3-Man Weave Drill

Why the 3-Man Weave Drill Should Be Replaced

Sep 03, 2016
Chris Oliver

The 3-Man Weave is a basketball drill that is a centerpiece in many coaches’ practices. Coaches often use it to emphasize passing skills, conditioning, teamwork, lay-ups, footwork, and running the fast break. The problem with the 3-Man Weave is summed up in these skill acquisition truths presented by Trevor Ragan: Those four points are facts. They are based on sport science research. They

Improve Active Learning Time in Practice

11 Ideas to Improve Active Learning Time in Practice

Aug 01, 2016
Chris Oliver

The more time a basketball player can spend successfully engaged in the learning process, the more learning will occur. One way to increase the skill level of your players is to increase the amount of time your players are engaged specifically on the skill or tactic to be learned. The goal of a practice should be to have the highest number

The Value of Teaching With One-On-One Drills

Jul 09, 2016
Chris Oliver

Individual development drills are great tools for learning, but one-on-one drills are better tools. The value of teaching with one-on-one drills is that your players will improve faster within the context of the game. Practicing out of one-on-one involves constantly pushing players beyond their comfort zone. A coach can use one-on-one drills to develop specific skills and decisions, and use

David Blatt

David Blatt on Coaching Basketball

Jun 08, 2016
Chris Oliver

David Blatt is one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball history and is the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He spoke at the Basketball Canada Super Clinic and these are the notes. You can do more with less if you do it the right way. Use the game to pass something on that is positive across cultures. He spoke about

Edit Basketball Games

Download and Edit Basketball Games

May 26, 2016
Chris Oliver

Every coach can benefit from watching basketball games with a purpose. Using these practical ideas to help you download and edit basketball games can increase your effectiveness. Editing basketball games is a learned skill. Just like developing a jump shot, improving your ability to edit basketball games involves effort to develop from a beginner to an expert. Investing Time in Breaking Down

Basketball Game Film Breakdown

May 10, 2016
Chris Oliver

One of our Basketball Immersion members asked how do you break down basketball game film in the off-season? I initially started to type a response about what I do to watch video in the off-season (my thoughts with examples of how to break down basketball game film with be in Part 2 of this blog). Instead I thought it would be best to

Drew Hanlen Basketball Drills

Drew Hanlen Basketball Drills for Team Shooting and Toughness

Apr 28, 2016
Chris Oliver

NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen presented teaching points and basketball drills that you can apply to your coaching at a Basketball Manitoba coaching clinic. This is a summary of his topic on the basketball drills for team shooting and toughness. Philosophy of Playing Towards Your Strength One thing that stands out to Drew Hanlen is the lack of player development from

Preparing for a Head Coaching Position

Apr 14, 2016
Chris Oliver

Whether you are an assistant preparing to become a head coach or interested in moving to your next level as a head coach, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. Preparing for a head coaching position involves many areas of development. To fuel your thoughts on preparing for a head coaching position I asked newly retired head coach

Solution Based Coaching

Zone Offense for Youth Coaches: Solution Based Coaching

Mar 27, 2016
Chris Oliver

Youth basketball players can’t shoot from the perimeter. Shooting is not an age appropriate skill for most young players. The smart coach will design their defense based on this knowledge. If one of the goals of the competition is to put your best efforts forward in pursuit of victory, then playing a zone or pack defense vs. youth players is

A Practical Guide to 3-on-3 Small-Sided Games in Basketball

Mar 09, 2016
Chris Oliver

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lewin Small-sided games are not a new concept. My skill acquisition professor used to say, “Most effective coaches are already doing many of the things sport researchers prove to be effective without knowing why or how they are effective.” Small-sided games are well researched and