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Coaching Basketball - The Hidden Curriculum

Go beyond attending a college practice. Get the most effective drills, player development, and team building strategies to foster growth and competitive gains.
coaching basketball the hidden curriculum video course

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26 on-demand video lessons

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what you'll learn

TRAINING, DRILLS & LESSONS DESIGNED to maximize performance

Player Development
Analytics Integration
Form Shooting
Becoming A College Coach
Managing Parent Relationships
Practice Planning
Combination Drills
Live Shooting Drills
Player Recruitment
Individual Drills
Motion Drills
demonstration of shooting form lesson for basketball coaching

course content

Lesson plan and chapter descriptions

Course Duration: 3 hr, 47 min
Number of Lessons: 26
class sample
There are countless ways you can further your basketball coaching knowledge. In this course, Coach Paul Weir wanted to give you something different, an unconventional collection of lessons that will advance your coaching, team, and career. In this chapter, he introduces the concepts that comprise the course such as specific shooting skills, managing parent relationships, recruiting, analytics, becoming a college coach, developing a team identity, and many more.
Many think a successful offense in basketball comes down to shooting, jumping, and speed. But it all starts with the offensive stance. The triple threat stance is a position that every player must master so they are ready to shoot, pass or dribble at the right time. In this lesson, Coach Weir breaks down the fundamentals of this position, common errors, and how to train athletes to ingrain this vital skill.
Shooting is obviously a fundamental component of the game. But you won’t get higher percentages just by running the same shooting drills over and over again at practice. This chapter gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how coach Weir breaks up a practice with shooting drills to keep players excited and competitive while simulating game-like situations.
What things did Coach Weir do during practice to break the three-point and overall season scoring records at the NCAA level? One of them was a spotlight on shooting. In this chapter, he shares his philosophy on shooting drills and introduces you to the things he focuses on when developing player and team shooting skills. He also speaks to coaching high-school-level athletes in this highly desirable skill.
What drills does an NCAA coach use to train proper form and mental focus during a shooting session? During this lesson, you’ll learn the structure and drills Coach Weir uses in practice to instill good technique. He also shares the focus points from a coaching perspective, error correction, and how to progress.
After shooting form drills, Coach Weir moves to live shooting drills in practice. Movement increased the complexity and window for errors to occur. This chapter will show you some highly effective live shooting drills to add dribbling, moving, and catching to the mix. You’ll see a detailed breakdown of the drills along with live coaching strategy and cues.
After the lower-stress fundamental shooting drills, it’s time to add motion to the mix. The next section of drills will increase competitiveness and hone in-game technique. It also gives you more opportunity to spot and correct technique errors that come with higher complexity shooting.
After shooting drills, Coach Weir transitions into drills that integrate both handling and shooting skills. In this lesson, he’ll show you curl, catch, and screen shooting drills to get players moving, pivoting, and dribbling while focusing on proper shooting form. He also shares insight into how he coaches during practice.
The previous shooting drills that Coach Weir shared are not particularly common to college team practice. In the following sections, you’ll see some of the unique individual workouts he uses to teach ball handling, positions, and offensive skill development at a college level.
Moving beyond shooting drills, in this session, Coach Weir shows you some fun and unique workouts that increase the intensity and teach ball handling, mental agility, and coordination.
Once you’ve worked on shooting, movement, and ball handling in practice, it’s time to progress to combination drills. Getting players to work together, learn the game and perform during competition is developed in practice first. This chapter shows you some dribble, penetration, reaction (DPR), and spacing drills to get players focused on the right skills whether they’re handling that ball or not.
Goal-driven metrics are important to growth and performance. In this lesson, Coach Weir shares how he integrates competition into practice while maintaining data integrity so players can be compared and development can be accurately measured. He also discusses differences in players, how he tailors coaching to each athlete, and ways to make shooting practice fun.
Coach Weir has found sharing his practice plan, discussing plans with other coaches, and maintaining a record of the plans he has used over time to be invaluable. In this lesson, he explains his practice plan strategy and the lessons he’s learned in creating plans throughout his career.
There are many different ways to develop and form your team identity, philosophy, and style of play. In this lesson, you’ll hear how Coach Weir developed his teams and the ways he adapted as seasons progressed, his players changed, and he learned from both success and failure.
In general, when athletes are confident in their abilities, they perform better. Just like physical skills, confidence can be developed through practice. In this lesson, learn how Coach Weir develops confidence and a growth mindset in his players.
There are times as a coach that you will have an especially gifted athlete on your team. How can you approach coaching them to foster progression while not applying stressful expectations? In this lesson, Coach Weir discusses different types of talent and his experience handling unique players and situations.
High School coaches are under a tremendous amount of pressure to get athletes recruited. In this chapter, Coach Weir shares some incredibly valuable ways to alleviate that pressure and contribute to a successful future for each athlete. Topics such as recruitment philosophy, communication, and effective tactics are covered in-depth with ideas you can apply to your recruiting strategy to reduce stress and improve outcomes.
In this lesson, you get a true behind-the-scenes look at the college recruiting process from a head coach’s perspective. Coach Weir shares the recruiting form he used during his career and provides insight into how skills and other player attributes were observed, measured, and valued.
We all know the power of a positive, collaborative relationship. As a coach, you have a myriad of different types of relationships that can be difficult. In this chapter, Coach Weir shares his approach to managing relationships with parents and handling challenging situations off the court. He also gives examples of the ground rules he sets for parents at the outset of a season.
Metrics and sophisticated analytics have had a massive impact on sports in the last ten years. The way coaches make in-game decisions, recruitment, preparation, player development, and everything in between is fundamentally different than it used to be. In this chapter, Coach Weir discusses his approach to analytics and how he finds a balance between the data and the art of basketball. He shares the tools and metrics he has found most valuable and gives you ways you can integrate data into your coaching approach while maintaining personal style and artistry.
Continuing on the previous chapter, in this lesson, Coach Weir provides examples of specific metrics he uses to make a difference at practice and in the game. He also shares in-depth examples of how to present analytics to your team to further the knowledge, performance, and competitiveness of your players.
In this final section on analytics, Coach Weir shares how to integrate specific analytics into your program and how they can translate into decisions on playing time, practice, strategy, and team identity. He also discusses the time commitment analytics takes and how to effectively use resources.
Are you interested in becoming a college coach or part of a college organization? This section will give you methods and strategies to reach that goal. Coach Weir shares his background and the five things he believes can open the doors to a college coaching career. In Part One of this section, you’ll learn his philosophy on embracing your current position, building your professional network, and recruiting.
Continuing on the previous section, this chapter includes in-depth ideas to expand your resilience and build your coaching toolbox as you pursue growth in your career.
In this short chapter, Coach Weir shares some of his favorite book recommendations and the value he has gotten from specific books. His recommended reading list is included as a downloadable document in the materials sections of the course.
To wrap up the course, Coach Weir expresses his final thoughts on the information he shared with you.

