1-2-1-1 Diamond Press – Full Court – Coaching Guide

1-2-1-1 Diamond Press

The 1-2-1-1 full court press is an aggressive full court press with many different variations that can be made to suit your team and/or to give you an advantage over the opponent you’re playing against.

Similar to a 3-1-1 press except that in the 1-2-1-1 press the front middle player starts close to the baseline pressuring the inbounder instead of starting around the free-throw line.

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How to Improve Youth Basketball – 36 Experts Explain

How to Improve Youth Basketball

Different ways to improve youth basketball is a topic I often find myself having with coaches from all over the world.

While the opinions are often similar, what I love hearing are the different reasons why each coach or trainer wants the specific changes to be made. It’s enlightening to see the different perspectives and view-points each coach has.

So for this month’s question, I decided to focus on exactly that… ways to improve youth basketball.

Basketball Tryouts Advice – 28 Experts Share Their Secrets

Basketball Tryouts Advice

With basketball tryouts about to begin for the new season, I’ve received numerous emails asking for advice on basketball tryouts.

Since my last ‘expert post’ on practice mistakes received so much positive feedback, I decided to use this as an opportunity to once again ask some of the greatest minds in basketball to share their knowledge.

I asked 28 experts this question…

“What are the top 2 or 3 pieces of advice you’d give to a beginner coach conducting tryouts this season?”

Flex Offense – Complete Coaching Guide

flex offense

The flex offense is a 4-out, 1-in continuity offense that primarily uses down-screens in a screen-the-screener action and the famous ‘flex cut’ to get open layups or jump shots around the high post. It’s primarily a man-to-man offense, but can be used against a zone with some slight adjustments.

It’s a slow-down, patient offense that requires good spacing, ball-movement, passing, shooting, cutting, and screening by all players.

It’s common to see teams reverse the ball to different sides of the court three or four times before creating an open shot at the basket.

10 Best Plays of the 2015 NBA Playoffs

10 Best Plays of the 2015 NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs is always my favorite time of the year. 16 teams battle it out to be crowned the NBA Champions in two thrilling months of great basketball.

One of the most intriguing things to me are the plays that teams use. Some they’ve been using all season, some of them are made up on the spot by some of the smartest basketball minds in the game.

Either way, we see a ton of brilliant set plays every playoffs.

Here are the 10 plays that Coach Gibson Pyper considers the best from this years playoffs…

Hand-Off Shooting – Shooting Drill

Hand-Off Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players at the top of the key dribble down and perform a handoff with a wing player cutting to the top of the key who then takes the shot or drives for the layup.


To work on shooting off hand-offs and performing them as they can be tricky for players to master unless drilled often.

23 Cones – Shooting Drill

23 Cones Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Place 23 cones at the baseline of one end of the floor and split the players up into two teams at the other end of the floor. Players shoot and are ‘rewarded’ by being allowed to go to the other end of the court and have a chance at collecting a cone IF they make another shot. If they miss, they get nothing and return to the end of their line. The team with the most cones at the end of the game wins.


A fun variation to a normal shooting drill that keeps players interested and excited. Players are shooting under a lot of pressure on the second shot.