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Dec 16, 2018

What Do Those Basketball Terms Mean?

Having trouble with all those unfamiliar basketball terms? If you're new to the game, the long list may be seem a bit overwhelming, so I've broken them down here to make them a little easier to understand.

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Dec 16, 2018

Basketball Terminology Made Easy

More basketball terminology for coaches, players and fans of the game. Basketball is just like anything else. It has a jargon of its own. Some is slang. Some is technical. But once you understand the terms, the game makes a lot more sense.

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Dec 16, 2018

Common Basketball Terms that Coaches, Players & Fans Should Know

Learn some common basketball terms and phrases, and you'll be talking "hoops" like a pro in no time! The list below, though it certainly isn't all-inclusive, contains many of the words you need to be familiar with as a fan of the game.

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Dec 15, 2018

Official Basketball Rules for All Levels

Official basketball rules for all levels of competition. Looking for youth, NCAA, or high school basketball rules? How about NBA, WNBA, or FIBA rules? You'll find them all here.

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Dec 15, 2018

NFHS High School Basketball Rules

Get the latest official NFHS high school basketball rules, updates, and interpretations. In addition to the NFHS, each state has its own interscholastic athletic association that governs basketball competition within the state. Find the rules for your state.

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Dec 12, 2018

2-Player Basketball Passing Drills

Improve your youth players' basketball passing and catching skills with these challenging practice drills for two people. These drills don't even require access to a gym. All that's needed is a ball and a buddy.

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Dec 11, 2018

Catch a Basketball Pass with Confidence

Learn the basics of throwing and catching a basketball pass. The skill of catching is broken down into 12 simple steps for teaching beginners.

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Dec 10, 2018

How to Pass a Basketball

Teaching players how to pass a basketball is an important key to running an effective offense. 20 coaching tips guaranteed to improve your team's passing.

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Dec 08, 2018

Basketball Passing Drills for Kids

Dynamic youth basketball passing drills for individuals, partners, and teams. Improve your game by strengthening passing and catching skills.

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Dec 08, 2018

Basketball Court Layout, Lines & Markings

See a typical basketball court layout with the lines and markings explained.

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Dec 05, 2018

High School Basketball Court Dimensions

Standard high school basketball court dimensions are 84 ft x 50 ft. Find the basketball court size for youth, jr high, and high school leagues.

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Dec 04, 2018

Basketball Court Size for NCAA, NBA, WNBA & FIBA Leagues

Compare basketball court size and dimensions used in the NBA, WNBA, NCAA, and FIBA. Free basketball court diagrams for each league.

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Dec 04, 2018

A Teamwork Quote a Day

A teamwork quote a day. 31 motivational sayings that remind us the power of a team doesn't lie in the individual player but in each member working together for a common purpose.

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Nov 29, 2018

Basketball Fouls & Referee Signals

Learn the common basketball fouls with simple definitions and referee hand signals.

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Nov 29, 2018

Youth Basketball Regulations Cont'd

Common youth basketball regulations and guidelines. Each league establishes its own rules based on its players' age, gender, etc, so check with your league officials for the exact rules they have adopted.

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Nov 28, 2018

Youth Basketball Rules & Guidelines

Youth basketball rules are designed around a main goal: teaching basic fundamental skills to beginners.The emphasis is not on winning, but on learning. Find regulations and general guidelines for youth basketball leagues.

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Nov 27, 2018

Fun Basketball Drills for Kids

Improve your team workouts with some of my favorite fun basketball drills and games. Players love these high energy, competitive skill-building activities.

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Nov 25, 2018

Youth Summer Basketball Camps Directory

Summer basketball camps to fit any budget. Exposure, elite, position, college, NBA, and even fantasy camps for the parents. You name it. We update our list of kids camps regularly to keep you informed about the outstanding summer programs available for your athletes.

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Nov 24, 2018

Youth Basketball Coaching Drills & Games

Energize your practices with high-energy basketball coaching drills for kids. Cover all the fundamental skills with drills and games that can be modified for players of all skill levels.

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Nov 24, 2018

Fun Basketball Games for Kids

These fun basketball games for kids are perfect for team workouts with your elementary age players. They focus on dribbling the ball under pressure while changing direction and speed. Players learn to keep their heads up so they can navigate across the playing space.

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Nov 23, 2018

Youth Basketball Coaching: 15 Tips for Running an Effective Practice

What makes effective youth basketball coaching? The little things. The secret to running efficient, well-organized, productive practice session comes down to doing these 15 simple things.

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Nov 23, 2018

Coaching Kids Basketball #1 Rule

#1 rule for coaching kids basketball. Keep youth basketball training fun! The focus of practice for young players should be to awaken their interest, have fun, and learn basic skills.

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Nov 22, 2018

Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball: Start with these 10 Essentials

This practical, informative guide to coaching youth basketball starts with 10 essentials that should be incorporated into every basketball practice.

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Nov 21, 2018

Simple Basketball Drills for Kids

These basketball drills for kids are geared toward the youngest players who are just learning how to bounce, toss, and catch a ball. Players will quickly start to build confidence as they conquer simple challenges and progress to more difficult ones.

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Nov 21, 2018

Fun Basketball Practice Drills that Make Players Want to Work Hard

Basketball practice drills don't have to be boring! Avoid the dread of workouts by including fun, competitive drills and shooting games in your practice plans. These dynamic drills give players a chance to test their skills in a variety of team and individual contests.

