Over 100 hours of basketball coaching videos

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has a number of useful resources for coaches, including an awesome free resource of over 100 hours of coaching videos.

  • YouTube channel of basketball fundamentals – 125 basketball coaching videos – professional coaches teaching the fundamentals of basketball including Gregg Popovich, Holger Geschwindner and Željko Obradović!

For other coaching resources, view our coaching pages:

If you find any great content online, that could help our coaches/ teams, please let us know and we’ll add it to our pages.

Get an Open Shot on Every Possession. Here’s How …

I received this great email the other day from Coach Mac – it doesn’t link to a post, so I’ll quote the whole email …

I always say there are two overlooked traits of great teammates…
  1. They set great screens for their teammates.
  2. They cut hard regardless of if they’ll receive the basketball or not.
Today we’re going to focus on the first trait… Setting good screens.
Lazy screens are one of the key things that kill an offense.
Coaches have to make setting strong screens a key point of emphasis throughout the entire season…
If we don’t, our players simply won’t try hard when setting screens. It’s not always that they don’t want to, it’s simply because they don’t understand how important they are.
We need to teach them how important they are.
Getting players open, more often than not, begins with setting good screens on offense.
Here are the 4 rules you must teach your players about screening an opponent…
1. Players must set the screen on the correct angle
How often do you see players set screens that the defender simply slips under and easily picks up their offensive player again?
I see it all the time in youth basketball.
This issue usually arises from the angle the screen is being set on.
Players think (and some are taught) that they should be setting the screen on the opponents shoulder… directly on their side.
The problem with this angle is that it allows the defender to easily slip under the screen when the dribbler attempts to use it.
What we need to do is teach players to set the screen on the backside of the hip the offensive player is driving towards.
This allows the dribbler to attack the ring while their defender is forced to fight over the screen and must defend from behind.
2. The screener must sprint to set the screen
The first time I really thought about the impact of this was when a coach talked about it at a camp I attended.
He explained to the group of players and coaches how a national team (I forget which one) had dominated them because the screener created space between themselves and their defender before they would set a screen.
They did this in a number of ways…
  1. Slightly pushing off on their opponent before sprinting to set the screen.
  2. Screen-the-screener actions.
  3. Faking with their body before exploding out to set the screen.
This meant that either there was no help on the screen or the second defender was late. This allowed the to attack at full speed or simply stop and shoot an open jump shot.
3. Make contact when setting a screen 
Another big problem with screening is not making contact when setting a screen.
I’m not talking about barreling the on-ball defender over… but making just enough contact that they have to fight around the screen.
If players set the screen too far away it becomes too easy for the defender to maneuver around.
This also solves another common problem that happens all too frequently in youth basketball…
Players setting a screen on a space and not a player
4. Hold the screen until the defender has fought around it
After the screen has been set, don’t bail the on-ball defender out of having to fight around the screen by ending the screen too early.
I remember reading an article a while back on the great Coach Rick Majerus. He always said that he wanted at least 1 illegal screen called against his team every game…
Sounds like an odd request from a coach, huh?
By getting called for at least one illegal screen a game he then knew that his team was setting and holding good, hard screens.
Wrapping up…
Everyone can set a good screen if they want to. It’s up to us to make players realize how important they are to a good offensive team.
Here’s what I want you to do…
Next practice, take the first 3-4 minutes to talk about the importance of setting good screens. Go over the points we talked about above.
If your players buy in, your team will immediately become much, much better.
Trust me.
Good luck!
– Coach Mac

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Our new mission statement

Our Club’s committee has been working on a number of things, including the introduction of our new mission statement reflecting the values we feel are important, as well as our code of conduct.

We strive for excellence in basketball and as a meaningful community organisation, improving the future for our local youth. We value our people and motivate them to have fun, develop and respect themselves and others.

7 steps to becoming a good team mate

Basketball is a team game.

Although everyone has their roles, there is one universal responsibility everyone has: be the best teammate you can be.

Being a good teammate is all about the little things, and there are always different aspects you can improve to become a great teammate.

Read more at the following blog post from AUSA Hoops … http://ausahoops.com/7-steps-to-becoming-a-great-teammate/


Complete coaching guide to the Flex Offense play

Coach Mac has published a complete coaching guide to the Flex Offense, which he says is “a great offense for all teams from middle school and up.” He loves “this offense because it’s position-less and develops complete basketball players.”

Click on the image below to access the guide.

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Finals kick off this weekend

Updated …. apologies for confusing people …

All the best to our teams in finals over the next three weeks. north brisbane basketball North Brisbane Basketball north brisbane basketball North Brisbane Basketball

We have three weeks of finals:

  1. This week parents still need to score and keep time.
  2. Next week official scorekeepers will be on the bench marking the scoresheet. A representative from each team will still be required to operate the clock – please agree with the other team beforehand, whether you will share the task for the whole game or swap over at half time.
  3. Grand finals there will be an official scorekeeper and a referee on the scorebench.

A reminder that if you are on the scorebench, you are undertaking an important job – please:

  • concentrate and do everything you can to eliminate potential distractions, and
  • be impartial and refrain from barracking for your team.

Timing rules are the same this week as they have been for all fixtured rounds, that is:

  • Two time outs, each of one (1) minute duration, are allowed per team for each 20 minute half.
  • No time outs are allowed in the last two (2) minutes of the first half.
  • Clock does not stop in the first half at all.
  • Clock stops in the last three (3) minutes of the second half, but only for:
    • time outs
    • substitutions
    • foul shots.

Please respect the job of those on the scorebench and allow them to focus on the game – including refraining from approaching the bench to request the clock be stopped – and refreshing yourself and your team’s supporters of the timing rules (refer to Broadmeadows website).

Trainee referees

Over the next few weeks there will be new trainee referees on the courts, wearing white or green shirts. Some of them are from our club which is fantastic – they are giving back to our sport, while increasing their own knowledge of the game.

Referees are an essential part of our game.

You are reminded that:

  • We all need to show patience and understanding – they are learning just like our players.
  • Coaches and spectators must not talk directly to trainee referees wearing white or green shirts.
  • Coaches may only respectfully talk to fully qualified referees (in striped shirts) or to the Referee Supervisor.
  • There is zero tolerance on any abuse of any referee and severe penalties will be applied by Basketball Victoria for any reported infringement of these rules.

Please let your coach, players and spectators know, so there is full understanding by everyone and we can be proud of the behaviour of members of our club.