Raiders Ramble – the coach’s newsletter

Edition Five – 12 November 2017

Coach Bill’s Message for the week

“We learn best in moments of enjoyment.”

Ralph Smedley, founder Toastmasters International

Welcome to the fifth edition of Raiders Ramble.  We hope that you have been finding them entertaining and helpful – please feel free to share these with your players, clubs and friends.  It all goes towards building a fantastic basketball community here in the hills.

In this week’s newsletter Bill has compiled a couple of discussion topics, which many of us have considered in the past, and hopefully they will add to the conversation and help us share our own tips and has provided his Top 3 rules for great basketball offense.

Kids with Goldfish attention spans

“My team can’t stay focussed for more than a few minutes at practice when we are running drills.  What should I do?”

Does this sound familiar?  News Flash: All kids have short attention spans!

Sure, some can concentrate for less time than others but on the whole, keeping kids focussed in practice is something that every coach has to learn to do.  There are no ‘secret-short-attention-span’ drills you can start using that will magically cause them to concentrate for your entire practice.  In fact, this issue usually has much more to do with the coaching than the players…

What excites you as a Coach?

For Bill, it is watching a team unselfishly pass the basketball around the half-court and then get an open shot or layup.  Whether it goes in or not, it’s always beautiful to watch.

There are other things too…

  • Players winning 50/50 balls.
  • Watching a player pursue tough full-court defence.
  • Small players dominating the rebound battle simply because they want it more.
  • Unselfish, team-first offence.

These are Bill’s ‘you-can’t-wipe-the-smile-off-my-face’ moments.  What are yours?

Download this week’s newsletter for three reasons why your players might be struggling to concentrate at practice and Bill’s Top 3 rules for great basketball offense.

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