*”2 Sides 2 Every Blowout” (Part 1)
One of the best feelings in sports, is being on the right side of a blowout. The team is on cruise control, smiles abound from ear to ear, and all seems to be right with the world. Perhaps what makes this feeling so powerful, is the remembrance of how equally powerful the opposite feelings can be on the other bench. Hence, one of the worst feelings in sports, is being on the wrong side of a blowout. The mind tries to assess the damage, and quickly produce a potential comeback strategy. Meanwhile, with every passing second, the body takes a little longer to engage in the action because win probability has decreased so drastically. Motivation becomes increasingly harder to muster, and as the clock ticks away, the thoughts of most every player and coach turn from salvaging the present, to future revenge.
There’s far more to be played for in a blowout than just the final outcome. Seeds are being planted for future strategy and motivation. Valuable lessons in professionalism are also being taught that can often be the difference between winning and losing long-term. The best teams are not only the teams that know how to win, but know how to win best. Here are “The 2 Sides Of Every Blowout”. An intricate look at the “Winning Side” perspective, as well as a brief synopsis of what can also be learned from the “Losing Side”. Enjoy the blueprint of exactly what works best, what doesn’t, when, and why.
*”2 Sides 2 Every Blowout” (Part 2)
(B) “Composure and Discipline” (CONTINUED):
It’s very important for every successful team to be memorable. The key is being memorable for the right reasons, and not the wrong ones. Your opponent should only remember you for general things, like tough defense, team speed, or overall intensity, which will always be in their thoughts and preparation, but not likely to be an emotional focal point. However, when your opponent remembers specific disrespectful moments or individual games, they will be much more likely to keep those memories fresh in their minds, and make them an emotional focal point for all future matchups against you.
This means that by consistently being unprofessional and disrespectful, especially in blowouts, your team could very well be freely providing enough motivation to inferior teams you’ve already beaten, to one day turn the tables and finally beat you. Every season, there are teams with terrible records that some how pull off a major upset against one or more elite teams. Many of these scenarios occur because the inferior team had circled that particular game “Super Bowl” so to speak, based on a sour taste in their mouth from a past matchup.
(C) “4th Quarter and Finishing Respectfully”: The best way for good teams and great teams to avoid this type of revenge situation each year, is to finish every game respectfully, especially blowouts! Whenever the outcome of a game has long been decided. Take a page from football, and run the ball until the clock runs out. All but abandoning the air attack, in order to finish a blowout respectfully. Of course the basketball equivalent would be to walk the ball instead of run it, and eventually take the air out of the 3 point attack. Late 3 pointers can often be a source of great contentment amongst teams that are being blown out. It’s always best to simply finish the game quietly and respectfully, shake hands, and be on your way.
The Winning Side
A) (“First 3 Quarters”) Nothing should change strategically through the first 3 quarters, regardless of the lead size. The only change worth contemplating would be a slight shift in gears emotionally. Specifically, addressing any play or conduct that is only taking place because of the lopsided score and could either create bad habits in competitive games to come, or provide obvious motivation for future matchups against the same opponent.
B) (“Composure and Discipline”) Avoid disrespecting or embarrassing your opponent at all costs. These mistakes in professionalism can either inspire a comeback in the current game, regardless of how improbable, or fuel future inspiration for many years to come, and possibly a lifetime rivalry. Tim Hardaway once said that talking trash when the game is “nip/tuck” or when the outcome has yet to be decided, is completely respectable. However, talking trash when the outcome of the game has long since been decided, is 100% disrespectful, because the main objective of winning has already been achieved.
The Losing Side
“What To Take With You”: I can vividly picture the well-known TV Commercial Character “Captain Obvious” saying that being blown out in any sport is not fun. Thanks Captain Obvious. Although that is the truth, there’s actually a number of positive things that can come from being on the losing side of a blowout. A big one is being reminded of how hard winning really is, and more importantly how much consistent hard works it takes to win or even be competitive against today’s level of size and talent. How we apply these reminders to our team going forward is what makes the biggest difference. Physical, mental, emotional, and attitude adjustments must all be made at some point in the process to apply what we learn in the most humbling of defeats. Many positives can actually occur while the blowout is still taking place. A great example is the freedom a blowout provides to give unproven players a chance to get some well needed playing time, as well as to experiment with new lineup combinations. The most important piece of a blowout for a team to take with them, is the memory of the blowout itself. Embrace the carry-over, and every emotion that comes with it, good or bad. Mark it on the calendar, write it on the wall, save the tape, and don’t ever forget the feeling. Let every single second of that embarrassment be a driving force for future success. One of the greatest motivations for the joy of winning, is never wanting to feel the pain of losing ever again. Of course, that pain is just one part of the overall improvement process, but it’s a great place to start.
