Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. It’s not just repetition for the sake of making your players practice, but repetition so that everyone understands what it is you are trying to accomplish.
Players need to be able to react instinctively to any situation and that reaction comes from being exposed to the situation in practice and repeatedly working on it until recognition, response, and reaction are automatic.
Basketball is a game of mistakes. The team that makes the fewest mistakes normally wins. Stress to your players that you don’t want them to make the same mistake twice.
You should correct or point out every error, but sometimes in practice you must let the players run up and down the court without blowing the whistle every time a player doesn’t do something correctly.
You should let them play, establish a rhythm and permit them to learn to overcome errors to help them cope with adversity and to changing game situations.
Coach Herb Brown “Preparing for Special Situations”