About the AuthorSteve Little is the former Head Coach of the St Bonaventure Catholic Youth Ministry High School team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania His teams won over 70% of their regular season games and qualified for the playoffs every season He was a volunteer Assistant Junior Varsity Coach at the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning Bachelor s and Master s degrees in Industrial Engineering.He is a Managing Director at a product design consultancy, leading business relationships with multi national clients He is experienced at building and leading successful teams in business and on the basketball court.Excerpt Reprinted by permission All rights reserved.ForewordNo matter how experienced you are with the game of basketball, coaching a group of young people can be challenging.There are many questions in terms of how much to try to teach them about the game, sportsmanship and how much emphasis to put on winning versus just having fun.If you were a player, and think this will be easy, it s possible that you may have underestimated the task.As a player, there was little time or reason to consider things from the coaches perspective.Most of us that played basketball as kids can remember fondly those experiences with coaches that really understood the game and taught us well.They took the time to explain the intricacies of the game, planned practice well, and treated the players fairly.It is equally likely that you can remember some coaches that just didn t get it.Either they made practices too serious, were unprepared, too focused on win at all costs, or just thought it was enough to throw the balls out there Steve s book does a few really important things First, it focuses the coach on establishing a program and philosophy.Young people need consistent messages what it means to be successful in the program as well as an overall approach to doing something meaningful as a team themes that will serve the youngsters in your program throughout their lives.Second, it provides new coaches with timetables and a structure in which to approach the task.How we deal with parents, establish ground rules, and set the rules and guidelines are critical to keep things on track.Approaching practices as a planned activity in which everyone gets a little bit better in the fundamentals of the game with each practice and then goes on to add advanced knowledge either offensively, defensively or in transition, gives the team a sense of the importance of continuous improvement.Many of them will take this lesson on with them to improve on their own time and focus on fundamentals.The book is a resource for providing simple, teachable offenses, defenses and set plays.The offensive schemes are straightforward, focusing on movement of the ball and team members, as well as understanding how plays will emerge out of basic offensive schemes.This plants the seeds of innovation, and often opens up each player s mind to the possibilities and benefits of good team play.Learning to play in the playground focuses on getting your own shots.While this skill often separates the superstars from the good players, there is an alarming lack of understanding of space, tempo, cutting, passing and replacing to be ready for rebounds and getting back on defense.Team defense is emphasized in the book and understanding the opponent s strengths and weaknesses.Steve places the right degree of emphasis on time and situation to give your team the best chance of winning during the critical phases of games.Again, you don t want to be unprepared for these and give your team a sense that you haven t thought it through.Steve s book does a wonderful job of interspersing lessons of the game and anecdotes into the dry basics of the game.I think this, in it itself, is instructive.Teaching the game of basketball is a journey.It s important to take every opportunity to insert life lessons.Very few of your players are going to go on to stardom at higher levels of the game, but they will always remember the lessons learned on the court and that is ultimately the fun and reward of coaching.Tom Gwydir Columbia University 82 86, Top 25 All Time Scoring Rebounding at Columbia All Ivy League First Team 86, Second Team 85 All Metro 86 Columbia Leader in Scoring Rebounding 85 86...
|Title||:||The Bobcat Way: Coaching a Successful Recreational Basketball Program|
|Publisher||:||Pointwise Discontinuity Books September 15, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||140 pages|
|File Size||:||993 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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