Kevin Eastman Coaching U Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

Kevin Eastman Coaching U 2010 Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


These basketball coaching clinic notes are from the 2010 Coaching U clinic. The speaker is renowned basketball specialist Kevin Eastman. As basketball coaches, we should be students of the game and always be learning; that is what these notes are for. Lason Perkins was gracious enough to provide us with the notes that he took while listening to coach Eastman speak. Notes were taken by Lason Perkins.


Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


  • Time to:  Learn, Grow, Stretch ourselves, invest in our success, become more.
  • Worry about becoming more vs. earning more.
  • Give your team one timeout per practice.
  • 3 keys to defense: Position, awareness, alertness.
  • Teaching emphasis: “Back to the area of attack on screens,” “Ten toes to the rim” (shooting), “Eyes make layups, feet make jump shots.”
  • Quality of feet = quality of the shot.
  • Comments made to players: “If the mental ever meets the physical, you will be a star.”
  • “Once someone can do what you do and one more thing, you are replaceable.”



  • Bigs should own the middle.
  • Post on mini-lane (area in front of the rim and in the lane).
  • Post across the lane, not up the lane.
  • Establish mini-goals with players (8 mins. vs. game).
  • On Roles: It may be what you don’t want, but it’s what we need to win a championship.
  • Goals: 1 pass ahead layup, 1 off rebound per half.
  • If you find a niche, you will be on the floor.
  • The best offensive rebounder gets minutes.
  • Who on your team fills the energy niche?
  • There may be bad first shots, but no bad second shots.
  • Filling lanes/running to the rim requires no skill, but it does require commitment and will.
  • Mavericks:  Goal to get the ball into the lane 60 times a game (post feed, penetration).
  • Rebounding: The more you go after, the more you get.
  • Fight to get middle and opposite rim on offensive rebounds.
  • Fistfight to get open, foot fight to score.
  • Leverage game to get position, balance game to score.
  • Leverage: Lower your shoulders.
  • 3 C’s: Catch, Chin, Check (Cutters, Traps, Digs).
  • Use baseline foot to get into perpendicular post up.
  • The floor shrinks as you move up to a higher level.
  • Bend knees, get shoulders lower.
  • Feet give you an advantage, ball gives you separation.
  • See 90% of the floor on post catch.
  • Give up position for possession.
  • Butt into thigh-no deny.
  • Spacing: Outside 3, sprint to spacing, face-up, and see the ball.
  • Play low to high.
  • Sealing: Feet, Butt, Tricep, elbows.
  • Pause for poise on the catch.
  • Cutting off the post: Cut through the elbow to the front of the rim, then out to the corner.  See the ball all the way to the rim.
  • Post depth: Get deeper in the lane.
  • Move the deny arm to get open.
  • Get the ball in line with the target hand vs. getting passing angle. (Great visual teaching point).
  • Talking on defense gives you a head start vs. the offense.
  • Run rim to rim to rim, not FT line to FT line.
  • Don’t waste a post up.  Post late than early.
  • Feet first, ball second.
  • Shoulders at hips.
  • Read, don’t rush on the catch.
  • Let the post feeders cut, then go to work.
  • Don’t limit your options on where you post up.
  • Steve Nash: Have more solutions in your game.
  • Own the lane, rent the lane line, homeless when posting outside the lane.
  • Shot fakes, foot fakes, ball fakes, head fakes are cool.
  • Ball fakes should be violent and tight.
  • Play off of 2 feet.
  • On drop step, ankle to middle of the rim.
  • Inside-Outside-Deeper or Inside-Outside-Follow into ball screen (On pass outs from the post).
  • Change speeds on moves.
  • Subtle up or Subtle down on post-ups (Gradual changes in position on each possession).
  • Cut when you see the back of heads.
  • Watch the person guarding you, not the ball.
  • Screen first, post second vs. zone.
  • Know the floor: Locate the ball past half court, get to the front of the rim, then get to post up.
  • Post Areas: Midline, Lane, Second Marker.
  • Shooting Areas: Duck In, Extended Post, Elbow, Trail spots, short corner.

