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How to Basketball Drill Works

One of the key components of coaching job basketball is coaching your players on basic elementary skills. This drill can facilitate teach your players to handle the ball at high speeds and in game things. Here is the purpose of the Houston Basketball Trainer. Successful dribble permits your players to travel across the court and evade opposing players effectively. By incorporating this beat in your basketball apply arrange, you are serving to your youngsters become a lot of Associate in Nursing offensive threat.

How the Basketball Drill Works

Prior to apply, started 5 cones on the basketball court: one at the alternative baseline, one halfway between half-court which baseline, one at half-court, one halfway between half-court and also the baseline highest to you, and one at the baseline highest to you. This basketball coaching job drill has 2 parts: crossover dribble and retreat dribble.

Have your players begin at the baseline cone and dribble at full speed with their dominant hands. Once your players pass the second cone, instruct your team to form a crossover dribble and switch the ball to their weak hands. They must continue dribble with their weak hands till they pass following cone. Here, they must once more build a crossover dribble and switch once more to their robust hands. Once your players reach the alternative baseline, they must repeat the drill till they come to their original place to begin. Another way to steer this basketball drill is that the retreat dribbles and crossover.

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Obama enlists help to push Affordable Care Act

President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act.

That’s Obama’s deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31 enrollment deadline for coverage this year.

In recent days, Obama has filled out his March Madness brackets on ESPN, joked with comedian Zach Galifianakis and defended his “mom jeans” with radio host Ryan Seacrest — all with the agreement he’d get a moment to make his pitch.

The White House is putting a heavy emphasis on trying to bring young consumers into the fold, and not just because they represent roughly 40% of the uninsured population. Young participants are more likely to pay into the system without drawing heavily on its benefits, a key factor to ensure the president’s healthcare reform is economically viable.

Administration officials estimate they have signed up more than 5 million of the 6 million people they hope to enroll by the deadline — a downward revision from the 7 million target before the trouble with the rollout of the website,

As healthcare experts predicted, young people have been taking their time to get on board. Now, the White House is going after them through every media outlet and opinion leader they can mobilize. “Validators,” aides call them.

“In order to reach them,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “we have to, you know, be creative.”

While the White House pushes that message, Republicans continue to argue that Obamacare is fatally flawed and will harm the other end of the age spectrum. As Obama traveled to Orlando on Thursday, the office of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that, while in Florida, the president should answer questions from seniors.

“The president has focused plenty of time and energy of late on young people,” Boehner’s office said in a news release. “Isn’t it time he directly address older Americans who are bearing the brunt of his healthcare law?”

There were nearly 4 million visits to last week, administration figures show, and more calls to the call center March 14 than any day since December. On Wednesday, there were more than 845,000 visits to the website.

The federal government has also spent about $52 million on advertising from January to March, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In one ad, Miami Heat forward Lebron James urges people to “get covered.”

In his remarks on the road Thursday, Obama focused on economic opportunity but put in another plug for the Affordable Care Act. “The deadline to get covered this year is March 31, which is just 11 days away. So if you are uninsured, check out your new choices at,” he told a crowd at Valencia College in Orlando. “Many of you will be able to get covered for $100 a month or less. If you’re already covered, then help get a friend covered.”

In the final push, the White House has turned to sports media and stars to play a major role.

This week, NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant did an interview on Dan Patrick’s radio sports show in which he encouraged people to get coverage. Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill called in to sports radio shows Wednesday in Miami, Dallas and Houston.

Miami Heat player Shane Battier promoted the healthcare plan in a recent conference call with reporters. As he spoke, the administration released a report showing that nearly 2 million people visit emergency rooms each year because of sports-related injuries.

On Thursday, the White House ran a social media campaign trying to drive traffic to, a website promoting the sports benefits of having health insurance and featuring athletes such as Bryant, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. NBA forward Kevin Durant sent a #GetCoveredNow tweet to his 6 million Twitter followers.

Sports requires all the right moves

The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.

It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods’ now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision.

With Woods’ popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.

“That was sort of the capper,” said Michaelian, president and chief executive of the Grand Prix Assn. of Long Beach. “We said, ‘We’ve got to make sure we run on the third weekend of April and avoid it.'”

It was a good plan, but it wasn’t foolproof because of another scheduling maxim observed by auto racing promoters: Never run on Easter.

So after seven consecutive years of avoiding it, Sunday’s 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be run on the final day of the Masters.

Woods is sidelined, recovering from back surgery, but the situation highlights the challenges faced by professional sports leagues, event organizers and promoters as they navigate through a calendar full of potential scheduling conflicts.

