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  1. Recently I posted a question in here about proper form for a body weight squat. I was directed by someone here (Brian I think) to a web site, but that site had no technique specific information at all. Can we try again?
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    5 Out Offense

    Was the intention here to actually talk about a "5 out offense" or is this thread just an insincire attempt to lure me over to another web site where the goal is to try to sell me e-books after I download one worthless piece of crap OOB e-book?
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    Well that makes sense. If the objective is winning, then you gotta stick with what they seem inclined to do best.
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    Yeah I have a thought... I realize this is an old post, but I believe my thought is still appropriate. Why not teach them to play man to man defense? It's great that your zone and gimmick defense is very effective. It's great that your team has had short term success. But what about long term development? How about preparing them now so they will have success when they are in High School? Congatulations on being a winning coach, with a winning team. That's a fine accomplishment. But are you really sure you are developing them for the long range and not just preparing them to "peak by friday?"
  5. This is real interesting. This whole post and thread seem symtomatic of what's wrong with youth basketball in my opinion. Remember "free play," when kids played basketball for fun? Remember when kids learned how to create space & get their shot off through playing 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 without grownups there "organizing" and funsucking? Now most kids learn the game through "organized" activity, which usually means standing in lines waiting for some grown up to decide on a whim & a notion what to learn and how to learn it. Dribbling well (can pound the ball w/out picking up dribble with a defender on him @ top of the key while looking for someone to pass to and simultaneously switching dribble hand & keeping body between ball and defender & eyes up) like a PG, is the hardest skill to become very good at. An unathletic, slow, uncoordinated kid can learn to shoot the ball well, but that same kid will never be able to consistenty bring the ball up against tight pressure. No matter how much God given talent or ability a player has, there's only one way to get real good at something that's difficult to do- by practicing. Whoever practice the most gets the best. That's just the way it works. Sure there are sometimes, "naturals" but even they have to put in the work. They just get better faster. It's a mistake to discount the hard work they put in. Kids who dribble well will generally shoot better than kids who don't dribble well becasue they have spent more time with a basketball practicing dribbling and shooting. Again, it's true some athletes have more of a natural aptitude or a "gift" for shooting. But make no mistake, the "gifted" HS and college player is shooting hundreds and hundreds of shots every day or week in the off season. The power in a perimeter shot comes from the legs up. The wrist needs to be involved with allowing the power to come through the body and arms with a good follow through. But the wrist should really be imparting minimal energy into the shot.
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    Basketball Toughness

