Raiders Ramble – Seven Sins of Terrible Tactics

Edition Seven – 27 November 2017

Coach Bill’s Message for the week

“As we are youth basketball coaches remember that we are the servants of our players, not the other way around.”

Coach Warren Kulm

Welcome to the seventh edition of Raiders Ramble and boy is it a big one!  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 puts forward some thoughts for reflection amongst coaches with the aim to create a strong and vibrant basketball competition.  Whilst watching games on a Tuesday night it was pointed out to Bill that there were some huge score differences with some teams winning by very large margins.  This got Bill thinking about making sure as a coach the tactics we may use to our immediate advantage could be doing damage to our players development and enjoyment of the game later down the track.  He has put together a list of some of the actions we should question ourselves (as coaches) on.  Nothing sinister but points for reflection with some suggestions on how to turn these situations into strengths for your team and opportunities for development.  Enjoy

Seven Sins of Terrible Tactics

  1. Playing your best (strongest) 5 – remember there is no substitute for in-game experience when developing players.
  2. Run tight 2-3 zones and force the opposition to shoot from outside – this deprives players of the opportunity to learn and develop basic basketball skills that will see them playing and enjoying the game for years to come.
  3. Flood the front-court with a full-court press – as youth players are still developing their game and are generally weaker in passing and shooting this tactic can lead to lots of turnovers and the game turns into a ‘run and gun’ shootout which is not a good thing for youth basketball development.
  4. Intimidate young referees so that they’re too scared to make calls against your team – stop talking to the referees and focus on the team you’re coaching.  Don’t expect the referees to make every call correctly – you’re not a perfect coach, your players are perfect shooters, so why do some expect referees to be perfect?
  5. Only allow the best players to control the basketball and shoot – develop the team for long-term success, encourage your weaker players to make the correct play even if that’s shooting the ball and they miss.  You will end up with a stronger term.
  6. Force your biggest players to only play in the post and rebound – create positionless players rather than restricting players by assigning them one position.  You never know how they are going to grow and develop and flexibility in a team is always good.
  7. Only run set plays on offense – use a basketball offense that gives players the opportunity to make decisions so that they learn to read the game and develop their basketball IQ.

The most important thing to remember is that you’re not a bad coach if you are currently using any of the 7 tactics above and that youth coaching is about constantly striving to learn how to guide your players to be the best they can be.

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