Program Building Blocks Series!

Coach, how many of your basketball games are decided by 10 points or less?

  • And how many of those games could the outcome have been different by reversing a few critical plays?
  • If you are like most coaches, a high percentage of your team’s losses are by fewer than 10 points.

Read on to find out what many hours of study taught me about solving the problem….

Several summers ago, I concluded that…

If I could go back and change 4 plays from each game that we lost by 10 or fewer points, I could change the outcome of the game in our favor. I knew that I could find ways to make us better at 4 plays per game without changing the system of play that is best suited for the talents of our players. The problem is, that we never know which plays are the crucial ones until it is too late and the game is over. Coaches (an now announcers) talk about the “4 point swing” plays (2 points we lost or should have had and 2 points that we gave to our opponents)

So, finding the best way to teach our players to play every single possession as if the game depends on it (BECAUSE IT DOES) become my coaching obsession.

Improving on just 4 plays each game was something that our players could buy into and not be overwhelmed….After all, in a high school game, that is just one play each quarter! So, our coaching staff set out to make those improvements by emphasizing and becoming much better at the “little things” that led to success specifically in those 4 critical possessions and in every other possession throughout each game.

“What you have put together is great. Thanks for helping our coaches!!”…”
Brent Deckert High School Coach in South Dakota
To win more games, your program doesn’t need a complete overhaul…of your system, you just need to find ways to make a difference in 4 critical plays each game!

The types of plays I am talking about are:

A careless turnover that takes away a scoring opportunity and gives your opponent a breakaway score.

Coaching Getting a defensive rebound and having it stripped for an easy put back by your opponent.

Coaching Not coming up with a 50/50 loose ball at a critical time.

Coaching I know that you are having flashbacks to the plays cost your team this past season… 🙂

“It makes me want to go out and find any basketball team and start coaching them!”…”
Kevin Good (Sixth Grade Coach)

Your team will achieve more success by…

Coaching Developing a 4 possession mind set and recognizing that LITTLE THINGS that go unnoticed change games.

Coaching Developing their MENTAL TOUGHNESS and skills to make those plays when it counts.

Coaching Developing a mentality that the only place to make the necessary improvements is in PRACTICE As I conducted post season evaluations of our program with our seniors, I kept hearing that one of the things they appreciated most was the emphasis on “the little things.” They said it gave them confidence that they were prepared for anything and had an advantage in the close games. With the realization that it gave our players confidence to BELIEVE that these ideas made a difference in our play, I began to look even harder for these types of little things and to study mental toughness, as I was looking for ways to improve our program. I looked to find the best ideas from the most successful coaches and mental toughness experts.


“Just want to say that I read your e-book and I think you have done a fantastic job! The content is brilliant and I have no doubt that coaches at any level will be able to find nuggets of gold information to improve their trainings which will improve their programs. Well done, keep it up!”…”
Heath Millar, Australian Professional Coach

Organizing and executing around your program building blocks

One of the players I coached asked me to put the ideas in a document for him as he wanted to go into coaching. I did have them in lists, notebook handouts, locker room signs, practice plans, and my notes, but they were not as organized as they should have been. I made it a project to help him by putting them into organized documents. That was the beginning of three basketball coaching e-books that I have assembled to pass on some of the ideas that I gained from my brainstorming and studying.

They are:

Coaching 130 Little Ideas that Make a Huge Difference in Your Basketball Team

The ebook is organized around the major roles of a basketball coach

Role #1 ……Program Philosophy and Organization—Implement your philosophy and organization in every area of the program.

Role #2 …… Individual Development—Develop the individual players’life skills, basketball skills, and mental toughness.

Role #3 …… Personnel and Roles—Select your program’s assistants, players, managers, assign roles to them, and keep them productive in those roles.

Role #4 …… Team Development—Develop a team by implementing systems of play that take advantage of your players strengths and doing intentional team building.

Role #5 …… Professional Development—For the entire coaching staff. Role #6 …… Program Promotion—In your school and/or community.

“WOW! This is great and certainly worth the price…”
Coach Zimmerman, Goshen High School.

Coaching 130 Great Ideas to Make Your Basketball Team More Mentally Tough

Section 1……Beliefs about Mental Toughness Your beliefs about Mental Toughness will influence your team’s level of Mental Toughness.

Section 2……The Mental Toughness Difference—How Mental Toughness benefits your program.

Section 3……Controlling Thoughts and Actions Through Mental Toughness—Twenty Concrete steps you can take to improve your players’ Mental Toughness.

