Thursday, March 29, 2012
I had Joey in class his senior year. While Joey may not have always been "into the classroom" in high school, he was a good student in my classroom. Joey was someone I enjoyed having in class, and someone who was always respectful to me in the classroom and in the hallway.
Joey's son, JJ is the same age as my son Allen. They have played on youth basketball teams together since 4th grade, and were on the freshmen team together this year. I have both JJ and Allen in my advocacy class this year. I have had many opportunities to watch Joey as a father. I wondered how Joey would be as a "basketball parent." The answer is he is a great "basketball parent." For all the times we have stood together during a game, interacted before or after a game-- I have never heard Joey say anything negative about other players, the coaches, or his son.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
The following from the NY Times- Summitt Retains Her Essence but Lets Go of the Reins
By JERÉ LONGMAN
Pat Summitt’s assistants noticed something different about her last season. At times, she was forgetful, hesitant, confused. Was it stress? Her arthritis medication?
Then came the announcement last summer that Summitt had early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It brought a shock to college basketball. But it also brought clarity of purpose to her assistants at Tennessee and what would become their new and expanded roles.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Successful athletes are focused not just on skill development but on becoming a better stronger, athlete. Your strength as an athlete determines your ceiling as a basketball player.
The following are some things athletes can do on their own to build strength--
1- You don't need to be lifting large amounts of weight to get stronger.
2- Emphasis should always be on proper technique- that is how you isolate muscle groups.
3- Body weight can be used to build muscle.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
You are what you are as a team. Our teams were man to man teams. Our counter to half court mm defense was to do some run and jump in the half court, and to do a lot of full court pressing. But the bottom line is you can only do so many things in basketball. I found the more defenses we tried to play, the worse our mm defense got.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
On the varsity level, the following achievements were recognized--
2011-2 Captains- Paige Klinck, Myra Diggins, Jessica Lieber
2011-12 Seniors- Paige Klinck, Myra Diggins, Sadee Hamilton
On paper it may seem easy to execute. On a high school level it can back fire. I saw tape of two teams in our conference several years ago where a team tried to foul but the player mistimed the foul, and fouled the player as they were heaving up a desparation three. The result three ft's which tied the game and sent it to over time.
The following article looks at stats on whether it is good or not, and comes up with alternative rule to eliminate the issue.
Mapping Positions-- Court Vision by Kurt GoldsberryMarch 9, 2012
In the quest to better understand the "average" NBA shooter I have begun making composite shooting charts for each position in the league. My eventual goal is to establish a spatially informed baseline and to map every shooter in the league against an average shooter. These charts are not good for that task, but they're interesting nonetheless. Here are composite shooting charts for each of the 5 conventional basketball positions. I combined the shooting data for every player in positional groups. There are some bizarre trends including some fascinating asymmetries.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
For years girls had played at GHS and looked up at all the banners representing the boys basketball teams successes. But there were no banners for the girls until the 1995 team made it to the Sweet Sixteen. Quite honestly, I was not sure there would be any other banners during my coaching career. With our wins over Freeport and Moline in the Ottawa Sectional, we were headed to another Supersectional. With the Sectional Championship, we were going to put up another banner. It was such a thrill.
Students Banned From Game For 'USA' ChantSan Antonio Express-News, Lorne Chan
Alamo Heights High School boys basketball coach Andrew Brewer was about to leave for school Wednesday when he got a call at home from a talk-radio station asking for an interview.
That was when he knew the Mules' student section was about to become a national story.
A day earlier, the San Antonio Independent School District had filed an incident report with the University Interscholastic League regarding a “USA, USA” chant by Alamo Heights students after a boys basketball game against Edison High School on Saturday.
The chant lasted for about five seconds before Brewer silenced the students as soon as he heard them.
Heights students who were involved in the chanting will not be allowed to attend the Mules' Class 4A state semifinal game against Dallas Kimball tonight in Austin.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
BOSTON — Twenty-seven NBA teams are represented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, easily a record and the latest evidence that your team has fallen behind if it isn’t at least tinkering with advanced stats, data plotting, visual tracking, cutting-edge models to deconstruct the impact of fatigue on a player, and much, much more.
Visual tracking is among the most intriguing of such technologies. Ten of the league’s 30 teams have fully invested in a high-tech multicamera system, created by STATS LLC, that allows them to track every movement on the court — of players, ball and officials — in precise ways.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
NBA pre-draft workouts
NBA pre-draft workouts
Saturday, March 3, 2012
I can remember when I first went to the State tourney, I would take note cards with me. I would write down anything I thought could help me. After all, the teams I was watching must have had something going for them. I would jot down warmup drills, out of bounds plays, etc.
Area players & players of interest on the teams---
Zahna Medley- Springfield- Sr
Sarah Livingston- Morton- Jr
Shannise Heady- Hillcrest- Sr
Mikayla Fallon- UTHS- Sr
Maggie Cunningham- Richwoods- Sr
Maggie Lyon- New Trier- Sr (We played vs. her for her first three years)
Jacqui Grant- Maine South- Jr (6'4" post we played one year ago)
Samirah Ali- Hillcrest- Sr
Hillcrest had the most heart breaking loss. They were up 14 with 4 minutes to go but lost. Looking at their scores on the season, they were not experienced with many close games. This was only the 9th time they were in a game settled by 20 or fewer points. With the loss, they dropped to 5-4 in these games. On the other hand, they were 22-0 in the plus 20 point games.
|Lower bowl for Edwardsville vs. Loyola.|
The last couple years attendance has gone down and down. This year was at an all time low. My job at church for a couple years was to count attendance, so I thought I would do the same this year.