What does a coach’s record in close games really mean?

Since Christmas break, almost every one of our games has been close. This week, as I jogged to and from the gym on several days, I thought about what close games mean in terms of one’s coaching. A coach’s (team’s) record in close games is cited often to demonstrate that a coach is a good coach. However, a friend never believed in this measure. He argued that there are too many variables in a game to suggest that the coach out-coached his opposing coach in a game under 5 points. Instead, he argued that the best way to evaluate a coach was his or her record in games decided by 5-15 points. According to The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer is Wrong, favorites win 80% of games in basketball (using NBA statistics), suggesting that many overweight the importance of in-game coaching on the game’s outcome. […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 14

This was a weird week, as we started with a game on Monday, finished with a game on Sunday, and had only two practices in between. We played at home on Monday in our third game without our starting center, meaning 3 u19s in the starting line-up and our young PG was our tallest starter (6’4). Luckily, our back-up post returned from military duty, so we had some size on the bench. […]

Coaching for the Process or the Result

On another site, a coach asked for a play to run with his 12-and-under team in late game situations because only a couple players make good decisions with the basketball. The question raises several other questions: 1) What is the purpose of the team? At 12-years-old, learning and development should take precedence over winning games. Read more about Coaching for the Process or the Result[…]