Life is a series of moments. Each uniquely unfolding every second for all who walk this earth. Good or bad, each and every moment is a miracle, as well as an opportunity to be our best or worst. The number of these moments we’ll receive in a lifetime remains forever unknown to us in the land of the living. Only after we’re gone will this exact number be revealed. A painful epiphany, often occurring just seconds after another pivotal moment of truth in our lives has come and gone. Moments that most of us so often take for granted. In these pivotal and powerful moments, life presents us with 3 simple questions: Will you take the risk?, will you play it safe?, or will you freeze?
Our decision is often based on a choice between listening to our mind or listening to our heart. Ironically, the assurance that comes with deciding to play it safe, does not always assure a safe outcome. In fact, taking the risk in any given moment is often safer than not taking it. Risk provides the potential increased reward to further separate us from harm or danger. This separation is one of the great differentiators between every person, place, thing and idea on this earth. Any one person being healthier, wealthier, or happier than the next, is often a direct result of the risks they’re willing or not willing to take.
A perfect sports example would be playing conservative for an entire game against a superior team, in hopes of keeping the score as close as possible. This approach often leads to a more competitive defeat, but a defeat nonetheless. In actuality, a more aggressive or risky approach would be far more likely to produce a victory, with the only drawback being a potentially larger margin of defeat. If playing it safe leads mostly to losing anyway, regardless of how close the score is. Then why not take the risk of being more aggressive.
William Wallace, the legendary Scotsman, better known as Braveheart, faced many pivotal moments of truth throughout his life. He and his fellow freedom warriors were especially confronted on a particular battlefield, which would become the site of a miraculous shift in spirit and fearlessness going forward for Wallace and his warriors. That great shift was given life by these powerful words from Wallace himself: “Fight, and you may die. Run, and you’ll live. At least awhile. And dying in your beds, many years from now. Would you be willing, to trade all the days from this day to that? For one chance, just one chance!, to come back here and tell our enemies, that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
The most powerful moments of any risk taken or not taken, are not the moments unfolding in the present. The most powerful moments are the ones that follow immediately after, and on into the future, for the rest of your life. Ask yourself. Ask your players. Did you take the risk?, did you play it safe?, or did you freeze? And since no one is promised tomorrow. What about today?
Jim Kramer, the famous stock analyst, advises his viewers to take risks based largely on their age. He feels that the younger an investor is, the higher their risk/reward profile should be. The logic being that younger investors have far more time to recover from high risk losses, which allows them to be more aggressive in pursuing their financial goals. Compared to older investors, who have far less time to recover from high risk losses, and therefore often take a much more conservative approach. This concept proves true with young athletes as well, who should always be more aggressive in chasing their athletic goals.
Increased competition level is a great place to start. Most young ballplayers tend to play equal or lesser competition, in comparison to their skill level. Often due to fear of failure or physical punishment, many young ballplayers are not willing to take the risk of playing bigger and better competition. When in fact, this is exactly the time in their lives when they should be taking that risk. Players of all ages should always play up in competition whenever possible, never equal or down. That’s the best way to test their physical and mental limitations both on and off the court. Specifically, when young players become accustomed to playing up in competition. They often not only increase their skill level and toughness, but increase their confidence as well, leading to loftier goals and expectations.
Another great opportunity for high risk/reward potential is increased level of personal play. Young players often have a tendency to limit themselves in the way they approach and play the game. These limitations can reveal themselves in many ways. Usually in the form of timid execution, such as passing up open shots on the offensive end, or failing to aggressively engage on the defensive end. Unless addressed and corrected, this timid approach will only get worse in time. Eventually, it can even become part of their lives off the court, such as in the classroom and in social situations.
The best remedy is repetition. Confidently encourage your players to step out of their comfort zones on a regular basis, regardless of the results. The more they become comfortable with an aggressive mindset, the more likely they are to become comfortable executing aggressively as well. These are just a few suggestions, but the bottom line is that young players need to take more athletic risks while they’re still young. If they continuously make the mistake of waiting until they’re physically or mentally ready. It will almost always be too late. Encourage your players today to embrace being young and being bold.
