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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2013, 09:23 

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Your website, ebooks, DVDs, twitter, etc. have taught me and answered almost any question I've ever had. However, I saw a tweet tonight that sparked a weird question in me. I work hard and study hard to be a fundamental skill based coach as you guys teach. The tweet referred to over coaching. Question: How would I over coach? I don't want to make this mistake, but I'm not 100% sure I understand what it means. Thanks


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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2013, 11:23 

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Great question! Some examples of over coaching from my perspective might include:

-yelling out basic instructions constantly on the court (e.g. rebound, block-out, run, hustle, shoot, etc.)
-feeling the need to call every offensive set or inbounds play
-giving the players multiple tasks and concepts during a game

Basically, coaching the kids to a point where it appears that every move and decision is directed by the coach. I try hard not to do that, but it's tempting to feel the need to "coach", especially when mistakes start to happen.

My take is that if we've practiced hard during the week, my job during game time is to let them play. I'll tweak things when needed, but I want them to take responsibility on the court without relying on me for their every move (good life lesson in there).

I'm guilty of calling time out and rattling off 5 things the players need to do better on the court. I've learned that focusing on one or two things usually works more in my favor.

Last thought and I'll let others chime in. Parents have a tendency to "over coach" from the sidelines, too. A coach can save a lot of headaches by asking the parents not to coach from the stands. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory, but my son (and other players) tell me how annoying it is to constantly hear comments throughout the game about what they should and shouldn't be doing. Kind of like when we starting chipping at the refs about every call they make or miss. As a coach, if I had someone in my ear every 10 seconds telling me what to do, I would be very annoyed. Let me coach, let the players play, and the refs ref.

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PostPosted: 28 Jun 2013, 12:43 
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Good points.

I see a lot of coaches trying to make everything single movement perfect. Same with parents. As an example, when we're doing a drill to improve a fundamental skill at a camp... I know there are several parents and sometimes coaches ready to jump out of their seat because a player (often their own kid) isn't not performing it exactly right.

There are many times when I actually see what they are seeing. But I let them go because I don't feel it's an appropriate time to correct them and I want to see if they will correct it on their own. Many times if you let them get some reps they will self correct. This is a much better way to learn than having a coach stop you on every movement trying to get you to do each thing perfect. That leads to lowered confidence and analysis paralysis for a player.

I also think some college coaches over coach. I think sometimes it's ego. It trickles down to lower levels. The coaches with really good players win a lot. I think when they are teaching you 32 key points on every screen you set and micro-managing every little thing... I think in some cases that's ego and the coach subconsciously trying to justify their pay check. JMO.

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PostPosted: 30 Jun 2013, 05:22 
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I always felt that IF we did our job during the week and prepared them for the game, we wouldn't have to do much during games.

We ran an Open Post as our primary offense, the only thing I would tell them from time to time was to balance the floor.
Yes, there were times I would call out a set ( use of hand signals ) because we were very patient with the Open Post. They knew what to do with our sideline inbounds plays or how we defended that. Pretty much the same thing with inbounds under the baskets, we played m2m defending that and we only had a coupld of plays when we had the ball, their favorite was called Pin Ball.

Defensively, I might remind them of help side. As coaches we cant play the game for them, all we can do is to prepare them. Some teams are better than others.... no doubt about this.... some kids need help on the floor... they were not very good and we can only play who they drop off at the door.

There are always people in the stands that want to coach, its part of the gig, regardless of what you tell them in pre season meetings..... the kids just have to play through that, otherwise they will hear every voice.


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