
This article is going to talk about budget management and success at a small school, and the right way to go about it.
One of the key ingredients to a successful program is trust. This article by Tigh Compton is going to talk about developing trust with your team.
It is important that you start a good foundation when building up your man to man defense in basketball. Start out 1 on 1 and then progress all the way up.
Buzz Williams is the head coach at Marquette University and here are his basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke at the Rising Coaches Clinic in 2010.
The basketball coaching clinic notes are from when coach Chad Iske spoke at the NAU clinic in 2013.
This article was written by NC State women's coach Mike Murray and it is going to talk about the characteristics of a loyal assistant coach in basketball.
Children's basketball drills need to be fun for the kids, but they also need to involve some skill development. This article will help you with the finding the right balance.
This article is going to cover some different basketball topics in an interview with coaches clipboard creator James Gels.
Coaching basketball the right way and being successful at it, involves a lot of different factors. This article will help give you some help figuring it out
Coaching basketball post play is not all about learning 10 different post moves. For most players it is about learning how to finish basic game situation shots.
Coaching every player to their full potential involves getting to know your players on and off the floor. Here are some tips on getting the most from your players.
Teaching the art of the basketball shot fake is a crucial skill for all basketball coaches to have. One of the most popular triple threat moves is the shot fake.
This article is going to explain the process of getting your foot in the door for college basketball coaching; as well as provide some tips.
At a loss for how to instill confidence in your basketball players? Confidence comes with repetition. All good shooters have the confidence that each shot they attempt will go in.
Cornell Mann is an assistant men's basketball coach at Iowa State University, here are the basketball notes that were taken from when spoke at the 2010 Rising Coaches Conference.
Creating a toughness mentality for your program, almost every college team and coach in the country talks about the word â€œtoughnessâ€. Great teams have it and mediocre teams lack it.
Defense in basketball should be exciting because it is a chance for your team to win games and potentially championships! You must change your teams mindset
This article is going to cover the Del Harris basketball coaching philosophy which he has put together over the last 20 years of coaching.
These basketball coaching clinic notes are from when Metro State University head coach Derrick Clark spoke at the NAU clinic in 2013.
This article was written by Carnegie Mellon University men's basketball coach Andrew Garcia, and is going to cover developing coach to player relationships.
This article is written by Mike McGarvey of Colgate University and is going talk about developing good player habits with your basketball team.
This article is going to talk about the importance of developing mental toughness and show some different ways to work on it.
The following ideas can be applied to developing post play in basketball at any level, and are the building blocks that can help a post player increase their production regardless of skill set.
This article is written by USC coach Chris Capko, and is going to give you some tips for developing young players in your program.
Learn the tips and trick to developing your players this offseason and help your players to become the best that they are capable of being.
These Doc Rivers coaching clinic basketball notes are from when he spoke at the Coaching U clinic in 2010, notes were taken by Larson Perkins.
These basketball coaching clinic notes are going to cover some of Doug Collins' coaching experiences in his 40 years around the game of basketball.
Dribbling a basketball is a huge part of the game and this article will give you the basics of ball handling and help you begin to start working on your handles.
Dustin Kerns is an assistant men's basketball coach at Santa Clara University and here are his basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke in 2010.
Earl Grant is an assistant men's basketball coach at Clemson University and here are the basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke at the Rising Coaches Conference in 2010.
Training in the offseason is a big part of getting your basketball team ready for the upcoming season. It is important to use 1 vs 1 drills to help work on players live moves.
These basketball coaching clinic notes are going to cover how to handle different end of game situations that your team may be in over the course of a season
Finishing the basketball season strong down the stretch can be the difference between having a great season or a disappointing one. This article will help you.
In coaching, we hear the term foundation a lot. We know what foundation means, but many times it is just a word, not something we embrace.
These Fran Fraschilla basketball clinic notes are from when he spoke at the Coaching U basketball coaches clinic in 2010. Notes taken by Larson Perkins.
These Frank Martin Clinic notes are from when he spoke in 2014. Coach Martin is the head men's basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.
Whether it is a basketball camp or training, you may need a few fun basketball drills to keep your younger players excited about getting better.
Ganon Baker is considered one of the best basketball trainers out there today. Here are his notes from when he spoke at the 2013 Coaching U Clinic.
Here are some tools that you can use as a coach to make sure that you are doing everything you can to help promote intensity in practice.
