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360-Degree Feedback

Using 360-Degree Feedback to Enhance Your Coaching

Apr 17, 2018
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Chris Oliver

Coaches can use 360-degree feedback to enhance their coaching. In this blog sport psychology researcher Matt Hoffmann highlights how 360-degree feedback can be a useful process to help coaches and their teams be more effective. Matt’s suggestions are based on his review of coaching and 360-degree feedback research from sport and business, as well as conversations he had with several

Stab Dribble

The Stab Dribble Basketball First Step

Apr 03, 2018
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Chris Oliver

Players often teach us what we should be teaching. This is the case for the stab dribble. I always taught first step jab, and first step crossover, to start the first dribble an offensive player takes. As I watched players, both mine and professionals, I often saw them doing something different than what I was teaching. It took some time,

Synergy Basketball Scouting Report

Synergy Basketball Scouting Report

Mar 15, 2018
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Chris Oliver

Using Arizona I wanted to show you how we create basketball scouting reports using Synergy Sports Technology. The analytics, video analysis, from examining what teams with similar styles of ours have done vs. the same opponent, and experience from past games vs. an opponent are combined to form a game plan.  For all of our games we follow this process

Video Animation

How to Use KlipDraw for Video Animation

Mar 06, 2018
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Chris Oliver

KlipDraw is a game changing video animation tool for coaches. I recently switched to using KlipDraw after using generic video editing software for years. What makes KlipDraw so valuable for coaches? It makes sport video analysis easy and video animation accessible for anyone with a computer. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how do you break

Special Situation Basketball Plays

Feb 12, 2018
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Chris Oliver

Basketball special situations are important, and special situations does not mean just last second shots. Offensive special situations are all your jump ball, inbound, pressure release, late clock and free throw situations. Defensive special situations are all your jump ball, inbound and free throw defensive situations, plus how you will foul intentionally, speed up the game if down, or slow

Games Approach

Games Approach to Coaching Basketball

Jan 26, 2018
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Chris Oliver

  “Technical ability cannot be assessed or considered outside of a tactical context” – Fergus Connolly   Seeking effective ways to foster learning of game play and improving players’ game performance is a constant challenge for a coach. I try and meet this challenge by using a games approach to coaching basketball. I will explain some of the reasoning behind

Shoot or Drive

Teaching the Shoot or Drive Basketball Decision

Jan 10, 2018
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Chris Oliver

The shoot or drive basketball decision is hard to teach. It is even harder to help a player conceptualize. I want to show you how we teach, and help our players conceptualize, the shoot or drive basketball decision. There are a number of performance variables that influence the shoot or drive decision. Here is a list of some of these

Back Pivot

How to Teach the Back Pivot Basketball Scoring Move

Dec 21, 2017
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Chris Oliver

The back pivot is used to create space. Why is this important to understand? The goal of the offense is to score. The easiest way to create an opportunity to score is to create space. The opposite is true for the defense. The defense’s goal is to prevent the offense from scoring. The defense’s best method of preventing this possibility

Oakland

Oakland University Basketball Practice Notes

Dec 04, 2017
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Chris Oliver

Greg Kampe, the long time and highly successful basketball coach of Oakland University, is the third-longest tenured coach in NCAA Division I. Jeff Tungate is in his fifth season at the helm of the Oakland University women’s basketball team. He had previously spent six seasons as associate head coach of the Oakland men’s team. These notes and videos are from each team’s full

Fast Break

How to Run the Modern Basketball Two Side Fast Break

Nov 17, 2017
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Chris Oliver

A conversation this summer with Detroit Pistons video coordinator TJ Saint sparked my interest in the two side fast break. According to Coach Saint, 14% of corner three-point shots from four NBA teams he studied (Cleveland, Houston, Boston and Utah) were created out of the transition to the two side via passes out on the fast break. With access to

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