Cronin and Stein Clinic Notes

Cronin and Stein Clinic Notes by Steve Smiley

This article was originally featured on CoachSmiley.Blogspot.com.

I had the opportunity to take in a few clinics at the convention over Final 4 weekend recently in Dallas. Two of the best were Mick Cronin’s on Defense, and Alan Stein’s on Player Development. Here are some of my notes from those clinics:

Mick Cronic Clinic:

 

–          Do your best job at the job you have… stop worrying about others

 

–          Huge emphasis on guarding the ball (more so than on the help)

 

–          You must guard differently earlier in the clock than late

 

–          No lay-ups, FT’s, rhythm 3’s from opponent’s best shooters

 

–          Stop layup and stop the foul (no reach / chop down) – get him to contort his body

 

–          Put players in a disadvantage

 

–          ***Show film of 1. Proper way 2. Incorrect Way 3. Their current reality

 

–          Big guys = never foul below the shoulders! **Wall-up

 

–          Show players film after every game of every bad foul (there are usually around 6 per game) – just get rid of the bad fouls! Keeps the players in the game, and don’t give away easy points

 

–          3 things Cincy did to go from a losing team to a winning team

 

o   FT’s – make more, give up less

 

o   Fouls

 

o   Turnovers

 

o   ****It wasn’t FG%, 3’s, etc. Those stayed consistent during losing and winning.

 

–          Mismatch doesn’t beat you, but the open shot will!

 

–          Jeff Van Gundy à “No shooting turnovers!”

 

Alan Stein Clinic

 

–          Basketball is a game of more than running & jumping… BALANCE is the key

 

o   It is played at a fast pace, but it is not a spped game. More about reaction, stop & go, etc.

 

–          “Perceived Relevance” – Players have to believe it will help them when the lights come in. If they don’t believe, they won’t try as hard.

 

–          Use a ball in all dynamic warm-up drills. Anything you can do forward, make them also do backward.

 

–          Build players “brick by brick”

 

–          View the warm-up as a mini-workout

 

–          How much quality work can we get in this 10 minutes?

 

o   Examples = Euro’s, lay-ups, hop-backs, lunges, 1-2 into the shot

 

–          6 movements of basketball à what are they?

 

–          Basketball is all about Starts & Stops

 

–          The butt is the strongest muscle for a basketball player

 

–          Goal is to take things from the Conscious to the Unconscious (don’t even think about it, just naturally do it) à is done by repetition in the offseason

 

–          Dribble Tag (4 or 5 man groups) à Tag everybody in a 30 second split (great conditioner)

 

o   Better than running sprints (cutting, starts, stops)

 

o   Is more FUN

 

o   Used at Dematha

 

–          Only thing that limits you is your own imagination and creativity!

 

–          Drills =

 

o   Why?

 

o   How?

 

o   Does it fit into your coaching philosophy?

 

o   ***If you don’t believe in it, you can’t sell it! Your players will know

 

–          Find ways to make everything competitive

 

–          Either reward winners or consequences for losers (as a coach, you decide based on your personality)

 

–          Partner circles idea (half-court, etc) – work on jumper footwork, back-cut, etc

 

o   Sprint, D-slide, Face front entire time (different feet)

 

o   Can always add a live dribble

 

o   12 second tag with no ball (around the circle)

 

–          Two things that are a dying breed in youth basketball today

 

o   Shooters

 

o   Leaders

 

–          Stress “player engagement” when not in a drill

 

–          Training = put players in a severe disadvantage!

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