Basketball IQ

Improve your Basketball Coaching IQ and Playing IQ with the tips, tactics, and concepts found on these pages. Get even more in-depth and further build your basketball coaching IQ by joining our Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy!

8 Ways to Shock Your Basketball Coach

Halftime Adjustments

Hey basketball player, want to learn how to impress and even shock your basketball coach? Here are ways you can shock your coach: Show up to practice early (extra shooting, skill work, etc). Stay after practice (extra shooting, skill work, etc). Ask questions (shows initiative). Ask for advice on your game. Use it and then thank your … [Read more...]

Seven Cardinal Principles of Offensive Play


We are sharing this article, "Seven Cardinal Principles of Offensive Play", from the book Championship Basketball by Adolph Rupp. Though first published in 1957, these principles are quite applicable in today's game. For more plays and coaching concepts from Adolph Rupp, be sure to visit the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Enjoy! Let me … [Read more...]

The 3 Most Difficult Shots In Basketball

Justin Stommes with the tear-drop over Colton Iverson

If you can make these 3 shots at a high percentage then you will go down as the hardest player to guard of all time. Yes, these shots have an extremely high level of difficulty, but they also are very difficult to stop.  Especially the first one that certain players have built an entire career off of. So with that said lets discuss what these … [Read more...]

The Power of Respecting Officials

its official

The Duke Basketball program has mastered the art of respecting officials for many years. You will rarely see a Duke player complain or disagree with an official about a call. Simply put, they have learned how to groom officials in a way that typically results in favorable calls later in the game. 3 Reasons you should NOT complain to … [Read more...]

How Psychology Affects Athletic Performance

Street Ball

The infographic and content below comes to us courtesy of the Ohio University Online Master's in Coaching Education program. While many people may not think it has that much of an impact, it’s been proven that psychology plays a central role in athletic performance. Studies show that over ten psychological factors can affect performance in … [Read more...]

10 Defensive Commandments For Basketball


We will Master our Footwork. Use quick feet to stop ball penetration. Trust the reach step. Stop penetration with feet and NOT the hands.  Having ready and active feet will eliminate fouls. We will be Disciplined. Do not bite on shot fakes, jabs, or pass fakes but check all shots.  Control the eyes…watch the ball handler’s midsection, stay in a … [Read more...]

6 Principles of Good Team Defense

Basketball Players Dribble Defend

Successful basketball teams and winning basketball programs all have one thing in common; they play great defense. Regardless of the type of defense you choose to employ (man-to-man, zone, full-court pressure, etc), all good team defenses are based on the following six principles: Take away the lane. Allowing too many shots from the lane … [Read more...]

How To Earn More Playing Time

Earn Playing Time

Coach Jacob Yorg, Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, recently shared via Twitter his list for how basketball players can earn more playing time. It is a great list that is important for players to understand if they desire more time on the basketball court! It is also something that, as coaches, we should know … [Read more...]

Red Holzman’s Ten Criteria to Determine Whether or Not You Are a Complete Defensive Player


William "Red" Holzman (August 10, 1920 – November 13, 1998) was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1996, Holzman was named one of Top … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Better Shooting

Shooting Basketball

These simple tips and concepts will help you or your players become a better shooter. These aren't tips on form & technique ... if you're interested in how to shoot, check out our article, The Art of Shooting. Here are the tips. Learn them and start improving as a shooter! Stay calm and relaxed. Do not rush your shot. Shoot only when … [Read more...]