Raiders Ramble – the coach’s newsletter

Edition Three – 29 October 2017

Coach Bill’s Message for the week

“A good coach changes games, a great coach changes lives”. Source unknown

This week Bill provides a cheat sheet on basketball terminology – hugely helpful for all us parents who are basketball illiterate – and some tips on skills development to help guide coaches on choosing which drills to use.

Basketball Terminology

Like any sport or discipline, basketball has it’s own language.  A novice (or parent) could listen to two coaches talking to each other and not have any idea of what they are talking about!  This is true in almost any subject.

This newsletter will be like a basketball dictionary, trying to define our basketball terms.  Realise that sometimes coaches don’t completely agree on what something means, and sometimes they have more than one term for the same thing eg. a screen and a pick.

Hopefully the attached newsletter will shed some light and bring some consistency of understanding to parents, players and coaches alike.

Skill Development

When coaching youth basketball, Bill recommends that coaches source drills that match the Basketball Australia’s “Fantastic FIve”.  These are the five basic skill development areas that are the building blocks for our players to learn:

  1. Pivoting
  2. Passing
  3. Dribbling
  4. Shooting
  5. Guarding your opponent


Click HERE to download a printable PDF version of the complete Raiders Ramble Edition 6.  Enjoy.