There are two parts to getting your team to execute a quality screening action:
1) Sprint your screen;
2) Head hunt the defender;
3) Jump stop at nearest shoulder of defender;
4) Chin to shoulder so screener can see cutter and ball;
5) Reverse pivot or front pivot out of screen for pass back...key here is to get separation from ball!
6) "SPRINT, SIT, SEPARATE."
1) Better late than early;
2) Walk your V cut
3) Read your defender, not the ball;
4) Wait until screener has made his jump stop to cut;
5) Explode off your screener, with shoulder to hip...."it is a shoulder's game;"
6) Show your target with hands up.
Screening: "over talked, under taught"...
1) 10 or fewer turnovers.
2) Limit "the big play"...lob dunks, your missed dunk, no technicals....anything that ignites the crowd.
3) Play even on the boards, meaning a -5 or level count(i.e. if your turnover count is lower than the opponent's, than the board game doesn't have to be even or better).
4) Promote a cause, meaning that every team should have a theme(e.g.
"HIGH HANDS, HIGH HOPES").
5) Field goal percentage tells the story: we are above 48% and they are below 40%.
6) Easy baskets are vital: we want them and we don't give them.
There are four types:
b) uncontested shots
c) free throws
d) offensive rebounds
7) Stop the known! All teams have tendencies and best players. We must not let them do what they do best and with whom.
8) Love the road and the road will love you back. This is an opportunity for the team to inch ever closer, embrace the challenge, and be the underdog.
9) Listen for the silence.
Every game has a tipping point, which means the crowd goes quiet as they realize their team is losing, about to lose, or has lost.
This is a golden opportunity to call a timeout and draw attention to that moment and give them 2 or 3 reasons "why" this happened.
10) Win the deflection game. This is a running hustle chart that documents such things as the 50/50 ball, hands on balls, take aways: it validates your team's effort!
The road is where all championships are ultimately won. Instead of worrying about the unknown demon, turn the psychological table to your favor: make the unknown your friend.....
*Dedicated to all those coaches and players who wonder...."Why?"
My brooding eyes
brave sky's show
while midnight thoughts drift out
Far up spots of
light hang in curved
darkness as I ask;
"Oh star of mine
please tell me why
I care, and care
so much. And star
of mine tell me why
passion makes me
Now I lay me
down to cry, a
tearless cry of,
The richness of coaching rests within the seemingly insurmountable
frustration of watching a player find his way. The teachable moments
are those that are frequently fraught with poor decisions. Yet that is
exactly when an individual needs his coach. Those moments are
priceless and a turning point for the athlete...wonder
not why you do what you do and KNOW that you make a difference!!!
1) When I look in the mirror I understand why people make anonymous donations...
The coaching profession has some interesting entry points when it comes to how certain head coaches arrived at their chairs and found success; it usually reads like a good adventure novel.
Like all of Malcolm Gladwell's books, David and Goliath takes a unique view of the "Big Fish-Little Pond Effect". Specifically, the book adroitly sheds light on why certain programs like Gonzaga, Butler, Davidson, and Belmont continually sleigh giants in our business. In short, Gladwell's research is second to none and he makes complete sense out of the head scratching, hard to understand.Yes I am recommending that you read David and Goliath. Yes you should pay attention to such phrases as "delay of gratification" while understanding that does not mean gratification denied... and yes you should be mindful of Gladwell's keen distinctions between "knowing your limits" while exceeding all expectations.
Every coach would be well served to take a class or two in parenting. For example, Gladwell addresses the importance of establishing boundary lines and articulating the difference between "no we can't" to "know we won't." Certainly the smaller basketball programs, be it Division 1,2, or 3 must frequently say "no we can't" whereas the Goliath must LEARN the phrase"no we won't." My guess: the Goliath coach has a hard time making his team understand the difference between unique and special. In short, David and his coach inherently understand that he must work hard all the time while Goliath frequently coasts: his unique athletic ability gives him a passive aggressive attitude towards work.
