European Basketball Trends

Observations from the European Basketball Championships

Nov 19, 2019
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Chris Oliver

The 2019 U18 European Basketball Championships forecasts trends in European Basketball. These trends in European Basketball can stimulate our thinking about coaching techniques and tactics. Great Britain Under 18 National Head Coach, and current Reading Rockets NBL D1 Head Coach, Alan Keane shares his observations from the 2019 European Championships. His observations from the European Basketball Championships focused on offence,

How to Attend and Watch Basketball Practices

How to Attend and Watch Basketball Practices to Learn

Sep 05, 2019
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Chris Oliver

At this point I cannot honestly tell you how many practices I have attended. I have attended practices around the world, and at all levels of basketball…. youth, professional, collegiate and high school practices. Because of this I wanted to share some ideas about how to attend and watch basketball practices. I will explain how and who to reach out

Basketball Lessons

Basketball Lessons from a Year of Sharing the Game

Aug 13, 2019
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Chris Oliver

Coaching U is the most comprehensive coaching program, featuring world class speakers and championship coaches from around the world. I was honored to be able to speak at Coaching U, and I wanted to share my presentation notes. As you can imagine, I don’t follow this exactly when I present but I wanted to write it up for you to

Shooting Charts

Dave Smart Carleton Basketball Competitive Shooting Charts

Jul 16, 2019
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Chris Oliver

In Dave Smart’s Carleton basketball program competition is a big emphasis. They want players  to compete in everything they do. Their shooting workouts are not exempt from competition. They use shooting charts as a platform to create a competitive shooting environment. Shooting is arguably the most important skill in basketball and one they take very seriously. Players are expected to

Game Coach

Become a Better Basketball Game Coach by Doing This

May 31, 2019
Chris Oliver

How do we, as coaches, work on our “game” to improve as a game coach? The easy answer is to coach more games. The second answer is to run more practices where players practice like they are in a game. The problem is most coaches don’t coach in enough games to really improve. There are schedule limitations, and other restrictions

Game Day Card

Basketball Game Coaching: What’s on Your Game Day Card?

Apr 25, 2019
Chris Oliver

Ever since Stan Van Gundy explained his game day pocket card on the Basketball Podcast I have gotten asked for more ideas. I decided to ask a cross section of coaches to give you some ideas to stimulate the creation of your game day card. Here is what Van Gundy said about his game day card on EP32: Basketball Philosophy

Build Up Shooting Drills

Basketball Decision Training Build Up Shooting Drills

Mar 19, 2019
Chris Oliver

Build up drills are drills that develop gradually by increments. One drill leads to the next in a progression. Build up drills are great for initial learning, and to get a consistent high number repetitions. The danger with build up drills is that they are often very blocked and scripted. This means that mental effort is not heightened and players

Matt Woodley

Matt Woodley Basketball Defense Drills

Feb 15, 2019
Chris Oliver

One of the best defensive coaches in basketball, Matt Woodley provides teaching points and video examples of basketball defense drills he uses to teach the pack line basketball defense. Defensive Mindset: Must have growth mindset. No direct drives/no straight line drives. How do you get complete buy in? Care (both players caring for coaches; coaches caring for players. Competence (know

All Access Carleton Basketball Practice with Dave Smart

Jan 27, 2019
Chris Oliver

“Dave Smart is as bright as anyone I’ve met in our business . His defensive philosophy and techniques have been helpful to us. We always look for opportunities to learn from Dave.” Jay Wright, Villanova University Never before access! It’s here for you. Learn from one of the greatest minds in basketball who opened his doors and shared the game

Rebound Outlet

Rebound Outlet at the Nail Area Concept

Jan 08, 2019
Chris Oliver

An idea that could change your approach to rebounding and fast break offense is the rebound outlet at the nail area concept. I have talked about it on two podcasts now, and I get a lot of questions about this concept, so I wanted to provide some more information. By no means is this statistical or anecdotal evidence conclusive, but