21 01, 2017

NBA Stars With The Best Fundamentals

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: Fundamentals, N.B.A., Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Words By: Kevin Ramsey

Ever since it was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 and later adopted by the NBA in 1946, much of basketball’s primary fundamentals have largely remained the same. Disregarding many rules changes over the years, like the addition of the three-point line in 1977, getting good at a basketball still requires a sound understanding of the same principles that were practiced years ago.

One excellent method to improve your game is by copying some of the practices and traits that elite players with solid fundamentals have developed. This article will take a look at some of the most successful NBA stars who display a solid understanding of important fundamentals and what practices others can learn from them.


1. Dennis Rodman

Best known for his wild attire and the championships he earned with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, Dennis Rodman entered the league being drafted by the “Bad Boy” Pistons in 1986. One of the most aggressive teams in basketball history, the Pistons employed a significant amount of physical play during their tenure at the top of the league in the late 1980’s. This type of physical play was very evident in Rodman’s primary ability; getting rebounds.

Getting a rebound, or as it is typically referred to as a getting a board, is when a player gets the ball in their possession after either a missed field goal or free throw. Getting as many rebounds as possible is very useful for teams as controlling the boards leads to more possessions which naturally leads to more points. Despite measuring at 6’7” in a time where most rebounders were where around 7 feet tall, Dennis Rodman used his physical strength and positional instincts to make up for his height advantage. Rodman was one of the key pieces that made the Chicago Bulls one of the best teams in NBA history.

By knowing how to be in the right place at the right time and anticipate where the ball will land after a missed shot attempt, Rodman recorded some of the best rebounding figures during his time in the NBA. Rodman’s achievements like leading the league in rebounding for half a decade demonstrates that a solid understanding of the fundamentals of rebounding can help any player regardless of their size excel in their game.

2. Chris Paul

Knowing when to pass and when not to pass in basketball is more important than it may seem. While a good pass can generate an assist or a player getting free throws, erroneous passes often lead to turnovers which are equivalent to giving opponents free points. Mastering this skill of making good passes is difficult. However, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has done an excellent job at making the right passes throughout his career. By posting the highest assist-to-turnover by any point guard or player in history, Paul has shown time and time again that he knows the difference between a good pass and a bad pass. Overall, knowing how to make a good pass is a critical skill to master in basketball, and Chris Paul has done an excellent job of demonstrating its importance in his career.

3. Tim Duncan

Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental.” it is not difficult to understand the reason behind Tim Duncan’s immense success in the league. At 6’11” tall, much of Duncan’s play revolved around his perfection of post moves. During his first championship run in 1999, Duncan showed his talent early by easily posting up players and effortlessly turning around to score time and time again. Duncan’s five championships and MVP title is a testament to his commitment to working on his post moves and his fundamentals. When looking at Duncan’s career, kids interested in improving their game can learn that mastering fundamental or simple things like post moves is critical to enhancing their performance on the court.

16 01, 2017

Jump Higher Instantly!

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Players and Coaches, Vertical Jump|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The following article has been written exclusively for http://www.hoop-hype.net/blog/ by A.J Kenrick from VerticalJumpWorld.com

3 Simple Exercises That Can Help Baller’s Jump Higher (INSTANTLY!)

Most basketball players have dreamt of the day they would dominate the game with their impressive jumping ability.

Let’s be honest, nothing excites a crowd more than a player who rises up to throw down a massive dunk or to pull down a huge offensive rebound.

Unfortunately most athletes think that an impressive vertical jump is only reserved for the “genetic freaks” and therefore don’t continue pursue their dream of achieving their first dunk.

Others may decide to take delve into learning about the principles of vertical jump training. However, due to the sheer amount of content online these athletes may quickly become overwhelmed by complex scientific training principles and fancy plyometric exercises.

Yes, there are “done for you” programs on the market such as the all-time best selling jump program The Jump Manual which makes the process of jumping higher quite simple.

In fact, The best jump programs on the market do a fantastic job of incorporating simple and effective science based techniques that are designed to get jump improvements in the range of 6-12 inches over just a few months.

However not everyone has the 50 odd dollars it costs to invest in a proven jump program like super popular Jump Manual .

If you are one of these people you are in luck because today I am going to share with you 3 simple exercises that can make you a more explosive athlete.

In fact the following techniques can add inches to your jump almost instantly!

I know you might be extremely sceptical about this claim but these simple pro hacks really work.

In fact they are used by many top athletes, and are often used in pre-draft combines for NBA and NFL athletes.

