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2019 Fall Coaches Clinic

Coaches, mark your calendars! The HBCA Coaches Fall Clinic is set for September 27–28. This year, both sessions will be held at Bloomington High School South. We hope you can join us.

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Coaches Insider Drills and Videos

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Developing Culture with Adam Cohen

Watch as Coach Adam Cohen discusses how he believes it is important to have core values that everyone believes in. At Stanford, those core values are invested, tough, and selfless . . .

Basketball Teaches Life Skills with Cornelius Mitchell

Watch as Coach Cornelius Mitchell explains that being committed and dedicated do not just relate to basketball but are life skills. He explains that whether they are talented or not, if the athletes see the bigger picture, they'll be great at anything.

Dr. Dish Drill of the Week

Louisville Full Court Transition Dril

Here is the drill of the week from Dr. Dish. This edition’s drill, Coach Sam Purcell of Louisville Women’s Basketball does a tremendous job of demonstrating a full-court drill using their Dr. Dish. The drill focuses on transition running; passing; finishing; and a jump shot off of the dribble . . .

A Message from Coach Thompson


“What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself?” - Luke 9:25

What does it take to be the coach of the number one basketball team in the state of Indiana; to coach the state champions? Most people are under the assumption that one must neglect his family and everything else that is important and spend every waking moment preparing for his/her team’s success. Some of the most successful coaches I know start their days with Bible studies or devotional time; make time for prayer; and prioritize family time for themselves and their assistant coaches.

Would you give up your family time or time with God to win ten state championships? How would you answer the question that Jesus poses in Luke 9:25 above? Most of us know deep down that sacrificing our relationship with the Lord or our family for success, money, fame, etc. is wrong. It doesn’t make sense at all and yet there are coaches all over who do that very thing. We may say that God and our families are our priorities, but too often our schedule says something different.

My desire is that we will understand that it is not an either-or proposition. I believe that we can be successful coaches, and at the same time make our relationship with Christ and our family a priority. If you can’t take my word for it, just take a look at Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”

FCA Message from Jason Brand & Billy Holder

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“Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:13-14


How many times have you watched an athletic competition in which one mistake multiplies into many more? An athlete loses focus and continues to think about something bad that just happened. Next thing you know, he makes another mistake. This phenomenon happens over and over again in sports.

So, what causes it? Many things-pride, embarrassment, perfectionism, looking for approval from others. The list could go on and on. But at the bottom of it all is lack of discipline and focus which keeps the athlete from concentrating on the right things.

We can't live in the past. We can only live in the present. The value of the past is that we can learn from it, but we can never relive it. A phrase that I heard often at former college coach Stan Joplin's practices was, "Make the next play."

I love this principle. It can be applied not only to sports but also to life. Whether we've just experienced success or failure, we need to go out and "make the next play." The apostle Paul reminded us of this when he encouraged us to forget what was behind and pursue what God has for us ahead.


  1. What's your first reaction when you make a mistake in sports?

  2. What's your first reaction when you make a mistake in life.

  3. What does it mean to "make the next play"?

  4. How can you get better at forgetting the past?


Psalm 51; Psalm 103:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17


Father, help me to learn from my past but not let it tarnish my future. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and releasing me to live a new life. May my life choices draw others to You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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