Club Coaching Course

Basketball Victoria is delighted to be able to offer a new and exciting Club Coaching Course. The Club Coaching Course replaces the former Level 1 Course that was offered here in Victoria and is suitable for Coaches of all levels, looking to obtain a formal accreditation.

The Club Coaching Course is 7 hours in duration, broken down into 1 hour of online training and 6 hours of practical training, which will be facilitated by a Basketball Victoria presenter. 


The following practical training sessions are currently scheduled.

All coaches who have successfully completed the Club Coaching Course will be awarded with a Club Level Coaching Accreditation.
All coaches who have held their Club Coaching Accreditation for a minimum of 12 months will become eligible to undertake an Association Coaching Course.
For more information, please contact Rob Coulter on 9837-8000 or

September Coaching Clinics Wrap Up

September 2014 has been a busy month for growing the game in Victoria with three outstanding coach's presentations during the month.


It all started off with a clinic from Eastern Washington University Head Coach, Jim Hayford. Coach Hayford has two Victorians on his current roster already in Venky Jois (Dandenong Rangers), and Felix von Hofe (Melbourne Tigers), and took our coaches through an hour and a half of his Full Court Attack Offence. With over 80 local coaches in attendance, it was a great informative night for all involved. A special thanks to the Victoria Metro U18 NITP girls, and the Box Hill Senior Secondary College girls who were demonstrators on court for the night.
On what was one of the rare Friday nights free on the VJBL calendar, over 100 coaches packed into the meeting room at the State Basketball Centre to learn from Australian U17 Men's Assistant Coach, and Victoria Country High Performance Coach Justin Schueller about the trends from the recent U17 World Championships, where our Mens team finished 2nd to the powerful United States team.
Capping off the night was NBA legend and Grand Canyon University Head Coach Dan Majerle. Coach Majerle already has three Australians on his roster, including Matthew Jackson (Diamond Valley Eagles). Coach Majerle went through his Offensive Transition and Set Plays, before going over shooting technique, and taking questions from the captivated audience. It was a long, but highly informative night for all coaches in attendance. Special thanks to the Victoria Metro U16 NITP girls who were demonstrators for the night.
DVD’s of all clinics are available for coaches to purchase through the Basketball Victoria e-shop.

Basketball Victoria NITP Tour Free Throw Shooting Session

In December 2012, Basketball Victoria took two NITP teams to the USA to play high schools. The tour included games in Texas, North Carolina and New York as well as some sight seeing in Los Angeles on the way back home.


Each team played 12 games, the girls finishing 10 wins and 2 losses and the boys team finished with 8 wins and 4 losses.


One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to the Dallas Mavericks practice facility at the American Airlines Center. The teams were fortunate enough to meet and have a free throw shooting clinic with the Dallas Mavericks Free Throw Shooting Coach, Gary Boren.



Coach Gary Boren with the NITP group


Until this season Boren has been the only free throw coach in the history of the NBA. Over the last 13 years the Mavericks have shot 80.1% which is 2.5% better than the next best team in the league in that time (Indiana) and 4.6% better than the league average.


The Mavericks shoot 25 free throws during every practice session and all their scores are recorded. Players that have not been shooting a high percentage at practice are expected to spend extra time with Gary.


Boren began in the NBA in 1993 with Golden State with then Head Coach Don Nelson. Nelson then later lured Boren to the Dallas Mavericks and has remained on staff despite three coaching changes in that time.


Boren has about 40 separate points of emphasis that he looks for whilst diagnosing shooting a free throw. Most of these relate to minimizing the moving parts of a shot in order to keep the result consistent. This includes standing in the same spot every time a free throw is attempted. He is also an advocate of shooting the ball with great arc with the ball passing over the height of the backboard.


The Mavericks have a device mounted on the wall called the ‘Noah Shooting Aid’. Noah records the arc that the ball enters the ring at and calls the result back to the player. Boren’s preference is for shots to enter the ring between 44 degrees and 50 degrees. For more information on Noah click here.


Boren has his own website that includes all his records with the Mavericks.


To purchase Gary’s DVD – How to Coach Free Throw Shooting click the following link.

In the promotions box, enter ‘Elks’ reducing the price from $70 – 44.99.


For a bit of a snap shot of Boren’s insight, check out these YouTube links. 


Did you know?

A ten-year study of 3500 NCAA Division 1 games, funded by the National Basketball Coaches Association revealed:

25% of all points scored in a basketball game are free throws.

35% of all points in the last 5 minutes of the game are free throws.

67% of all points in the last minute by the winning team are free throws.