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  1. I have a number of kids how are working away on Coach Mac's 15 week MAX-VERT workout. Its pretty intentse and concerns me they are working to hard. Do you feel a workout with a cardio, jump rope and weight lifting routine is going to help their vertical--I know there is a lot of products out there. One of my kids claims he has gained a few inches in a few weeks of the workout. I can attest consdering he is touching the rim now and couldn't before. I checked out the program and it looks ok. www.coachmac-basketball.com
  2. Defensive Oriented Team

    I would suggest two things here. 1. If you've got speed and some aggression, man-to-man is your best option. Zone will expose your lack of size, but so will half court man-to-man. I would suggest you turn to some sort of uptempo trapping full court press and implement a fast-break offense. I've published my fast-break offense if you're interested. Good luck with the rest of your season. For the Love of the Game, Coach McKinnis www.coachmac-basketball.com
  3. Team Leadership

    "No man is more cheated then the selfish man"-Henry Beecher Coaches, I am sharing this with you all because I found its lesson rewarding and worthy of forum talk. Basketball teams always love and admire a player who is able to help them go to another level, someone who ENLARGES them and empowers them to be successful. Those kinds of people are like the Boston Celtics Hall of Fame center Bill Russell, who said, "The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play." Coaches I challenge us all to be enlarges, for coaches who enlarge their teams add value to their teammates. Do you know coaches who are enlargers. I'd love to hear about them. For the Love of the Game, Coach McKinnis www.coachmac-basketball.com
  4. 5 Out Offense

    Coach Sorry to hear you so upset over the suggestion of a good resource. The initial intent of this post was to discuss the 5 out motion, however such is the case with many forum topics, side discussions often prevail. An effort was made to answer those questions. Now, sounds like you're interested in the 5 out motion. Let's discuss. What element of the motion does your team use?
  5. 5 Out Offense

    I think you will like being a part of this coaching community.I have learned much having been here and communicated with other more skilled coaches. I'm looking at that link you were kind enough to include in your thread.Personally I can't wait to get the season going again.What age group do you coach?I coach 7/8th grade boys.Go back through my threads and you'll find out a little about me and what helps/hinders me in becoming the coach I want to be.Looking forward to sharing more ideas.Welcome!!! Coach, I remember when I started by first varsity coaching position nearly 11 years ago. I was the youngest head basketball coach in the state of Oregon, coaching varsity men's basketball at a small school in the eastern part of the state. I spent most of my time searching endless hours, high and low for great basketball resources that would cure my thirst for the up coming season. Even though the season is 7 months away, you can never get a jump on your coaching strategy too early. I was lucky enough to coach both men's and women's varsity basketball and find a great deal of success doing both. You can find a great deal of 'sound' advice by participating in these forums--which is why I check in every now and again. I must say, the link to Coach Mac's Basketball playbooks I provided in my initial post is growing like wildfire. I'm not sure people really believed the way I preached the value of a $10 e-playbook. Personally, I love their Monster Flex series. If you're a young coach the one thing I can offer you in advice when coaching middle school youth, don't make things to complicated. Use strategy like the flex and a man-to-man defense to build fundamentals. Your ability to teach fundamentals is what will provide you opportunity to advance within the coaching ladder. I'd love to help more where I can. Please feel free to ask any questions. Again, check out the great resources avaliable on the web like Coach Macs at http://www.coachmac-basketball.com I've learned alot over my 1st 3 years coaching at this level and my 2nd school now.Too be a skills coach and not necessarily a drills coach.Maybe you could help me as I was going to address this topic on this forum tonight when I got time.My question is do you stay with the same plays(playbooks)year after year so the kids can learn and be comfortable.Obviousely this is the level we play alot of man2man because thats what the next level will require(High School).I've got the man 2 man,2-3 which personally I don't like because it's a lazy man's defense,the 1-3-1 Trapping defense is my favorite.We don't take care of the ball on offense and we get beat back down the floor alot for easy fast breaks.My emphasis this year will most definetely be that the practices have to be harder than the games.This school is not used to winning and I'm trying to change that.They can't keep a coach longer than a year so I told'em as a promise that I'll be there for 3-5 years to give them some reassuarance.Also something else they've never had in there town is a basketball camp which is going to be called Katz Camp that I'm putting on.I'm a passionate coach as you may can tell but Im 43 years young.lol Keep the conversation going please. We build upon our play book each year, this helps the kids be able to run a variety of offenses and defenses and then variations of them. By starting basic and then adding stuff that will fit to your players skills helps them gain confidence. Again, a good learner understands to take away from these forums what you feel will best help your team and discard the rest. In terms of year-to-year strategy you need to evaluate your teams strengths and weakness and assess them against the strengths of your offensive and defensive strategy. A good rule of thumb is to pick a philosophy that your programs centers around--are you a run-and-gun, control, or pressure still team? Then decide what strategy to use based on this assessment. Run the same basic offensive and defensive sets from your youth program up to the varsity players. This will assure they are getting a healthy does of the foundation you've build your program around, plus it allows kids to get see the offense through different eyes for each coach will present it slightly different. In short make an assessment first and go from their. Guys, not trying to steal the thunder from this forum, but I am going to ask Coach Mac to start his own coaching forum so I can focus more on one area instead of the 10 different forums I am a part of. I'd still love to answer your questions please look at http://www.coachmac-basketball.com and click on the forum. Good Luck!
  6. Help