Gladwell goes on to point out that "easy" is not a good path for sustained success....not at all....or as former Temple head coach John Chaney would say,"....world championship boxers don't go to bed in silk pajamas".....in other words "desirable difficulties" often make for a better competitor. However, Gladwell is right to point out that there must be a balance between failure and success as abject waves of rejection and defeat can shred many competitors. Additionally, early and easy success can be a disaster for teams, especially the bigger programs. Why? Too much cheesecake ruins the appetite. Whereas difficult beginnings may create a "stubborn character."The idea is to avoid a team made up of cherries.
I would say that the New York Giants provide a good example of an organization that traditionally starts slow and gains momentum because of their coaching staff and players. A closer look would also reveal that their way of drafting players indicates a tilt towards "the free range" tough guy while passing on some "look good poor motor players." My point: the winning is in the picking and to bypass character is a big time mistake....yet some organizations and coaches give an individual's character very little consideration...and they keep losing. "Character" does not mean we should look for choirboys per se, just that an individual shows a pattern of good decisions, be it family, friends, school, and displays a mental and physical toughness spawned by such things as dyslexia.
Gladwell goes on to point out that any teacher, parent, and coach must be competent. In other words, understanding the "principle of legitimacy" means players have a voice, rules are consistent, and fairness rules the day. In summation, a healthy team functions in such a manner because the leader knows what he or she is doing. I would say that Coach Popovich and the Spurs provide us with a salient example over an extended period of time.
Coaching is a difficult business. Sitting in the seat of the underdog has its own advantages, without question. Most of what Norman Vincent Peale addressed was about how one approached adversity and truly believing that there is merit in such disadvantages. Gladwell's David and Goliath confirms that there are distinct pluses to being the hunter.
Every coach should put some thought into the "recovery" aspect of their team. By that I mean such things as nutrition, stretching, massage, sleep patterns, vitamins, hydration, supplemental drinks, charting player weight, and pool work. The key here is that you have a recovery program as it lets your team know that you care about their bodies, educates them to the long term benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and could give you a competitive advantage over your opponents.
- Prevention of fatigue related injuries.
- Added flexibility, which improves quickness and strength.
- Medical appointments
- Medical records on each player
- Organization of our recovery and rehabilitation program (e.g. vitamins, massage treatment, stretching, and
intake of fluids).
* Here is a great article on the power of our minds. I hope this helps.
Free to Choose – Free to Change - The Power of Mind-Set
By: William Hughes
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we can be who we want, we can change, we can make a difference.” Buddhist Teaching.
Mind-Set - What we believe, what we think is omnipotent All powerful. This is Mind Set - the positive and focused state of mind that warrants us the will to go forward and act upon with relentless determination and purpose. Mind-Set is the attitude which provides us the edge necessary to finish what we start. To finish with the results sought and selected, not settled. Mind-Set can be the separator that ignites our natural skills and training and allows them to blend together and flourish. A strong Mind-Set starts with believing. – in yourself, in possibilities. It can become you. It can become the truth. Believing gives hope, hope provides a will, and where there is a will, there is a way. Believing breeds energy – energy breeds effort - effort breeds results. Mind-Set can supersede talent, brains and brawn. The founding belief in ourselves is the foundation behind a strong Mind-Set. For where the mind lies, there lies the treasure.
Believing in Yourself – Cut yourself a break. What we think about ourselves can become the truth. We create our experiences by our thoughts and feelings. What we give out, we get back. Work with and accept “the whole” of you - the good, the bad and the ugly. Build off the positive energy from successes and learn adjustments from the misfires. Avoid being held captive by broken memories, refuse to allow them to remind you of what is not. Avoid repeating regrets, let life’s lessons be the guide for today. Stay in the present, in the moment so to speak, for this is where successful endeavors begin. Let go of any negative energy. Remember, we are human, thus imperfect by nature so inevitably will run into rough spots. Avoidance is unlikely so we work to minimize the frequency and shorten the durations of these. Remember, our past failures are not fatal and realizing this allows us to move boldly into the future with both conviction and purpose being humbled by the fact that life could be worse yet driven and motivated by the notion that it can still be better. With every passing moment there becomes another chance to do it better. Believe in you, give yourself some credit and recognize your efforts along the way and not just results. All told ; Be who you are, give all of yourself, hold true to your word and finish what you start.
