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"Basketball Crazy Lingo"

Basketball Crazy's  E-Newsletter - Issue 7 - May 2010

Welcome to Basketball Crazy’s monthly “Basketball Crazy Lingo” newsletter.  This newsleterr includes a great interview with a National, International and NBL Championship Player and there are further references to new drills and offensive plays.  This Newsletter provides specific information about the Basketball Crazy Website and to offer something thought provoking to those readers that are keen to develop aspects of their game as a player, coach, referee or administrator. 

Standard Newsletter Content:
Basketball Crazy hopes you enjoy this May "Basketball Crazy Lingo" Newsletter Edition

The Editor's Desk

Congratulations for those girls that have been selected in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship team for this July.  The team list can be found on the BA Website.  Also the Boy's U17 Aussie team has been selected so congratulation to those players selected.  The Boy's team list can also be found on the BA Website.
Congratulation also to Robert Beveridge who picked up another award recently and the WA Department of Sport and Recreation Awards for High Performance Coach Of The Year.  Robert was our feature high profile coach interviewed in April's newsletter.

It is also good to see Basketball Australia inviting key stakeholders and influential people throughout Australia to have a think tank on the future of basketball in Australia.  The Summit was held on the 22 May 2010 and hopefully many thought provoking issues were discussed and some benefical outcomes will be established as a result of the summit.

The NBA season is almost over with the Lakers 3-2 in front over Phoenix after five games and Celtics 3-2 up over Magic.  Some great match-ups and players left to fight it out including Bryant, Carter, Rondo, Howard, Garnett, Pierce, Nash, etc etc.  The four teams that are left have huge wow factors in each team.  It looks like Celtics and Lakers will be the favourites but hey, there is talent bleeding all over the court and anything could happen.

I hope you enjoy this months issue of Basketball Crazy Lingo

Editor (The Axeman)

Monthly Interview

Interview With Mark Worthington

Basketball Crazy interviewed Mark Worthington with a view to provoke thinking towards issues facing athletes in college overseas, what it is like to play ball in Europe and for the Aussie Boomers.  Mark is a huge inspiration to Aussie players who may be looking to become a professional player and it is great that Mark took some time to answer some questions.  Hope you enjoy the interview.

Mark Worthington's Interview   (Click Here)

Previous Interviews (Click Here)

Feature Website Chapter Extracts for May
The following chapter extracts are from the key development areas of the Basketball Crazy Website:

Chapter 3 Player Development

Rebounding must become a priority skill amongst players on any team for that team to become successful.  Many successful teams win basketball games because they crash the boards better than other teams.  Their shooting percentage may not be good but by obtaining additional scoring opportunities through rebounding missed shots makes the team more competitive.  The Steep Rebounding Acronym is a great way for players to reinforce the various skills of rebounding.

3.3.7 Rebounding - Steep

Steep rebounding establishes the key qualities of a rebounder. Once the ball has been shot at the basket, and does not successfully go through the basket, the ball often becomes available to the player who has the best rebounding qualities.

STEEP Rebounding - Qualities of a strong rebounder

S = Strength
T = Timing - Quick Reflexes
E = Enthusiasm/Determination
E = Elevation – Height or Jumping ability
P = Positioning – Blocking out

These qualities along with good court awareness will assist you in becoming a great rebounder.


Often mistakenly associated with big muscled heavy built players. The key to strength being associated with rebounding is being able to utilize a player’s strength in the right way. The weakest player on the court can still find the strength to be a key rebounder. A player can use their strength to hold position on the court by lowering their body towards the court in a balanced stance being lower than their opponent/s. A player can also use their arms including elbows and shoulders in a non-aggressive defence shield to ward off opponents trying to attain the best rebounding positions close to the basket.  


Smaller players often out rebound taller players by timing their jump to their advantage. The timing of your jump to obtain a rebound comes from practice under game conditions and therefore you should try and put yourself under game conditions as much as possible if you are looking to improve your timing. Knowing what happens to the ball when it hits the ring from different directions also helps you understand more about when you should time your jump.  



Arguably the most important quality in being a good consistent rebounder. Many rebounders have been successful contributors to a team purely on their success of obtaining rebounds. The highest profile rebounders in basketball are highly motivated towards gaining a rebound which continues or regains possession of the ball for their teams.



Being tall often gives you maximum reach and has a definite advantage.  Height is a sort after quality by coaches to ensure they have adequate tall players to give the team a rebounding advantage. A two metre + player is two metres+ all game where as a smaller player who can elevate themselves well early in the game will likely experience fatigue later in the game and be unable to maintain the elevating skills. All players are expected to participate in rebounding and therefore all players should practice drills that would improve their elevation. 




Players who have high statistics in rebounding see positioning as a major reason for their success. Knowing where to place yourself on the court or to block out by obtaining front position between the basket and your opponent are key positioning factors in rebounding.

Positioning, like Timing, are qualities that can be best obtained by placing yourself under game conditions in drills that allow you to focus on obtaining the best position of the court to get a rebound or working against an opponent to get front position. 


Other Website Illustrations to consider

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Basketball Crazy Products and Services

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What Is New Through May?
The following new webpages have been added in April to the Basketball Crazy Website:
  • Various Drills: The following passing drills have been added to Chapter 5 Drills & Conditioning:
    • 5.5.1 Running
      • Increase Fitness - Power Run
      • Increase Fitness - Indian File
    • 5.11 Passing - Team Drills
      • 5.11.7 Passing - Half Court - (4 Corners Drill)
  • New Book Reviews: Basketball Crazy hopes to encourage players and coaches to read and place positive information into their thinking and approach to the game.  If you place good stuff into your head then you will receive good stuff coming out.  By reading about successful people you too can emulate and learn from the best.  There are now 14 book reviews to assist you in selecting something great to read.  This new book review has been added to Chapter 6 Psychology & Motivation 
  • From a Previous Month -
    • 5.3 Ball Handling - Touch (18 Ball Handling Drills 101-119)
    • 5.4 Ball Handling - Dribble (36 Ball Handling Drills 151-169 & 201-219)

For Example, Click on the following picture

The World Of Basketball - Things You Might Find Interesting

5th Annual Hawaii High School Basketball tournament (Click Here)

Gullivers Basketball Tours (Click Here)

Basketball Tricks (Click Here)

Basketball Funny Stuff (Click Here)

Much More To Come
Help us help you. The more people that become involved with Basketball Crazy, the more development and resources will become available. Part proceeds from the website, products and services will go towards future development of services and resources to benefit basketball including support for those clubs and associations that create the greatest interest in our website. Basketball Crazy is also interested in receiving basketball stories and items of interest from readers.

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