The objective should always be to win in regulation. Too many outside factors can determine the outcome of the game in overtime. Factors such as foul trouble become increasingly crucial, which means the refs will have a much larger impact on the outcome of the game. Fatigue also becomes a major factor, specifically when it comes to game schedule, as well as game location, which even in basketball can have a substantial impact on the game. Some of these factors include elevation and temperature, which can affect both the team and playing conditions, such as breathing issues and dangerous floor condensation. Overtime also allows for the further risk of injury, both in the current game and in the games to follow.
Another factor to consider when contemplating settling for overtime, is carry-over. The same explosive factor discussed in the “2 Sides 2 Every Blowout” blog. Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals is perfect example of that. The positive and negative carry-over of an overtime game is so much more powerful and future altering than a regulation game, especially in the playoffs. In game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the biggest underdogs in Finals history, and yet they dominated regulation. They put themselves within 1 possession of pulling off the huge road upset, but casually squandered the final seconds with a gigantic miss from both the free throw line and the floor. This was followed by an inexcusable mental blunder, to finish regulation, and doom them to overtime.
As most of us know, overtime was a disaster for the Cavaliers, and I believe produced a negative carry-over so powerful, that regaining their confidence going forward was virtually impossible. That would end up being the case, and further solidify the point that almost any risk is worth taking in regulation, in order to avoid overtime. With the lone exception being a comeback situation where the only mathematical path to victory is forcing overtime. The Warriors proved that in the exact same 2018 NBA Finals Game 1 example, after trailing for most of the game, but finding a way to sneak in to overtime. The rest is history.
In conclusion, it should be abundantly clear that overtime is in no way a desirable destination for any team involved in the final minute of a tie game, or in possession of the ball in a tie game at the end of regulation. In fact, it’s where most regulation dominated performances go to die. As entertaining as overtime is to fans because of the fireworks it so often provides. Why not provide some winning fireworks at the end of regulation instead, and send everybody home happy. Everybody, that is, except your opponent.
As the last of the final minute plays out, the beginning of the final possession is the perfect opportunity to catch your opponent off guard, and get out on the break as quickly as possible. Make sure there’s at least 10 seconds left on the game clock, because anything less would most likely not allow enough time to rebound a miss, or recover from an unsuccessful fastbreak, which usually takes an average of 3 to 4 seconds to unfold. The shot clock must either be in sync with the game clock or turned off. Your opponent will often assume that you’re going to call an immediate timeout if one’s available. Regardless of how the possession is obtained, this assumption provides a great chance to quickly advance the ball while your opponent may simply be waiting for the whistle to blow.
This strategy not only opens the door for a potential game-winning fastbreak opportunity, but also for some possible trickery in the process. Having your players casually approach the bench for what looks to be a timeout being called. If your opponent appears to accept that a timeout has actually been called, it can often provide a virtually uncontested path for a deep leak-out, full court pass and layup. It seems quite risky, but is surprisingly safe, as long each player knows not to initiate the play if the defense doesn’t take the bait. The contingency plan would be to simply call an actual timeout, and not allow the defense any clues to what was in the works. This will preserve the play for the future.
When all strategies for the final minute and the final possession have been either analyzed or applied. If the game is still tied, you still have the ball, and there’s still time left on the clock. The final shot is all that matters now. However, taking the final shot at the buzzer will not give you the best chance to win the game. It will only give you the best chance to go to overtime. Coach Herman Edwards, is that why we play the game? Most sports fans know exactly what his emphatic, yet hilarious response would be: “You play to win the game!”.
The best chance to win the game is actually to shoot the final shot several seconds before the buzzer. Preferably something in the paint, or at least inside the 3 point line. Far too many regulation tie games go to overtime because the team with the ball let the clock run down too far, and had to settle for a 3 point attempt at the buzzer. Instead of purposely letting the clock run down, use every single second of the clock to get as deep in the paint as possible. Take the final attempt with several seconds to spare, which will allow for the possibility of a quick put-back, or more. Sometimes it’s not the best drawn up play that works, but the one right after. So every time a team holds for the final shot, they automatically eliminate the chance of the one right after.
