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.  […]

Learning from the Oregon Ducks – Making Practice Meaningful

I already wrote an article tying the Oregon Ducks’ philosophy into basketball practice, but as their success continues and high school practice starts, I wanted to emphasize two points: pace and simplification.

Generally, coaches attempt to add sophistication or complexity to improve performance. Once players master one set, they add another and another to give the team multiple options and to force the opposition to scout more and more options and plays.

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