Cronin and Stein Clinic Notes by Steve Smiley
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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 ****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 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
– Stress “player engagement” when not in a drill
– Training = put players in a severe disadvantage!