PRO TIP! There are many other factors that must be accounted for when trying to improve your vertical jump such as body composition, strength and power potentiation. If you are interested in learning more we suggest you check out VerticalJumpWorld.com’s epic Ultimate Guide to Jumping Higher post.

However, the following 3 exercises will be enough to get you started on your journey and hopefully add a few inches to your jump over the next couple of weeks.

Exercise #1: The Hip Flexor Stretch

The Hip Flexor stretch simply gives your hips the opportunity to fully extend. By reducing the tension in the hip flexors you will have greater range of motion and the ability to generate more power.

Interestingly, studies have suggested that an athlete shouldn’t perform static stretching before exercise.

The hip flexor stretch is a valid exception to this rule.

When performing the stretch be sure to hold each side for a minimum of 30 seconds and repeat each side 3x.

Here is a helpful video that outlines the process.

Exercise #2: Technical Neuro-Correction Exercises

To get better at jumping you must jump more often. If you are going to jump more often it is vital that you jump with correct technique in order to maximize effectiveness and minimize injury risk.

By repeatedly jumping your muscular-nervous system will adapt in a manner that makes your muscles work together synergistically. This synergy between agonist and antagonistic muscles improves the body’s power producing potential. In fact after just one hour of jump technique training beginner athletes can significantly improve their vertical jump.

Here is an insightful video that highlights optimal 2 foot jump technique.

Exercise #3: Post Activation Potentiation Exercises

Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Have no fear, the concept is actually very simple.

Post activation Potentiation (PAP) is simply the process of lifting a near maximal load just prior jumping. The movement of choice for vertical jump gains is a loaded squat as seen in the video below.

A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed that a single back squat before jump attempts can significantly improve vertical jump performance.

Basically they found that the heavier the squat, the greater the improvement. Of course injury is a concern for novice athletes so start light (60% of 1 rep max).

Advanced athletes may want to push this up to around 80% 1RM, which in the aforementioned study yielded a 1.5 inch improvement in jump height.

With A Consistent Effort And The Correct Plan You Will Jump Higher

Hopefully these 3 exercise will help you add a few inches to your vertical jump height in a relatively short period of time.

Well done!

You are on your way to throwing down your first dunk.

If you want more significant jump gains (10+ inches) then following an effective and proven jump program like this one can be the fastest way to an impressive vert.

Alternatively you can check out some more great free information on how to jump higher at VerticalJumpWorld.com.

By A.J Kenrick (VerticalJumpWorld.com)

18 11, 2016

CoachTube Instructional Coaching Videos

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Fundamentals, Players and Coaches, Technology, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments


I found CoachTube online today and I have to say it is an awesome website. Think of it as Youtube for sports coaches and players or student athletes.  I am most specifically interested in how CoachTube relates to basketball. Click here to learn more: Coachtube.com/Basketball

There are videos on Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer, Hockey, Golf, Volleyball, Softball plus 20 other sports and categories.

If you live anywhere in the world and have an internet connection,  you can be taught how to play or coach by some of the best Coaches in the World!! This is truly an amazing idea and it is fairly cheap too.

If we just look at Basketball alone on CoachTube there are so many categories. There are ball-handling, drills, youth coaching, Defense, E-books, Shooting, Strategy, Women’s specific and Youth Basketball.

I can’t wait to buy a few of the titles and get learning myself. As a Coach I am never satisfied with my knowledge base. All of the best Coaches are always learning and striving to be better.

The best thing about CoachTube is that these are not just simple videos but rather complete Courses on the subject matter. If you have ever heard of the Khan Academy for academics, this kind of reminds me of that.

A few Specific examples

Let’s say you are a big fan of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. You can learn straight from the man himself. He is a great coach and he’ll guide you through Defense and Rebounding lessons.

Coachtube and Tom Izzo

How about a Coaching Legend,the late Pat Summit. She was a phenomenal Coach. Her series is all about Coaching Women’s Basketball.

Pat Summitt and Coachtube

Another Coach who has numerous videos on CoachTube is my friend Lason Perkins. I would definitely check out what he has to offer. He does lots of stuff with European and International Basketball. Lason was also a guest on an Online Basketball Clinic we did a few years back at our Online basketball Clinics website.

That’s about all for now.  I will share more news about CoachTube in the next few days.

20 10, 2016

Youth Basketball Guidelines-NBA and USA Basketball

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

There are some new Youth Basketball Guidelines just recently announced. This is great news. Make sure you read about Youth Basketball on our site right here.

