North Korea tweaks basketball

North Korea tweaks basketball

It is fascinating to see North Korea tweak the scoring rules of basketball. And why not? It sure would create some interest & new strategies. Not sure if these rules will trickle back to North America, but maybe it will catch on!


  • Dunks are worth three points (up from two)
  • Field goals in the final three minutes of the game are worth eight points (up from two)
  • Three-pointers are worth four if the ball doesn’t touch the rim
  • A point is deducted for missed free throws

Transformational Coaching or just coaching

Transformational Coaching or just coaching

We’ve known Coach David Dickson for many years and he recently mentioned the book InSideOut Coaching & the idea of transformational coaching. Youth basketball is struggling in many ways & at times we lose sight of “the why” of sports. So we asked Coach Dickson:

When in your career did you discover transformational coaching?
And why do you think it resonated with you?

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I love to watch you play!

I love to watch you play!

Discovered recently and wanted to connect you with the site.

A place for parents seeking balance, sanity and an edge in the crazy world of youth sports.
I Love To Watch You Play

They say “No matter how good your child is or isn’t at playing sports, according to a survey conducted over 30 years by two coaches and athletic administrators what young athletes want to hear most from their parents after a sporting event is,“I love to watch you play.”


For some encouragement, read the full article “The Conversation after the Game” by Gordon MacLelland.

Should you let your child specialize in one sport?

Should you let your child specialize in one sport?

We asked Aaron Dickson, “Should my child do multiple sports or focus on a single sport?” … check out his response.

Keep in mind the research does present some cautions on specializing.

When it does come time to specialize, two suggestions:

  1. Make sure your child actually WANTS to specialize. Don’t make it YOUR priority.
  2. Create a balanced training program so your child’s body strength and agility develops in a healthy way.

How to get players talking on the court

How to get players talking on the court

This article taken from Coach Mac. Check out more of what he offers at:

We’ve all heard it before, “talk on defense” or “let’s hear you talking”. Coach Mac says “The smartest basketball coaches on the planet understand the importance of communication.” But we often don’t train players on the precise words to use.

“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication” – Mike Krzyzewski

“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense” – Doc Rivers

“Not talking on the floor is the least recognized form of selfishness but maybe the most dangerous to your team having success” – Tom Crean

Coach Mac says:

Here’s a list of some of the terms I encourage players to use when communicating with their teammates on defense:

“BALL” – To let teammates know you’re going to guard the player with the basketball.

“DEAD” – Used when the player you’re guarding picks up the basketball and can’t dribble again. This is often to let teammates know to hard deny the player they’re guarding to prevent the offense getting out of a difficult position.

“SCREEN LEFT or SCREEN RIGHT” – To let an on-ball defender know there’s a screen coming. Communicating whether the pick is left or right is important.

“HELP LEFT or HELP RIGHT” – Mostly used by players one-pass away to let the on-ball defender know they’re in position to help if the player with the basketball attempts to penetrate into the lane.

“MIDDLE” – To let teammates know you’re in the middle of the key in help position.

“SWITCH or OVER or UNDER” – Key words used when there’s a screen to communicate how it will be defended. What words players use will depend on the team’s philosophy on defending screens.

“CUTTER” – To let teammates know there’s an off-ball player cutting through the key to catch the basketball in a dangerous position.

To me, those are the main key terms coaches should be encouraging their players to use on the defensive end of the floor.

Check out Coach Mac’s guide the Championship Coaching Course. It includes both Man-to-Man Defensive Guide (includes drills + practice plans + 136-pages) and 30 Team Defense Drills (69-pages).