    Well heads in the clouds are a good point and have been taken to heart.This is 1 area I really would like to work on during our camp.If you cant take care of the ball kinda hard to get in your offense.You might be thinking well the other team is just playing good defense.Bottomline.I want to be in the attack mode all game.I want my players to be hungry for whats rightfully theres=WIN.They won 1 game last year and none this year.I know that feeling and Im here to tell ya the atittude is slowly turning around but getting them to believe in eachother and working together will work wonders and only until that happens will they reep the benefits. Seems like something is goofed up with the website and who posted what . But to try and help heres some thoughts. First Ive never met you but I can tell that you are fairliy serious about coaching and becoming better, If I did not think this I would not even continue to reply. Find a team/coach combination some where near you where the coach has been with them for a while and has had better than average success. Doesent have to be basketball just sucessfull. Go and watch there practices just sit and watch with no distractions. Take notes if you feel like it. Absorb all that you can about COACHING not nessasarly fundamentals Mecanics ECT. Go over in your own mind the things about yourself that you can Enhance or change to become better. Next go to a basketball coaching clinic or observe a really good team in action both in games and practice. Do this in the off season. Learn all you can about the games fundamentals and such. Every book dvd video or other form of learning on the subject read it or watch it. Be an absoloute spounge for information. Once you start this if you are like I believe you are you will not be able to stop. You will also start to develop more and more of your own style. Finally about a month before next season start GETTING INTO CHARACTER. I n other words start thinking like a coach. Write down practice plans and an overall plan for the season. Write down the mechanal as well as the mental things you WILL acomplish in the season. I would wish you luck but I dont believe in luck. Winners get there by hard work Period. GO GET EM Those who have responded to you post have given you sound advice for which you should take full advantage of. I might also bring the tangible 'effort' example into practice early. Really building the program around 'effort'. Remember, basketball--like many other sports--is founded on effort. The team which gives the effort is usually successful, no matter the talent level. What I like to do is a simple dribbling drill; lining the team up on the baseline and asking them to speed dribble down the floor with their dominate hand. You'll find the players really quick; they'll be first to the end. Often those who finish first are not your most talented, but those who give the effort in a meaningless drill are those you want to go to war with. Next, take a $5 bill out of your pocket and place it on the endline opposite the players. Tell them the players who finishes first wins the money. Sit back and watch the effort ooze out of your kids. Then point out as an example the difference in effort levels. Your goal is to get to the 'ship' at the end of the season (your $5 bill) in order to get their everyone must give forth the same amount of effort they just gave sprinting for the money. Great learning opportunity! Enjoy & Good Luck I'll also plug the shameless in a great resource http://www.coachmac-basketball.com FaxFlyer1.1.pdf
  7. 5 Out Offense

    I think you will like being a part of this coaching community.I have learned much having been here and communicated with other more skilled coaches. I'm looking at that link you were kind enough to include in your thread.Personally I can't wait to get the season going again.What age group do you coach?I coach 7/8th grade boys.Go back through my threads and you'll find out a little about me and what helps/hinders me in becoming the coach I want to be.Looking forward to sharing more ideas.Welcome!!! Coach, I remember when I started by first varsity coaching position nearly 11 years ago. I was the youngest head basketball coach in the state of Oregon, coaching varsity men's basketball at a small school in the eastern part of the state. I spent most of my time searching endless hours, high and low for great basketball resources that would cure my thirst for the up coming season. Even though the season is 7 months away, you can never get a jump on your coaching strategy too early. I was lucky enough to coach both men's and women's varsity basketball and find a great deal of success doing both. You can find a great deal of 'sound' advice by participating in these forums--which is why I check in every now and again. I must say, the link to Coach Mac's Basketball playbooks I provided in my initial post is growing like wildfire. I'm not sure people really believed the way I preached the value of a $10 e-playbook. Personally, I love their Monster Flex series. If you're a young coach the one thing I can offer you in advice when coaching middle school youth, don't make things to complicated. Use strategy like the flex and a man-to-man defense to build fundamentals. Your ability to teach fundamentals is what will provide you opportunity to advance within the coaching ladder. I'd love to help more where I can. Please feel free to ask any questions. Again, check out the great resources avaliable on the web like Coach Macs at http://www.coachmac-basketball.com FaxFlyer1.1.pdf
  8. Need Zone Offense Vs 2-3

    What most coaches don't understand, is any zone once the ball is entered to the wing will take on a 2-3 alignment and in most cases use the same sort of slides. Thus, in looking for a zone offense the only thing one must be concerned with is whether it is odd or even front. Personally, I love using zone offensives that overload on side of the floor and take advantage of the skip/screen action on the back side. A great resource for basketball offenses is Coach Mac's Basketball E-Playbooks at http://www.coachmac-basketball.com.
  9. 5 Out Offense

    Hello All--I'm thrilled to be part of this coaching community. I wanted to swing through and turn coaches on to a couple of free/inexpensive resources avaliable to the coaching community. The old fashion favorites are still around like Coaches Clipboard by Coach Gels, but Coach Mac's has recently launched their new series of basketball e-playbooks as well as coupled their system with a blog by Coach himself at http://www.squidoo.com/High-School-Basketball-Offenses with topics revolving around basketball statistics to know, scouting your the other team, and winning with the dribble. If you're interested swing through say 'hello' and download your free copy of Coach Mac's e-playbook--Lethal Out of Bounds Plays. http://www.coachmac-basketball.com
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