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Create Your Basketball Playbook

Posted by Allen Harrington on Thursday, August 11, 2016 In : Coaching 
As a Basketball coach you need a Basketball playbook, as this is where all of your Basketball plays will be. I have had many coaches in the past who would write up and photocopy their plays to share with the team so the players can learn them not just in practice but at home as well. The issue I used to see with players though was they would be confused as to how to read the plays and all of those weird lines. This is where my video's on Youtube come into play, I have over 600 plays and 100 d...
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Coaching Tips for Pivoting and Squaring Up

Posted by Allen Harrington on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 In : Coaching 

Coaching Basketball Teaching Tips for Pivoting and Squaring-up to the basket. The triple threat position is very deadly, here is are some Teaching Tips:
  • Stay in a good universal stance (Basketball at waist and ready to shoot/pass/dribble.
  • When the athlete has the Basketball be sure they turn aggressively and "sweep the ball" across their body as the square-up to the basket.
  • Keep the Basketball out of the forbidden zone which is by the belly button. 
  • Ensure that the eyes are always up at and looki...

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3 Ways to Become a Better Basketball Player

Posted by Allen Harrington on Sunday, October 4, 2015 In : Youth Basketball 

Becoming a better Basketball players takes a lot of work. Not many younger players hear about what NBA players do to get ready for a Basketball game. The first thing a professional team will do is show their players game tape of what the opposing team does like team plays and player habits. The coach would then follow up with a practice on what each individual player needs to work on and sometimes if time allows a practice on how to stop opposing teams from scoring and how to score on individ...

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Get a Scholarship with a Recruiting Showcase

Posted by Allen Harrington on Thursday, August 27, 2015 In : Scholarships 
I have spoke about many different ways about how to get a Basketball scholarship, but I have left out one piece of amazing information. All but one of my friends that have received NCAA Basketball Scholarships went to showcase's all over the USA. When I coached with the Oakville Basketball Club (OBC) I remember they were talking about starting a tradition of yearly showcases, but I have not heard of one happening yet.  

What are Showcases, and why are they getting so popular?

A Basketball Showc...

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Athletes and Social Media

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, July 17, 2015 In : Scholarships 
Social media is great, you can chat with friends who you haven't seen for a while or even getting together for a pickup game of Basketball. But did you know there are negative side effects from being on social media if your not careful? 

We have all been upset or angry at some point in time no matter how good of a person you are, have you ever vented on Facebook, or Twitter? Believe it or not but potential schools looking to give you a scholarship will look at your history and this does includ...

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Al's Basketball Website Goals

Posted by Allen Harrington on Monday, June 29, 2015 In : websites 
Hello, 

My name is Allen and I am the owner and operator of this website and I would like for you to join me in this post about my goals for this website over the next year. 

This website will provide everything you will need as a Basketball player, coach, and parent. Here is a list of some of the items I will provide and why

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Building Teams From The Ground Up

Posted by Allen Harrington on Saturday, March 28, 2015 In : Youth Basketball 


Coaching a youth Basketball can be difficult especially when you are looking for actual plays for your team to run. For myself I look at the age of the players I am coaching to get an idea of which types of sets to use in combination of skill level as well. Basically don't go out and run lob plays for 6 year olds. 

I always run plays that start with the same set player locations, and as a coach you should go in running the same sets each year. Below is an example of age groups and plays that ...


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The Freaky Future of Basketball

Posted by Brian Dexter on Thursday, March 5, 2015 In : general 
The Freaky Future of Basketball Over the past 10 years we have seen the level of play in the NBA improve and change dramatically. I'm not only talking about the skills of the players but I'm also talking about the overall athleticism. Take a player like LeBron James for example, 10 to 15 years ago a player like him would be in the post period but in today's game LeBron can play positions 1 through 4. In the future we will only see things like this happening more and more often, and I don't th...
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Giving your Child a Payed Contract

Posted by Allen Harrington on Monday, February 9, 2015 In : Parents Section 
Now you may be wondering what I mean by a paid contract, I don't mean paying your kids to play just to force them to play. Rather as motivation to be as great as he/she can be and also to teach him to become a team player. I remember when I was younger my dad used to pay me 50 cents for every point I would score, and I will do similar for my kid (when I have kids someday). 

Here is how I would start with my kid, lets say my kid starts to play competitive at the age of 10 I would have the follo...

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Cost of an Outdoor Basketball Court

Posted by Allen Harrington on Sunday, January 18, 2015 In : general 
Everyone who plays Basketball wishes they had a back yard court, I know because when I was growing up I wanted to play all the time. I always wished there was a Basketball court in our back yard and I still do, however I just don't have enough room. Below is a list of prices for you to create your own backyard Basketball court. My math comes from the court being NBA size as well as the cement being 3 inches thick. (I have been corrected by my dad who works in the construction field that I wou...
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How To Defeat A Zone Defence

Posted by Allen Harrington on Monday, January 5, 2015 In : Coaching 
In Basketball there is a type of defence called zone, this is when your players cover an area on the court. If a player with the Basketball is in your area you will guard him/her and if that player ends up being between two zones then there is a option for a double team. There are many ways you as a player or coach can beat a zone defence. 



