Practice after practice, day after day, season after season, the Spurs pound the rock. They get 1% better every day. They know that the first one hundred blows may not yield the outcome they hope for, but only through one hundred unsuccessful blows will come the one that cracks the rock, the one breakthrough victory, the next world title.
We live in a world where some people believe that high-level athletic performance is easy and that people are born with talent and greatness. They want immediate mastery. They want all the accolades without most of the sweat. They want to hit the rock on the first blow and have it break. The world is full of people looking for a shortcut to the top. There are none. Are you willing to pound the rock?
Guys are constantly going (gives your players mental edge, keeps them aggressive)
If you send 4 and they don’t get board you lose (players must fight for every board)
Forces other teams to adjust
Most basketball players don’t enjoy contact—tougher team usually wins
Go after ball instead of letting it come to you
DRILL: 2 v 2 Rebounding—Block out drill
Working on hit, find, and get
Make sure players go after ball with 2 hands
Grab ball above your head=good rebound
Coaching offensive and defensive rebounding at the same time. Offensive rebounder tries to get even footing with the defender. Don’t just lean on defensive guy
“Pack Line” Defense
Dotted line on the floor 16-17 feet from the basket.
Nobody goes outside the line with the exception of the on-ball defender.
Defenders inside the pack must stay in a stance and see both. Have vision!
No help move, just a recovery move.
Closeouts – run 2 steps, chop rest of the way. Come out with high hands.
DO NOT let the ball-handler go baseline.
DO NOT allow the ball-handler to shoot a rhythm shot.
Try to force the ball-handler to an angle. Turn him and level him off.
No straight line drives – the more you turn the ball-handler, the better.
Shooters – Have to bother hand. Get hands up on the ball, not on the face.
Against the ball you must = Closeout/Take away baseline/Take away rhythm shots/Level off/Bother/Jump to the ball
“Raise the level of expectations they have for themselves. As sons, as brothers, as son’s of God. No one should have higher expectations for you than yourself. Focus on the positives, everyone is good at something, find that in all your players.”
Under out of bounds defense “15”
Coach Pearl uses a number system to call all of his defense. First digit indicates where the defense picks up (50’s were full court, 40’s were 3/4, 30’s half court, 20’s in the scoring area, and 10’s were under out).
The second number indicates the type of defense (0 = no switching, 1= 1-3-1, 2 = 2-3, 3 = 3-2, 5= switching everything). 55 would then be full court man, switch everything etc. 15 builds from the inside out. The ball can’t ever go inside. If they get anything it has to be a lob or a pass way outside. If you have good ball pressure you can steal these passes. Rules: 1)Don’t let the man on the ball side block duck in. 2)Don’t allow any clean screens. 3)All defenders must stay inside their man. 4)On ball defender must have hands up. Any low pass is a steal for someone else. 5)Come together on all screens. If you are switching onto a screener win the foot fight and get below him so he can’t slip.
“In basketball, there is no right decision. After you make a decision, you make it the right decision.”
300 Club – Making 300 made 3’s every day in practice from the start of the season to the end Kill Drill – 3 Consecutive Stops (7 kills in a game is an automatic win) – 21 stops in a game
We believe in daily film. Daily film is crucial-Day to Day work in the film room-minimum of 10 minutes a day. No cell phones at team functions (team meals and bus rides)
Would implementing a shot clock at the high school level improve the game of basketball? With every game that is slowed down by long possessions & the final score kept in the 30’s, regardless of outcome, the debate rages on among the basketball community.
Would adding a shot clock improve player development? Provide a better viewing experience? Allow the better team that night the best chance to win? Better prepare players for the college level? How much will it cost?
Below are two insightful articles that cover both sides of the argument:
Program Organization from Virginia Tech Head Coach, Buzz Williams
Shooting Drills on The Gun from Davidson Head Coach, Bob McKillop
Kobe Bryant visits with Nick Saban during Alabama Training Days
Articles on Arizona State women’s Head Coach, Charli Turner Thorne, who pushes her team to stay positive & How the managing partner of a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm became a college basketball coach in Virginia
A look at Michigan State’s primary fastbreak
Play of the Month: Marquette – Double Blur
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Hedging ball-screens is a staple of successful half-court defensive teams. The goal of hedging is to the funnel the ball-handler’s momentum to half-court. To help make quick decisions study the feet of the screeners defender to find out the ball-screen coverage. Trae Young showcases examples of how to counter hedging by attacking the defenders top hip & splitting the ball-screen when the defender was unattached.
This series will give you an inside look into the college recruiting process from the coaching staff’s perspective. Understanding what college coaches are asking themselves, looking for & discussing in recruiting meetings will help your communication lines as the recruiting process unfolds. Part 4 will break down the various avenues coaches use to dissect responses from prospect & their families & what specific intangibles can separate you from the pack.
College coaches are evaluating every aspect of your life (academic, athletic, social, family structure) as they conduct their research and narrow down their top priorities. No part of the evaluation process is taken in isolation. Every factor within a player’s evaluation contributes to a bigger picture, which can then contribute to a decision. There are enough talented players to go around. The key is finding the right talented players.
Perception is often reality. Coaches are going to keep an eye on several factors: the prospect’s body language, behavior in huddles, communication with teammates & relationship with the coaching staff. Even more, coaches are going to dissect and evaluate your answers to get an inside look into your desires, motivations and beliefs.
Does he/she hold themselves accountable?
How does your individual agendas connect with the team agendas?
Does he/she have the desire to improve upon their weaknesses?
Are they humble enough to take coaching?
Does he/she acknowledge that they need to improve?
There are multiple ways a coach is going to try and identify how serious the athlete is taking their program. Is this athlete telling us what we want to hear or are they seriously considering us for their final decision? The prospect’s excitement & enthusiasm is contagious and will rub off on the coaching staff. Playing at the collegiate level is mentally & physically taxing. Coaches must know that through difficult times the athlete is going to stick to the process & work their way through it.
They will ask about their roster, game schedule, style of play, conference, etc.
How much knowledge does the prospect have about our team? Our season? Are they following our games/recruiting?
They will ask you about your goals, dreams & aspirations? Favorite memory of playing basketball?
Are they motivated by individual or team goals? Winning championships and/or individual accolades?
What are your hobbies? What do you do with your free time?
Where does basketball fit into this? Is it something you get to do or must do?
They will ask about a past mistake. A tough loss.
Does he/she take responsibility or make an excuse?
My best advice moving forward is for you to focus on these (4) specific areas as you communicate with college coaches:
Do they attribute their success to their talent or to their hard work?
A player that attributes success to hard work is more likely to rely on hard work in future situations.
A player that attributes success to talent is less likely to see the correlation between hard work and success.
How a player reacts to losses is the best indicator of their competitiveness. Everyone loves to win. Not everyone hates to lose.
Players that take losses hard hours or days after a game must have a good amount of competitiveness. We are more emotionally tied to the things we care about the most.
Two biggest red flags in a conversation: lies and excuses.
Excuses are loud. Coaches want people that will take responsibility personally.
One of the best ways to check this is to talk about losses. How much responsibility is a player willing to take for a loss?
“I” language vs. “we” language. Do they see themselves as a part a team or is everything said isolated to the individual?
You need to be open, transparent and honest throughout the recruiting process. Take individual responsibility in all that you do. Start building these habits and mindsets now with your current team and coaches. All these qualities will help you move forward in life well beyond your playing days.