Notre Dame’s Muffett McGraw has already won one National Championship and currently has her team ranked #2 in the latest NCAA Div. 1 poll.
Much of the success that the Fighting Irish have enjoyed can be linked to Coach McGraw’s philosophy on shot selection:
How are you going to determine who shoots the ball the most? We have simple rules. If you shoot 50% you can shoot from wherever you want. Players establish their roles by showing me what they can do. I once had a player we wouldn’t let shoot outside of 5 feet from the basket.
She shot less than 50% from the free throw line but wanted to shoot outside jumpers with someone in her face. If you want to be a shooter, shoot an extra 100 shots every day and then tell me how many you made. If you don’t want to put in the extra time to get better then it’s probably not that important to you.
Coaches – you should NEVER allow a shot in practice that you wouldn’t allow in a game. Players – if you want the “green light” to shoot in the games then earn it by putting in enough extra time to raise your shooting percentage.