6 Post Moves

  • Midline jump hook.
  • Dribble drop.
  • Up and Under.
  • Quick spin.
  • Jump hook off the block.
  • Free Throw.
  • Log the game (Kobe Bryant): How are you being guarded?
  • Face up game: Caught low-pivot high, caught high-pivot low.


Face Up Moves

  • Jumper.
  • Jab and go.
  • Jab and jumper.
  • Jab and crossover.
  • Jab, Fake, Go.
  • Jab, Fake, Crossover.


Notes Cont.

  • Get fouled, make FT.
  • Anytime you feel forearm on back, spin-off.
  • Work on perpendicular post-ups. Get ball to outside shoulder instead of chin.
  • Screener, then become a scorer.
  • Must screen situations: Get particular player open first.
  • PNR Game: Try to arrive without your defender.  Do not screen air.
  • Pump fakes in traffic are cool. Go through chest and chin.
  • Weakside awareness: Timing, post across.
  • Put tape on the floor to show penetration areas and post areas.
  • Never let them foul your shooting hand; make them foul non-shooting hand.


NBA Drills and Thoughts

Celtic Standards

  • Respectful communication.
  • No excuses.
  • Commit to personal accountability.
  • Will do our job every day.
  • Always put the team first.
  • Care for one another.
  • No pacing ourselves.
  • Eliminate jealousy.
  • Emotional poise under pressure.
  • Collective Responsibility.
  • Pride.
  • Positive enthusiasm.
  • Be on time.
  • Trust.


Building A Team

  • Talent.
  • Character.
  • Work Ethic.
  • Focus.


Today’s Players

  • Battle for mind space.
  • Battle for hear space.
  • The route to the head is through the heart.


Notes Cont.


4 Types of Relationships

  • Players like, respect, and trust other players.
  • Players like, respect, and trust coaches.
  • Coaches like, respect, and trust players.
  • Coaches like, respect, and trust coaches.


Notes Cont.

  • Use ego to enhance, not advance.


6 Ways to Create Buy In

  • Study the game.  Knowledge leads to respect.
  • Study your system.
  • Catch them doing something right.
  • Educate them on their label.
  • Tell the truth verbally, with stats, and with video.
  • What you bring vs. what you know.


Notes Cont.
  • Give them the answers before they ask the question.
  • Let players know you believe in them.
  • Big ears-small mouth.
  • Listen/Look- You will learn.
  • The best indicator of future behavior is past actions.
  • Twice a year: Sit down and list out areas of individual improvement.
  • Write a letter to your child/young adult and tell them what they need to be successful as a coach and as a person in life.
  • Herm Edwards:  What we do in the dark will come to light.
  • Pain of discipline vs. Pain of Regret.
  • Do you want to leave a job or a legacy?
  • Offense: Multiple actions.
  • Defense: Multiple efforts.


Basketball Drills

  • Dog Drill:  Defense must stay arm’s length away.
  • Action Series: Can work on a variety of actions in this 3-3 setting.
  • 4-4 Defend Floppy Action:  Good drill to also work on double exit action. Use coach as passer up top and put second perimeter player on FT line to react to 2’s cut.
  • One More Shooting:  Pass and sprint to the spot you passed to. Shooter rebounds their shot, gets back in line in the corner.
  • Continuous DHO: Speed/Turn the corner on DHO. Add 5 count and shoot at 1 second to simulate shot clock.
  • Pinball:  Cones are extra players. The offense can go anywhere to get open. The defense must get through screens and cover the ball.
  • 4-3 Contest Drill: The same defender cannot guard 2 passes in a row. 4 pass limit.
  • Circle Rebounding: Can play 3-3, 4-4, or 5-5. The coach can shoot it or pass to a player who shoots it. Can also transition down and back.
  • One on One to Three on Three: Can run at both ends of the floor. Mix in a variety of actions. Keep on one side of the floor.
  • Closeout-Direct-Charge: Defense starts under rim, closeout. Coach with ball simulates pass to top, defense sprints to help spot.  Coach at top simulates pass to the corner, sprint to help and take charge outside lane. Coach in corner simulates drive to the basket. Have a manager/extra player with a towel on baseline ready to clean up spots.


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