4 Drills for Quicker Feet

4 Drills for Quicker Feet

Quicker feet means better defense and offense.

You have to help you kid develop physically to get to the next level.

In this article, there are 4 drills to help develop quicker feet.

  1. Skip Rope
  2. Suicides
  3. Defensive Foot Speed Drill
  4. Square Jumping

These are all good drills that can help develop you kid’s foot speed.

Creating Team Motivation and Unity – Dedication Games

Team Motivation-Dedication Games

There are tons of books on personal and team motivation.

You can find them by legendary coaches, marketing leaders, and business executives.

But, have you heard of dedication games to motivate your team?

Coach Bob Startkey talks about dedication games in his article Who’s Your 68?

During my tenure at LSU we had something each year we referred to as the “Dedication Game.” We would pick a game each year, usually late in the season, and have our team individually dedicate that game to someone. It was a very emotional event. We would sit in a circle in the locker room and each person in the circle would tell the team who they were dedicating the game to and more importantly why. Each answer was very unique and personal. Tears always flowed. Not only did we have a powerful motivational force for our next opponent but more importantly, we learned something deep about each member of our team. As we are doing this, we would pass a basketball around and you had toautograph the name of the individual that you were dedicating your effort to –also that night, you had to write a letter to that person explaining that you had selected them and why. As you can imagine, this was a special process to go through. Often the person would be deceased — yet the letter would be written. The autographed basketball went with us everywhere. If were on the road a player had to carry it. It went to pre-game meals, was center of the locker room floor for pre-game speeches and even had a seat on the bench with us. We always played with great emotion for those games.

How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

How to Teach Basketball Shooting to Kids

You can learn how to Teach Basketball Shooting to kids by watching and listening to one of the greats Dave Hopla.

Below he answers questions and give 10 tips to better shooting and consistency.

It starts with “Practice Form Shooting”.

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How to Teach Team Defense

How to Teach Team Defense

How to teach team defense?

You have to teach help defense.

This means you have all of the players working together.  If one person gets beat, then someone is there to help. Then everyone rotates toward the basket.

But, that all starts with the players being in the right weak-side position.

In help defense, the player 1 pass removed can hedge or jump to slow dribble penetration. Unless that player calls “help” the defender covering the ball is responsible for recovering to guard the ball. If the player 1 pass removed calls “help” it tells the on ball defender to rotate to the help defender’s offensive player.

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What is Power Dribbling? Ball Handling Drills

Power dribbling is a technique used to help ball handling skills.

In power dribbling you dribble with more force than normal pushing the ball to the ground with extra force.

A basic power dribble is when you dribble the ball at a very intense rate. Maintain your normal form and posture. Use your muscles to thrust the ball forcefully down, and then expect the ball to quickly bounce back to your hand.

The drills described below will help you gain confidence and agility to handle a basketball in a power dribble. This will help you run a fast break, cut through the defensive, and outmaneuver your opponents.

Use the power dribble with some of your other dribbling drills.

Here are 8 Basketball Drills that you can use with the power dribble:

  1. Power Crossovers
  2. Dribble Blindfolded
  3. 10-5 Repeats
  4. Dribble Between Legs While Walking
  5. Double Ball Power Dribbling
  6. Power Dribbling with Sprints
  7. 3 Chair Dribbling
  8. Dirt Dribbling




3 Steps to Shooting a Basketball

There are 3 critical areas to shooting the basketball successfully.

  • Before the Shot: Shot Preparation
  • The Shot
  • After the Shot: Shot Follow Through

You have to work on all of the areas to maximize your kids potential.


Shooting the basketball into the hoop is how you score points and ultimately win games. When first learning how to shoot there are several things that you want to make sure that you are doing. These are called the fundamentals of shooting. Not everyone’s shot is going to look the same but without the fundamentals of shooting you are not going to be able to become a very good shooter. There are 3 different shooting phases that you need to work on to become a good shooter. They are shot preparation, the shot, and follow through.

5 Keys to Coaching Success According to Butler

What are the keys to coaching basketball successfully?

What should you focus on to have a successful team on and off the court?

At Butler, they have 5 keys they call “The Butler Way”

  • Humility
  • Passion
  • Unity
  • Servanthood
  • Thankfulness

But, you can’t just speak them, you have to lead by example!


Hinkle passed down his teachings to his coaching proteges and players throughout the years, the programs culture propagating into all aspects of the Butler community.

Offense and Defense Rebounding: What’s the difference?

Offensive and Defensive rebounding are different in their approaches.

The defensive rebounding position is the traditional box out taught at all levels.

As soon as the shot goes up you want to turn and find your man. You are going to put your forearm on him/her about chest level and then you are going to turn and put your butt/hip on them to box out. If you don’t first put your forearm on them they will be able to side step your box out. When you box out you want to keep your hands up.  This will make you wider and harder to get around on the box out. Also it will keep you from wrapping your arms around the offensive player, which is a foul.

But, the offensive rebounding position can be more difficult.

Most of the time as the offensive rebounder you aren’t going to have the best position because the defender is naturally going to be between you and the basket already. That means that you need to use some different moves to get by them when they go to box you out. Here are 3 different moves that you can use to try and get the offensive rebound.

There are 3 moves to help you get around a defender and get an offensive rebound.

  1. Swim Move to get over the arms of the defender.
  2. Spin Move to roll around the defender.
  3. Drive Under to move the defender under the goal.

How to increase Shot Quickness and Accuracy

If you want to increase shot quickness and accuracy, you have to work on it.

This article has 2 drills that will help you get your shot off more often and with a better percentage.

  1. Form to Fast – A catch and shoot drill.
  2. Drive and Shoot – A dribble and shoot drill.


The most important part of shooting is being ready to shoot before you catch the ball. This requires a focus on footwork and form. You might be able to slowly aim and hit shots during practice, but you don’t have that luxury during games. (Watch J.J. Reddick hone his shooting skills.)

Why are you Coaching Basketball? Set your Priorities and Philosophy

Youth Basketball Coaching Philosophy

Coaching can be difficult.  Especially when you are coaching younger kids.

They don’t always pay attention.  They don’t get what you are saying the first time.

Sometimes they hear you and go off and do something else right away.

It can be frustrating.

But, it doesn’t have to be.  If you set a few priorities and determine why you are coaching, it can help guide you through those difficult situations.

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To be an effective basketball coach, the first thing you need to do is establish your philosophy and priorities.

This might sound silly. Nevertheless, this very important step allows you to apply very effective coaching techniques.

Here’s how it works…

You see, the most effective way to get the results you want is to emphasize the “right” things.

It’s all about what you emphasize!

Players really notice this.

If you consistently emphasize and talk about rebounding, passing the ball, and playing the right way, then you’re players will pick up on those things.



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