It’s late in the 4th quarter, the shot clock is turned off, the game is tied, and your team has the ball. We’ve all been there before, as either a coach, player, or both. Standard operating procedure is usually to call an immediate time out if available, often even following a rebound or a turnover. This is usually the moment when many coaches exhale with the comfort that overtime is the worst possible outcome, barring any disastrous miscues. Unfortunately, this standard operating procedure that so many coaches lean on, quite often leads to the same standard operating results that so many coaches regretfully look back on.
This misplaced trust in the safety of overtime can usually be traced back to three crucial parts of the end of regulation: the final minute, the final possession, and the final play. The team that consistently makes the most of these 3 parts, will always have the best opportunity to win in regulation and avoid overtime. First, it’s important to ignore the general notion that a tie game in the final minute is a time to be conservative. In actuality, it’s the perfect time to be aggressive, because it comes with the guarantee that any failed offensive possession, at worst, can only result in a 3 point maximum deficit on the other end. That’s excluding the rare exception of giving up a 4 point play.
With this in mind, the smartest way to apply aggression in the final minute, is to attack the basket. This eliminates the pressure of having to connect from outside in such a hostile shooting environment, as well as potentially place your opponent in serious foul trouble and provide the opportunity for making the possible game winning free-throws. Bottom line, the final minute of a any tie game is a time to be aggressive and avoid overtime at all costs. In fact, the final minute of regulation should always be approached as if overtime is not an option.
If a win or a tie were the only two possible outcomes, then most teams would be much more aggressive in the final minute of regulation. Especially at the end of the regular season, when many teams are fighting for every possible victory to make the playoffs. Ironically, most of those teams would not be in that position if they played that aggressive in the final minute of every game. It’s all about having the proper perspective for the current moment, because many coaches and players instead have the “next” mentality. They’ll say things like: “we’ll get it next play”, “next quarter”, or “next game”. Although attempting to be positive, this way of thinking does not put enough emphasis on the moment currently unfolding. In basketball and in life, that’s the only moment that should ever matter.
“Practice Breakers” are fun and challenging 10 minute activities that help break up the tedious practice schedule. Every player will have their name listed on “The Practice Breakers Board”. They each get 1 Point for every “Practice Breaker” activity they win, including tiebreakers if necessary. At the end of the year, whichever player has the most points gets a symbolic reward or prize from the coaching staff. What usually works best is an item or symbol that best represents the spirit of “Practice Breakers”, which is all about working hard as a team everyday, but having fun and staying loose as well.
Something personalized that the players can wear in class on gameday is always a big hit. For example, an old style sport coat embroidered with the phrase “P.B. Champ”, the more goofy looking, the better. Something inexpensive that will make your players laugh whenever they wear it or see it, but will also mean something special to them as a season-long accomplishment they have to earn. I encourage coaches at all levels to be creative in implementing new ideas for “Practice Breaker” activities and rewards/prizes. Here’s 3 fun suggestions that work really well:
1) “Opposites”: A 10 minute scrimmage where every player can only use their opposite hand to dribble, pass, and shoot. Their strong hand can only be used to catch passes, and as a guide for shooting and dribbling transfers. Coaches ref the scrimmage to make sure everybody’s sticking to the rules. Every player on the winning team gets 1 point for “The Practice Breakers Board”. This activity is hilariously fun, but also strongly encourages each player to work intensely on developing their opposite hand. It gets them in the habit of forcing the issue, and experiencing the intial ups and downs along with the rest of the team. “Opposites” is a tremendous team confidence builder, and is truely a blast. Have fun!
2) “Half-court Heroes”: 3 players spread across the halfcourt stripe. They will all back up several feet, and with a running start at the coach’s whistle, will each take a halfcourt shot at the same time. The challenge is for them to choose the proper height, distance, and speed that will allow their shot to arrive at a different time then their 2 teammates. Thus giving their shot a better opportunity to go in. The only true rule is that all 3 players must shoot at the same time. Coaches ref this activity as well, and often join in with the team, which makes it even more fun. The player with the most makes at the end of 10 minutes, gets a point on “The Practice Breakers Board”. Your team will love it!
3) “Stick and Pick”: The coaches select a specific shot for every player to shoot. Whoever makes(sticks) it first, gets to pick the next shot for everybody to take until the next make, which can be any shot they want, regardless of the difficulty. The more difficult each shot becomes, the safer it becomes for the current leader to protect their point for “The Practice Breakers Board”. There are only 2 simple rules. First, the shot must be attempted from no more than a few feet beyond the 3 point line, and must be shot from in bounds. Second, the line must rotate in order every practice, so each player gets the chance to be the first shooter. It’s very similar to “H.O.R.S.E.”, but is so much more challenging and engaging. The last player to make a shot at the end of 10 minutes, will of course, get a point on “The Practice Breakers Board”. This is also another great opportunity for coaches to participate whenever they see fit. Enjoy!