Youth Basketball

The NBA and USA Basketball have partnered to develop guidelines designed to promote a positive and healthy youth basketball experience.

Check out the website here

The new guidelines will focuse on health and wellness of the young athlete, including the concept of “Player Segmentation”. Sports Specialization is also discussed and this writer is a big proponent of not specializing in sports too early.  See my other website www.youthinfitness.com for more details.

Their recommendation is to delay early sports specialization until at least age 14.

The 8 Youth Basketball Guidelines summary recommendations:

1. Promote personal engagement in youth basketball and other sports.

2. Youth sports should include both organized and informal, peer-led activities.

3. Youth should participate in a variety of sports.

4. Delay single-sport specialization in the sport of basketball until age 14 or older.

5. Ensure rest from organized basketball at least one day per week, and extended time away from organized basketball each year.

6. Limit high-density scheduling based on age-appropriate guidelines.

7. Further evaluation of basketball-specific neuromuscular injury prevention training program is warranted.

8. Parents and coaches should be educated regarding concepts of sport readiness and injury prevention.

I have to say this is a great thing and it is about time. It is hoped that the other major sports organizations will follow suit and adapt and promote these Youth Sports Guidelines.

Basketball is such a great sport and we don’t need to train kids like mini adults or mini professionals. Trust me. They need to have fun. They’ll work hard bud it can’t be boring for them. Keep them moving and running and they’ll be fine. Let them actually scrimmage and PLAY basketball.

We’d love to hear your comments below so please share your opinion. What have your experiences been while Coaching Youth Basketball? What do you think of these new Youth Basketball Guidelines?

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19 10, 2016

International Basketball Denmark Style

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Fundamentals, Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Exactly 5 years ago, in October 2011, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Denmark to visit a friend and former Simon Fraser University teammate, Craig Pedersen, at a school where he teaches and coaches in Nyborg. Craig is now the National Team Coach for Iceland. The school is called EVN which stands for Efterskolen ved Nyborg. It’s a unique concept in education.

My understanding of the Efterskolen concept is that in Denmark, in the 10th grade, students can choose to go to an Efterskolen. Wikipedia states: “The Efterskole (literally “afterschool”) is a unique Danish independent residential school for young people between the age of 14 to 18 years. … The schools are open to students from abroad.

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Nyborg is a beautiful little town and Denmark is a beautiful country and I loved my short stay. I got to work at the EVN Basket Camp and took many photos and videos which I will share below. I stayed in one of the school dorms which was just steps from the gym and we ate in the school cafeteria and the food was amazing.




The coaching at the camp was great with all kinds of eager and enthusiastic young coaches and very experienced older coaches. The Camp was open to anyone and many kids came from all over Denmark to attend. EVN also has international students and there were 2 students from Canada plus others from different countries.

The players were so enthusiastic and really wanted to learn. It was so fun helping coach. I always try to learn from new coaches and at this camp I learned a lot and had fun in the process. Special thanks go out to all the staff at EVN, including Keld Schmidt, Soren Munk, Craig Pedersen, Geoff Kotila, Karen Kotila and all the people I met there. The people were so friendly and showed tremendous hospitality.

I also got the chance to watch a few Danish Professional games while there. Craig Pedersen and Geoff Kotila both coached different teams in the league. Craig coached the Svendborg Rabbits and Geoff coached Team Fog Naestved. I’ll post some video of the pro games below.

Coach Trevor Bligh from the EMCS Wolverines in Sooke, B.C. on EVN Basketball: “I know the basketball culture in sooke has benefited from their visits here every two years. My relationship with both Geof Kotila and Craig Pedersen has helped me personally in coaching technique and strategy. Our kids here in sooke have built great relationships over the past decade. Two of our students have attended Evn in the past. Quinn Yates and Erin Nielsen. Both have had the greatest of experiences in their year at Evn.

Naestved Warm-up

Referees discuss ejection

Nasetved game action

Player get ejected versus Bakken Bears

Here are some of the videos from the EVN Camp with some great warm up drills, passing drills as well as lay-up and footwork drills. Thanks to Bogdan Karaicic for many of these.

Spinning footwork warm up:

Proper landing technique:

Deep lunge stretches:

Fancy Lay-ups:

Dribble Moves:

Crazy Hop Lay-ups:

Mass Follow the Leader:

3 on 3 action:

Keld Schmidt behind the head, blinfolded shot PRANK:

Lastly, please enjoy a gallery of some of the photos I took while in Denmark.

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