These clinic notes are from when George Raveling spoke at the Coaching U Clinic, and they are going to cover how to develop your bench.
In this article are some tips that I believe can help you in getting more out of your players, and lower your frustration levels at the same time
This great coaches and leaders article was written by Kevin Sutton. Coach Sutton has 26 years of coaching experience at a high level and brings a lot of insight.
These coaching clinic notes cover the area of coaching the leaders of your team and also the modern basketball player. Led by Shaka Smart, Travis Ford, and Brendan Suhr.
This coaching clinic notes are from the 2014 Coaching U clinic in Indiana, and they are going to feature a group discussion with some of the coaches there.
Here are some tips and ideas for starting out that should be useful for just about anyone who wants to learn how to coach basketball.
This basketball coaching article is going to explain how to down a ball screen in basketball. Other terms for it are "icing" and "blue-ing" the ball screen.
Being able to jump higher or faster takes work, but it also takes first learning how. This article will teach you how to increase your vertical and more.
The best way to score against a 2-3 zone or any zone is ball movement and player movement through the zone. This article will explain all of this.
Learn how to shoot a basketball and some of the tips and keys that go into being a great shooter.
Basketball skill development is key for any player that wants to be at the top of their game. Spending time in the gym will help you maximize your talents.
Here are 3 individual basketball workout keys that every basketball coach and basketball player should be aware of.
How much time should you spend on individual workouts mid season? What should you work on? This article will help shed some light on the subject.
Intensity in practice can make all the difference between having a great practice or wasting 2 hours. So how do you make sure your practices are intense?
These basketball coaching clinic notes are from when Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy spoke at the 2013 NAU coaches clinic.
These coaching clinic notes are from when Arizona Christian University coach Jeff Rutter spoke at the NAU coaching clinic.
Jim Christian is the head men's basketball coach at the university of Ohio and these are the basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke in 2010.
Jim Fox is a part of the Davidson College men's basketball coaching staff. Here are the basketball clinic notes from when he spoke at the 2010 Rising Coaches Clinic.
These Josh Pastner basketball coaching clinic notes are going to cover the Memphis Tigers' offense and their ability to play fast with the basketball.
Josh Pastner is the head men's basketball coach for Memphis University and these basketball clinic notes were taken from the Rising Coaches Conference in 2010.
These basketball clinic notes were taken when Josh Posterino (Georgia Tech) spoke at the rising basketball coaches clinic in 2010.
These Kevin Eastman coaching clinic notes from the 2014 Coaching U Clinic are going to cover several coaching topics, and are a must read!
These are the Kevin Eastman basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke at the 2010 Florida Coaches Basketball Clinic.
These basketball clinic notes are from the 2010 Coaching U clinic. The speaker is renowned basketball specialist Kevin Eastman.
These Kevin Eastman coaching clinic notes are from the 2014 Coaching U Clinic in Indianapolis. They are going to cover several different basketball topics.
These Kevin Eastman coaching clinic notes are going to cover defense, and the title of the session is "Building an NBA Defense."
This article is going is going to talk about Kevin Garnett, and the legacy of playing the game with love that he has left for younger players to follow.
These Lawrence Frank basketball clinic notes where taken from when he spoke at the Coaching U clinic in 2010.
These Lawrence Frank coaching clinic notes are from the 2014 Coaching U Clinic in Indianapolis. They will cover multiple areas of the game.
This article was written by Georgetown coach Kevin Sutton and is going to talk about what leadership looks like in basketball and sports in general.
Great teams have great leadership from both the coaches and players. Learn what this type of leadership looks like with this article from USC's Tony Bland.
This Lewis Preston basketball clinic video is going to go cover developing your post players the right way, and give you some really good teaching points.
Building team chemistry during the basketball season is not always easy but if done the right way it wall pay out huge at the end of the season. Learn the tips on how to do it from this article.
The goal of a basketball trainer is to be able to maximize basketball player development for each individual player. Every great coach or trainer is able to get the most out of their players
Here Mike Jarvis basketball video from when he talked about his 40 plus years of coaching basketball and being apart of the game.
These basketball coaching clinic notes were a team coaching effort by Gordon Chiesa and Mike Rhodes and it is going to cover the DNA of a winning program.
Mike Young is the head men's basketball coach at Wofford University and here is his basketball coaching clinic video on attacking the 2-3 Zone.