“It’s like a giant Rubik’s Cube,” one official said.

Professional sports leagues annually survey their teams for input on dates they would like to play or avoid.

NFL teams play only 16 regular-season games, but the league’s popularity makes it a behemoth for other entities attempting to schedule around it, Super Bowl Sunday especially.

The NFL plays the majority of its games on Sundays, but also at least one on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. Under the terms of the 1961 Sports Broadcasting Act, the league does not schedule games on Fridays or Saturdays from early September through early December, protecting high school and college football, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

The NFL plays three games on Thanksgiving Day. In 2011, Christmas fell on a Sunday so the majority of games were played on Saturday afternoon with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers kicking off late Christmas night.

For all its scheduling weight, the NFL does not always prevail in conflicts.

In 2004, it began a tradition of having the defending Super Bowl champion host the first game of the season on a Thursday night. However, the 2012 champion Baltimore Ravens opened the season last September at Denver because the Baltimore Orioles, who play at nearby Camden Yards, were scheduled to play an evening baseball game at home.

The league also contends with potential conflicts during the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics are the only NFL and MLB teams that share a stadium. But several football and baseball teams play in stadiums that are close in proximity and share parking and stadium personnel.

Baseball plays essentially every day of the week, with Mondays and Thursdays generally traveling days that result in a reduced schedule.

Katy Feeney, MLB’s senior vice president for scheduling and club relations, said schedule makers attempt to make sure that in August and September at least two weekends are available for NFL games in cities where teams share a stadium or area.

Fixing college sports: In free agency we trust

The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men’s basketball players who reject the NCAA’s precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes.

At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as “employees” eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.

Meanwhile, the lawyer who helped bring free agency to the NFL now seeks to do the same for college football and men’s basketball. Jeffrey Kessler filed suit in federal court last month. Jenkins vs. NCAA charges the association and its five “power conferences” with price-fixing and restraint of trade in violation of the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act. College sports have “lost their way far down the road of commercialism,” according to the complaint.

But rather than undoing commercialism, Jenkins merely calls for making more room for players to come along on the road trip to riches. The NCAA should dispense with “false claims of amateurism,” it insists, and allow high school football and men’s basketball stars to hock their wares to the highest bidder. This brave new world conjures up scenes of desperate coaches draining university endowments to satisfy a free-agency bidding frenzy.

Both assaults on the NCAA’s business model have much to commend them. Above all, they hold the promise of doing what should have been done a while ago: cutting players in on more of the multibillion-dollar bonanza their athletic talent generates. But these attacks also undeniably threaten to kill, rather than revise and revive, the student-athlete; that is, the ideal in which “student” precedes “athlete” and student-athletes receive an education they might not have otherwise had.

There is a better way. Free agency could be structured so that it would yield more college degrees and more money for players, a players’ counterpart to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s recent call for coaches salaries to depend to some degree on the academic performance of their players.

The first step would be to estimate how much money would be required to lure recruits if free agency were introduced into the power conferences. The next step would be to establish a trust fund in that amount, redirecting money from the revenues and income of all the parties who currently reap the lion’s share of what the players sow. Players could redeem a share of the fund only after they complete their bachelor’s degrees. There could be some disbursements along the way for good academic progress, and perhaps more money for those who graduate with higher GPAs or receive more rigorous degrees.

Structured in this way, free agency would co-opt the ever-expanding commercialism of revenue-generating college sports, rather than capitulate to it by replacing student-athletes with unionized employees. It would yield higher graduation rates and more just economic desserts for players to begin to enjoy upon receiving their diplomas.

This is a win-win for the NCAA, the networks, the schools and everyone else who profits from college football and men’s basketball. They all pay lip service to the student-athlete ideal. Free agency, as described here, would let them put their money where their mouths are.

The stakes are much bigger than money. The current landscape has the “unmistakable whiff of the plantation,” as historian Taylor Branch put it in a 2011 article in the Atlantic. Anyone watching college bowl games or March Madness can’t help but notice that the fields and courts are dominated by young black men whose labor redounds disproportionately to the benefit of older white men.

A tiny percentage of these athletes will go on to lucrative professional careers. As for their teammates, too few of them will have a degree (much less a meaningful education) to show for their time spent in college.

Even at UC Berkeley, rightly esteemed for its academics, graduation rates for football players and men’s basketball players during the last decade hovered near the bottom of the entire NCAA (although they took a turn for the better in the last couple of years).