Welcome! As a coach, I wanted to share information about my basketball interests. The reason for choosing "Massey Basketball" is to make sure people understand this is not an official blog of Galesburg HS. The blog is designed to provide information about the Streaks and basketball, motivation, and anything that interests me.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Intensity & Togetherness
From Coaching Toolbox....
Intensity Looks Like
No matter what level of basketball, there are many areas inbasketball coaching that are more of an art than a science.
Getting players to continually play hard is one of those areas.
If you can come up with a list of things for your program that you believe constitute playing hard and then look for and praise those things when they happen, you are likely to develop a culture in your program that playing with all out intensity is the only way you practice and play.
This list was designed for a high school basketball program, but I believe that it can be modified and adapted to fit whatever level of basketball coaching you are at.
Beat the ball down the floor in transition and conversion.
Rebound position every shot—back, space, pinch on free throw.
Play defensive in a stance.
Help and then recover.
Help the helper.
Close out with hands above shoulders.
Dive on loose balls.
Protect the ball when you have it.
Rip through on pivots—strong with the basketball.
Meet every pass.
Change direction and speed on cuts.
Take a charge.
Steal passes that are thrown too far.
Sprinting from spot to spot in basketball practice.
Contest every shot.
Togetherness Looks Like
Verbal response and applause for good plays (regardless of shirt color in basketball practice)
Encourage a teammate after an error or a missed shot that was a good shot
Help a teammate up off the ground
High fives and back slapping
Huddles on the floor
Never criticize a teammate
Bench stands when a player leaves the game
Acknowledge a player being substituted for in practice as he leaves the floor if you are also on the sideline