A Good Basketball Coach Will Always:
- Have a great practice plan written out for each practice session.
- Review fundamental skills every practice.
- Teach responsibility: Be at practice, be on time, & develop leaders.
- Reward good effort: Praise, start a game, more playing time.
- Show and demand respect for the officials.
4 Areas Where a Good Coach Can Make a Difference:
- Defense – Stop the opponent and win the game.
- Shot Selection – Shoot good shots in good spots by good shooters.
- Rebounding – The team that controls the boards, controls the game.
- Turnovers – You can’t score when you don’t even get up a shot.
Essential Skills of Basketball That Must Be Taught:
- Footwork – Pivoting, jump-stops, v-cuts.
- Passing – Chest, over-head, baseball, bounce passes.
- Dribbling – Right/Left, switch, back-dribble, at various speeds.
- Shooting – Form shooting, lay-ups, bank shots, free throws.
- Rebounding – Blocking out, pursuing the ball, grabbing the ball.
The Top Offensive Skill That Must Be Taught:
Face the Basket wherever you are on the court:
1. Pass 2. Drive 3. Shoot
The Top Defensive Skill to Teach: Deny.
Don’t let your opponent do what they want to do.
Best Advice for Coaching Success: K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple, Stupid. (Or another “S” word?)