BASKETBALL RESOURCES FOR COACHES
This section was designed to share basketball resources for coaches and players to help them become their best. I personally use all of these products, most of them on a weekly basis.
Before you check them out, I wanted you to know that some of the items are affiliate links. This means that if you purchase an item, I’ll earn a commission. The commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please know that I’m recommending the products because I use them and think they’re beneficial to basketball players, not because I earn a commission. Please do not buy them unless you think they’d help you in your journey to becoming your best.
Here is a list of must-haves for your kitchen & backpack. Basketball nutrition is an area that requires forethought and preparation. The list below is what I recommend to help my players fuel their performance.
Chomps grass-fed beef sticks are a great-tasting, healthy and convenient way to get protein into your snacks. Most athletes don’t have any trouble finding quick carbohydrates, but struggle to round out thier meals with protein.
A typical snack that I eat on a weekly basis is CHOMPS with an apple. The apple provides the carbohydrates and the beef stick contains both protein & fat for sustained energy.
I love reading food labels when I can recognize all the ingredients. RX Bars combine egg whites, fruits and nuts to make simple, great-tasting snacks that are easy to throw in your book bag.
Although I like all the flavors, the two that I eat the most are the Apple Cashew and the Chocolate Peanut Butter. I buy these bars by the box so I can stash them in my car, desk and backpack.
It’s nice to have a variety of healthy bars that taste good. I find that if I exclusively eat one bar for a couple weeks, I end up getting sick of it.
The Cherry Pie Larabar is by far my favorite. And check out the ingredients: Dates, almonds & unsweetened cherries… That’s it! No harmful chemicals or fillers.
Having a good blender is a must. Smoothies are a quick and great tasting way to get your fruits and veggies in every day and if you want to gain weight, drinking your calories is an effective way to put on size.
My family uses the Vitamix, but I’m sure there are a lot of different brands that will work well. Just make sure the blender is powerful enough for when you add nuts to your smoothies.
If you’re looking for a less expensive option to blend up your smoothies, the Magic Bullet works great.
While it’s not as powerful as the Vitamix, it does have it’s advantages. Since the blender turns into your drinking cup, you don’t have to worry about clean up in the morning.
Here’s a list of basketball resources for coaches to use with their players. Not all equipment is created equal… while some of these items might cost more than their cheaper competitors, I’ve found it’s worth it to pay for quality.
Since our sport requires us to be strong holding a ball, med balls are great sport specific tool.
Although I also use the soft med balls, I’ve found the slam balls are more versatile and durable.
We use the TRX Training Slam Balls at our gym and have been impressed with the quality and durability.
I have multiple TRX suspension systems at our gyms and at my house. I’ve also taken it on the road with me for quick workouts in the hotel room.
There are endless workout routines that you can do with just your TRX. You’re only limited by your imagination.
Bands are so versatile and can be used in all phases of your workout. We use them for extra assistance during pull ups and resistance when doing push ups.
They’re easy to throw in your backpack when you’re heading to the gym or pack in your suitcase when going on vacation. There’s no excuse to miss a workout!
This a great tool to improve ball handling and passing, but the biggest area it has helped my younger player with is catching.
After using the ball for only 5 minutes, when you go back to using a regulation weighted ball, it feels so easy to catch passes that are rifled at you.
My son & I have a 5-minute routine that we consistently do that has improved his hand strength and confidence.
If you’ve every banged up your shin on a wood plyo box, you understand the importance of using foam boxes. I still cringe when I think about missing my landing and bruising up my leg.
This box acts as a 20″, 24″ & 30″ box, all-in-one. This not only saves a lot of space, but also saves a lot of money.
Our players use foam rollers for every workout. They’re a great mobility and recovery tool that players can use on their own.
If you search the internet, you’ll find out that commercial-grade benches are expensive!
After doing a lot of research, I bought the REP Adjustable Bench for my house. It’s great quality at a fraction of the cost of similar quality benches.
A quality jump rope is a staple of every workout routine.
This rope is adjustable to fit all sizes of players, and it is fast!
No one is born a natural leader. Great leaders are created through their experiences and practice. I believe that when you know better, you can do better. Out of all the basketball resources for coaches that I’ve suggested, the leadership books might be the most influential in helping your players become their best.
This book not only changed the way I coach, it also changed the way I parent my kids. Dr. Carol Dweck’s research shows there are 2 distinct mindsets: growth & fixed.
A fixed mindset believes that you are born with a fixed amount of talent, while a growth mindset knows that you can improve whatever you practice. Teaching your players this concept and showing them how to practice a growth mindset will help them become their best.
I love this book so much, I’ve read it three times. The author travels around the globe to uncover how to create and foster talent.
Of course I love hearing basketball stories, but my favorite part of this book was learning that the code to creating talent is bigger than any discipline. Whether you want to be a great singer, soccer star or basketball player, you need three crucial elements.
I almost didn’t read this book because I’ve only played tennis a few times. I’m so glad I picked it up because everything the author teaches 100% applies to the game of hoops.
If you’re struggling with confidence on the court, this book will supply you with the tools to practice being in the moment instead of worrying about the future or regretting past mistakes.
To be a great leader, you must understand the language of leadership. The Leadership Commitment takes players through the 3 Levels of Leadership, teaching them words and actions of leaders.
Every day players get to do a 5-minute ball handling routine with a pro, and every week they learn a new leadership quality and how to apply it.