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September 18, 2007

Youth Hoops - September 18, 2007

Your Weekly Dose Of Basketball Tips, Advice & Resources!

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Joe Waters

Quote Of The Week

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

Mike Krzyzewski, Coach K

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

Tip Of The Week


Vertical jump training has become the most popular area of basketball training. All players want to dramatically increase their vertical jump. There are many vertical jump training programs and pieces of equipment available on the market today.

After reading the eight tips listed below, be sure to check out my Vertical Jump Review Page. There you will learn what my top 3 picks are for vertical jump programs and vertical jump equipment. It's a must-read if you’re serious about increasing your hops.

Here Are 8 Simple Tips For Increasing Your Vertical Jump:

  • Begin every workout by warming up your muscles and then doing extensive leg stretches. Because you'll be building muscle fibers that are used for explosive activities such as jumping, stretching is extremely important.

  • Jump rope for its excellent cardiovascular conditioning. This step should never be skipped, as it will be an important contributor to your results.

  • Sprint. This builds muscle, which will add to your jumping ability.

  • Run stairs on your toes. Start by running up a flight, one step at a time. Walk down and run back up, taking two steps at a time. Repeat as many times as you can manage.

  • Perform elevated jumps. Use a bench or platform to jump up onto and down off. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

  • Perform explosive jumps. Position yourself for an explosive leg jump by facing a secure platform and placing your right foot on it. Jump as high as you can, concentrating on exploding off the right leg. Scissor your legs once in the air, then land with your left foot on the platform and your right foot on the floor. Gather yourself and explode upward again, this time off the left foot. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

  • Perform double jumps. Start by jumping as high as possible with both feet from a stationary position. Jump again immediately upon landing, using less effort. Repeat until you've accomplished three sets of 10 jumps each.

  • Rest your legs at least two days a week. Results will come from sustaining the exercise program, not performing it aggressively for a few weeks and then slacking off.

By consistently following the eight vertical jump tips listed above, you will see a dramatic increase in your jumping ability.

If you're looking for more advanced techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and advice from the sure to check out my Vertical Jump Review Page.


Getting organized for the upcoming season is a critical element to your success as a coach. To restate must be organized before the season begins if you want your team to be successful. We all know that, but amazingly enough many coaches enter the season unprepared - without a game plan. They just "wing it", kind of like coaching on the fly. Their failure is inevitable.

So what does it take to get properly organized? Below I have listed twelve tips that I've borrowed from Coach K that you should follow as you plan and organize your upcoming season.

Here Are 12 Tips To Organizing Your Season:

  • Recruit great players who are willing to be part of a team and who are coachable.

  • Begin using the following terms immediately..."Our" instead of "my", "we" instead of "I", "us" instead of "me". Team leadership is plural not singular.

  • Demonstrate the principle "we're all important" by making sure you're not the only one speaking at team meetings.

  • Teach time management as it relates to each individual and the entire group.

  • Stress honor in all things.

  • Don't set too many rules for the team. These tend to get in the way of leadership.

  • Preserve the opportunity to lead.

  • Set up a family support system for the team.

  • Hand out a laminated card with the phone numbers of all players and staff members. Remind players to call anyone when they're in a harmful situation.

  • Believe in a handshake as a way to give your word on something.

  • Mutual commitment will help everyone overcome their fear of failure.

  • Each team is different and has to run its own race. This is the start of a new year and team...treat it like one.

For more detailed information from Coach K, be sure to check out his brand-new coaching DVD series.

Product Reviews Of The Week


Dean Smith DVD Series: Basketball Defensive 2-Pack

Legendary North Carolina Head Men's Basketball Coach Dean Smith has released an incredible DVD series focusing on developing an effective defensive strategy. This Defensive 2-pack offers a detailed description and demonstration of every movement and technique of both the zone and scramble defense. Read more here...


Steve Nash MVP Basketball: Fundamentals of Basketball

Steve Nash, the NBA's 2005 and 2006 MVP has designed the most comprehensive basketball instructional DVD of its kind. This 2-disc DVD set is truly unique, combining individual fundamentals with team play and practice organization. Read more here...

The Lighter Side Of Basketball

Ball handling and dribbling are my strongest weaknesses.

David Thompson

Any time Detroit scores more than a hundred points and holds the other team below a hundred points, they almost always win.

Doug Collins

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