    They will be good at what you emphasize. As I'm sure you know, a lot of toughness is psychological. It's a mind set you create with them. It's helped me to really key in on 3 things we stand for above everything else, and then use those 3 things to lead, cojole, prod and influence the kids into believing that they're tough . With my team this past season it was rebounding, pressure defense and taking care of the ball. All 3 of those have a theme of toughness. Hard nosed, up in your space m2m defense is tough physical D. Great rebounder are physically tough. Taking care of the ball requires players to chin the ball & pivot with power and agressiveness. You are what you do, and we worked on rebounding every day, usually the first thing right after the DWU. Every rebounding drill is competitive. I believe we built toughness that way- by starting off each day being physical & and aggressive. In any kind of matched up work we do in practice (1v1, 1v2, 2v1, 2v2, 3v3, whatever), the defense always has to block out & offense always has to go after the offensive rebound. If either one doesn't, both of them are on the side, down & back full court sprint, then right back into the drill. We tell them every day with firm resolve that we own the D boards, nobody gets offensive rebounds on us. They start to believe it's true & that they are tough, and that's half or more of the battle to get them to really play hard. I had a weak team this year (JV girls), but we stayed close in a lot of games by limiting the opponent to one shot most of the time. I've used the football blocking pad too. It's a good tool. I've actually used it quite a lot becasue I have coached girls a lot more than boys, and it allows me to "body up" or simulate a shoulder reaching in front of them without actually making contact with them. The pad is great for bumping post players on their moves, or "riding" a dribbler to the basket like a defender chesting up while sliding next to the off player. It's great for teaching kids to find & move toward the contact on layups instead of falling away from contact. & you can easily adjust the resistance that you're delivering. It's a great tool with low skilled youth players to get them to drive straight through bad defense- you know.... your wing catches, defender closes out, wing starts to attack w/ dribble, defender is beat so he sticks out his arm/shoulder (reach in) and the wing trys to dribble around the arm instead of going through it. If you're a lot bigger than the kid, be careful to hold the pad out away from your body so you can use your arms to act like a shock absorber. If you hold it against yourself, and your 50, 75, 100 pounds heavyer than the kid, you're going to sent them flying toward the floor. Do not match them up by size/height, just let it play out. After all, sometimes smalls have to box out bigs. Here's a few things we use- NBA (no babies allowed) Use 2 baskets and divide team if you have a big squad, or if kids are low skilled and it takes a while to make baskets. 1 line on the baseline. First 3 players come out in front of the basket; after beginning they come off the line 1 at a time. Coach tosses ball up at the rim, the object is to rebound it and score. If you score, you're out & new player comes in. The other 2 who didn't score yet stay in. With youth players I will often allow a kid out if they go 5-6 times without getting out. With HS kids, they gotta get a rebound & score to get out. Make it fast paced and high energy so if anyone's not paying attention & working hard they will get stuck in there. I use 2 basketballs to keep it moving. The kid who just got out of the drill comes over and stands by me to hold the 2nd ball. I call for the 2nd ball if the 1st ball gets knocked away so that the action stays at or immediately around the basket. I don't let it turn into a 2v1 that way. Anything goes except over aggressive fouls (basically no hitting or pushing w/ the hands). There is no out of bounds right behind the basket, if a kid gets the ball behind the baseline they can use a power or finesse move and put the ball up. In my experience you can really get this little game moving, and the kids get very winded from it. It's also one of the most popular things we've done- the kids always enjoy it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ If you have practice help, divide these into 2 "stations" for more reps. Move them through fast (push em, motivate em) and at the designated time (mins) have the whole group switch stations. You can go just 3-4 minutes per "station" and that's plenty of time if you're keeping them moving quickly. We go 2 minutes per "station" at HS level and each kid gets at least 3-4 turns. Do not match them up by size/height, just let it play out. After all, sometimes smalls have to box out bigs. STATION 1 Who wants it? At a f/t line- have 2 kids face off like they are going to do a jump ball. Coach holds the ball between them & has each get two hands on the ball. They can't wrap their wrists/forearms around the ball, they must begin with only hands. Encourage them to get into an athletic stance and be to be ready. Coach acts like an arm wrestling referee and makes sure its a fair start. On, "GO" coach lets go and the players both try to rip the ball away from the other. It's usually over right away, as a quick rip usually wins over an attempt to pull the ball in and "hug" it. Winner stays in! KIds love this too. STATION 2 Butt Out Use the center circle, goal is to push the other player out of the circle using only your back side. 2 players start in the center back to back. On "Go" they each try to push the other out. They must maintain contact with their backs or butts the whole time until one is pushed out (1 foot out of the circle is "out"). Its ok to go to the floor (they will for leverage) just have them keep pushing. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't have a name for this last one, but if I had to name it, I'd call it- Ouch! Place a basketball on the floor dead center in the center jump circle. Player #1 is just inside the circle facing out w/ ball right behind him. Player #2 is just outside the circle directly in front of Player #1 & facing him. When coach calls out, "Go" player #2 has 3 seconds to try to get the ball. Coach counts out loudly, "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand 3." Player #1 can use just about any means short of hitting or kicking to stop Player #2. We want #1 to turn (pivot) with #2, and use his back side (just like rebounding) to shield #2 from touching the ball. Sometimes we match kids up by size/position, and sometimes we dont. Aggressive kids end up on the floor right away, usually by diving for the ball, and then more or less getting sat on. The kids don't usualy enjoy this one as much as the others- it causes more pain per second. You definetly see who is the most aggressive. Hope I gave you some ideas.
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    Help What Offence To Run

    Haven't looked in for a while, sorry for the late response. Been there Dave. Was almost back to that point this season with JV girls. Your solution is easy to identify but difficult to accomplish. They just have to get better. If the sets (plays) you run get your kids good open shots, and your team is scoring points directly from running the plays correctly, stick with it. But if you're using valuable practice time to work on offense sets/plays, but your team is only getting a couple baskets off runninh it right, that time should be used for the basics- fundamentals. I'd run practice like it was a basic skills camp with short lines or no lines. That's my opinion. I wrote about it here- http://willitscoach.wordpress.com/2008/01/20/run-a-play/
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    Practice Machine Question....

