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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Here are several random practice ideas for you to consider and possibly even use to improve the quality of your practices. For dozens of other ideas check out BasketballClassroom.com
- Teach new concepts, drills, offenses, etc. early in practice before the players are tired and when their concentration levels are at their highest peak. Some coaches like to briefly introduce any thing new on one day and then teach it in depth the next day.
- Try to teach your players something new almost every day. It doesn’t have to be big but it should be something that improves their skill level or increases their basketball IQ. It will help make your players better, will give them something to look forward to every day, and will make parents happy when they ask “Learn anything new in practice today?”
- Have some “energy” drills at your disposal. I have a handful of drills that are high energy, highly competitive and fast paced and I like to throw one into the practice plan if and when practice starts to drag and the overall energy level is lacking. More often than not these drills “jump start” practice and get us back on track again. I’d much rather make a quick adjustment to the practice plan and squeeze in a high energy competition than go the rest of the day on schedule but lethargic.
- Get to practice 15 minutes early and grab the first kid you see for some extra individual work. Not only will it help that one individual player but soon others will get there early if for no other reason than for the extra attention.
- Do more 5 on 5 work early in the season to get your team game ready and then do more breakdown work as the season progresses.
- Once we start playing games I try to keep scrimmaging in practice down to a minimum. Why? I want them to look forward to look forward to playing on game day. We still scrimmage when necessary and do a lot of 3 on 3 and 4 on 4 full court but I want game day to be special.
- Don’t coach effort. Mistakes can be tolerated but a lack of effort cannot. Establish a culture of “Go hard or go home!”
Monday, November 11th, 2013
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durrant Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and many others are obviously great players but nothing they do will undoubtedly ever compare to the year that Elgin Baylor had in 1961
During that time Baylor averaged 38 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists a game, and finished fourth in the voting for MVP (behind Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Oscar Robertson) even though he missed half the season, and did not practice a single day.
Why? Because during the week for the entire basketball season Elgin Baylor wore green khakis, lived in a barrack in Washington, and served in the US Military!
Then on the weekends he bought a coach ticket on a commercial airline and flew to wherever the Lakers were playing, played in the game(s) and then flew back to rejoin his squad. He went from one uniform to the next and every one of the 48 games he played in was an “away” game.
NBA greats George Yardley, Bill Bradley, and David Robinson all served in the military before they began their NBA careers but to the best of my knowledge Elgin Baylor is the only one who served during his career.
In a day and age when the word “hero” is often used too routinely, we should all take a moment on this Veteran’s Day and appreciate the real heroes of our country.
Elgin Baylor is one of them!
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Basketball players can spend hours practicing to improve their skills only to “shoot themselves in the foot” by allowing their bodies to become dehydrated from not drinking enough fluids.
The problem is that the majority of athletes really can’t tell if they are drinking enough fluids or not. Most wait until they are thirsty before they reach for their water bottle but by then they may already have lost up to 1.5 liters of water by sweating.
Since studies have shown that even the slightest dehydration can effect not only the body’s ability to cool itself but also athletic performance it is important for athletes to drink on a predetermined schedule instead of waiting until they get thirsty.
A schedule like this one would help most basketball players:
- Drink 16 ounces 2 hours before practice, games, and conditioning workouts
- Drink 8 ounces 10 minutes before practice, games, and conditioning workouts
- Drink 4 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes while practicing, competing and working out
- Drink 16 ounces for every pound of weight lost while practicing, competing, and working out
Remember the key to staying properly hydrated is to drink before you get thirsty!
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
By any standard Tara VanDerveer is one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Her teams have won 2 National Championships, 22 Pac 10/12 Championships, have been in 12 Final Fours and have made 26 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
She also coaches the US Olympic team to a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
The following fundamental information comes straight from the official camper notebook that is distributed at the Tara VanDerveer Stanford Basketball Camp:
- Assume a semi crouched position with your knees flexed.
- Good weight distribution creates good balance.
- Be comfortable.
- Head up – you must be able to see all the action on the court. Eyes off the floor.
- When moving on defense , try to slide by taking short, choppy steps. Keep your feet shoulder width even while sliding and never cross your feet.
- Never take your eyes off your player and the ball. You will have to use your peripheral vision, but know where your player is in relation to the ball at all times.
Defending a Player with the Ball
- Get down in your stance and stay between your player and the basket.
- Look at the central portion of the offensive player’s body, as this will give you better concentration. This will also help prevent the offensive player from faking you out of position with a head or ball fake.
- Hold your hands just above the waist with your palms up while your opponent has the ball.
- Arms must be up once your opponent is ready to pass or shoot. This will limit the offensive player’s vision and make the shot or pass more difficult.
- Try to keep your hands active in order to deflect a pass or dribble.
Defending a Player without the Ball
- Maintain a good defensive stance. Play far enough away from your player to help your teammates if required, but still be in a position to contain your own player should she get the ball.
