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This Is Why You Should Eliminate Running From Practice- By Joe Haefner
Bob Bigelow mentions a better alternative to the traditional running for conditioning. This is a great basketball practice tip for youth and high school coaches.
This video clip is from Bob Bigelowís Coaching Middle School Basketball.
As Bob mentions in the video, if youíre going to have the kids run for whatever reason, pair the running with a basketball skill.
That way, youíre conditioning and improving your basketball skills at the same time!
I can think back to where I might have wasted 5 to 10 hours in one season! Thatís a lot of wasted time that could have been spent on developing better players.
You can simply have them dribble down the court with their right hand and dribble back with left hand.
You can have them switch hands at each free throw line and half court. Since I want them to maintain speed, you might try using a speed crossover or wrap around the back dribble.
When should you implement running?
Personally, I donít believe in running for conditioning anymore. You should have well-structured drills and practices that condition players.
However, I do RARELY use some running in special situations related to lack of effort, poor attitude, and poor focus. You should also give at least one to two verbal warnings prior to doing this.
You should also clearly explain your rules and expectations at the first practice. And you will need to remind them throughout the season.
Editor's note: You should only do this to the team once or twice a year. I don't like to use it more than that. In fact, if you come up with better ways to get your team's attention, do so. If you are running as discipline more frequently, it could create a negative psychological connection to running. This could lead to unhealthy habits as an adult.
Other Running Tips:
Donít use the term suicide. Iím guilty of this. I used to say this term. However, I really donít like saying that anymore. Instead, you might use the term YoYos.
Am I being a little too PC? Possibly. But a fellow coach told me about a player that died on the court due to a heart problem and because of that, he hates using that term.
Make them touch the line with hand or foot - If a player doesnít touch the line, you can make them go back and touch the line again. That way, they arenít cheating the drill.
Run again if effort isnít satisfactory - If you feel an individual isnít giving full effort, make that individual run another one.
Create competition - You can also set up races. If a player is the first one back after a specific line is touched, they can stop running. This makes it a little fun and motivates them to run harder.
Well, we hope these tips help you develop better practices and better teams! Let us know what you think or if you have some other tips.
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