All times are UTC - 6 hours



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
  Print view Previous topic | Next topic 
Author Message
PostPosted: 08 Mar 2010, 13:14 

Posts: 8
OK, I have a 2 teams. A 9th-10th grade boys and 11th-12th boys. We get 2 practices a week and they cant be over 1 hr 10 mins. Should I focus 1 practice on Defense and 1 on Offense? Or split Offense and Defense up and have both in each practice? Also On both teams I don't have height but alot of speed and shooters, so I was wondering if focusing on my Defense more or close to completely and letting it turn into my offense as in fast breaks, turnovers, steals? Thanks for this website it has been and is a great deal of help. Would love to hear back if possible.
Thx Cody


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 16 Mar 2010, 17:12 
User avatar

Posts: 315
Codyhelg..1: A few years ago, in Hong Kong I was confronted with exactly the same problem. I was coaching Varsity Girls and Junior Varsity girls. It can be a logistical nightmare. Do you have two practices with each team or one practice each? If you have four hours per week for both teams, I would have both teams together in the beginning of the season to teach your drills, philosophies and fundamentals. However, once you begin your seasons, and depending on who you are playing I would then split them up to teach offense and different defensive situations. Every once in awhile, bring both teams together for scrimmages or to re-emphasize something that you consider important. As far as being limited with height but blessed with speed, then of course, fast break, aggressive man 2 man defense, and my favorite full, 3/4 and half court pressure basketball is made for a small quick team. Let me know your thoughts, and good luck Coach Mac. P.S. what is your situation, where are you located and why is there no one there to help you?


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 25 Mar 2010, 12:57 

Posts: 8
Yes I have 2 practices for each team a week. Each team has a practice on Wensday nights, and then another 1 on whichever day is open at the gym. I try to get both teams split up becuz of the body counts and I being the only coach for both. We are coming to the end of our seasons. We have our league Tourny end of this month and beginning of April. Next season I will use your suggestion of having both teams in first part of season together. Also like the idea of scrimmmaging each team against one another. Good challange for my younger boys and even better one for older boys. Dont wanna lose to younger boys.
Yes I love Defense and my older boys are and becoming a great press team and man to man, alot of work to be done, but sense ive found this website, we have made HUGE steps to progress. Love watching em learn what im teaching them. The one thing we do have troubles with, cuz of no height, is 2nd chances opps for the opposing team. Ive put in the Reaction Rebounding drill, Corner Close Out Drill, OverLoad Drill, were still having a hard time securing rebounds, cuz other teams can jump over us... I love being in the gym with the boys but next year im only gonna take on the one team, and focus on the older boys. Right now we are 8-1 goin into our Tourny, and I get them all back next year.
My situation is im currently living in Eureka Ca (Nor Cal) and theres no one to help cuz no 1 here wants to take the challenge on, or they would rather coach from the stands and complain when things dont go right for our team. But if thats how the parents and people are around here then ive made up my mind I dont want them around the boys cuz they arent gonna put the effort in. I live for this, right now i have nothing goin on but these boys, they are what i have to wake up for, so im puttin everything into this. Thank you for gettin back to me, love your guys site, plz stay in touch, thanks for everything... Coach Cody


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 25 Mar 2010, 17:26 
User avatar

Posts: 315
Coach Cody: I am reading that you are totally committed to this game and the kids you are working with and that is commendable. However, a word of advice, I don't know how old you are but that type of dedication, although remarkable, can cause problems. I too was like you many years ago and it cost me two wives. I spent my every waking hour with the kids teaching them this great game to the detriment of my own family. Please insure that you find other endeavors to occupy your time as well as coaching. A good first step is the decision you made already to only coach one team, that will give you time to pursue other interests. Hopefully this doesn't sound like a lecture from your father, its just that I've been there. please stay in contact Coach Mac


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 25 Mar 2010, 18:03 
User avatar

Posts: 3139
Cody, Coach Mac has given you some great advice..... I've been there too..... so listen to some "seasoned" coaches..... we both admire your dedication....but remember to balance the rest of your life with basketball.