Mo Cassara is the head men's basketball coach at Hofstra University and here are his basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke at the Rising Coaches Clinic in 2010.
The game of basketball is about more than just wins and loses and as a coach you have to realize what you are in the business for and what you are trying to accomplish.
This article is going to talk about the importance of moving without the ball in basketball, and some tips to mastering this skill.
There are stats that you should keep as a coach besides scoring, rebounding, etc. These are the non-traditional basketball stats that impact the game.
This article was written by University of Pikeville assistant coach Tight Compton and is going to cover the topic of one game championships.
This basketball article is going to give you some tips to owning the off season and making sure that you are setting yourself up for success this season.
Paul Fortier is an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Washington and here are his basketball clinic notes from when he spoke at the the Rising Coaches Clinic.
Playing college basketball is a big step up from high school, and this article will help you get ready to play at that next level with some important keys.
There are different types of defense in basketball but we are going to just focus on the two basic areas of playing defense; on and off the ball defense.
Ever wondering how college basketball coaching changes happen? This article was written by Paul Johnson who is somewhat of an expert on how the hiring and firing happens in college basketball
Playing with poise in the post can be one of the hardest things to do for a young post player. When they get the ball they are anxious and unsure of what to do with the ball.
This article is written by FIU assistant men's basketball coach and it is going to talk about playing with the lead and some ways to close out a game.
A really big area that players and coaches don't take advantage of is mental training and positive visualization in basketball.
This coaching article is going to talk about preparation for special game situations in basketball, and making sure your team is ready to win close games.
Preparing for late game situations in basketball can be the difference between a great season and a disappointing one. Make sure that your team is prepared.
This article is going to cover preparing for late game situations on the defensive end of the floor. These situations will usually make or break a season.
I want to help you out with a few tricks I have learned during my playing career. These tips will help you in preparing for the new basketball season.
Are you preparing to be a head coach? Read this article on what you should be doing to get yourself ready to become a head coach in any sport.
This article was written by Kansas State's Alvin Brooks and it is going to cover the topic of transition defense. Some really great principles that the Kansas State program uses.
This article was written by Thomas University head coach Stephen Cox and is going to cover the topic of being in quad threat.
This article is going to talk about reading ball screens throughout a game, and making sure that the ball handler knows what to do in each situation.
Let's face it. Life is hard. Nobody is immune to the unexpected events, twists and turns, and adversity that happen in this game called life. You must rebound though.
Rebounding the basketball is a mixture of wanting the ball more than your opponent but also learning the right technique for boxing out, positioning, etc.
This article is going to talk about recruiting with less in college basketball, and is going to give some great tips on the recruiting process.
Being able to score out of the triple threat in basketball accomplishes two important things. One it allows you to make an offensive move past your defender and second it keeps your defender from getting up and pressuring you.
These Sean Miller basketball coaching clinic notes are going to cover the offense after a play breaks down or doesn't work.
This basketball article written by TTU assistant coach Frank Davis is going to talk about the difference between shot takers and shot makers.
Setting screens in basketball is a basic part of the game and players that are able to learn how to set them the right way can add a lot of value to their game.
These Shaka Smart clinic notes are going to discuss his philosophy on "creating havoc" on the floor, and also several other basketball coaching thoughts.
Shooting a basketball correctly and efficiently takes time and a lot of hard work. Here are some shooting tips that you can use as a player to develop your shot.
This article is going to talk about the importance of attention to details when it comes to shooting the basketball, and becoming a great shooter.
This article was written by VMI assistant coach Jason Allison and is going to talk about simple adjustments to make for postseason success.
This article on being a gym rat is going to help you determine as a player whether you really deserve the title, or whether you need to step your game up.
These are the basketball coaching clinic notes from when Spencer Wood spoke on mental toughness at the 2010 Florida coaches clinic.
Spencer Wood is known for his ability to train athletes physically as well as mentally and here are his basketball clinic notes from when he spoke at the 2010 Coaching U Clinic.
This Stan Jones basketball clinic video is going to cover guard development and cover some really good team basketball drills to use in your practices.
Stan Jones is an assistant men's basketball coach at Florida State University and here are basketball coaching clinic notes for the Rising Coaches Clinic.
This coaching clinic video is from the 2012 Basketball HQ coaching clinic, and is going to cover getting the most out of your practice.
