16 07, 2018

How to Get Better at Basketball-Guest Post

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Fundamentals|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Get Better at Basketball”

Sometimes on the court you have to do what you don’t like to get where you want to be. This is one of the main problems facing basketball players – you want to be the best, but you don’t always want to put in the work.

Luckily, we’re here to help. We are going to share with you secrets on how to work smarter not harder when it comes to getting better at basketball. Keep reading to find out on how to get better at basketball. Use these tips and be ready to see instant results in your game.

Focus on the fundamentals. Know what areas you need to improve on to take your game to the next level and create goals to accomplish them during your workouts. Don’t be afraid to ask your coach for feedback so you’re working on the right things.

Get in the weightroom. Find time to get in the weight room and get stronger. The strength you gain in the weight room will influence ALL areas of your game. Don’t have access to a weight room? Squats, push-ups, and sit-ups will do the trick and you can do those anywhere.

Change up your on-court drills. Don’t do the same drills every day. Challenge yourself by switching up which drills you’re using while in the gym. If you’re doing the same things then you’re getting the same results. Switch it up and work for better results.

Learn from the best. Have you ever heard of Ganon Baker or Jason Otter? They are two of the top basketball trainers in the world with the most sought after camps for players working on skill development, BUT they bring their camps to you with their excellent instructional DVDs. Skip the camps, order online, and learn from the best.

Invest in the ultimate rebounder. Instead of chasing your ball after every shot save your energy by purchasing an iC3 Rebounder. You’ll be able to get up twice as many shots in the same amount of time. The iC3 Rebounder even makes it possible to add a second ball which gives you even more reps during your workout.

Study the professionals. Do you want to be the next Steph Curry? Don’t just wear his jersey and expect to get on his level. Watch his games, find his youtube videos, and dissect every little thing he does on the court – – then find ways to add those little things to your game. At this link, you can find a great resource on proper basketball shooting technique, fundamentals, and form.

All of these secrets we shared with you outline how to get better at basketball. Start at the beginning with focusing on the right areas for improvement and setting goals for yourself. Then work on getting stronger by adding a few muscle building exercises to your daily routine.

After that you’re ready to focus on the actual on-court skills by changing up your drills, learning from the best basketball minds, investing in a reliable rebounder, and studying your favorite players.

Now that you know the secrets to working smarter and not harder it’s time to get to work. If you put it all together and into action, the sky is the limit!

Written by Sasa Cvetkovic, founder and owner of Basketball Phantom Blog

17 03, 2018

Coach Eric Musselman and the Nevada Wolfpack

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: Players and Coaches|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

University of Nevada Wolpack finish off strong today in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament

Coach Eric Musselman sure can Coach. March Madness is upon us and the games continue to excite as always. I only caught the tail end of this game today between the University of Nevada Wolfpack and the University of Texas Longhorns, at a game played in Nashville, Tennessee. I also watched the Overtime portion and was thoroughly impressed with how Nevada finished the game.

The University of Nevada hit some Big 3’s when needed, 2 in a row by Caleb (maybe Cody??) Martin, and the place went nuts. After U of Texas player 6’11” Mohamed Bamba fouled out of the game earlier it gave Nevada the chance they needed to creep back in it and eventually win the game.

The Wolfpack website is here http://nevadawolfpack.com/index.aspx?path=mbball. It is a very good site with lots of photos and videos and stories about the team and their journey to the NCAA tournament.

I’m not writing today to give a full recap of the game but rather to share an interview I did 9 years ago with Coach Musselman for the now defunct “How to Play Pro Basketball” website that I started with a friend, Trajko Dangov, who was from Macedonia.


You can listen to the Coach Eric Musselman interview here:

Now if you are a serious Basketball Coach you definitely need to be organized. Organization is one of the most important attributes in life period, and especially as a Basketball Coach. You can bet Coach Eric Musselman is organized. I would recommend 2 great Coaching tools to help you with Organization.

The first one is called The XPS Network from Sideline Sports. It is excellent. I won’t go into all the details here but you can check out their website or check them out on my website Here. SideLine Sports


PlayGineering Sports Technology

The next one is called PlayGineering. You can also check their website or check them out on my website Here.  PlayGineering is a sports technology company that deals with Analytics as well as automated Game Filming or Videotaping. Their suite of products will definitely help you to become a more organized Basketball Coach.

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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