meet the instructor

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NBA Players
Dr. Paul Weir is not just a coach; he is a passionate student of the game. During his 17 years of coaching at the NCAA level, he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Administration and multiple master’s degrees in human performance and sports psychology. He learned early that the game of basketball is far more than physical preparation and he’s fervently pursued all avenues of research and study into the game since playing point guard in secondary school.
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Concrete, Practical Lessons to improve your coaching performance

Having an impact on players requires more than deep knowledge of the game

Learning the most effective ways to build your coaching philosophy, develop confidence and range, and translate these skills to the court is fundamental to reaching players on a deeper level. Strengthening your leadership, relationship development, and management skills are just as important as mastering plays and strategy.

Broaden the skills and qualities in your coaching arsenal through hearing real-life examples and time-tested advice on developing your players and your team. Learn the pragmatic coaching approaches, practice strategies, and communication techniques proven to break records and build relationships.

Lessons That Truly Move The Needle

Simply attending college practices and observing the things NCAA teams are doing won’t necessarily reveal the lessons that will help you become a better coach.

That’s why Coach Weir selected specific topics to cover in-depth such as form shooting, practice planning, and developing team identity. These are lessons that truly move the needle of progress in both the short and long term for middle and high school coaches.
Paul Weir teaching basketball shooting form

Complex Coaching Topics Made Easier

High School coaches are under a tremendous amount of pressure to get athletes recruited.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the college recruiting process from a head coach’s perspective and learn tactics to alleviate tension while contributing to promising futures for your athletes.

One of the dominant sources of stress for a coach involves working with parents. Learn the ground rules and techniques to manage relationships and handle difficult situations to produce more positive, collaborative outcomes.

There is no blueprint in the coaching profession. But if you aim to grow your career or become a college coach, you’ll get insight into five unique ways you can open the doors to your intended future.

Making Smarter Decisions

Metrics and sophisticated analytics have fundamentally changed the game of basketball. The way coaches make in-game decisions, recruit players, design practices, and everything in-between is different than it used to be.

As a coach, you have a lot of decisions in your hands. You can make decisions easier and gain a serious competitive advantage by integrating the right metrics into your program. By letting the appropriate numbers guide you, you can strike a balance between the data and the art of coaching basketball.
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