Golden Aura Publishing
The Basketball Coach’s Bible, 2nd Ed
Concepts by Chapter
This material supplements the material in the book.
Part 1 - Fundamentals
Chapter 1 - Starting
1. Coaching is exactly the same as teaching.
2. Above all basketball is a physical sport of strength,
speed, and agility.
3. Thepurpose of basketball practice is to improve the
agility of each player so they can perform better.
4. Eﬀective teaching accompanied by learning works as
the best motivation for any player.
5. The proverbial locker room talk is more a form of
abuse involving badgering and coercion than real motivation.
6. Eﬀective teaching involves dealing with the needs of
each player. This is also what isbest for the team.
7. To improve any skill a player needs to ﬁrst work on
technique or the mechanics of movement.
8. For ball skills, shooting in particular, technique must
be maintained as well as developed.
9. All lessons fall into 3 levels of learning: technique,
practice, and game.
10. The technique level usually works on body mechanics and almost always involves improving agility.11. The practice level of learning involves performing
at a natural pace. There is no need to rush or perform
12. Game level learning involves performing under
great pressure, even more than that found in a game.
13. Players quickly incorporate learned skills into the
scheme of play, so there is no need to spend a lot of
time doing this for them. Spending most of each pracCONCEPTS -THE BASKETBALL COACH’S BIBLE, 2ND ED
tice on team play is a waste of time.
14. Individual skills teach execution whereas team skills
basically show where to move on the court and coordinate movement.
15. There are no special skills for one position; each
player needs to learn every skill and be able to play
16. The biggest problem for teaching is having time toteach each skill; having time for players to learn.
17. Older players improve more quickly than novices
when working on execution or basics. That is why I always say this book is most helpful to pro coaches.
18. Playing street ball is not as worthwhile as eﬀective
practice because street ball begets so many bad habits.
19. There are more basketball myths and bad ideas
than sensible ones. Keepyour brain on active; do not
rotely follow the crowd; do what works.
20. Only you can make the ideas and methods in this
book work for your players. Neither the book nor I can
do this for you. It’s a lot of work.
21. Some misconceptions include:
a. Drills do the teaching
b. Fundamentals are for little kids.
c. Zone defenses are easier than person to person
d. The play or plays are the keyto oﬀensive success.
e. No pain, no gain.
f. Practice makes perfect.
g. Winning is the only thing.
h. Emotion is a big part of the game.
i. Games are great learning tools.
Chapter 2 - The Court
1. The most important area on the court is the area
close to the basket.
2. The court extends 4 feet behind the backboard.
3. In team situations like the free throw setup, players
must becareful not to setup with a foot touching a line.
CONCEPTS - THE BASKETBALL COACH’S BIBLE, 2ND ED
Chapter 3 - Fundamentals
1. The most important attitude is that players are worth
2. Conditioning is a major part of coaching.
3. Conditioning makes players better athletes.
4. Individual skills involve execution; whereas team
skills only involve where to go.
5. Three skills thatare involved in both oﬀense and
defense are pivoting, faking, and looking.
6. The major part of defense is proper movement which
involves jump-steps and runs in defensive position.
7. The major on-ball defensive skill is forcing.
8. Oﬀ-ball defensive skills include overplaying, fronting,
and helping out.
9. Boxing out involves blocking then keeping a player
on the back.