As a coach, you always want to put your team in position to win, help your players develop and grow, and just be successful. We spoke to arguably one of the best and most influential high school coaches, in Team USA U17 head man Don Showalter, and he gladly shared his coaching secrets with us. Continue reading “Interview: Secrets to high school coaching with team USA U17 Don Showalter” »
Coaching Competitive Basketball
At this age, you’ll probably be introducing basketball to kids for the first time. It is at this age that they will start to develop what will hopefully become a lifelong passion for the game. I’m a big fan of Basketball Canada’s Long-term athlete development model (LTAD) and this post is largely based on that model.
If there’s 1 thing to take away from this post, it’s to make practice FUN and ENCOURAGING.
If there’s one thing that coach Nick George knows how to teach better than many coaches in youth basketball, that would be EFFORT. He built his professional and international career as a hustle guy who would outwork everyone on the court. But teaching effort isn’t easy.
Effort is brought into practice from the very first training session. The reason why coaches like Nick George love testing their players with conditioning workouts first up in the season is that they:
1. Measure how much effort players put in the off-season
2. Set the tone for the season ahead
If your players kill these workouts- then you’ve got a great season coming up. If not… then they better be prepared to put in the work. So keep reading for some coaching pointers from our interview with coach George, or click here to fast forward straight to the 3 annotated practice plans!
Whilst elite athleticism and NBA experience are the keys to team USA’s success at the senior level, the same cannot be said for it’s junior U17 team. Despite the narrower gulf in talent, the U17 team has seen no shortage of success, winning its most recent FIBA Championship this July to make it 4 in a row.
At some point the athleticisms are going to catch up with each other and it’s going to be a matter who have the best skill work.
The U17 team’s on court performance is identical to many high school teams- they run a full court press on defense and utilize a ball screen offense. No complex plays or defensive schemes are taught. Instead, what we learned from our interview with their U17 head coach, Don Showalter, is that daily drilling of basketball fundamentals is their key to success.
Today, we’ll breakdown coach Showalter’s 8 key principles to organizing training and show you how they can be applied to a practice plan- ones with drills used by coach Showalter himself. There are 2 complete annotated Practice Plans and 13 drills inside – keep reading to find out more!
February is the start of basketball playoffs. Ever wondered how to motivate your players to perform when the pressure’s on?
That’s why this week we’ve reached out to 5 of our expert coaching partners for advice. Click on each link to get advice for the age group you coach:
– AAU Coach Ryan Holliday (for u11 teams)
– Team USA Coach Don Showalter (for u16 teams)
– NBA Skills Coach and 2011 Coach of the USA Pan Americas Games team, Don Kelbick (for u16 teams)
– Coach Nick George, former Team GB International (for u18 teams)
– Wisconsin State Championship Coach Steve Collins (for u18 teams)
I’ve outlined the appropriate age groups for each coaches advice, but no matter what category you coach in, each section will have some insights inside for you!