I have been receiving a great deal of feedback and ideas from our “What I Thought About Today?” series.  If you want to send in comments via the comments section, I will post them right away.

Many coaches have used our:  ideas@allbasketballreview.com email address to send article ideas, plays, drills and more.   Some really great ideas have come in, thank you for sharing – keep them coming!


I wanted to start sharing some of the feedback.  As I get more time I will continue to add to our sharing.  Continue to grow the game!

 In our “House’s :30 Second Time Out” I’ll publish the best ideas, plays, articles and feed back shared with us.

This week Gallagher Driscoll, former Men’s Basketball assistant at LeMoyne College, Loyola College and the University at Albany.  You may remember when LeMoyne College upset Syracuse in an exhibition game in 2009.  Coach Driscoll was a member of the LeMoyne staff at that time.  Coach Driscoll is now the Director of Development at Bishop Ludden HS in Syracuse and still active in growing the game of basketball and sharing his ideas and experience.  Coach sends us his thoughts on the age old question:


Gallagher Driscoll


It’s that time of year games will be starting this weekend, the dog days of beating each other up for close to a month has passed!  It is a good time to talk Situations!

In a perfect world we would all love to have an eight-point lead with a minute left, right? That doesn’t always seem to be the case!  Which brings me to my question:

To foul or not to foul?

This question has become a hot topic for the last 10-15 years!  If you are up three with :12 seconds or maybe less do you foul?

Now, I have been on the bench and have been burned by not fouling and also by fouling! Some coaches have a philosophy that they will refuse to foul. Maybe.

One reason is that they don’t want their players to think they DON’T TRUST THEM TO GET A STOP.  Valid Argument!  Something to think about though in this case. We as coaches will always yell “Don’t foul the jump shooter” in this situation.  Are your players going to be as aggressive in this situation as they were four minutes earlier?  Are they going to leave their feet when the shooter leaves his or her feet?  Are their hands going behind their ears or are they swatting at the shot?  Are they going to get baited by a shot fake?  All too familiar to me.

I have seen too many teams bury three’s to go into overtime, or teams that got a great look to tie the game.

I have always been a believer in fouling.

We as coaches give the other coach on the other bench too much credit at times!  I believe once you foul in this situation you take coaching out of the game!   It now becomes luck.

 Play the percentages:

 1.  The player must miss the free throw

2.   The offense must get possession either by tipping the ball or rebounding

3.   (They) Need to find an open teammate

4.   (The) Shooter has to make the shot!

Four things must go right!  For you on defense, ONE THING must go right REBOUND!!

Now there are two things you must consider when practicing this.  Obviously this situation must be pre-hearse.  When you foul make sure you teach your players to play the ball don’t bear hug, grab, or hold a jersey!

The best way to foul is to go through the offensive players’ body, try to steal the ball.  You still must make sure you foul the player. If possible, take a couple seconds off the clock before you foul.  I have seen players foul right on the catch off an inbound pass.  If you plan to let the opponent take a couple of dribbles make sure your defender keeps the dribbler in front of them no need to crowd.

One last thought; this happened to me while I was an assistant coach at LeMoyne College. We were playing Stonehill College.  We were up three with seconds to go – we foul.  They go to the line, miss the free throw… the ball gets tipped out, a Stonehill player gets the ball with his back to the basket (We should have fouled again!)  Kid takes a dribble banks it in we lose in overtime!

Think about fouling twice in that situation!


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