When I was younger, I had the privilege to attend many basketball camps. Each camp had its strengths and weaknesses within the time I spent there. Now from coaching point of view, a camp is only effective if you take what you learned and put into practice. I spent a lot of my parent’s money and my own getting similar instruction all over the state of Wisconsin. What I have learned through my experience of attending, viewing, working camps, and running my own camps is that effectiveness resides with specific focus and training. Provided is my keys of selecting the right basketball camp for a player or players in your program.
1. Does the camp build on areas that I need to improve on? Many camps cover a mile long of material, but it only scratches the surface. There are many camps that build oaau basketball, ball handling drills, basketball ball, basketball camps, basketball coach, basketball coach youth basketball drills, basketball coaching jobs, basketball conditioning, basketball drill, basketball drills, basketball drills for guard, basketball drills for shooting, basketball drills passing, basketball jerseys, basketball recruiting, basketball shooting machine, basketball shot, basketball training, basketball training equipment, basketball tryouts, basketball workouts basketball dribbling drills, Excuses, Freshmen, fun basketball games, Guidance, Leadership, motion offense basketball, NBA, NBA Playoffs, NBA playoffs 2018, passing drills, Shooting, shooting drills, Summer, summer basketball, Summer basketball Coaching, Veterans, youth basketball, youth basketball leagues, youth basketball practice plans, youth summer basketball developmentn specific skills.
2. The camp should be one that is a learning environment where players are challenged and are constantly learning. Learning how to think and read the game. A camp that builds on the basketball IQ is a plus!
3. Ask other coaches, players, and parents for feedback about camps they have attended in the past.
4. Review the camps daily schedule and see how much time is dedicated to playing games. Too often many camps have players playing a lot of games throughout the duration of a camp. Depending on the emphasis and duration of a camp, games are not often needed. Camps should be intended to learning not playing.
5. Develop your own camp with emphasis on what your program and players need. I have ran many basketball camps throughout my years coaching. Each camp is always different. I am huge fan of instructional coaching DVDs, especially ones that are dedicated to skill development. Not only can you use these drills and progressions for camp, but can be used in practice as well. I have created a huge library of DVDs in which I can share with players and coaches to use.
Please look to my next blog as I will give you my top skill development DVDs for all levels of play.
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COACH GENE DURDEN Entering his 12th season as Buford High Girls Basketball coach. 30th Season as Head coach. His teams have played in 7 of the last 9 state championship games. His teams have won state titles in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017, 2018. Durden has guided the Lady Wolves to 6 state titles, 2 state runner-ups, 7 region championships and a program record of 317- 65. Durden’s overall career record is 750-209. Coach Durden is tied for 5th All-time with 6 state titles.
PRESS OFFENSE/FASTBREAK- COACH PETE AYCOCK 23 seasons as a head coach. 460 Wins. Appling county boys coach 3 region titles, 3 coach of the year awards, record 143-22. Monticello high school, MS., 4 District titles, 3 Southern MS. titles, 180 wins. Cathedral Academy, 108-29, 3 Region titles.
We’ve all heard expecting parents talk proudly about the dreams they have for their child or children on the way. They’ll say things like: “my son’s gonna play for The Yankees” or “my daughter’s gonna play for UConn”. Even before a child is born, the foundation of lofty dreams and expectations are already being laid. However, there is no box labeled “Dreams” on any birth certificate. Perhaps if there was such a box, it would feature 3 choices: “Dream Big”, “Dream Small”, or “No Dream”. Of course, life doesn’t work that way. But it would be an interesting experiment to find out how parents would answer that question. What about coaches? Would any parent or coach have a mind to select “Dream Small”, or even worse, “No Dream”? When confronted with such blunt options, it’s unlikely, but not inconceivable. In reality, it’s not so obvious, but in many ways, parents and coaches convey these negative outlooks everyday. In most cases, without even realizing. By not creating a culture of dreaming big and chasing those dreams. We’re consequently creating an opposite culture of mediocrity, and either dreaming small or not dreaming at all.