First there is passing, by passing the Basketball you will spread out the zone defence which will lead to multiple open players for a shot. 

Another way of ...

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Sore Parenting

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, December 12, 2014 In : Parents Section 
Just to get things straight I do not have any kids yet, but as a Basketball coach and trainer I know what sore parenting is. We have all heard of those parents who think their kid is the best, well sometimes they are and sometimes they are not. If your a Basketball coach reading this I give you full permission to send this post to all of your parents at the beginning of every season.

What is a sore parent? A sore parent is just like a sore winner, they want their kid to be the starter and wil...

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Youth Coaches Using Professional Plays

Posted by Allen Harrington on Sunday, October 26, 2014 In : Coaching 
Recently I have been posting many NBA Basketball plays that any coach can use with his team, but can these plays actually be used with younger youth teams? 

Well the answer is an outstanding YES! Every play that an NBA team uses can be used with almost any rep team to an extent. You wont go and teach a 500 play playbook full of triangle plays to a grade 4 Basketball team. The first thing you should do is look at your playbook (every coach should have a playbook of plays that they like). Rank y...

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Why The Toronto Raptors Will Be Successful

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, September 5, 2014 In : NBA 
Every time I read a post or listen to an interview from a new player of the Toronto Raptors is that people in Toronto are so welcoming, and friendly. The last few interviews I have heard and read about were from Greivis Vasques and Lou Williams. There is one quote from each player I would like to use and I will start with Vasques "I want to retire as a Toronto Raptor, this team and this city has adopted myself and my family. My kids love school, they actually love school. Everyone on the stre...
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The Real Meaning of Sport

Posted by Allen Harrington on Sunday, August 17, 2014 In : general 

We all get caught up in trying to recruit the bet players to your team, or maybe totally ignoring the weaker players. But you need to look at the real meaning of sport which is to teach teamwork and also what I like to teach is hard work will pay off. A very good example of this would be a player I used to coach and teach Basketball too. Calvin Arman was around 10 when I started teaching him Basketball, in fact he was one of my first players I taught Basketball too as I started teaching baske...

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Defensive Challenge

Posted by Allen Harrington on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 In : Coaching 
As a Basketball coach you need to keep practice fun or else your players will become bored, which means they will learn less and you may start running into attendance issues. To make a practice fun challenges are always the best, as they also bring everyone into a competitive attitude. 

Here is a competitive drill I use with my team when I coach:

  1. Run a 5 on 5 half court game 
  2. Dont count the offensive baskets only count the defensive stops
  3. First team to 10 defensive stops wins 
  4. loosing team does pu...

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My Player Doesn't Want to Run The Plays

Posted by Allen Harrington on Thursday, July 24, 2014 In : Coaching 

Every coach has had issues with at least one player who does not want to run an offensive play, I even played with a player who never wanted to run a play. There are many different type of players and ways you can get them to buy in. But first we need to find the reason why they don't want to run a play. Lets also remember that players may not be talkative and just say because "running plays are stupid".


Reasons I have heard and seen why plarers don't want to run plays:
  1. The player has troubles ...

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The Basketball Wants To Score

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, July 18, 2014 In : Basketball Training 
Back in the day when I was in grade 8 my Basketball coach told me something that really made me think. My coach told me to shoot the Basketball and to believe that the Basketball knows where to go. At the time I never knew what he was trying to say so I thought about it for a few hours. My next game was one of the best shooting games I have ever had, 7 for 9 from the three point line. 

So I then asked myself, why do I shoot better when I think the Basketball knows where its going? 

Well the ans...

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Toronto Raptors 2014/15 Roster Possibilities

Posted by Allen Harrington on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 In : NBA 
As you may know if you have been following my website for the last few years I like to give predictions on what the Toronto Raptors roster will look like in the up coming season (yes I know its only summer league right now).

So here is what I think the  The Toronto Raptors 2014/15 lineup will look like: 

PG) Kyle Lowry
SG) Terrence Ross
SF) DeMar DeRozan
PF) Amir Johnson
C) Jonas Valančiūnas

6) Greivis Vasquez
7) Patrick Patterson
8) Tyler Hansbrough
9) Landry Fields
10)...

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Paying For Training *NEWS*

Posted by Allen Harrington on Saturday, July 12, 2014 In : News 
Hello everyone, 

Ever since my first day of training I have been asked if I accept Credit, and I always answered with no. However as of yesterday I will now be accepting Credit! YES that is correct I am now able to take Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards. This is an exciting time for myself and all of you I bet! 

Remember, Train Like A Pro!

