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.
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?
Turnovers are some of the most damaging plays in the game of basketball. A turnover is defined as a change in possession without a shot at the basket. A turnover is created not only with a thrown away ball or having the ball stolen but also with violations, offensive fouls, alternate possessions and shot clock violations.
Basketball is a team game. One of the challenges of coaching is trying to get 12 players (or however many you have on your roster) to assume the same values, have the same goals and to play as one. Well, if everyone knows it is a team game why is it so difficult to get all of your players on the same page? Why is it so hard to develop a team attitude?
Since the invention of the sport, coaches have been trying to get their teams in shape for the season. We do everything from running sprints, running timed miles, suicides, 17s and any other we can think of. I think that, often, coaches do what they do because they think they are expected to. I know I was a victim of that. I used to send my team out to run miles and miles.
There are thousands and thousands of basketball drills out there all being done by coaches for different reasons. Some drills make players better as individuals, some make teams better and, I am convinced, some are done only because some else said it was a good idea. Coaches go toclinics, speak to other coaches subscribe to professional publications and read hundreds of technical articles in search of the perfect drills. But which ones are right for your team? With all the information out there it is very easy to get confused. It is also very easy to sort it out if you follow some simple steps:
I was watching television the other day and two media types were debating how good a shooter a particular player is. They were debating range, statistics and were comparing him to other players. Some interesting points came out. So interesting that I think all players should understand them.
It is almost impossible to minimize the importance of foul shooting, to both teams and players. If you have a player who can make just 4 baskets per game and add 4 foul shots to his total, you have a double figure scorer. Add fifteen points from the foul line to your team's total and it would be a very difficult obstacle for you opponents to overcome.
Countless times I hear players say how much they practice their shooting.When asked, "How long do you practice?" I might get an answer of "An hour per day." I then ask, "Show me how you practice." Almost invariably the player will go out some where near the 3-point line, fire off a shot, chase down the rebound, go somewhere else and shoot again, chase down the rebound, etc., etc. After watching, I like to bring up the point, "In an hour of shooting practice, don't you really only shoot for 15 minutes and spend 45 minutes chasing the ball on the rebound?" The reaction to that realization often brings a new attitude toward shooting practice.
Want to become a better defensive team? Practice these fundamentals before you get to the court. If you want your players to understand what they are trying to accomplish and to work as a team, you have to lay out a plan.
These are the things that I think are important and want all my players to know