Ironically, we’re all completely equipped at birth to dream and achieve anything. But parents rarely encourage their children to dream passed a certain age. Yes, genetics does determine our physical makeup overall, but the heart and mind are virtually an empty canvas just waiting to be painted. Unfortunately, many parents often fear the thought of handing their children that proverbial paint brush, and daring them to dream big. In looking to spare their children the pain of failure and rejection. In actuality, can send them on a path that’s far more likely to lead to mediocrity, and often more failure and rejection than if they’d encouraged them to dream big in the first place. Disappointingly, many of these children at some point enter into athletics with this uninspired mindset. It’s the job of every coach who believes in the power of dreams, to reverse this process as soon as possible, and inspire them to dream before it’s too late.
To the player, this new concept of inspiration and the instilling of dreams, goes far beyond the game of basketball. In fact, it can often be a pivotal turning point in their lives. Many happy and successful adults can look back to one specific coach or teacher that had a huge impact on their lives. We must never forget to inspire our players to dream big from the very beginning. And remind them to remember the dream throughout their lives, both on and off the court. It’s a great responsibility, but one that provides joy and inspiration for everyone involved.
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As we continue to address the topic of summer, I find it’s time to start talking how the improvement happens for a player in the summer. First, you have to understand that many other steps have to be in place before summer begins for the biggest improvement to happen. There is still a lot of effort that needs to be made on the coach’s part to make growth happen. Here is my pre-summer checklist, note these actions can happen right now if needed.
1. Player Evaluation with an End of Year Meeting: I believe development is at its strongest when supported and guided by coaches. Take the time to meet with your players after the season. Talk about what skills they need to work on, but also enhance the strengths that possess.
2. Schedule available times throughout the summer for players to work on their game. Society and the game has changed so much. You hardly see players working on their games in their driveways or the local parks. Players tend to do things when organized for them. Create a calendar that players can see in the advance so they can plan with their parents on to make time for getting better.
3. Workout Resources: You need to provide workout for your players. I have developed my own and used others in the past. Please email me if you need workout resources
4. Summer Camp: When I was Varsity coach, I ran a camp early in June. During that time, I took the time to teach the players the workouts during the camp. The rest of summer, I provided gym times to do the workouts on weekly basis three times a week.
5. Less emphasis on games more dedication on getting better. Some players will play more than 40 games in the summer if they play the AAU circuit. Players need to understand that games will only help your game in small amounts, but direct workouts of basketball skills is where development happens. You can’t be a great shooter by just playing games. It takes repetition just like any other skill in basketball.
6. Develop a culture of hard work and improvement: At my end of the season, I tried to highlight the players who improved the most from the previous season. Usually, it’s those players who committed to the summer are the ones making the gains. For example, I had player who told me at the end of his junior season, he was going to score 1,000 points in his career. I said, “You will have score more than 500 points in one season.” We worked together to make this goal happen. He learned to create his own shot with learning how to be a rim attacker. His growth is one of many stories I share with players and parents about the importance of getting better. Your team is only as strong as its weakest player.
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The Legendary Clint Eastwood once said: “You can say more with your mouth closed than you can with your mouth open. Unfortunately, in today’s society, most young people learn only how to talk about taking action, but very few learn how to actually do it. The best leaders in life, are the one’s who lead by example. And although communication is the cornerstone of every great team, the most important thing any player can do is let their actions speak while leading their teammates into battle. It’s the same thing when a player makes a mistake, and tries to atone by using phrases like: “my bad” or “my fault”. These hollow apologies can become contagious, and eventually create a culture of excuses. The only response that should ever be accepted for making a mistake, is learning from it and correcting it as soon as possible. Especially in game situations, when uncorrected mistakes and excuses can deflate a team faster than anything else.
Players should be quick to address the cause of their mistakes, and even quicker to move on from them. A short memory and a closed mouth can restore order amidst in-game chaos faster than any excuse can. And moving on to the next positive play keeps bad possessions from turning into bad stretches, or even bad quarters. This makes it possible for the team to maintain closer connection to their opponent more often, which increases comeback opportunities by limiting deficits. This action-based mindset is a valuable asset to any player and team, but it’s an ongoing process that begins as soon as every new player arrives to the program. The earlier it’s instilled in each player, the more it can be cultivated in every practice and eventually every game.
