Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.
Basketball coaches love statistics. Many coaches, and TV commentators, seem to believe they tell an accurate story of a game. Winning coaches use them to pump their coaching ability and losing coaches use them to explain where their players let them down.
Basketball coaches all over are looking for ways to improve and trying to find ways to sure up the things we believe we are weak in. One are that I hear about over and over again is rebounding. There is not a week that goes by when someone doesn't ask me, "How can I improve my teams rebounding?"
It is the off-season, time to get better. Work on your skills, shooting, ball handling, passing, defense and your conditioning. Of all the things you want to work on, conditioning is the toughest. It is hard for a basketball player to work on something without a basketball in his hands. Multi-tasking is the key to improvement in basketball.
If you can improve your conditioning while working on your skills, the job becomes easier. Below are some things you can do to improve your ball handling and work on
your conditioning at the same time.
Cup Slides is a simple and fun drill that can be used for defensive technique, speed, intensity and conditioning. It can be fun and even competitive.
Most young players, as the grow, try to emulate players that they feel are good. They use the players as models of what type of player they would like to be. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact I believe it should be encouraged.
However, I believe that if you are going to select or encourage models, you should look past the numbers and the highlight reels.
Coaching is teaching. New ideas, new thoughts, trying to find ways to improve your players is all a part of coaching.
Coaching is also about control. Many coaches have become so involved with "my way or the highway," that they miss the overall objective.
Conditioning is such a critical factor of success in all sports and basketball is no exception. In fact, due to the constant running nature of a game of basketball, conditioning could have more impact in basketball than in many other sports.
Your team is facing a "junk defense." Not a bad defense but a "junk defense," a term usually attached to a non-traditional defense, such as the box and 1 or triangle and 2. How do you play against it?
You're not happy with your team's shooting percentage. So you go into practice and do more shooting. Your percentage doesn't improve so you go back into practice and shoot even more. It doesn't seem to help. You are now shooting so much that the other parts of your team's performance starts to slip because you haven't been able to work on them. How are you going to improve your teams shooting percentage?
While to the casual fan, the value of a coach is measured in win and losses. People who know anything about coaching know that winning and losing is a function of talent. The true value of coaching is the overall picture of how the players play. A large part of that picture is how hard the team plays. Team confidence in each other and in the coach is readily apparent when you see how hard the team plays. An age old question and a major part of our job as a coach is how do we get our players to play hard?