Allen Harrington




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The Importance Of Team Chemistry

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, July 4, 2014 In : Coaching 
Team Chemistry is not just knowing where and when to pass to your teammate it is also how you get to know your teammates at a personal level. By becoming friends at a personal level your players will have more fun on the team and that will translate into more wins. Just like you were told as a child keep sport fun. 

As you can see with the Toronto Raptors top players are training together during this off season. Then their two new players they just drafted get sent down to LA to train with the...

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Building a Basketball Player From Scratch

Posted by Allen Harrington on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 In : Coaching 
Okay so we have all heard of that player the Toronto Raptors drafted (Bruno Caboclo). The reason why the Raptors took Bruno is because they are building a Basketball club from the ground up and grabbing young players they can develop for the future. You can also do this with your team as well and the following are some examples:

Coaching a High School Team:
This only works if your the Senior team coach. As the senior coach you can scout out the top 2 grade 9's and 10's and you can start to deve...

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The Future Of Bruno Coboclo

Posted by Allen Harrington on Saturday, June 28, 2014 In : NBA 
Before people start dissing Bruno Coboclo they should do their research! Lets first look at his body, like Bruno was saying in his first interview he is built like Kevin Durant which he kind of is. Bruno is six foot nine, with a wingspan of seven foot seven! Which is HUGE! Like many good coaches say "you can never go wrong when picking big" 

During the summer Bruno will be training with the other Raptors out in LA preparing for the summer league and the preseason. If coach Casey is correct tha...

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Canada High School or USA High School?

Posted by Allen Harrington on Saturday, June 28, 2014 In : Scholarships 
Ok so your a Canadian Basketball player and you want want to play in the NCAA, so what do you do? Do you play in a Canadian high school or an American Prep school? This is a very good question because this is a question almost every good Canadian Basketball player faces. 

This is my opinion and can only be used if you are very serious about receiving an NCAA Basketball scholarship. 

Canadian High School:

Pro's:You will be staying near home with family and friends who can keep you on track. 

Con's...

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Using Youtube to Get Recruited

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, June 27, 2014 In : Scholarships 
Nik Stauskas, and Andrew Wigins were both high draft picks because they are both very good Basketball players, however did you know that Youtube helped them achieve this? Andrew was known as the next Lebron James because of his flashy dunks and overall dominance while playing, while Nik Stauskas was known for his shooting performances and drills on youtube. 

I would like to say congrats to both players on making the NBA. 

The days of paying some random website to host your profile is basically ...

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Strength Requirements of Basketball

Posted by Allen Harrington on Monday, June 16, 2014 In : Working Out 
Strength in the ability to exert force, and is a prime determinant of performance in many athletic competitions. There are three types of strength - maximal strength, speed strength, and endurance strength - and Basketball players need all three.

Maximal Strength:
Maximal Strength in the greatest force the neuromuscular system can exert in a single maximum voluntary contraction. Maximal strengths essential, for it helps players to do the following:
  • Jump and rebound
  • Develop a base for power work
  • De...

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Sports Scholarships in Canada

Posted by Allen Harrington on Friday, June 13, 2014 In : Scholarships 

I just finished speaking to a very good grade 12 Basketball player and we were talking about playing College and University Basketball here in Canada. The conversation ended up with us talking about there being no sports scholarships here in Canada. 

Well this is and isn't true, some school's have sports type scholarships while others don't. For example Carleton University in Ottawa, if you play for one of their athletic teams you will receive up to $4000 towards your tuition. Another example ...

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Naming Youth Basketball Plays

Posted by Allen Harrington on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 In : Coaching 
Back in the day when I was in grade 7 and 8 the plays we ran were all named after the capitol cities here in Canada. At the time it was an easy way for us players to remember which play is which, but now as I look back this was actually a very good idea. Lets think like teachers for a second, your trying to teach your kids a math or history lesson and your making the class memorize what your teaching, which method will you be using? Obviously your going to use repetition. 

This goes for any ag...

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The Worst Game I Ever Played In (I Scored 11 Points

Posted by Allen Harrington on Sunday, June 8, 2014 In : general 

Crawford star doesn't play in fourth quarter

By Steve Brand
STAFF WRITER

December 15, 2005

Tyrone Shelley kept shooting and the ball kept dropping through the net. Over and over.

When Crawford High basketball coach Terry Tucker pulled Shelley out of the game with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter yesterday, the scorebook showed a San Diego Section single-game record 76 points in a 138-29 victory over Canada's Burlington Central.

The 76 points in the Kiwanis Tournament opener at Mission Bay High e...


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Keeping Calm Before A Basketball Game

Posted by Allen Harrington on Monday, June 2, 2014 In : Youth Basketball 
This is a topic I love to talk about because there is not one player who doesn't get nervous before a Basketball game. Ever see those T-shirts that say "keep calm and chive on" well that is basically the moral of this story. Its human nature that we get nervous before trying anything new or going in front of a lot of people. You can either let nervousness eat you alive or you can take hold of it and use it to your advantage. I bet you have heard the Michael Jordan speech that said he was nerv...
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