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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.
  • Chin rebounds.
  • 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.
  • Ball Fakes.
  • Deflect passes.

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

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