Team Passing Tag

A passing drill focused on quick passing and teamwork. The objective is for the team who is it (white) to tag every player from the other (dark) team. Only the person in possession of the ball can tag an opponent; the player does not have to tag with the ball. Each team gets a turn, and the team who tags the other team the quickest wins. […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 21

I started this week by having a talk with another of my young players. Late in last week’s game, he passed up an open three-pointer and committed a turnover. I explained to him that in the stats that I have (there are no official stats for our games, and nobody from our club travels to away games), he is shooting over 40% from the three-point line. I explained that 40% three-point shooting equals 1.2 points per shot, which is, at worst, our third best possible shot. He passed up the shot in a game in which he tied his career high with 20 points and missed only one shot. I implored him to shoot more, and that we needed him to take 6-8 three-point shots per game and 10-15 total shots.  […]

The Predictability and Perfection Traps: Stifling Creativity

There are two general ways to improve performance: decrease negative plays and increase positive plays. In Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insight, Gary Klein used the equation:

Performance Improvements = Reduce Errors and Uncertainty + Increase Insights 

Klein’s focus was improving the creativity or insights of organizations, but many of his thoughts apply to basketball players, coaches, and teams. Klein argued that organizations fall into two traps (predictability and perfection) that stifle insights or original thinking.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 20

Note: I had nothing to write for week 19, so I skipped it.

After our winter break, we returned to the gym with only seven guys. Two guys had to return to their home countries to take their final exams for (online) high school. Another player went to Africa for a meditation retreat. Another player was away with his family for vacation. Finally, my American returned with the flu. After two practices, we played a practice game against a 2nd Division team and won easily. There was not much to take from the game. However, our three guards played all 40 minutes, so I felt conditioning would not be a big problem; our two young bigs started to make some plays; and our best player played 20 minutes in his return from injury and had no problems.  […]

2-Person Chaser Lay-up Drill

This drill expands on the chaser lay-up drill and adds additional variables (hat tip to Brianna Finch for the drill). On the weak side, the cone for the defensive player is ahead of and to the inside of the cone for the offensive player. The set up should create a 1v1 with the ball handler against the defender from the weak side with an offensive player trailing on the weak side and a second defender sprinting from behind. Therefore, the drill becomes more of a transition drill than a strict lay-up drill, and adds a small amount of decision-making to the drill. […]