- Your body position will allow you to see your player and the player with the ball without turning your head. (peripheral vision)
- When the shot is taken your final defensive responsibility is to block out your player and go get the rebound.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Pat Williams, author and co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic once said that coaching is like having a nervous breakdown with paychecks and I’m sure many coaches at all levels would agree with him.
However, longtime Detroit Pistons and Dream Team coach Chuck Daly had another view of coaching.
“I could have a confrontation every minute of every day with somebody. I could get into it with the players during practice or with the general manager or with opposing coaches or with the media. But I learned early in my coaching career that I was like the pilot of an airplane. The pilot’s job is to navigate his plane through smooth weather conditions as well as stormy, turbulent weather. If he is flying from New York to Los Angeles, the only thing that matters is bringing the plane down safely at LAX.
Nobody cares about the storms he has to deal with on the way. As a coach every day is a crisis. My job is to land the plane safely.”
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
I recently found this tucked away in my files but don’t know the name of the original author. If you happen to know who wrote this please give me a heads up in the comments section.
If an athlete is coached with criticism, she learns to condemn;
If an athlete is coaches with hostility, he learns to fight;
If an athlete is coaches with ridicule, she learns to hate;
If an athlete is coaches with shame, he learns to feel guilty;
If an athlete is coaches with tolerance, she learns to be patient;
If an athlete is coached with praise, she learns to appreciate;
If an athlete is coached with fairness, he learns justice;
If an athlete is coached with consistency; she learns to trust,
If an athlete is coached with respect, he learns to respect himself.
Sometimes when we see players with character flaws it’s easy to point the finger at someone else when the real problem lies in our coaching and how we treat that particular player. Coaches might see quicker and more productive results if they concentrate on “fixing” themselves first and then the players.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Here are 6 things I learned from watching the Clippers – Lakers game on Tuesday night:
- Vinny del Negro was not the problem.
- Dwight Howard might have been.
- A team can win without its best player if everyone else pulls together.
- Championship banners might be worth a few extra points after all.
- Results are more important than expectations.
- A team of “role” players that plays together and with passion can beat a team with more talent that doesn’t.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
With the NCAA’s renewed emphasis on “freedom of movement” officials are being told to crack down on all contact that essentially prohibits a player from attacking the rim.
The result is going to be a huge increase in the number of fouls called, especially in the preseason until coaches and players learn to adjust. (In a recent University of Portland exhibition game there were over 60 fouls called.)
Teams everywhere will need to play more pack line or soft man to man or will be forced to go into a zone defense as more players than ever before will be in foul trouble.
How do you handle players in foul trouble?
Do you sit a player in the first half once he gets two fouls or do you wait until he gets three?
This is what current SMU coach Larry Brown (the only coach to win both an NBA and NCAA Championship) has to say about the subject: “If a guy has two fouls and we’re still in the game, I’d be real careful and probably wouldn’t play him much. But if we’re about to get blown out and he’s our best player, he’s going to be playing. You don’t want to lose the game in the first half with your best player on the bench.”
Image credit: http://blog.smu.edu/smumagazine
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
If you’re a high school coach there are 4 things you can do to virtually guarantee you’ll have a successful preseason. One of those 4 things is to play zone defense.
Why? Because with limited preparation time the vast majority of coaches choose to work on their man to man defense and man to man offense before even thinking about how to attack a zone. Therefore, teams are often unprepared in the early stages of the season to properly exploit a zone defense.
They will be much better at it by the time league play rolls around but springing a zone on an opponent is a great way to get a couple more preseason wins and build your team’s confidence.
If you’re thinking about playing a zone this coming season you might want to check out HoopSkills’ Complete Guide to the Ultimate 2-3 Zone Defense.
It was written by a current NCAA Division I coach for high school, middle school, and youth coaches. You don’t have to have D1 talent to run effectively run this defense. Look, if you’re going to play a zone you might as well run it correctly!
Check it out in the HoopSkills store now.
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
The following points are from notes taken at Los Angeles Clippers Assistant Coach Kevin Eastman’s “Constructing a Great Team” presentation at the recent Coaching U Live.
- Players must have blind faith in their coach
- Never put a ceiling on anybody in your program
- A breach of culture needs to be dealt with immediately
- Assistant coaches shouldn’t let the players problems get to the head coach
- The Head Coach should have a great relationship with his best player and had to know how to get to his head
- The Head Coach must emphasize and enforce – you can’t complain about it in a game if you tolerate it in practice
- The bench should be a place of education not entertainment and bench players need to be competitors not companions
- Teamwork is not a preference, it is a requirement
- Chemistry and roster balance can trump talent
- Have situational lineups – big, small, defense, comeback, protect a lead, etc.
- Players who question their playing time should first question their practice time and their preparation time
- If you can change your habits you can change your limits. If you can change your limits, you can change your life. If you can change your life you can reach all of your goals.