    We bought, "The Gun" shooting machine last summer. It's been a good purchase, though I'm still not 100% sold on it considering it cost $4600. Here's some observations- pro & con. - Set up & take down is very fast, about 5 minutes. It's a little complicated at first, but after a few times setting it up you get used to it. If mishandled, or not set up carefully, it could probably be easily damaged, or it could actually injure you. Lots of moving and adjustable parts. - It's easy to stick it in a corner/closet and leave it there for too long, especially considering the expense. This thing needs be used to justify the expense. - The net to catch misses is the best thing ever for making a shooter put arc on the ball. A flat trajectory shot just bounces off the outside of the netting. It forces a high trajectory. - The machine is all about repetition- mindless, monotonous, over-and-over, habit forming repetition. That can be good or bad. Because it's automatic, there's no thinking required, just shoot, shoot, shoot. You can easily get into a nice rythym. That's a good thing if your footwork and form are correct. And a bad thing if you're making fundamental mistakes while shooting over and over and over. Coach must pay attention to form. - YOu have to get creative if you want shooters to take passes from other than directly under the basket every time. Maybe it's not such a big deal to worry about, but other than post kick-out passes, how many passes come from straight under the basket in games? - The machine works best with 3 basketballs at a time. More than that & they get clogged up in the net chute. However, I like to put 5 balls in the "hopper" and stand next to it so I can pull basketballs out and feed shooters more passes. - We no longer use the rotation feature where it passes to a different spot (8 spots) every time. If you spread players out in each of the 8 spots, they stand for too long between shots. If you have the players move with the movement of the machine, it's not realistic to how shooters get looks and passes in games. - The "random" movement selection is useless, and possibly dangerous. - Instead we have the machine throw passes to likely shot locations based on where our offense gets players the most shots. Then we will move it to our other likely shot locations (top near center, wings, corners). - Typically I will start with one continuous revolving shooting line at top of the key area. I will have each shooter take a turn standing off to the side of the line while I hand pull balls from the chute and feed passes to that player, maybe 10-15 passes, then a different kid, and so on until the 5 minutes is over. I can pull&pass to a single shooter faster than if they just cycle thru the line of 6 (1/2 the squad). = more shots. - If you set the timer too fast (gap between passes) the shooters will be concerned with not getting hit by the next pass (leaning to the side) instead of holding their follow thru. Not something you want to see done over and over. - In season weekday practice we will shoot every day and we get the "gun" out about half of the time. Typically I will split the squad in half, either by post & perimeter, or maybe 1st 6 players then 2nd 6. We'd probably go 20 minutes, and change the groups so each gets two 5 minute sessions. Typical would be 3v3 on one end of the court & shooting group on the other end. - Early season we had Saturday shooting sessions where it would just be 1-1/2 hours of shooting. Goes by surprisingly fast. - For a single shooter, or a pair, you can really get a lot of shots in a short time. No need to chase misses is a nice feature. - The first day we used it in summer open gym, we got something like 1200 shots in 2 hours spread out among a dozen or so kids. - There is no doubt the gun has helped our team to shoot better. - If I had it to do over again, I believe I'd probably buy the "Dish Dr" instead. It costs more, but it's a much more versatile machine. It's air driven (compressor) and battery powered. The battery is rechargable and is supposed to last for 1000+ reps. It also has a remote, and can be programmed to pass the ball out to multiple specific locations, while the "Gunn" throws to either only 1 spot or 8. http://www.drdishbasketball.com/features.cfm - As a coach, you can't adequately supervise/manipulate/manage the "Gun" shooting machine while also watching for proper shot form, and make corrections. You need a manager or assistant to do that. With a remote, a coach conceivably do both with an efficiency not available without the remote.
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    Practice Format For 7/8 Graders?

    I see coaches doing this, and always wondered why? I don't understand what basketball skill this is supposed to teach, or replicate. Doing defensive slides while passing a ball back & fourth is not a basketball skill. Shouldn't practice time be used to work on things kids actually do in games?
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    Nothing gets players attention more than sitting them on the bench. Talk to them, warn them, then do what you gotta do. You don't need to take it too far, like a whole game, or a half. Just sub one or both when you see it happening and mkae sure they know why. It may cost you a game in the short term, but it will help you in the long term, and it sounds like their habit may have already cost your team a win.
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    Getting Slammed!