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 13:39 

Posts: 8
Coach Mac & Coach Sar:
Thank you for the advice, no it didnt seem like a lecture from my father. IT actually is what my father has been tellin me, but I havent really paid attention, but now that ive had 3 people tell me this I feel its probley in my best interest to listen... Yes I love being outta my house and in the gym with the boys. I feel at home in the gym, the smells, the sounds of the shoes on floor, the sweat everything... Right now I dont really have a family per Say, of my own. I have a girlfriend and a Dog. Which my GF works at the local Hospital 12 hr shifts and my dog goes everywhere with me. The great thing is my GF has my back complelty sometimes, lol, she tells me to go to the gym, call up the boys get outta the house, lol... But I do understand where you guys are coming from and I do very much appreciate, even not knowing me as a person you guys still take the time to care.
By the way I am 25 years old, its kind of become an addiction for me. Im on this site for hrs, looking thru drills and testimonies, watching videos jus tryin to learn and become the best that I can, Im very competitive and love watching the boys grow and learn and sometimes to a fault I guess. Its jus I dont know what else Id rather be doin with my life. Thank you again for the advice. We have our League Tournys 1st Rd that starts tomro, Cant wait... Thanks for gettin back to me and hope to keep hearing from you all...


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 17:02 
User avatar

Posts: 315
Coach: Its our pleasure, actually I began my coaching at your age and I am now coaching Professionally in Hong Kong. I too enjoy the smells and the squeaking of the shoes on the floor and the sound a ball makes when its dribbled and that's after over 1200 games coached and nearly 40 years of coaching. Are you college educated if not its very difficult to break into coaching. I was a prison guard for 15 years with no degree and coached club ball but could not break into the high school system until i returned to get my degree at 43 I now have a Doctorate. These are just some things to ponder and reflect on. Coaching is a great profession I have made so many friends from it including Coach Sars on this site. Although we have never met personally, I would just love to sit down with him over a beer and trade war stories he's a very dedicated and interesting man. Good luck with your tourney, keep me posted Coach Mac


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 18:10 
User avatar

Posts: 3139
I started coaching at 21 right after I got out of the Army... a friend of mine (who I still see today) got me invovled with coaching grammar school age kids (6-8th graders) I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to do this as a career... but it took me till I was 32 to get up enough courage to go to college - graduated at 36, moved on to the high school level - continued my education, I have67 hours past my Masters.... too much work for a PHD but I made the same amount of money.
I coached for 42 years and loved every minute of it.... so, IF You are serious about coaching... get a degree and teaching certificate and go afer it. I have also met a lot of nice guys and good coaches... some I have met personally from my contacts in another site. I have also met some interesting young people on this site who are like sponges, I love giving back to the game that gave me so much.
Coach Mac has a ton of experiences.... I would love to talk Xs 0s with him.

Let us know how things are going for you.


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 20:56 

Posts: 8
Well I am some what College educated. Ive gone to 2 different colleges, @ 1 for 1 yr and @ the other for only a semester. I could no longer pay for the outta state tuition and books outta pocket. Too many variables to get into, but I am strongly considering gettin back into school. The last 4 years not only have I been coaching 3-6 grade boys n girls thru the YMCA in a different town (Redding Ca) I was also working there in a Pre-School as a Instruc. Assit. and thru the YMCA in a AfterSchool Program leader working with the kids. The thing is I really dont want to be a Teacher per say in a classroom. I dont know what to go back to school for? I know without a doubt that what I want to do is coach boys basketball High School if not higher.
SO are you saying I must become a Teacher to be a Lucrative, Professional coach? I mean what is college going to teach me about coaching? What classes are there to be a High School/College Basketball Coach? Thank you for the Luck and I will absolutly keep you posted on the results, thanks guys, Coach C...


 Profile  
 
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 21:06 
User avatar

Posts: 3139
Cody,

Its not about learning how to coach, its about getting a BA and teaching certificate. You cant teach at the high school level without it.... you need that to coach also. IF you don't want to teach I think you are going to have a difficult time finding a coaching career - same thing IF You don't go to college.

You have to make a decision.... do you really want to do this? IF you do, then go back to school. Read how Coach Mac and I got to those levels. You have tp work your way up the ladder. Good luck and I hope that you will make the right decision for YOU.

IF you are not willing to do this... then you need to look into another career that will allow you to coach, but its not going to be at the level you want. You can coach at the high school level SOMETIMES with a accredidated coaching course, but that will only get you lower level jobs.


 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 6 hours


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: