Sean LeBeauf’s Blog

Life Lessons Learned from Youth Basketball

Playing an organized sport provides not only good exercise for younger individuals, but it also builds character and provides instructive life experiences. Basketball is a sport that comes with instruction in several life skills. Learning How to Work with Others as a...

Networking as a Basketball Coach

Networking as a Basketball Coach

While technology has enabled us to learn more and access more research than ever before, there is still no real substitution for face to face, human interaction. No matter what line of work you're in, networking is often the difference between success and failure....

The Importance of a Team Identity

Great teams at any level of basketball all have their own identity. Whether we're discussing the "Showtime" Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, or the "Bad Boys" that were the Detroit Pistons with Bill Laimbeer stopping anyone who dared enter the paint, great teams have an...

Encouraging Players When Down at Halftime

Encouraging Players When Down at Halftime

In-game coaching is much more simple when your team is dominating the game. If you're going into halftime with a double digit lead, it’s easier and more natural to smile, laugh, and celebrate with your players. Let the squad know that they can keep doing what they're...

Building Self-Confidence in Players

Building Self-Confidence in Players

Maintaining a positive mindset throughout the ups and downs of basketball is crucial for players who want to see their game excel, and, perhaps more importantly, for those who want to continue having fun playing this sport. It’s easy to lose sight of the bigger...

Training and Conditioning Mistakes Off the Court

Like all sports, basketball requires a significant amount of practice, training, and conditioning in order to become successful. While there can be some instances in which a person possesses a certain amount of natural talent, it is rarely enough to become a skilled...

How to Excel as a Teammate

Teamwork is a central component of basketball. Without players working together on the court, games are not won, skills are not developed, and bonds among lifelong friends are not formed. Especially true for younger athletes today, being a great teammate may be...

Coach K’s Team-Building Strategies

Coach K’s Team-Building Strategies

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke Blue Devils Men’s Basketball team, is a coaching icon in the sports world. Approaching his 4th decade of coaching at Duke, ”Coach K,” as he has come to be known as, has enjoyed unparalleled success throughout his career....

Basketball Nutrition: Fueling Players on the Court

Basketball Nutrition: Fueling Players on the Court

Basketball is a rigorous sport that requires a lot of energy expenditure, and, therefore, an adequate intake of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats). This is particularly the case during the off-season where athletes also train in the weight rooms more...

Dribbling Moves to Create Separation

Dribbling Moves to Create Separation

Whatever a basketball team’s strategy might be on offense, a stifling defense can quickly derail it. When defenders play up in the dribbler’s face, it can be difficult to do almost anything, which is why creating separation is a must. Creating separation also helps...