Checklist for Winning Basketball by Ron Sen
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What’s on your checklist? Start with Pete Newell’s overarching theme. Add specifics.
Coaches assess and assemble players, prepare and practice a strategy and tactics, help develop individual and team execution, motivate, and continually reevaluate and provide feedback. But in the end, “technique defeats tactics” and true excellence in a few areas supersedes being good at many.
But on our implementation checklists, we need both priority and emphasis confirmed by getting feedback from players both individually and collectively. We’ve all seen games (and sometimes championships) lost by failure to execute what was taught. I saw a state sectional championship lost by a point when a team doubled the post three times only to see the helpside defender fail to rotate (specifically assigned and documented in the game plan).
Included (but not limited to) on my checklist:
Team and individual development plan
Conditioning within drills
Pressure defense/defeating pressure defense
Individual and team defense