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  1. Hi all, I have this great resource that I wanted to share with everyone in this forum because I feel that finding and ordering apparel/uniforms/gear for a basketball team is usually a huge pain, and a lot of coaches don't know where to start. Here's the link to where you can download the guide (it's a free resource): http://offers.squadlocker.com/basketball-youth-gear-guide It's has some great best practices for ordering team gear, and highlights the different apparel materials and design aspects to help you buy apparel that will last and be within your team's budget. Hope this helps!
  2. by Coach Dave Stricklin As a former player and a current coach I can easily tell you that there are few things as frustrating as being in a slump. Most players know when they are not playing as well as they can or should and it bothers most of them whether they readily admit it or not. In fact some players are so distraught at being in even a minor slump that they never fully recover and it adversely affects the rest of the season for everybody. Just like kids need their parents the most when things are rough, players need their coaches when they're not playing well. Unfortunately, too many coaches have a tendency to push the struggling players aside and concentrate their attention on those players who are already playing great. Coaching is synonymous with problem solving and "fixing things." Here are 7 ways you can help a player who is in a slump: 1. Set Goals. Not big lofty goals but goals that can be reached fairly easily. Once those are reached then slightly increase their level of difficulty. I recently advised a player who was in a shooting/scoring slump that she needed to quit worrying about points and take a closer look at the shots she was getting. We initially set a goal that she would try to get a driving layup, a fast break layup, a put back, a mid range jump shot, a three point attempt, and also get to the free throw line. Getting various types of shots made her more active and helped her realize that if one type of shot wasn't dropping there were other options available. 2. Teach & Reinforce Mental Skills. I realize this is much easier said than done but it can be a huge help. Players both in and out of slumps need to learn how to stay positive, focus on the process not so much on the results, keep their emotions under control, visualize, and move on to the "next play." Use one or more of these mental skills as the basis for at least one of the goals you help your athlete set. 3. Put the Player in Contact with a Mentor/Role Model. Take advantage of the fact that nearly every player has gone through some type of slump at one time or another. Contact a former player or a current college player, someone who been through it before, and ask if he would be willing to reach out to your player. He might be able to share some more ideas and tips that worked for him and will be able to reinforce the fact that everyone goes through it - and eventually snaps out of it. 4. Be Available. A player in a slump needs you now more than ever and so you need to be there for him both on and off the court. Under no circumstances can he ever feel that "I'm not playing well so coach hates me." Your unquestionable support of him during the rough spots may do more to get him back on track than any of these other steps. His teammates, friends, and even parents may be down on him and he may be feeling like he's trying to get through this all alone. Be there! 5. Double the Praise & Reduce the Criticism. Most slumps become more mental than physical and too much criticism only reinforces what he already knows - that he's not playing well. I'm not saying you should heap tons of unwarranted praise on him or make things up in order to help him feel good about himself - just don't let an opportunity slip by where you can praise him for actually doing something right. 6. Don't Add Anymore Pressure. I know coaches who have made things much worse by telling their slumping star "If you don't snap out of this our season is heading right down the drain," or "If you don't start playing better you'll never make All League," or something similar. Instead, try to take the pressure off of him. Tell the newspaper that it's not his fault; that you need to put him in a better position to succeed. 7. Individual Workouts. Get the two of you in the gym and work out together. The individualized attention will help fix any minor flaws in technique and I have found that repetition cures a lot of problems. Plus putting in extra time with him will show him that you care, that you have his back, and that you are available. (See Tip #4) John Wooden once taught that success is never final and failure is never fatal. Use that same philosophy when dealing with players in a slump and he will be back playing well in no time. HoopSkills.com is home of the 'Train Your Game' weekly ezine with 29,000+ subscribers. If you're ready to get on board and receive FREE basketball training & coaching tips on a regular basis visit www.hoopskills.com.
