If you are going to coach, at some point, you will be in the situation where you have the ball out of bounds with little time left on the clock and need a 3. What do you do?
As coaches, we take our teams to practice every day. We have our plans, we have our drills and we have our plays. Often, the process becomes the object of the practice, not the end product, playing better in games. Here are a few things that might help keep your eye on the prize as you work on the various parts of the game that are necessary to improve.
I am a huge proponent of leaving your brain at the door when you step on the court. I believe that over-thinking produces the most deadly of all game killers, "Analysis Paralysis."
Just by looking at the words (a good English project for players) "analysis paralysis" means what it says, you are unable to take action because you are examining your action so closely that it forces you to freeze.
Coaches are always looking for plays. I have a playbook with over 500 plays in it. Many, I have never run, others I have run with varying degrees of success. I go to a game and see a play I like I write it down. I go to a clinic and a speaker who draws a play I find interesting, I write it down. I speak to a coach who says, “This works for me,” I write it down.
Here are a few things that I have learned while going through this process. First, coaches are infatuated with patterns. That is not a bad thing, but it is a thing. When coaches see things that are innovative, new and involve multiple cuts, they are drawn to it.