Coaching Strategies

What to Discover or Recall:

Discover that basketball is not a game of offenses and defenses but a game of effort and execution.
Comprehend the importance of well organized and planned practices to success.
Realize that great teams are a result of the best players being the hardest workers.
Determine to be observant and make precise corrections.
Learn to always end practice of a high note or successful achievement.

Thoughts to Consider

"It's not the play, but how you execute it that counts!"

pass Denial

Get coaching done prior to, not during the game.

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Coach players not the system.

How you run

Learn More Motor Skill Learning


Use the "Whole-Part-Whole" Method of Teaching

It is best to employ the "Whole-Part-Whole Method" when introducing a teaching a new offense or play. This is a basic principle of learning. The "Whole-Part-Whole" method of teaching involves introducing it, breaking it down into its components, and then executing it in its entirety. Players cannot be expected to run a play successfully without a working knowledge of its individual parts and fundamentals.


Introduce and explain the offense or play, using visual means when available. Next, on the court, walk through the offense explaining and demonstrating all of the options along with their basic defensive reads and counters. Then, on the court, have the players walk through all then reads and their counters.


Break down the offense or play down into its components with the use of breakdown drills. Get your teaching done during breakdown drills, insist on proper footwork and execution. Cover only one or two of the basic reads per practice until all reads and counters have been covered.

Note: Review the breakdown drills only as needed during the rest of the season.


Go live, motor skills must be learned at game speed. You want to practice against good defense. Don't wait until game time. Motivate the defense. For example, have the defense make 5-6 stops (combination of defensive rebounds, offensive turnovers, and steals) before they can go to offense. No dummy defense! The toughest defense you face all season should be in practice. The offense will probably struggle at first. However, players will learn to adapt to the importance of creating leads and attacking defensive pressure.

Flipping Offense

Use proper coaching and teaching methods.

Perfect Practice

New Skills

The Game Within the Game

Individual Practice

Individual offensive skill development and improvement should be an integral part of every practice. In addition to early time (before practice) work, each player should, personally, have one or two individual fundamental techniques to work on during the course of a practice. The specific skill or skills will vary from player to player and can be assigned by the coaching staff or determined by the players themselves. As a reminder, the skill(s) should be written down on a 3 X 5 card and give it to each player prior to practice.

"Successful teams play hard, play smart, and play together."



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