  3. Just for a second think about the following scenarios and quickly decide if any of them apply to you. 1) The ball is entered to you in the post but before you can make your move the passer's defender drops down into your lap and rips the ball out of your hands. 2) You go up for a rebound and get both hands on the ball but someone knocks it away right after you grab it. 3) You establish a strong post position, give a great target, and call confidently for the ball but when the pass does come it goes right through your hands. Have any of these situations ever happened to you, a friend, or a teammate? If so, you know the effect they can have on a team's success (or failure) and you also know they can be personally frustrating and sometimes embarrassing. Fortunately, in most cases it's a simple fix as it just comes down to strengthening your hands and fingers and improving your ability to catch the ball. Here are several things you can do to accomplish this: 1. Constantly squeeze a tennis ball, racquetball, or hand grippers This is good advice for all players as strong hands and fingers will help improve ball handling and shooting as well as rebounding and overall post play. This is especially effective in strengthening your off hand and the best part is that it can be done while riding in a car, sitting in class, or watching a movie. 2. Use a heavy ball Start by doing some stationary pound dribbles to warm up your hands and then play catch with your workout partner using chest passes, overhead passes and baseball passes. After a couple minutes move in closer together and start passing the ball harder. As your hands get stronger you can start using the heavy ball in the other drills listed here too. If you don't have a heavy ball you can get one from the Hoop Skills Store at www.hoopskills.com. 3. Play one handed catch Have you ever watched a water polo game? It's amazing how much ball control the players have while using only one hand! You can develop the same control by getting a work out partner and playing catch with only one hand at a time. First, pass the ball back and forth several times from your right hand to his right hand. Then pass several times from your right hand to your partner's left hand. Follow that by playing catch with your left hand and his right hand and conclude the session with each of you using only your left hands. 4. Play catch with a wiffle ball This drill is more for developing soft hands and hand eye coordination which are crucial for improving your catching skills. The nature of a whiffle ball is to randomly float, drop, and curve and the unexpected movements force the pass receiver to concentrate and watch the ball all the way into his hands 5. Use the Mark Eaton bad pass drill When former NBA All Star Mark Eaton was a rookie Coach Frank Layden implemented a simple drill that paid big dividends. Eaton would slide across the free throw lane while a coach constantly threw bad passes in his direction. Knowing that rarely are perfect passes thrown into the post these passes were thrown too high, too low, too hard, and often behind Eaton, forcing him to constantly adjust. When game time rolled around Eaton was ready for anything! Don't let weaker hands or an inability to consistently catch the ball ruin all the hard work you put in improving your post moves and rebounding. These drills won't have to be done your entire career - I've seen drastic improvements take place in just a few weeks. However, the benefits you gain from doing drills such as these will last for years! HoopSkills.com is home of the 'Train Your Game' weekly ezine with 26,000+ subscribers. If you're ready to get on board and receive FREE basketball training & coaching tips on a regular basis visit www.hoopskills.com.
  4. Article Written by Kyle Ohman BasketballHQ.com As a basketball coach working with youth age kids you have a responsibility to help develop a foundation for the kids but you also want to make sure that you do it in a way that the kids are still having fun and enjoying the “game” aspect of basketball. The best players are those that truly love the game and can self motivate themselves later on in life as they get older to work and get better. Too many players get burned out at a young age because of coaches drilling them and taking the fun out of the game. On the flip side though, I have seen so many kids that really enjoy playing basketball but because they were not taught the fundamentals of the game and didn’t develop at an early age are not good enough to continue to play organized basketball for a team as they get older. You want to be able to teach your players the game and keep it fun, this is the balance that each coach must find with their youth players. Here are few tips to finding this balance. Mix up your basketball drills on a regular basis to keep the material fresh and fun for your players. If a player has to do the same thing everyday they are going to get bored and turned off to it, but if they are constantly doing new drills it is fun and exciting and they are also getting better. Players learn and develop at a different pace so don’t stress perfection or mastering something, stress effort. Yes later on in life to have success they will have to master different skills to succeed, but if you can develop the work ethic when they are young it will go a long way to mastering those skills later on. Whereas if you only stress mastering something when they are younger and they can’t do it then they will get turned off to it. Build your players up and instil in them confidence. Teach them what they need to know but everything should be in a positive light. Youth coaches should be ½ coach and ½ fan because if you want them to associate basketball with a positive not a negative. Don’t be the negative dad who is always yelling at their son or daughter in the gym. Being a youth coach can be a challenge sometimes but once you find the right balance it becomes a lot easier and you realize that you are really making an impact on your players lives and future basketball careers, and that is what it is all about. This article was written by Kyle Ohman. Kyle Ohman was a thousand point scorer at Liberty University (div. 1), was ranked the 19th best shooter in the country by Fox Sports his senior year. Kyle has also played professionally in Spain. Most recently he coached a high school team that played on a national level and beat the 12th ranked team in the nation. Kyle is also the Co-Owner and founder of BasketballHQ.com
  5. When you think about great rebounders in the game today the top players that probably come to mind are Kevin Love, Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, and a few others. What makes these guys so good at rebounding the basketball? Size and athleticism can help in rebounding but there are lots of players that are 7 feet tall and others who can jump out of the gym that aren’t good rebounders. So if that is the case then what goes into being a great rebounder? This article is going to explain some of the ways that you can become a better rebounder or teach your players how to be better rebounders. The first and most important thing that goes into being great at rebounding is the desire to rebound the ball. It doesn’t matter what you are capable of, if you aren’t willing to work to rebound and want it. Rebounding the ball is such a big part of the game. A defensive rebound ends the other teams possession and allows your team to go on offense. Also if you are able to throw a good outlet pass off of the rebound it can end up in an easy bucket for your team. An offensive rebound gives your team another possession and this means more chances for your team to score. Buy into the value of rebounding and pursue every rebound. Technique is a big factor in being a great rebounder as well. Don’t try and just out jump or out tall everyone for the rebound. You see a lot of players doing this but against good players this will not always work. Every time the ball goes up, hit your man with a solid box out, and then go get the ball. If your man has inside position on you then try to ride him under the basket so that he doesn’t have a good angle to rebound the ball. alternately if your man is behind you then find him with your forearm, turn, put your butt on him, and keep your arms up and out. Stay low and strong on your box out and don’t let your man ride you under the basket. When you release to go grab the ball, try and grab it at its highest point, and then bring it down and chin it, be strong with the ball. Read the complete article at BasketballHQ.