    Just an observation on something to watch out for or avoid. I slowed down a group of kids about 6 years ago in order to get things "more under control." It worked, we won a lot, but I now believe it was not a good idea in terms ol long range development. They are now in HS, and I've been trying to get them to play fast for about 2 years. I got the best pg in that age group to learn to bring it up patiently, and now as a sophmore this kid is just getting used to the idea of taking the outlet pass on the run. We reduced turn overs in youth ball by slowing them down, but of course along with that we reduced the number of offensive posessions because we played slower. Agressiveness is good in basketball- as long as they aren't fouling. Personally, I will never coach kids again in a way that stiffles their agressiveness (slow them down). My opinion for what it's worth- I think you have the right idea and motivation in terms of teaching them to play the game the right way, but throttling down agressiveness is questionable- in my opinion. At that age, it's pretty common for teams to have 1 kid who will score half or more of their teams points. But these things have a way of evening them selves out over time. Often the 9 yr old "phenom" is either no longer playing by 15-16 years old, or others have passed them up. You can observe this quite regularly if you coach in one town long enough to see lots of kids come thru.
  12. 1. Takes care of his players welfare & safety while under his supervision. Cares for them like each one is his own child. 2. Uses the game (temporary) to teach life lessons (permanent). Things like dealing with adversity (losing), understanding the connection between effort and results, doing what's right even when no one is watching, realizing mistakes are ok but what matters is what you do after the mistake. 3. Doesn't just run a drill (go thru the motions), but actually uses drills to teach the fundamental skills that make players good, and make plays work. 4. Seeks to empower his players by creating a team dynamic where the players take ownership of the team and make it their team, not the coaches team (completely do-able at the varsity level & less so as age goes down). 5. Is a great communicator- never a chamelion, has a plan that he makes clear and sticks to it, but can change if necessary. Communicates well with kids and their parents. Says what he's going to do and then does it. 6. Makes practicing and playing fun! That doesn't mean easy.
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    Defensive Drills?

    Another version... This one is very competetive and fun too- using the center circle, place a ball on the floor in the middle of the circle. Player "A" is just inside the circle (ball right behind his feet) facing out ready to block out player "B". Player "B" is barely outside the circle facing player "A". When Coach says "go" player "B" attempts to gain possession of the ball (or even just a touch) by any means except outright pushing. Player "A" must read which way "B" is trying to go and then turn to block out. The goal is to keep "B" away from the ball for a designated length of time, 3-5 seconds is about right. The result is often both kids on the floor (laughing) because "B" will often attempt to fake one way and then dive for the ball. I've seen them dive between legs, what ever it takes. In my experience there's usually 1-2 kids who the rest of the kids have a very difficult time getting around. The tenacious and scrappy kids do well, and that ends up being rewarded (they "win") and thus encouraged in the others. To get what you want, you'd have to have the kid inside the circle not turn around (block out) and just have him move his feet side to side.
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    Over The Top!?!

    I think video is a very useful tool. I began using video 2 seasons back with my 8th grade girls team. One thing that became apparent was that the kids were sometimes surprised at what they saw when watching them selves play. There seems to often be an honest disparity between what they truly believe happened, and what actually happened. I can tell you that with a 12-14 yr old, they really study them selves when watching game video. I've never had to single a kid out in front of others to make a point, because they watch and critique their selves. They watch and say things like, "I guess I am still shooting with 2 hands," or, "Wow, the weak side low block is unguarded every time we make a skip pass from the corner to the wing, how come I never see that?" I'm the varsity assistant this season, and we are taping games, but Coach isn't into using video as much as I was.
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    Offensive Flow - Space

    Hi Coach, I found this out by accident- if you take away dribbling, they will spread out by them selves. Though I've never tried it with kids that young, it does work with 5th grade girls. I've had them play full court 5v5 with no dribbling (only exception is 1-2 bounces to make a lay up) and it was like magic. When they have to fake & move to get open, spacing happens.
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    Practice Format For 7/8 Graders?

