Improving Players’ Basketball IQ through Practice Planning with Mark Cascio

by Tony Miller
Improving Players’ Basketball IQ through Practice Planning with Mark Cascio


Coach Mark Casio, assistant coach for the Appalachian State women's basketball team and founder of Courtside Consulting, shares ideas for practice planning, drills for improving players' basketball IQ, and how to connect aspects of practice to improve the overall offensive and defensive systems of your team. He talks:

  • Communication for shared understanding
  • Teaching reads vs. decisions
  • Differentiating types of drills
  • Feedback loops
  • Drills for improving decision-making


Included in this course are:

  • a one-hour presentation
  • a 15-minute Q&A
  • a copy of the presentation's slides
  • sample practice plans


The Coach


Tony Miller

College Professor and Coach


Mark Cascio is a championship basketball coach with fourteen years of head coaching experience at the high school level. During this time, his teams have won seven district titles, appeared in five Final Fours, and won a Louisiana State Championship in 2012. Coach Cascio was a head coach at the age of 21 and is the youngest coach to capture a state title in Louisiana at the age of 26. Mark’s tireless work ethic and quest to be a lifelong learner has provided him with resources he is eager to share.

Coach Cascio  started a consulting business in 2019 to continue to foster his love of the game by sharing with collegues in the coaching profession. Courtside Consulting partners with coaches to provide professional advice, first-class resources, and a system to improve, refine, and apply new concepts in any phase of the game. Coach Cascio can share his uptempo style of offense that blends concepts to create pace, spacing, shooting, and attacking. This style of play allows players freedom to use their individual skills to create plays for themselves or their teammates in a fun, uptempo system. However, Courtside Consulting is committed to implementing any system that suits your style and personnel.

Ratings and Reviews (5)

Chad Bailey

This course is great to help teach decision making and Coach Cascio gives specific information and drills to reinforce. I took a ton of notes but noticed that Coach Cascio provides that as well as part of this course. Coach Miller continues to show he is ahead of the game, I highly recommend this course to any basketball coach, regardless of age, experience, etc.

Jul 18, 22 10:08 AM

Joshua Hubbard

Really helpful because it makes you think about your practice planning as opposed to just planning a practice. There were lots of good connections between the classroom and the court as well which I enjoyed as a teacher and a coach. The video clips shared in the presentation assisted in driving home the points Coach was trying to make.

Jul 19, 22 12:43 PM

Larry McCrum

The course really gets you thinking about not just having a practice plan but being purposeful in each part of your practice. Coach Cascio did a phenomenal job explaining the different aspects of what to consider when planning out your practices. Thanks Tony and Mark for the great information. I plan on implementing pieces of these concepts in the near future.

Jul 19, 22 07:45 PM

John Baron

Coach Miller provides very useful and practical knowledge in this lesson. I've had the opportunity to be at many of Coach Miller's practices and I've gotten to see Coach Miller use these techniques to great effect. I plan on reviewing this course and using these techniques in the future.

Jul 20, 22 09:48 AM

John Carrier

This is one of the best practice videos I've ever seen. If you are looking for specific drills don't look here. But if you're looking for ways to be a much better coach in practice, and help your team get better, this video is for you. One of my new favorites.

Aug 9, 22 08:47 PM

This Course Includes

24 hours on-demand video
Streaming from mobile and TV
Lifetime access
Certificate of completion
100% money back guarantee

Course Info

Rating: (5)
Caterory: Basketball/Practice Planning
Bookings: 35