Quote/Thought of the Week



. . . to Josh Blankinship for coordinating our roundtable on Friday night and to President Mike McBride and Heath Howington for running the clinic on Saturday. We also appreciate Coach Andy Igel and Kerry Brown for being there to help out in their roles as HBCA board members. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Jordan Morning for coordinating registration at the event.

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Coaches Insider Drills and Videos

Ball Spins Drill with Travis Ford – Univ. of Saint Louis

Watch as Coach Travis Ford explains, and players demonstrate this ball spins drill. This is an everyday drill ran in either individual or team sessions. The offensive player will ball spin rip and the sweep needs to be high or low but never in the middle.

Take a Charge Drill with Grant McCasland – Univ. of North Texas

Watch as Coach Grant McCasland explains and shows clips of his 'take a charge' drill. This is a drill that starts practice and it teaches the players to take contact and get used to falling down. Run the drill on both ends of the court and make it competitive by keeping score on what was a good charge.

Dr. Dish Drill of the Week

UNLV Drive, Kick, Backscreen Series

This shooting drill on the Dr. Dish CT machine, courtesy of Head Coach TJ Otzelberger of UNLV Men's Basketball, works on a drive/kick action into the hammer action. This is something you will commonly see in the NBA and specifically with the San Antonio Spurs but is trickling its way down to the college and high school game.

Patience vs. Process

This is the 2nd part of the Mindfulness Series with Mike Lee of Thrive3. While Mike is an accomplished basketball trainer, he also specializes in mental training. The entire series is dedicated towards gaining an edge mentally and training your mind to be stronger through proven tips and strategies.

A Message from Coach Thompson

Ten Rules of Basketball Season and Our Faith

I recently came across this on one of the many emails that I receive and I wanted to share as we approach the upcoming season and look for items to share with our players. I also think it is good for us to apply to ourselves as coaches too, and even in our walk with the Lord.

1. Never be outworked.

2. Don’t focus on your statistics. Focus on getting better and going after the toughest challenges.

3. Remember that being the biggest or strongest player on the court doesn’t make you a better basketball player.

4. Have a purpose every practice. Stop going through the motions. Make sure you focus on the areas that will make you better.

5. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Real champions compete against themselves.

6. Be thankful for the opportunity to play basketball. Remember it’s something that you get to do, not something that you have to do.

7. Be patient. Realize that it takes time to make big improvements.

8. Play basketball for yourself. Think about all the things YOU love about basketball.

9. Never quit. If you can’t win, then make the guy tired. If you aren’t the starter, get better each day anyway.

10. Keep things in perspective. Faith, Family and Academics come before basketball. God doesn’t care how many championships you win. And your family will love you no matter what.

FCA Message from Jason Brand & Billy Holder

Not a Doormat


"From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part." - Ephesians 4:16


Characteristics of the world's best athletes are: self-control, discipline, teamwork, an ability to focus and perform under pressure, intensity, teachability, and knowing how to win with grace. So why is it that when someone has a temper tantrum, gives a cheap shot, cheats, disregards a victorious opponent, and screams at a referee-it is rationalized as being competitive?

I recently met a man in his late 30s who was bragging about being kicked off the church sports teams. He assumed we would be impressed at his machismo. He faintly conceded that he was too competitive. I disagreed with him and suggested he was not competitive enough. Rather, he was indulging in selfish ambition, disrespect, envy, and lack of self-control. He needed to grow up.

The Latin word for competition means strive together-to push and test an opponent to make them the best they can be because they are challenged. No one is implying that the stronger we are in our Christian faith, the weaker we are in sports. The idea of "because I am a Christian, I should be a doormat and lose," generally comes from those who have a poor understanding of competition. Non-athletes often do not understand that the better the opponent, the better the competition. We cannot strive together if we are doormats. We cannot compete well unless we give the best of our talents-a maximum effort. We would ask no less of a Christian surgeon. Let's be competitive, make the best use of our God-given abilities for His glory.


  1. How do you compete?

  2. Are you a doormat or do you bring your best every time?


Proverbs 27:17; James 1:19-20


Lord, in all I do, let it glorify You. Amen.

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