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October 03, 2007

Youth Hoops - October 1, 2007

Your Weekly Dose Of Basketball Tips, Advice & Resources!

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Joe Waters

Quote Of The Week

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.

John Wooden

Check out this incredible collection of 1500+ inspirational sports quotes.

Tip Of The Week


Being effective at dribbling the basketball not only helps improve all other aspects of a player's game - but also helps make the players around them better!

As players work toward becoming better at dribbling the basketball there are certain key elements they must be aware of and keep in mind at all times.

Here Are The 10 Keys To Basketball Dribbling Success:

1. Players must stay low when they are dribbling.

2. Players must keep their head up while dribbling.

3. Players must attack their defender - not avoid them.

4. Players must dribble with a purpose - avoid wasted movement.

5. Players must constantly work to improve their weak hand.

6. Players must protect the basketball with their body and off hand.

7. Players must work on change of pace and change of speed dribbles in order to keep the defender off balance.

8. Players must be able to change direction with their dribble to keep the defender off balance.

9. Once a player beats their defender they must: Keep their dribble out in front of them, Keep their defender behind them and, Close the gap between them.

10. Players must work constantly at improving their dribbling techniques and mechanics.

Players that are dedicated to improving this critical aspect of the game - those willing to put in the time and effort needed to succeed - will turn into incredibly effective dribblers. They will become virtually unstoppable with the basketball!


The 8 Coaching Tips below are designed to help coaches plan their practices more effectively. These eight tips are very simple and straightforward - yet they can have a tremendous impact on how well a coach plans their practice.

Basketball Coaching Tips: 8 Tips To Planning A Successful Practice

1. Coaches should always plan their practices ahead of time. It is best to have a written practice schedule for the entire season. This makes it easier for the coach to establish and stick to their game plan. At the very least, coaches should have their entire week planned out in advance.

2. Coaches should use the drills they are most familiar and comfortable with. They should be able to demonstrate these drills as well.

3. When running drills, players should always go at "game speed". They should also get as many repetitions as possible on each drill. By doing these two things, players will become more comfortable with the drills and skills being practiced. This translates into being able to perform them instinctively during game situations.

4. Coaches should only add new drills when the players have mastered the old ones. They should keep it simple and focus on the skills being taught. Players don't need to be overwhelmed with too many drills, this tends to confuse them.

5. Coaches should always teach and stress the importance of teamwork. The players must understand that the team comes before the individual. This is critical to the team's success! Understanding this one concept alone will help players become more well-rounded at every aspect of their game.

6. Coaches should discuss the team rules, regulations and policies with the players. Players should always know what is expected of them, and also what is unacceptable behavior or conduct. When a coach is upfront about the rules and consequences for breaking them, players are more likely to respect them.

7. Coaches should always be enthusiastic on and off the court. Players usually feed off of their coach's attitude and personality. If a coach is constantly enthusiastic about the game, this will have a tremendous impact on the players’ attitude and outlook as well.

8. Coaches must always remember that the players they are coaching are far more important than the game they are coaching. Coaches should put the best interest of their players before everything else. They must remember that this is just a game! Make it fun for the kids.

For more valuable tips, visit my basketball coaching page.

Product Reviews Of The Week


The Basketball IntelliGym

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The Lighter Side Of Basketball

"In his first year as a pro, Reggie Miller faced Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics at Market Square one evening:

It came down to free throws and we fouled Bird. We were down by three. Bird went to the line to shoot two.

I was standing on the line and being a rookie dumbass, and not realizing this was one of the best free-throw shooters ever to play the game, I tried to throw off his timing. As he went to shoot, I kind of said out of the side of my mouth, 'Hey, hey!'

He stopped right before he shot, looked at me, and said, 'You got to be kidding me. Rook, you got to be kidding me.'

He shot one. Boom. We were down by four.

Bird got the ball again, and before he shot, he said, 'Rook, I'm the best shooter in the league right now. In the league. Understand? And you're up here trying to say something?'

Boom. We were down five. What I was thinking? What a dumbass I am. You're up here talking s--- to Larry Bird."

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