Coaching Seminars

Coach McGannon runs all seminars.  He played D-1 in the Ivy League at Dartmouth and founded Basics in 2006.   Bio here.

“Basics Coaching Seminars will help teams WIN GAMES.  Skills, Conditioning and HOW PLAYERS THINK–it’s the name of the game.  All of my children have been though Basics many, many times.”

Coach Brad Richards

  • Three Time All Area Coach of the Year
  • Michigan HS Coach of the Year, 2002, Ravenna HS
  • All American player, Cornerstone University

IBL boys team pic



  • ideal for ALL coaches:  Parent, Rec, Grade School, Middle or High School. 
  • See Our 3 Legged Stool video of SKILL DEVELOPMENT here 
  • Can be run at ANY gym, your home gym or VIRTUALLY.
  • $125 per coach.  4 or more coaches:  $75 each  
  • If financial assistance needed, please ask here.
  • TOTAL TIME needed: 2 hours. 
  • Inquiries via Phone/TEXT ONLY to 616 402-1600
  • We will then arrange times for the seminar

“I will customize the seminar to fit the ages, experience level and goals of your team or program.  Fo example, if you are interested in Basic skill development and building experience for younger players, that seminar would be run in a slower, more methodical manner.  If however you have an advanced group of players who have good skill, that seminar would be quicker, with more detail based on competitive situations.” Coach McGannon


These seminars have 2 parts

Part 1: Skill development

  • Age appropriate skills drills and how to teach these skills

  • How to measure performance within the framework of these drills

  • EXAMPLES  Plus 1/Minus 1 Shooting       The Mikan Drill with NUMBERS
  • The proper sequence these drills should be introduced: EX: teaching rebounding skills before a player understands defensive positioning is wasted effort.

  • Basketball conditioning

  • Game management, including basic man-to-man principles, zone principles, clock management, use of time outs, developing post and perimeter players, handling and applying pressure, referees and other game condition topics.

  • If asked, we will also discuss making cuts, handling parental pressure, fostering great academic standards through basketball, how to handle playing time and any other issues raised.


Part 2: Practice Organization and Sample Training

  • We will ACTUALLY TRAIN A GROUP of YOUR PLAYERS  (6-10 kids is ideal)
  • VERY valuable to see the players in action and how to pinpoint this training

  • Players supplied by the coaches, no extra cost. (NOTE: players are NOT required but it is really beneficial to see the precise nature of this training in action)
  • Practice organization based on the skills of the players

  • How drills from Part 1 should be applied and measured in practice