Section 4 ……Maintain Mental Focus on the Important—Setting goals give your players’ minds a focus.

Section 5……Execution Under Pressure—The ultimate goal of Mental Toughness is improve results.

Section 6……Mental Toughness Looks Like—Characteristics of tough teams and tough players.

Section 7……Mental Toughness for Coaches—Our performance as coaches requires a different level of mental toughness.

“Great information! It’s making me think a lot more deeply about preparing for this AAU season.”
Coach Leon White

Coaching 130 Great Ideas to Get a Lot More Accomplished in Practice

Principle #1 Mind set–Practice with the mind set and manner of a champion.

Principle #2 Efficiency–Planning for the most efficient use of limited time and facilities.

Principle #3 Habits–Motivate players to habitually do the right things right.

Principle #4 Competition–Making basketball practice as competitive as possible.

Principle #5 Team Building–Incorporating team and chemistry building.

Principle #6 Game Planning–Incorporating game planning

Principle #7 Thoroughness–Be meticulous in covering everything you do in games.

Appendix A–24 questions with examples to help develop your master basketball practice plan

Appendix B–Player practice Evaluation Form

Appendix C–Playing hard checklist

Appendix D–Sample master practice plan

“This book is a must read for any coach who is serious about improving his or her practice organization, practice effectiveness, and getting the most our of each minute of practice time. Brian has hit the nail on the head when it comes to effective practice planning and player and system development. Written by a coach, he has connected with not only the basic needs of coaches, but more importantly has laid out an excellent plan of implementation of the ideas.”
Wes Peek Boys Varsity Coach, Southport High School

You will begin to see results as soon as you implement the building blocks!

Coaches will…

Coaching Save hours of reviewing several sources for ideas to improve your program and have a career long reference.

Coaching Accomplish more by making the most efficient use of limited time, facilities, and resources.

Coaching Motivate players to habitually do the right things right.

Coaching Feel secure in that you will have thoroughly and meticulously covered everything you do in games.

Your players will...

Coaching Be motivated to habitually do the right things right.

Coaching Perform better under pressure.

Coaching Play with more confidence due to an increased basketball IQ.

Coaching Enjoy practice more as it becomes more competitive.

Coaching Experience what it is like to be a part of a true team

What champions have said about the building blocks ebooks…

“This is a great resource for coaches of any age. I got some great ideas from the book and was reminded of some things that we had gotten away from, that we are going back to doing!.”
Pat Rady Head Boys Basketball Coach Cloverdale High School (4th winningest coach--Indiana Basketball History)

Your next step toward improving your program…

Each ebook sells for $12.95, but I am offering the special bundle of all three to you for only $24.95.

That is less than half of the cost if you were to purchase each of them separately!

That is 3 ebooks and almost 400 ideas to improve your basketball team by: improving your practices, improving the mental toughness of your team, and… improving small things that make a huge difference for only $24.95! or about 6 cents per idea!

To take advantage of this offer and to have immediate access to all three e-books, all you have to do is Click the buy now button below and Pay for the book via Pay Pal or with a credit card. Please contact us if you are interested in working out another payment arrangement.

“I’ve read many books to help me be a more effective coach. The Coaching Toolbox’s Practice e-Book is a must in any successful coach’s library. This resource will remind you to take care of the small details that sometimes are overlooked in our fast paced vocation. It will be a book that you and all of your assistants will utilize, draw from, and reference. Most importantly, it will help your players be more successful.”
Joshua Kendrick Head Boys Basketball Coach - Brownsburg High School (2008 Indiana 4A State Champions

And some great bonuses for acting right away…

For this first 72 hours only, in addition to the 3 ebooks, you will receive 5 awesome bonuses.

The 5 bonuses alone are worth $9.95 each, so you are also receiving an extra $50 of coaching information just for acting quickly.

So, be quick (but don’t hurry) and receive:

Coaching 20 minute interview with World Class Mental Toughness Coach and best selling author, Steve Siebold

Coaching 20 minute interview with Sports Psychologist Brian Goonan on Mental Toughness for Basketball

Coaching 20 minute interview with University of Illinois Coach Bruce Weber on making practices competitive.

Coaching 60 minute webinar on Mental Toughness with Coaches Academy staff member Josh Stinson

Coaching 60 minute interview with Butler’s #1 Assistant Coach, Matthew Graves covering many aspects of “The Butler Way.”

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