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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2013, 13:41 

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I am curious as to how everyone coaches/approaches turnovers? I've always stressed it as the #1 factor offensively, but I'm wondering if maybe I stress it so much that I'm actually making it worse. So I'm curious as to other approaches. Does anyone kind of "leave them alone" and stress being aggressive and "making plays" or do most treat them like I do - the cardinal sins of offense?


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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2013, 14:01 
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As every coach... I hated turnovers ... but its part of the game... as long as they were playing smart and it happens... so be it. Sometimes the other team does something to create them.

My top 5 were -
1- Control the tempo
2- Get a good shot every time down the floor
3- Protect the ball
4 - Play good defense
5- Finish on defense by rebounding ( we are usually smaller than other teams )

Then I added what I called GAME CHANGERS

Take a CHARGE every time they drove
EVERY loose ball is ours.


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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2013, 07:05 
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We stress taking care of the ball, defense, rebounding, and offensive skill development at the freshman and sophomore level.

So we often talk about taking care of the ball and make sure kids understand the importance of it. But we also harp on a lot of other things. We use stats quite a bit and use them (along with film) to show players how much turnovers affect the game. They get you in foul trouble, take away your shots, give them more shots, hurt your defense (getting them easy lay ups), hurt your rebounding (from transition), etc. They pretty much effect all areas of them game. Once kids understand that (the reasoning) they buy into it.

We don't yell or put pressure on. Just emphasize it and "teach". I think that is key. You praise what they do right and teach what they do wrong. Yelling... "Take care of the ball" doesn't really help anything. They know they turned it over and did something wrong. Instead ask... "what happened there? what did you see?" Many times kids will see something you didn't and/or it turns into better teaching. Then teach them better ways to handle the situation.

We also focus on the fundamental aspects which takes some of the pressure off (using back up dribble), improving offense execution, etc. Again it's teaching and development to avoid turnovers, not yelling or putting pressure on them.

I think it helps to watch film and chart where your turnovers come from and then focus on the most common areas in practice. Maybe guys dribble into tough areas too often. Maybe they aren't catching and facing. Maybe they are out of sync offensively. Maybe their press breaker struggles.

We also do a lot of small sided competitive break down drills to improve passing, dribbling, and cut down on turnovers. Those help us in that area as much as anything.

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