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Your January Youth Hoops Newsletter. 5 Keys To Coaching Success!
January 10, 2007

Youth Hoops, January 2007 - Happy New Year!

January 10, 2007

Here is the latest issue for youth basketball coaches, players and parents.

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Table of Contents

    1. Coach's Corner - The Big 5
    2. Basketball Game - Listen To Your Teammates
    3. Inspirational Quotes
    4. Basketball Terms
    5. Product Spot Light - Basketball Posters
    6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2
    7. Pass It On
Let me know what you think! I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions about this newsletter. Is there something else you'd like me to include? Or something you don't like? Let me know.

1. Coach's Corner - The Big 5

First of all - Happy New Year!! I hope 2006 was a great year for each and every one of you and I'd like to wish you the best for 2007!

Our seasons are all in full-swing by now and all of you (coaches, players and parents) are into your "in-season routines." I'd like to take some time to address the coaches out there. As we all know, you have an incredibly important job. One with many responsibilities and duties. And, unfortunately, one that doesn't often get the appreciation it deserves.

As the season goes on, many coaches lose focus of their main responsibilities. They get more concerned with winning and losing rather than being a leader, teacher and role model. I have gathered five tips from Morgan Wooten, famous and successful high school basketball coach, to help keep you focused on the things that really matter when coaching youth basketball!

The Big 5 For Coaches

1. Our goal must be to provide a wholesome environment in which young men or women can develop themselves spiritually, socially, and academically.

2. As coaches, we should be the kind of coach we would want our sons or daughters to play for.

3. We must never lose sight of the fact that basketball is a game and it should be fun. We should never put winning ahead of the individual.

4. Because basketball is a great teaching situation, we must use this opportunity to educate the young men and women on our teams. We must prepare them for the many decisions they will be making that will have long-range effects on the quality of their lives.

5. This is the bottom line: Are we doing all we can to make our players' sport experience as rewarding as possible?

Coaches that can keep these five tips in mind as they approach their overall coaching experience will have a HUGE impact on their players - on and off the court!

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2. Basketball Game - Listen To Your Teammates

After playing together for awhile, most players should be able to notice how their teammates have a way of telling them what their next move will be. The players and teams that are most successful are great at this "non-verbal" communication.

I say non-verbal because players aren't going to yell out their next move on the court. However, all players have certain actions they take before making certain moves or shots on the court. To be successful at this, players must learn to "listen" to their teammates and then move accordingly based on what their teammate is telling them.

Coaches, you must teach your players to read each other's movements and actions. Teach them to anticipate what their teammates are going to do - and then make a move based on that action. This is such a key component to being successful on the court.

Here are a few of the actions on the basketball court that should alert players to make a certain move. For those of you that have played a lot of basketball in your day...many of these actions and moves will seem second natured. That's the way it should be! Listen to your teammates and move accordingly.

1. When a teammate moves to one of their favorite shooting spots on the court - they're saying, "I'm probably going to shoot, so get into an offensive rebounding position."

2. If a teammate is closely guarded - they're saying, "Set a screen on my man so I can get free for a shot."

3. If a teammate moves so that they open a passing lane between you - they're saying, "Look for the pass."

4. A teammate may set a screen on your defender even though you don't have the ball. When they do this - they're saying, "Cut off my screen to the basket, or cut to the man with the ball for a pass."

5. If a teammate gets trapped by defenders without their dribble - they're saying, "Cut toward me for a pass. Move toward me and give me a passing target so I can get rid of the ball."

6. If a teammate rarely shoots, even when they're open - they're saying, "When I get the ball, work to get open for a pass."

7. Anytime a teammate gets the ball, they're saying - "Work to get open in good shooting position, hold out your hand, and give me a good target to hit."

Coaches that can teach their players to "listen to each other" effectively on the court - and players that are able to do this - will have much greater success at the game of basketball!

3. Inspirational Quotes

As this season winds on, most of you (players, parents and coaches) have experienced losing at one time or another. The quotes I've included for you this month will help keep the losing and the winning in perspective. Enjoy!

  • Always focus on what you want to achieve - Michael Jordan

  • Don't worry about losing. Think about winning. - Coach K

  • If you're willing to enjoy winning, you must bear the burden of occasional losses as well. - Tug McGraw

  • Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently. - Henry Ford

  • Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. - John Wooden
For more great inspirational quotes, please visit our basketball quotes page!

By the way, if you have a favorite inspirational quote that you'd like to share with us, send it to me. I'll include it in the next issue!

4. Basketball Terms

Each month I include five new basketball terms for you to review and learn. You may already be familiar with many of these terms. If you are - great! Pass them on to your players, children, parents or anyone else who might benefit from learning them!

Knowing and understanding the various terms used in the game of basketball will help players, parents and coaches have a better understanding of the overall game.

Anticipation: The ability to sense the next move of a teammate or an opponent before they make it.

Clear-the-Boards: Grabbing a rebound. Also called crashing the boards.

Draw the Foul: This is what an offensive player does when they deliberately move in such a way to cause an opponent to foul them.

Penetration: The ability of an offensive player to move in close to the basket.

Sag: Movement of a defender from one position or man to another position or man to better cover an offensive threat. For example, a defender will sag from their man to help cover the man with the ball.

Visit our Basketball Terms page to view our list of over 200 terms!

If you have any basketball terms you'd like to share with us, send them to me. I'll include them in the next issue!

5. Product Spot Light - Basketball Posters

Basketball Posters? Yes, you heard me right - basketball posters! I had to include this as our product spot light this month mainly because my two oldest sons just completely "re-decorated" their rooms with all new basketball, football and baseball posters (Courtesy of Santa!).

But as I was helping them put the posters up on their walls, I got to thinking about how posters really connect you with all of your favorite players and teams. I remembered the Larry Bird and Magic Johnson posters I had on my walls as I was growing up! Those were my childhood sports heroes and their posters on my wall was my way of connecting with them.

I'm sure all of the coaches and parents reading this can think back on exactly how their rooms were decorated! Having basketball posters on your wall really is an incredibly easy way to stay connected to the players you idolize!

We have a NEW section on our website with 1000s of the latest basketball posters available today! For more information on our basketball posters, please click here!

6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2

My sons and I have been using this program very consistently with some AMAZING results. The simplicity and effectiveness of this shooting program is nothing short of incredible! My two oldest sons, ages 9 and 11, have immediately embraced the Swish Method of shooting.

Shooting instructor Tom Nordland is a fantastic teacher/coach of basketball shooting. I can't recommend this product highly enough.

Do yourself and your players or children a favor - Check This Out!

First, read my complete review of the Swish Program here. This will give you a complete understanding of our experience with this method of shooting.

Then, check out the Swish Program for yourself by clicking here!

I'm positive you'll be as impressed as we are!!

7. Pass It On

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