    Hi Coach, I've coached a lot of kids that age and younger. I'm varsity assistant this season. The view from here really exposes what they either learned, or did not learn at the youth levels. My recommendation is to try to keep it simple. Teach them to play from an athletic stance (triple threat). Teach them to guard players, not areas on the court. Teach them good shooting form. Teach them how to screen correctly, and how to read defense and come off screens. Teach them to dribble with both hands, eyes up, and with confidence against pressure. Teach them to make all variety of lay ups. Teach them to make passes without raising the ball up over their heads to make the pass (#1 cause of turn overs @ this age and then in HS if not corrected). And remember- plays don't score points, players with skills do. You can spend valuable practice time trying to get them to memorize where to go, or you can use that time teaching them how to play, both technically & tactically. Sincerely- you may get a youth team to run a play correctly and actually score from it only 2-3 times per game because they aren't yet proficient at making lay ups or shooting the ball. That kind of success rate makes spending practice time memorizing set plays a waste. Instead teach scoring concepts- pass & cut to the basket, screen & roll, attack gaps & kick out to open shooters. Make sure it's fun.
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    Need Help

    Hello Coach Deng, My name is George. This is a good web site here, but I'd like to direct you to another good web site where I'm confident that you will get an informed answer to yuur question. http://www.thecrossovermovement.com/compon...howcat/catid,2/ Also I wanted to add that I will be visiting China as a tourist next month. I will visit Bejing, and Shanghai.
  18. This is probably a question suited for Brian (DevelopingAthletics). I like to use the wobble board along with a 2 ball dribble as part of a dynamic warm up. I use it very early in an individual workout, sometimes it's the 1st exercise. I've only been having the athletes stay on the board and maintain the dribble for about 30 seconds, gradually moving up to 2 minutes. The other day I was talking to a parent and he told me of a trainer who has young athletes on the wobble board for 5-10 minutes. That seems excessive to me, but maybe not, I don't know. Is that much time on a wobble board too much? Or is it only too much in terms of using one tool for that long takes away from time that could be spent doing other movements?
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    Defense Survey

    In our area we can have kids play what ever kind of defense we want. What ends up happening is almost everyone plays only zone defense- especially the girls at the middle school level and below. We are looking at forming our own youth league here, and I have some questions. 1. Do youth leagues in your area have rules covering use of zones, and/ro M2M defenses? If yes, can you discuss the specifics of these rules, and how these rules effect teams? Is it good, bad, easy, difficult? Or just depend on the coaching? 2. In your opinion, is it more difficult to teach kids one kind of defense or the other? Which is harder and why do you believe that to be the case? 3. From a coaching stand point, is it wrong to only teach kids one kind of defense, whether zone or M2M? 4. My own belief is that both M2M and zones are a valuable component of defense. And if your team plays without one or the other, it's like going into battle with half as many weapons as you should be. What do you think about that statement?
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    Beginner's Shot

    About that smaller ball.... at one of the Camps I worked there was a 12 yr old whose Dad had given him one of those heavy yellow KBA balls when he started playing as an 8 yr old. His Dad had made him practice with that heavy ball for years, and the result was sad. He had developed horrible form to compensate for the extra weight. And when you put a regulation ball in his hands, his shooting form -as you can guess- didn't change. A couple of the coaches tried to talk to the Dad about this, but he wouldn't hear it. In fact he insisted on having his son moved up (play up) in camp. At the level we had assigned him with other 12 yr olds, his skills (other than shooting) stood out. But once moved up, he was lost, just another camper.
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    Beginner's Shot

