We had three meetings.
Meeting #1 - Administrative (held at my house)When I had the coaching staff over to my house, we had a little BBQ, watched some football and then talked about all the little things that are important. (more of a fun get together)
Here are some things we typically discussed:
- School & district rules.
- Care of uniform and equipment.
- Academic eligibility rules.
- NOT allowing any player to try out without the permission slip from the AD.
- Practice schedule for the year (which I had already set up).
- Game schedules (If the lower levels needed a game or two, I would allow them to schedule. that on their own. That way they could play someone they wanted to play).
- Scouting schedule.
- Blue - white game & parent meeting.
Meeting #2 - Offense (held at school)This was offensively oriented. We talked about what offense(s) we were going to run and what I wanted taught and the basketball fundamentals necessary for the program. I welcomed their input as to how we wanted to do things. We talked about our press offense, offensive sets and inbounds plays. I did allow them to run any set or inbound plays they wanted to put in.
We discussed the importance of teaching fundamentals every day, both offensively and defensively. We also talked about the importance of having a sound continuity beginning with the Freshman level - that's where it all starts.
Meeting #3 - Defense (also held at school)This was all about defense - our base defense being m2m, on/up the line.
We discussed the way we wanted things taught and any adjustments we made at the Varsity level that might be the way we wanted things done on all levels. Man to man defense was the only defense I wanted them to play on the lower levels. Even though, I gave them some leeway after the Christmas break meaning that they could use a little zone defense here and there to win a game if need be. I just didn't want them using that as a crutch, and I watched every game so I knew what they were doing.
We talked about the 1-2-2 press that I wanted them to teach also. That was a whole system that could start with a man on the ball. They could use this at any point they felt it would work against the team they were playing. I liked to float and trap at half court, but that was me. We also ran a m2m full court press.
In all of our meetings we had some give and take, I wanted their input, you never know when someone will bring something up that might make the difference in what you are doing. Of course as the head coach I had to make the final decision - but there were many times during the season that we made adjustments to fit our personnel.
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