The steps to shifting your team from talk to action are simple. First, implement a strict punishment policy in practice whenever a player either makes an excuse for a mistake or begins to talk too much about execution, without actually delivering. Extra running or push-ups for the whole team following each infraction is a punishment that works very well. Second, is adding a brief stretch to each practice known as “Silent 5”, in which the entire team must be completely silent for a full 5 minute scrimmage. Any talking of any kind will result in punishment for the whole team following each infraction. This will encourage the team to rely on their actions and instincts, rather than their words. Lastly, comes the final measuring stick for a successful shift in mindset. And that’s incorporating the concept in actual games. Punishment at that point will be decreased playing time instead of extra running or push-ups. Follow all 3 steps carefully, and repeat them each practice or game, and you’ll begin to see a solid shift in mindset.
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I am currently reading one of the best basketball books on the market, Attitude by Jay Wright. I would highly recommend this book to any coach. In a chapter I just read, Wright talks about how real progress comes when nobody is watching. There is just not enough practice time in a given season at any level for skill development. A player truly grows through being what I call a gym rat. A gym rat is someone who lives in the gym or on the courts working on their game.
Gym Rats are continuing to decrease every year in my opinion. I feel that players have come accustomed to coaches organizing their skill time opportunities for them. As if coaches don’t set times and opportunities for players then the growth often doesn’t happen. We have now become a generation of convenience and having things done for us. I am sure if players could just purchase an App to get better they would.
At the college, we recruit kids with high character and value hard work. Our job is often easier then coaches who coach high school or younger when it comes to skill development. For example, there were times this past summer the doors closed at midnight in our gym. I am telling you this not to brag, but to provide the results of the hard work that happened. We won our first state title in school history with having 4 all-conference players this past season.
Summer development benefits the whole team. You cannot simply win with one or two players that put up a lot points. For example, when I coached HS I had player scored 530 points in his senior season. We completed the season with only 5 wins. Why? Not enough scoring from others and easy to defend of our tactics.
Take a look at the winning teams in the last few years: Villanova, Golden State, North Carolina, Gonzaga, and even our team this season. If you view these team’s statistics, you would notice a trend of 4 to 5 players scoring in double figures every game. I believe role players still exist in some capacity and often are glue kids for a team, but coaching basketball is easy when you have multiple players that can score. It’s hard to defend and scout. Also, I think as a coach you can keep your offensive system very simple with many players that can score. You allow them to create and score on reads and reaction. We were able to complex our defense this season, which made it very difficult for other teams to compete with us.
The more commitment you get from players in the summer, especially dedication in skill development that team becomes harder to defend. Better players and deeper bench equals better practices as well. Practices become more competitive with players challenging each other for minutes. Summer development for all equals better results during season play.
Attitude By Jay Wright
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With the sweltering heat of the summer months on the horizon. The fear of drought can overtake even the best of teams. And only the vital summer rain can keep the fields fresh and the crops growing. Young basketball players are no different, especially freshmen. But the rain that they require to grow is in the form of experience and guidance, provided by veteran players and coaches. A drought can strike a young player or team at anytime and in many forms. Even a brief lack of focus and dedication can be huge dangers to a young crop, especially during the summer.
Bad habits can also be a form of drought, which can quickly spread throughout the team if not addressed early. It can be something as simple as a poor diet, or something as complex as not properly grasping an advanced scheme. These bad habits can be compared to stubborn weeds that consistently appear in a yard or garden. Pulling them up is only a temporary solution, and the only way to be rid of them completely is to destroy the source beneath the surface. It’s also extremely important to make a list of these bad habits as soon as they pop up. Even after they’re addressed and eliminated. Writing each one down makes them far less likely to forget about. Including when, where, why, and how they occurred. Just like the famous George Santayana quote: “Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it”. In contrast, be sure to list all the good habits as well, which can just the same be easily forgotten.
Lastly, it’s also a helpful suggestion to have all players write down their individual “Max-Out” Shooting numbers (from “Spring” Blog) as they progress throughout the summer. As the preseason gets closer, it’s best to have those numbers as accurate as possible. At this point, all routines and regiments should be carved in stone. Most players are creatures of habit, and the product of every summer break should be a strict “Game Day” and “Off Day” schedule to be followed in detail for the rest of the year. And with these details established, it’s time to tip off another preseason.