    Maybe I can help... maybe not, but I'll give it a try. I've been to several Swish clinics- www.swish22.com I've had some good success working with kids shots, including one HS guard who was shoots from her shoulder. First- your 8 yr old MUST be shooting at a lowered basket, either 8' or 8'-4" which ever is age appropriate I don't remember. If he's going to shoot at a 10' basket, don't even try to change his shot becasue he's not strong enough. Then accept that generally all young kids shoot from the shoulder because it's the only way they can generate enough power. This is compounded if they are shooting at a 10' basket, and even worse if they are trying to lauch 3's and of course are not strong enough. If kids begin to have some success shooting from the shoulder, it can be very difficult to correct their form later. If we are talking about a serious player, about 12 yrs old is when you should have bad shooting form corrected. After that, they can be very stubborn, especially if they've had some success with the bad form. I begin with the feet when I teach shooting form. As you may be aware already, teaching shooters to "square up" with both feet more or less evenly square to the basket is no longer the preferred method. I believe what happened is coaches started paying attention to the feet of the best shooters- and what did they observe? They observed that the best shooters shoot with one foot (same as shooting hand) further forward than the other. Look at old tapes of shooters like Reggie Miller, Larry Bird, Jerry West, and Fred Hoiberg, even Jordan, and you can clearly see that they don't "square up" like the old time coaches used to say, and many basketball books still reccommend. Their feet are far from "squared up," and their hips and torso are also rotated to match the allignment of their feet. The reason for this is allignment. It's very difficult to allign the shooting arm over the knee, with elbow down from a square orientation to the basket. I've noticed that kids who shoot from the shoulder also tend to have their feet very square to the basket. In the case of the HS girl I recently helped, she also began playing very young and developed the shoulder shot to compensate for not being strong enough. She made second team all league last season with that shot. So there was no way I was going to change her shot. Instead what I did was point out that is she simply changed her foot position (she's R handed) placing the right foot 3-5 inches forward of the left foot, and allowed her hips and torso to turn to the left (instead of trying to stay square) that the allignment of her shooting arm would be much better. It worked- she's shooting the lights out in summer league, and a couple of her team mates have come up and asked if I'd help them with their shot. Another common youth error is not spreading their fingers out. If they shoot with their fingers close together, their shot will be off to either side, and they also lose a little bit of power because the spread fingers have more of a natural flexible spring action than a closed hand does. I hope this helps
  22. Coach7

    Back To Basics

    Schann... as in Ferch??
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    Back To Basics

