Every team practices a shell defense, right? The fourth installment in our PGC Basketball drill series puts a spin on a classic workout, allowing it to focus on the way your team talks to each other. Get ready for Communication Defense.
It’s easy for coaches to look at a season and only see the wins and losses. While we know how important winning is, a team’s record isn’t always representative of its real success. Think about it: How your team showed up for a loss by a buzzer-beater is totally different than their effort in a blowout, but that L on a record doesn’t say as much. Pulling off the Hail Mary is invigorating, but that W might not tell the whole story.
“It runs in the family” is a common phrase in sports. We’ve all heard of father-son duos - like the Pitinos, the Mannings, or the Bowdens - dominating a given field. These pairs aren’t exactly few or far between, but the occasion that they go head-to-head is rare. After coaching together for nearly two decades Lou and John Marinelli will be on opposite sides of the field for the first time this fall.
Every summer, 165 of the best high school football athletes in the country come together in Oregon to showcase their skills in a variety of events. For months leading up to the event, Nike travels coast to coast, searching out top-end football talent from all corners of the country. This invite-only competition is a culmination of regional events and intense analysis from the Nike coaching staff. Tens of thousands of athletes try out, but only a handful earn the golden ticket to Portland.
The Texas High School Coaches Association convention is bigger than big – it’s huge. Which makes it the perfect place to set up our octagon and kick off another clinic circuit. We’ve been working on a ton of great tools for coaches to use in the upcoming season, and we’re psyched to show ‘em off in Houston.
It’s time for the third installment in our PGC Basketball drill series! After sharing the Gauntlet and One-Minute Finish, we thought it was time to dive deeper into post player development with the Outlet and Finish drill. Post players are vital to a team’s success in transition. Not only will a great post player trigger the offense with a rebound and outlet pass – Kevin Love, anyone? – but they’ll also run the floor and finish at the basket à la DeAndre Jordan.
This summer is all about sharing the tools to help basketball players crush another offseason, which is why we’ve partnered with the experts over at PGC. A few weeks ago we shared our first skill drill, the Gauntlet (be sure to check it out here), and the more we thought about it, we realized there really is no better follow-up than the One-Minute Finish.
In sports, everybody knows that communication is key – whether it’s chatter on the field or a clear-cut practice schedule. But coaches can be quick to go silent in the offseason, or stick to the kinds of communication they’re used to, even if there’s an easier way. Twitter and Facebook are some of the easiest tools to keep lines of communication open between coaching staffs, athletes, parents, and fans. Here’s a handful of ways coaches can really up their internet game in gearing up for another season.