These coaching clinic notes are going to cover player development and they are from when Steve Spencer spoke at the 2013 NAU coaching clinic.
The biggest challenge for coaches today is undoubtedly, the player who doesn't know what he is. Conversely and less frequent, is one of many challenges for players today - the coach who does not know what he is.
This article is going to cover ATO's (After Time Out) situations on both sides of the ball. These situations could make or break your season.
This article is going to talk about taking advantage of early offense and getting into your offense with pace before the defense gets set.
Take advantage of the basketball off season and get your team on pace to have a great season. This article was written by Tim Kaine of Florida Atlantic University.
This article by USC's Chris Capko is going to talk about taking over a new program and what exactly you should be doing as a new coach.
Here are a few keys that will help in taking your basketball workout to the next level. One of the keys to skill development is intensity of the drill. A coach has a duty to push players to their limits and require each technique and action to be done at game speed.
This basketball article was written by South Alabama University coach Russ Willemsen and is going to cover building team chemistry.
Basketball tryouts can make us all nervous. This infographic shares ten basketball tryout tips that could make a big difference in your tryouts.
Here are ten ways that you can transform your players into team leaders and help your team to start growing and maturing together.
This infographic is going to break down the anatomy of a college basketball scholarship and help you understand how it all works.
This article on being an elite scorer is going to talk about something that elite scorers have in common with each other, and what a players can focus on.
The dynamic of a good basketball workout is something that every trainer should know because it is the foundation for skill development.
Here are a few basic tips for having a successful basketball season this year. Before the basketball is ever tipped at center court the coach has a responsibility to prepare his team.
This article was written by Shaquala Williams who is an assistant women's basketball coach at Seattle University and it is on the four laws of learning applied to basketball.
This article is going to cover the fundamentals of transition defense in basketball, and also give some tips for your team to become better at it.
When it comes to having success (both on and off the court), I believe that the number one determining factor in this process is our habits.
Some athletes are willing to spend hours in the gym and weight room training but they neglect the importance of stretching in basketball and that is not good.
This basketball coaching article was written by U. of North Texas coach Bart Lundy. It is on the language of your basketball program and your players.
This coaching article is going to cover the lost art of shooting, and was written by basketball shooting guru Tom Nordland.
This article by U. of Pikeville assistant coach Tigh Compton is going to talk about the recruiting ABC's that every coach should follow when recruiting.
Have you ever wondered what the responsibilities of a DOBO were? This article is going to give an in depth look at what it entails.
The shot fake is an important part of the game of basketball, and this article by George Mason coach Chris Kreider is going to break it down for you.
This article is going to talk about 8 keys to great ball movement and some of the ways that the Spurs use this in their offense.
This coaching article by UT Martin assistant coach Jermaine Johnson is going to cover what it takes to have the ultimate team defense.
This article is going to talk about the importance of communication on the court in basketball. It is something that every elite team does.
The will to be great is something that is talked about all the time in sports but do you really have what it takes to be great and to succeed in whatever you do?
These basketball clinic notes from Tim Grgurich are going to cover defensive strategy and a couple of other topics.
Great teams are able to maximize their timeouts and generate energy from their bench. This article by Kevin Sutton will help give some pointers on what this looks like.
Interested in finding out what goes into being a tough player? This article by UT Arlington's Zak Buncik is going to talk about tough players.
It seems that every year that the transfer list for Division 1 basketball schools grows exponentially. There are many reasons for players leaving.
This article by FIU assistant coach Chris Capko is going to talk about preparing for and executing transition defense at a high level.
This article is going to talk about being able to consistently improve throughout the season regardless of what your record looks like, good or bad.
As a basketball player it is important to always be ready for when opportunity knocks at the collegiate level. This article by Frank Davis will cover this.
This article by Wofford's Dustin Kerns is a great insight into why some players make it and some don't at the college level.
Here are the 2013 clinic notes from when Will Reece spoke at the Hoops Roundtable. If you are a coach at any level this is a must read.
Great players love to compete and push themselves. This article is about Elfrid Payton's work ethic from the eyes of one of his college coaches Gus Hauser.
This article is written by Kansas State assistant basketball coach Alvin Brooks and is going to cover the topic of winning cultures.
Finding the right youth basketball drills is not always easy. You need to find drills that are going to be fun for the kids but also make them better.