Free to Choose – Free to Change – Choose what you want and move in the direction that grabs you. You are Free to Choose so you are most definitely Free to Change. A strong Mind-Set provides us with the strength and courage to adjust and change what is not working, no matter how positive we are. Changes are necessary for completion. Choose what you want and change the thought processes to allow the necessary actions to get you there. A strong Mind-Set exudes positive and constructive thoughts because whatever your subconscious hears, it remembers. The words you choose to describe and act upon in your daily life reflect the thought processes that govern each waking moment. Negative and underlying concepts can weaken the Mind-Set and sabotage all of your best intentions. The answers lie in the words and pictures. Visualize and verbalize consciously and you can change the structure of whatever negativity your subconscious may have stored up. Visualization or mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools we have to help instigate & create change. We need to train our mindfulness as we train our bodies. Train this into a “fine centered / one directional focus.” The external focus, the one we see as the “end game,” is a beneficial focal point for production. Being mindful of the situation, the surroundings and the desired result is what allows adjustments to come to fruition. Quieting and centering the mind is at the core of mindfulness and visualization and can be done how the individual see fit. Meditation and/or Reflective Time are ways to center oneself which presents one the opportunity to re-group, re-charge and re-set, all with the desire to re-play, which presents the chance for more, for better, or for what just fits better, plain and simple.
The mind can compensate where the body cannot. In the end, the thoughts and beliefs that win out are the ones you feed the most.
The evolution of a master teacher takes years of skill development. The outstanding coach is an exceptional teacher. We believe that there are fundamental steps that should be considered when teaching your team:
1) Know the five laws of learning
2) Know how players learn
3) Teaching techniques
4) Use the four steps of shaping
5) Talk less, do more
6) Recognize the power of observation, listening, and gathering information
7) Role declaration is paramount to a coaches’ success
8) Know your audience, circumstance, and be ready to adapt or change course
9) Competition means time, score, and personal records (e.g. individual/group)
We are teachers. We are trying to create an environment of learning. Hence, mistakes must be encouraged as a form of discovery. Certainly, we want to correct the problem and move on in a timely fashion. The more teaching skills that we have at our disposal - the better. If we are comfortable with our style, the player will adjust quickly. Effective communication is the instructor’s greatest tool. Learning is a step-by-step process. We keep it simple, as we know that the player responds best to precise instruction.
We believe that the coach should work off a blueprint of conceptual teaching. This means teaching cognitive ideas through a specific process (i.e. drills that are directly linked to the whole). Our shooting drills come directly from our offense and they may change from one season to the next, yet the ingredients of competition and effort level are never compromised.
The what, where, how, when, and why are always foremost in our minds when explaining our philosophy. The “when” and “why” are the most important to us. We want thinking players who can react quickly under pressure. Hence, we create that environment in our practices with consequences for actions.
We teach winning basketball. We are not interested in just playing. The enjoyment for the player comes from learning, interaction with others, and measurable improvement. We teach that perfection comes from an all-out effort.
The standards for winning must be defined. The coach should have measurements both offensively and defensively that represent a system. When pressure is applied confusion will reign unless there is structure. Moreover, that is when communication breaks down. We cannot have this. We see the first signs of a successful culture when the players start saying and teaching “Our Way” when times are tough. We like that.
In conclusion, we can only do one thing at a time. Simplicity is our guide. We constantly evaluate our system under the most severe circumstances. Teaching techniques define our system.