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Your November Youth Hoops Newsletter!
November 06, 2006

Youth Hoops, November 2006 - Season Kick-Off!

November 6, 2006

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

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Table of Contents

    1. Coach's Corner
    2. Rules Of The Game - Referee Signals
    3. Basketball Game - Playing Aggressive Defense
    4. Inspirational Quotes
    5. Product Spot Light - The ArcAngel
    6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2
    7. Pass It On

1. Coach's Corner

By now everyone has either kicked off their basketball season or is in the midst of preparing for their season. Last month I told you that our school was in the process of starting a 5th and 6th grade travel basketball team. If you remember, I was asked to head up that program. Well, as often is the case, we are still waiting for final approval from the school. So I will keep you posted as we anxiously await the start of this exciting new season.

As you approach your own season, I think it's critically important for you to set goals for yourself. Whether you're a coach, player or a parent. You have to ask yourself this important question: "What do I want to accomplish this season?"

I won't get into the whole goal-setting process; there are experts in the field that can explain it far better than I can. What I will say is this. Setting clear-cut goals is an easy way to organize your entire season. When you set goals you have something to work towards. You know up front what you would like to accomplish. Now it's just a matter of making a plan and doing the work.

When coaches, players and parents don't set goals they are setting themselves, their players, teammates and children up for failure. In order to be successful, whatever your definition of that is, you must set goals to work towards.

So, what goals should you set? I knew you'd ask that! Well...I can't answer that for you - only you can. I can give you this advice though. If you haven't been setting goals on a consistent basis - think of last season for a minute. What did you accomplish or not accomplish? What areas were you strong or weak in? What needs the most improvement?

These are just a few questions to help start your thought process. When you figure out what your goals will be for the season, here is the critical point. Write your goals down and then write the steps you will use to achieve those goals. Whether that's extra practice time, extra time studying the game, more time training your body, etc... Write your plan out and stick with it!! If you take this simple step - you will be successful!
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2. Rules of the Game - Referee Signals

Are you familiar with all of the basketball referee signals! Well coaches should definitely have a thorough understanding of the signals a ref uses throughout the game. After all, if you don't know the signals how are you going to teach your players?

Now players, depending on their age and level of competition, should have a good idea of what the main signals are. Parents, the more familiar you are with the signals, the better you will understand and be able to follow the game.

I speak from experience here. It's taken my wife about a year to teach me all the different signals used by a volleyball referee. At first I had no idea of what was going on. But with her constant reminding, I am now able to understand 100% of what's going on during a volleyball game (well, okay...maybe only 90% - but you get my point!)

So if you haven't seen my page on basketball referee signals you can check them it here. This page is Loaded with 26 signals used during the game of basketball! Enjoy!

3. Basketball Game - Playing Aggressive Defense

Defense wins championships! We've all heard that said hundreds of times.'s absolutely true! Think of the best basketball teams - at any level of play. It doesn't matter if it's the NBA, NCAA, high school or youth leagues. The best teams always play great defense.

So...what makes a team successful on the defensive end of the court? How are they able to play such an aggressive style of defense on a consistent basis?

Well I want to spend some time discussing the three qualities that make teams and players great in their defensive game.

First, the players must be well conditioned in order to play aggressive defense. Players that are in peak physical condition are able to play at a higher level. It almost seems like they never get tired. Well...that's because they train their bodies to perform at the highest level without burning out.

Players and coaches must have a clear plan for conditioning. This has to be taken seriously in order to obtain all the physical benefits.

Second, the coach and players must all be "sold" on the benefits of playing great defense. The coach must explain to the players the importance defense has on their overall performance. Players that understand this come to love their defensive responsibilities. They take great pride in their defense. When that happens - look out! Players that take great pride in their defense feel like they can defend against anyone - and those are the players that coaches absolutely love.

Third, players must be dedicated to improving their defensive game. Players that want to improve this aspect of their game must work harder than anyone else at it. They must also develop the proper state-of-mind to become a dominant defender. The great defenders always feel like they're going to stop their opponent. They have a certain mindset that gives them the confidence they need to be a defensive stopper. When this is combined with the proper training, practice and work ethic - you have a complete defensive player.

For more excellent defensive tips, check out our defensive tips page.

You can also check out these FREE defensive drills that will help players build a solid foundation of basketball defensive fundamentals.

4. Inspirational Quotes

Here are some great inspirational quotes that should help motivate you as you approach the game of basketball...and life itself! Enjoy!

"There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring, and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on a fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable." -Coach K

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." -Tommy LaSorda

"Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps." -Helmut Schmidt

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!

5. Product Spot Light - The ArcAngel

Each month I will spotlight a new product designed to improve a specific skill of the game. Basketball training aids and equipment have become a huge part of today's game. There seems to be a piece of equipment for each skill needed to play basketball. Unfortunately, there's a lot of junk on the market and it can often seem impossible to find the right piece of equipment at the right price.

Well, I want you to feel confident in knowing that I only recommend the best products on the market today - from the best companies. No junk, no rip-offs, no overpriced items - just great products to help improve a player's game!

The ArcAngel is a revolutionary training system that is proven to increase shooting percentages. It gives players an accurate visual goal to shoot for and forces them to practice shooting with the proper arc.

This Incredible piece of equipment is already being used by many of the leading high school and NCAA coaches nationwide, including: Steve Alford of Iowa University and Pat Summit of Tennessee University.

For more valuable information on the ArcAngel please click here!

6. Media Center - Swish & Swish 2

Basketball videos and books play an important role in the overall development of players, coaches and parents. These simple little tools are an effective way to improve your knowledge and understanding of the game.

Building your basketball library is an essential way to enhance your "Basketball Education". One of the greatest aspects of using videos and books is that once you buy them, you can refer to them at any time. If you need a refresher on a certain topic or you need help putting together your practice plans - simply pull out your books or pop in your DVDs and you're in business!

Similar to the product spotlight section, each month I will feature a basketball video or book that I feel would help improve your overall understanding of the game. Again, no junk, no rip-offs, no overpriced items - just great books and videos to help you improve!

I have recently purchased Tom Nordland's Swish and Swish 2 shooting videos. All I can say is WOW!! My sons and I watched the videos and immediately fell in love with the simple to understand concepts that Tom teaches. My sons, ages 9 & 11, picked up on the concepts and were able to instantly put them into practice.

I was able to speak with Tom on the phone and was absolutely blown away by the amount of knowledge he has in regard to the mechanics of shooting. If you're looking for an easy-to-understand system that completely teaches the proper fundamentals of shooting I would encourage you to check out the Swish shooting video series.

For more information on the Swish and Swish 2 DVDs please click here!

7. Pass It On

Feel free to pass this newsletter down court to any friends, parents, or coaches who could benefit from this information.

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