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Nov 20, 2018

Fun Basketball Warmup Drills for Kids

Favorite basketball warmup drills. They're fun, fast-paced, and focus on a variety of fundamental skills at once. Improve ball handling, shooting off the move, passing, and hustling after rebounds.

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Nov 18, 2018

54 Positive Attitude Quotes to Elevate Your Game

We all struggle with them. Destructive negative thoughts. Positive attitude quotes provide the perfect remedy when we find ourselves wrestling with feelings of doubt, inadequacy, fear, or just plain old bad attitudes.

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Nov 18, 2018

Top College Basketball Recruiting Sites: Are They Right for You?

Search and compare some of the top college basketball recruiting sites to find the one that fits your needs. See packages, pricing, process, and what makes each one unique.

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Nov 17, 2018

Name Brand Discount Basketball Shoes. Cool Shoes at Cheap Prices

On a tight budget? Save money on discount basketball shoes without sacrificing quality. Cheap prices don't have to mean poor workmanship or performance. Find lots of incredible deals online for cool popular brands like Nike, Adidas, Air Jordan, Fila, New Balance and more!

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Nov 14, 2018

30 Basketball Team Quotes: Unleash the Power of Teamwork

30 basketball team quotes from some of the greatest coaches and leaders of all time. Discover the power of teamwork.

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Nov 14, 2018

Motivational Quotes for Athletes that Will Challenge & Inspire

Motivational quotes for athletes guaranteed to challenge and inspire your players. Quotes from exceptional leaders provide inspirational basketball messages for your next team practice, pre-game talk, or sideline huddle.

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Nov 11, 2018

15 Fun Athletic Quickness Drills for Basketball

Athletic quickness can mean the difference between winning and losing. Learn how to become faster and improve your reaction time with these 15 fun youth basketball speed training drills.

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Nov 10, 2018

Explosive Basketball Agility Drills to Increase Quickness

Explosive basketball agility drills to improve quickness, balance, and coordination for players of all sizes and positions.

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Nov 05, 2018

Stop Painful Blisters on Feet

Every basketball player has experienced painful blisters on feet that make running and cutting impossible. Even the tiniest blister between the toes or on the ball, heel or side of the foot can be debilitating. Learn how to prevent and treat them with a few simple steps.

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Oct 29, 2018

Nutrition Sport Fitness Tips for Young Athletes

Improve performance in kids of all ages by following some basic nutrition sport fitness guidelines. Sports nutrition is an important topic for anyone participating in physical activity. And that includes parents and coaches of young athletes.

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Oct 27, 2018

What is Burnout? Know the Signs & Protect Your Young Player

What is burnout? Learn to recognize the physical symptoms of burnout, so you can intervene and provide help, encouragement, and support when things start to get out of control.

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Oct 27, 2018

Basketball Coaching Tips: Create a Positive Learning Environment

Part Two of our list of 10 basketball coaching tips specifically designed for working with young players. Coaching kids basketball is a lot different than working with older, more mature and skilled players.

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Oct 25, 2018

Coaching Basketball for Beginners: 5 Critical Tips to Get You Started

Coaching basketball for beginners may seem pretty daunting at first. But before even thinking about the "Xs" & "Os", practice drills, or player positions, it's important to take time to establish some foundational principles upon which to build your coaching philosophy.

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Oct 23, 2018

Coaching Youth Basketball: Beginner's Guide

Coaching youth basketball can be so rewarding. But it can also be a challenge, especially for new coaches. Discover 10 coaching tips to help you get the most out of your kids.

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Oct 21, 2018

Basketball Conditioning Wins (& Loses) Games

Outlast your opponents with better basketball conditioning. Endurance, strength, speed and agility training for basketball will guarantee you’re still going strong near the end of the game.

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Oct 20, 2018

Basketball Dribbling Drill Workouts for Young Players

Controlling the ball is key. Including a daily basketball dribbling drill routine into your workouts will build invaluable ball handling skills that will quickly set your players above the rest.

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Oct 19, 2018

5 Dribbling Tips for Smart Basketball

Teach your kids to play smarter basketball with a few simple dribbling tips guaranteed to help them make better ball handling decisions. Discover 5 keys for dribbling the ball under control and with a purpose.

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Oct 15, 2018

Discount Basketball Equipment for All Your Training & Coaching Needs

Basketball shopping? Find discount basketball equipment for all your training & coaching needs. Goals, balls, nets, training aids, and more!

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Oct 08, 2018

All About Basketballs: What You Need to Know Before Buying

Before you buy, these 10 facts about basketballs are guaranteed to save you time and money. Plus, they'll ensure you buy the ball best suited for your child.

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Oct 06, 2018

Basketball Sizes Chart for Youth & Adults

Need a youth basketball? You may be confused by all the different basketball sizes. Here are the official and recommended basketball sizes for men, women, and youth players.

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Oct 05, 2018

Basketball History Rules: The Original 13 May Surprise You!

Basketball history rules. James Naismith designed a simple game governed by only 13 original rules. Some of them may surprise you!

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Oct 01, 2018

The Inventor of Basketball

Discover 25 interesting facts about the inventor of basketball, James Naismith.

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Oct 01, 2018

Brief History of Basketball in America

The brief history of basketball is full of fun and interesting facts. Learn more about James Naismith, the man who invented basketball, and how his 13 original rules forever changed the world of sports!

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Sep 30, 2018

Youth Basketball Dribbling Drills to Change Direction and Speed

Dynamic youth basketball dribbling drills are the best way for young players to develop their ball handling skills. Teach ball handlers how to get past defenders by changing their direction and speed.

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