Sometimes as basketball junkies we focus on the ‘cool’ stuff. I focus on different offenses or defensive schemes. I like looking at things from different perspectives and angles and to study the great game of basketball sometimes to overkill.
Yesterday i went by the gym where a coach was working with some younger players and I was very impressed. He was coaching a girls team and the first thing that he had them working on was a running layup. The players could dribble and pass and even shoot the ball fine but they were clearly struggling with the running layup. He took several minutes and went over it and over it until they were all able to successfully complete a layup where they dribbled and went off the correct foot. The best part was how patient he was with them.
To the average basketball junkie the drill may have seemed useless and pointless but this is something that is a real building block of basketball and the coach saw it and made it a focus. I wish we had more coaches like him working with our boys and girls players.