Friday, October 28, 2011
Coach Michael Rux has 20+ years as sophomore coach. He has been active not just with the sophomore team but in assisting the varsity team. He has definitely been there and done it.
Coach Jay Barshinger has been freshmen coach for 10+ years. He is the most patient teacher in our school district, and he takes the same approach to basketball.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Earlier this fall I called a friend who I had known since shortly after college. His daughter had participated in a certain sport all through grade school and junior high, and I thought she was pretty good. Whenever ran into the father, he talked about how much his daughter enjoyed that sport. So now that the daughter was high school age, I asked him how she liked the sport in high school. His reply,"Oh, she is not playing that in high school. She loves that sport but the local hs coach of another sport told us that they think our daughter could be DI in the sport she coaches. So we thought it made sense for her to switch sports to try to get a scholarship." I was blown away by this. A kid liked a sport and was good at a sport but chose a new sport because some coach convinced them and their parents they were scholarship material.
|Note his Old Siwash sweathirt.|
Woody was Grinnell basketball before Grinnell.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
“Toughness” – Jay Bilas – ESPN .com
I have heard the word "toughness" thrown around a lot lately. Reporters on television, radio and in print have opined about a team or player's "toughness" or quoted a coach talking about his team having to be "tougher" to win.
Then, in almost coordinated fashion, I would watch games and see player upon player thumping his chest after a routine play, angrily taunting an opponent after a blocked shot, getting into a shouting match with an opposing player, or squaring up nose-to-nose as if a fight might ensue. I see players jawing at each other, trying to "intimidate" other players. What a waste of time. That is nothing more than fake toughness, and it has no real value.
I often wonder: Do people really understand what coaches and experienced players mean when they emphasize "toughness" in basketball? Or is it just some buzzword that is thrown around haphazardly without clear definition or understanding? I thought it was the latter, and I wrote a short blog item about it a couple of weeks ago.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Shot preparation to help get shot off quicker.
Getting feet perfect for a shot.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Quickness, agility, reactions
Great individual ballhandling drills
Team ballhandling drills