Role of the coach

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It is important not to overestimate the power or influence a coach has over his players or the game of basketball. A prime example of this came when the Melbourne Tigers played Georgetown University during a tour of the United States.

Coaching style

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A coach must develop his own philosophy. Throughout this book I have tried to explain a variety of methods for teaching a broad range of choices in both offence and defence. Coaches are invited to consider and test all ideas and develop their own priorities and how they instruct.

Selecting a team

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One of the most difficult tasks for a coach is selecting the team. While there are more players seeking a place on the team than positions are available, there will always be a problem for the coach. In many cases it is not always the most talented individuals who will form the best team.

Practice sessions

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Among the many important factors in playing and coaching basketball, perhaps the most important for a coach is having a well-organised practice session. Unfortunately many coaches attend a practice session and make up drills as they go along with little thought to why drills are being used and their specific benefits and weaknesses. A coach who prepares a careful plan for his practice sessions with short-term and long-term aims considerably improves the chances of success.

Time outs

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Teams are permitted only two time-outs during the first half and three in the second, thus requiring the coach to use these wisely and for specific purpose through the entire game. This might include:

Game time

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My personal philosophy on coaching has been to teach and enable players, as much as possible, to be in charge of their own destiny, that is, to develop a “player’s game” rather than a “coach’s game”. During practice we will create last minute situations when one team will be assumed to have a three points lead, or last five minute situations when one team has say a five points lead, or other variations.