Games Within the Game by Steve Smiley
This article was originally featured on Coach Smiley’s website: CoachSmiley.Blogspot.com
Coaches – Here is a great idea for trying to analyze your post-game box score. A lot of our programs don’t have the benefit / ability of using high-level analytics, but this is a good way to take the basic Box Score and get more out of it.
The premise of “Games within the Game” is that there are several small games within each game, and the more of these games that your team wins, the better odds you have of winning on the scoreboard. In this example that we took from Northern State University (I believe this was about 10 years ago, if not longer), there are 8 Games Within the Game. If our team wins 5 or more of these, we feel like we have a great chance at getting the W. Obviously you can modify this sheet to what is most important for your program, but the overall idea is to be able to break the game down into several winnable games for your team.
In our example, most of the data comes directly from the box score. There are some categories, however, that are visual, which can be rated afterwards in the film room, or by training an Assistant or Student Coach.
Here’s our basic template:
WINNING THE GAMES WITHIN THE GAME Opponent: ___________________
JUMP BALL:_____ POOR
- HOLD THE OPPONENT UNDER 70 TOTAL POINTS: _______
- NO PLAYER SCORES OVER 20 POINTS: ______
- GET 40% OF AVAILABLE OFFENSIVE. REBOUNDS: ________________________
- GET 60% OF ALL AVAILABLE REBOUNDS: _______________________________
- FORCE 20 OR MORE TURNOVERS: ________
- HAVE LESS THAN 10 TURNOVERS: _______
- AND / OR + TO MARGIN (+10): _______
- 40 POINTS AND 20 REBOUNDS FROM POST. PTS: ______ REB. ______
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
- OPPONENT UNDER 40% FG%: ________
- OPPONENT UNDER 30% FROM THREE: _________
- OPPONENT 3 THREES OR LESS: _______
- HAVE A FG% OVER 52%: ________
- HAVE A 3FG% OF MORE THAN 45%: ________
FREE THROW GAME
- SC BONUS 1ST ½: ____ DOUBLE 1ST ½: _____ BONUS 2ND ½: _____ DOUBLE 2ND ½: _____
- OPP BONUS 1ST ½: _____ DOUBLE 1ST ½: ______ BONUS 2ND ½: ______ DOUBLE 2ND ½: ____
- MAKE MORE FREE THROWS THAN OPPONENT ATTEMPTS: ____
OUR FREE THROWS MADE: ____ OPPONENT’S FT ATTEMPTED: _____
- NO OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS OFF FREE THROWS: _____
- NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL FREE THROW X’S: _____
- ALL AVAILABLE CHARGES: ____ ONE 1 TO 5/4 POST: ____
- ALL AVAILABLE LOOSE BALLS: _____ ONE PITCH AHEAD: ____
- ALL AVAILABLE SAVES: ____ ONE DIAGONAL: ____
- SCREENS AND CUTS: _____ ASSIST US: ___ THEM: ____
- WOLF’S: ___
- 2 TIMEOUTS AND / OR 5-SEC CALLS: ______
DEFENSIVE OB GAME (Poor, Average, Good) OFF OB GAME
- SIDELINE: – SIDELINE:
- BASELINE: – BASELINE:
- FULL COURT: – FULL COURT:
SCORE OF THE GAME
OPPONENT: _____ SHERIDAN GENERALS BASKETBALL
Smiley came to Weber State after spending the six years as the head coach at Sheridan College, a national junior college powerhouse in Sheridan, Wyo. In the six years with the Generals, Smiley posted a 153-43 (.780) overall record and led Sheridan to four North Sub-Region 9 titles and two runner-up finishes. His teams also advanced to the Region 9 Final Four four times and appeared in two championship games. Smiley was twice named the North Region Coach of the Year.
During his time at Sheridan, Smiley had 21 players sign to play NCAA Division I basketball and a total of 38 players moved on to the four-year level. He coached two players who earned NJCAA All-American honors and nine players who earned All-Region honors. Several players wen on to play professional basketball across the world.
In addition to head coach, Smiley also worked as the Athletics Director at Sheridan.
Prior to his time at Sheridan, Smiley spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., where he worked under the winningest coach in NCAA history, Don Meyer. During his time at NSU, the Wolves posted a 50-12 record. Smiley was also the head assistant coach at Black Hills State University during the 2005-06 season.
A native of Denver, Smiley graduated from Northern State in 2004. He was a three-year starter with the Wolves and led the Northern Sun league in assists for three straight seasons. He ranks second in NSU history in career assists with 537. As a senior he was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year and the league tournament MVP. He helped lead the team to a 24-7 record and a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
He played high school basketball at Pomona High School in Arvada, Colo, where he was a four-year starter and earned All-State honors twice. He also led the state of Colorado in assists during his junior season.
Smiley and his wife Nikki have two children, Madden and Avery.