Special Situation Basketball Plays

Feb 12, 2018
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
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
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
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 University Basketball Practice Notes

Dec 04, 2017
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
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. TRADITIONAL TRANSITION SPACING

NBA Basketball Practice

NBA Basketball Practice: Coaching Notes from NBA Training Camps

Oct 25, 2017
Chris Oliver

When NBA training camps started in September I was fortunate to be able to attend a number of practices in person. I attended two practices with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and one practice and one pre-training camp workout with the Detroit Pistons. Below are my observations that came from all the NBA basketball practices. There were similarities, differences and

Playing in Spain

6 Ideas to Improve Your Coaching from Playing in Spain

Oct 05, 2017
Chris Oliver

Playing professional basketball in Spain has opened my eyes to new ways of playing and coaching basketball. In this post, I’m going to share six things I learned in playing in Spain that can help you become a better coach. Here we go: 1) Don’t force ball screen actions If a ball screen action doesn’t generate a significant advantage on

Florida Clinic

2017 Florida Basketball Coaches Clinic Notes

Sep 22, 2017
Chris Oliver

The Florida Coaches Clinic takes place every year and is organized by Larry Shyatt. It is hosted at the University of Florida and brings together NBA, NCAA and other coaches to share basketball ideas. These notes were taken and prepared by Mike Robuck and the University of Florida Staff. This year I was grateful to be asked to speak. I

Learn BDT Shooting

Learn How to Use Basketball Decision Training

Aug 28, 2017
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Chris Oliver

Basketball Decision Training has taken root in the NBA, NCAA, FIBA and all levels of youth basketball. I want to help you learn BDT. Learning BDT is as simple as downloading this free video webinar. Why learn BDT? Learn more below about how BDT shooting can help you improve as a player, and better improve your players for competition as