Applying lessons from the tennis lab to the basketball court

Every singles tennis match is bound by the same dimensions…. yet each one is a laboratory for innovation, unrestrained by a risk-averse coach or the conflicting desires of teammates (Bialik, 2016).

Basketball often is compared to the improvisational nature of jazz, but it tends to be played more like a well-practiced orchestra with a conductor standing and controlling the action as much as possible. Innovation is more difficult when someone conducts your actions from the sideline, and deviation from the rehearsed plan often is met with disgust and a quick substitution rather than celebrated for its creativity, as it would be in jazz. […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 28: Play-offs

Play-offs. We ended the regular season as the #5 seed, which meant an opening game on the road. The game was scheduled on Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. 4.5 hours away from our town. Far from the ideal, and about the worst case scenario of all the possibilities going into the final week of play.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 12

Another frustrating week. We had one practice canceled due to Bingo having the gym, and never had 10 players at any of the other three practices, meaning I had to play. I had wanted to put in some new things, but with the lack of players, and the changes in the line-up, I only added a new defense. I primarily wanted to teach the defense to the u20s, but we didn’t have any practice time this week either, so I taught it to everyone. Our first division team for the weekend was our u20 team plus 2 players anyway.  […]