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Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

“Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed” What a wonderful concise message to send to our players during practice when they are shooting around. This goes for all sports. How many times do we see kids arriving to practice early and taking shots that they will never take during a game? In basketball it’s [...]

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Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

     By applying the same principles used to beat zone defenses in basketball, offenses in lacrosse can benefit and better attack the zone defense. Good basketball coaches, instead of running set plays against a zone defense, should be teaching the players HOW to beat a zone defense. Gap, Distort and Destroy are three very easy [...]

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Scrimmage vs Short Games in Practice

Scrimmage vs Short Games in Practice

Kudda recommends that coaches play “short games” instead of a 20 minute scrimmage next time in practice. Most games are made up of 3-4 minute segments/short games. How often do you see momentum swings and the flow of the game shift every 3-4 minutes. Mimic what happens in the game within your practices. If you ever [...]

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Teaching Team Defense: The Ultimate Use of Whole-Parts-Whole

Teaching Team Defense: The Ultimate Use of Whole-Parts-Whole

Teaching team defense is the ultimate use of applying the Whole-Parts-Whole approach to coaching. Coaches should start by showing the players the overall concept of team defense. Perhaps a video or a quick walk through and show how this defense reflects everything they believe in. You show/demo what you want them to be great at [...]

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Coaching Quandary

Coaching Quandary

Should coaches focus on coaching to win or coaching to improve skill development? For example, should the 9-10 rec coach have his players stay in a zone defense, (maybe a box and 1 for basketball or Isolation in lacrosse) which might help them win games, or should they play man to man in order to [...]

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Become Better at Using Your Timeouts

Become Better at Using Your Timeouts

Kudda came across a great article to help coaches be more efficient in their use of timeouts. In an article by Coach Dave Stricklin in a recent edition of Hoopskills, the 8 reasons WHY you call timeout and 8 ways to improve their efficiency and purpose was discussed. Although this was geared towards basketball, coaches [...]

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Teach Them HOW to Play Instead of Teaching Them Plays

Teach Them HOW to Play Instead of Teaching Them Plays

In a series of interviews we did with the lacrosse coaches from the MIAA, a common theme emerged with regards to preparing players for the next level. “Teach them HOW to play instead of teaching them plays.”  Note: this also applies to basketball and the other “invasion” type games. As these coaches visited or observed [...]

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Football Pads are NOT Just for Football: Incorporating Toughness Drills into Basketball

Football Pads are NOT Just for Football: Incorporating Toughness Drills into Basketball

Playing through some level of contact is a big part of many sports. How often do we see players getting knocked off the ball because there was contact and that player lost their balance or wasn’t ready to absorb the hit? Helping players develop that toughness and ability to play through contact should be part [...]

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