    Hey Coach, Good post, I too would like to see this site utilized more than it is. It's such a great idea. I'm constantly searching for more resourses to help me be a better coach. Here are two that have helped. The 1st one is a similar site to this one, and unfortunately it doesn't get as much use as it should either. But there are some good topics and discussions in there The second link is to an referee web site. This one gets a very high amount of posts & is very active. There's only a few coaches that post in there, otherwise it's all refs. I like it because they have a lot of rules interpretations in there, for example- most of us think we understand the back cout violation well, but until I read about it in there I didn't realize I was next to clueless. Also next seasons rules changes are posted in there same day. You can't find that any place else. After reading a lot of the threads in there, I came away with a different understanding, and a new level of respect for refs. http://www.lesspub.com/cgi-bin/site.pl?431&cgBoard_boardID=2 http://forum.officiating.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=3 Now onto the meat of your post... Coach Ronn said- "When starting out with young players and when trying to "regroup" when things seem to be falling apart, there's always a "safe place" to be found in going back to basics. I define this as teaching fundamentals and defense, and always building these through teaching discipline. The key here is the word 'teaching'. The coach must break everything down and teach, or chaos will most likely rule." I agree with you Coach. I coach and teach kids from 9 yrs thru High School. We pretty much go year round, between school teams, city leagues, summer leagues, tournaments, and I host a Saturday open gym from mid may thru the week of school try-outs. Over the years I've gradually changed what I focus on depending on if it's in season, or out of season. With the younger kids out of season (open gym), it's almost exclusively offensive skills that we focus on. Our open gym sessions are 1/2 structured drills, and the rest we let them play, but even then we will stop to teach. We focus on offensive skills because those skills are hardest to master, and it helps them the most to be successful in season. We work on shooting form, lots of shooting reps, including competetive shooting drills. We also put a lot of time into attacking the basket from triple threat, and off the dribble, and we work on screening, and coming off (reading) screens. In season it's a different story. My teams are known for tough defense and no second shots. In season I emphasize defense. But as you know defense is mostly about desire and toughness. It's not hard to learn good on-ball, deny, and help technique. So I don't spend time on defense out of season, except in practice if I have a summer team, or I'm taking a team to a tournament. I have noticed they do start to get forgetful, or lazy (weakside rebounding is 1 example) if we don't work on defense every day in season. Coach Ronn said- "Many coaches spend too much time trying to teach complicated team aspects, when the discipline, learning curves and experience of the players require more of a "building blocks" approach." Again, I completely agree Coach. Here is part of my reply to a post on this topic in this forum from 2003- http://www.y-coach.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=472 1. Teaching patterned offense & set plays is a waste of valuable time with kids that young. Your goal should be to teach fundamental basketball skills. Why spend 10-20 minutes of super valuable practice time working on a confusing play they rarely execute correctly, and that only accounts for maybe 15% of your scoring if you're lucky? If they only run it correctly once in a while, how long before they decide they suck? Do you want them to think they suck? 2. Your scoring (1st grade through Jr High) will come almost exclusively from offensive rebounds, lay-ups from steals & turn overs, and other "garbage." Toss in the occasional lay up off a dribble drive or a made shot from a pass and that's probably 75% to 85% of your scoring. 3. Teams have trouble scoring because kids can't shoot. It's that simple. No kind of offense will lead to higher scoring if kids can't shoot the ball. Kids need to shoot, shoot, shoot in practice, then shoot some more. Then is you can work it in, they should do more shooting. The rest of that post is at the link I provided- if you're interested. I'm not claiming to be some kind of coaching guru, but my teams are successful and if you're like me you probably feel like you can always learn something from just about any one. I will finish with 2 more recent observations -remember I coach girls, and they ARE different- I see too many youngsters not focusing on what they need to most help them be successful. Eveyone of them wants to come to open gym and shoot 3's and develop a killer cross over. And I am of the school that believes in teaching all of them both perimeter skills ands post skills when they are about 13 and younger. Because you don't know for sure how they will develop by High School. But if a 14 yr old is 6'-1" kind of slow, but has good hands and feet and a desire to be a player ( I have 1 like this now)- she needs to develop post up skills. I work with her individually a lot, then I'll move onto the next kid. And sure enough when I look over at her, she's usually immediately out on the perimeter instead of working on that little baby hook shot, or a drop step, or an up and under. As a result she really has no real post up game yet. But that's not unusual for Jr High age. Had she focused on the skills over the past few off seasons that would have helped her most to be successful in HS, she would have been way ahead of the post game learning curve. Shooting is another big one- probably the biggest. If a kid starts playing in say, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade or below- somebody better be teaching them form. Because if they get to 12 years old with poor form, you will probably never be able to change their shot. Especially if they've had some success with the bad form. See ya Coach
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    I had a similar problem. Like you, I also coach girls, 8th right now, 6th&7th for 2 yrs b4 that, and 8th again before that, etc. One of our league opponents is the School on a large Indian Reservation. Most years they have some very large players- bigger than our kids. They also tend to be "rougher" than our kids. They are more physical, they tend to talk trash/make threats. Sometimes they look not just big, but older too. Our girls would frequently complain during the games that they were being threatened, pushed, and threatened more. I think it's kind of natural for a team to maybe try and use the intimidation factor if it exists. In their gym about 4 years ago I watched them steal a game by force. There were seconds left on the clock, and their player had the ball in the short corner. She was a big tall heavy girl (200+), big even for a large woman. She took a dribble toward the baseline, the defender moved her feet and cut her off. The big girl reached out with an arm and literally picked up and swept the defender (maybe 90 lbs) to the side, then went and made a lay up at the buzzer for the win. We just started by trying to reduce the severity of the perceived threat. We kept reminding them that even though there's a lot of tough talk, nobody has ever actually hauled off and hit one of our players, or otherwise attacked any of them- that there's really nothing to be afraid of, that the court is a safe place. We do require them to stay together if we play somewhere that has a "reputation." We also kept reminding them that despite how it may look, they were just playing against other 12 year olds. I think that all sorts of things go thru kids heads until they know better from experience. Fear can really take away from playing well. Like if one of my 6th or 7th graders keeps getting told. "I'm going to follow you outside and kick your @ss after the game," she will likely feel intimidated and not play well. So we try to aleviate the stress by reminding them that despite the tough talk, nobody has ever been attacked. And we stay together. We don't use locker rooms in "hostile" gyms (we arrive in uniforms), and they use the bath rooms in groups. Staying together in a group adds to the feeling of security and safety, plus you never know if one of those mean kids really does want to follow someone outside. One last thing- as I'm sure you know, we don't here a fraction of the verbal exchanges going on out there, even though we are standing close by. When the girls are telling me the trash talk is really bad, I always tell the refs. Usually they respond favorably. The last time I did this, a couple minutes after I said something to the ref, he went over and had a discussion with the other coach. I couldn't hear it, but a moment later he pulled his player out who was being particularly mouthy and she never came back in. Of course beating them is the one thing that really works.
  25. Coach7

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