Monday Morning Assist( Taking a Summer break)
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“Lessons Learned From The 2018 NBA Playoffs”
*S.E.O. Words: Intensity, Desperation, Motivation
Year after year, the NBA Playoffs offer us all a front row seat to the game of basketball being played at it’s highest level. However, even the top seeded teams can often fall short of that level when it comes to playing with maximum effort. In any given game, most NBA Teams can be trusted to play their hardest, but in a “best of 7” series, there are far more opportunities for human nature to sink in. Following a loss, the most common NBA Playoff Team adjustment is usually not schematic, but simply to play with more energy and determination.
Coaches have used several different buzz words over the years to describe either how an abundance of effort led to victory, or how a lack of effort led to defeat. In the past, the most frequently used buzz word was “desperation”, which has graced the narrative of many post-game press conferences and off-day interviews. However, in 2018, the new buzz word appears to be “force”, which ironically has been used most by Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Defending Champion Golden State Warriors. Regardless of whether “desperation” or “force” best describes maximum effort. What’s most important is why it alludes a team to begin with, and how to get it back when it does.
Overconfidence is the most common contributing factor, and also the most damaging. Overlooking any opponent brings about consequences that often cannot be reversed. Coaches of all levels can learn a valuable lesson from this years NCAA Tournament, in which a #16 seed beat a #1 seed for the first time ever. The concept of “rest vs rust” is also a major factor, when a team is affected by having either too much rest, or not enough. Lastly, is a lack of 3-dimensional preparation. Most preparation is based on 1-D and 2-D tendencies, such as preparing for an opponent that plays fast, or tries to dominate the paint. An example of 3-D preparation would be discovering that your opponent has a hidden motivation, such as a team member dealing with a tragedy, or perhaps a hidden revenge angle. That hidden motivation could make this game extra emotional for them, causing them to play with maximum effort and increased intensity. That could be huge problem if you as a coach are unaware of it, and your players enter the game at only a standard motivation level. Bottom line, there are infinite reasons why a team can lack effort in any game, at anytime, at any level. These are just a few details to keep an eye on.
First, I want to say thank you to Coach Collins for asking me to do this Blog for Teach Hoops. Two things you need to know about me is that I am not all knowing, and I am always learning how to better myself as a coach.
Right now at the college, we are just kinda at a wait and see period for some recruits with an attempt to find that gem that went under recruited by the 4 year schools. Yes, I am assistant at junior college in Wisconsin, but before that I coached 5 years as a varsity boys coach and I almost coached every level below that since my coaching journey started in 2005. As I sit typing my Blog in the sun over Memorial Day Weekend, I ponder the question….why are coaches so busy in the summer?
First, I think it’s important to know that all coaches are not busy in the off-season. For example, I consider myself as a college coach to have a lot of free time. But, my position is much different from when I coached Varsity Boys Basketball at the high school level. My current summer commitments reside in help running two youth camps and support supervision for open gyms. But, I know how much work consist in the summer for High School coaches in the summer. And in reality without summer, I think it would be impossible for coaches to function without it. Summer is a time for development, trial and error, and logistics. Here is a list of items I have done in one summer as a head coach.
Coach summer league games
Support and watch JV summer league games
Open and supervise skill sessions 3-4 times per week
Plan and Run 3 different youth basketball camps
Watch and review 8 different basketball coaching dvds
Organize and host summer fundraiser
Attend overnight summer tournament with players
Coach summer tournament at a local high school
Plan fall fundraiser
Complete practice schedule for HS program
Weekly open gym
Plan out special game nights for the season: Goldout, Parents’ night, Throwback Night, and etc
Rank and evaluate talent for the upcoming season
Plan and meet with youth program board monthly to plan for fall registration, budget, and other agenda items
Facilitate 10,000 Shot Club
Host HS Summer Camp
Diagram and review old sets for all situations
Try and tweak new sets, defenses, offenses with team opportunities
Meet with High School staff weekly
Plan and organize online shoe and apparel stores for upcoming season
Wow! I forget how much I did in the summer for preparation for the upcoming season. The question you really asking is why? Winning is hard work, and frankly my tenure at my previous job had only small moments of success. I worked harder than most of my players. Personally, I saw more growth in the youth program with future players coming up the ranks in next the 5 years. But, building a program takes time and making the right decisions through the journey. The worst decision I made was not facilitating the workload to others to provide more time for my own team. My advice to young coaches is create a pipeline of people to work under you. Build and maintain positive relationships with other coaches, parents, and community members to support building your program. Your support system comes down to finding individuals that believe in your program and our invested in the program not their child. Again, the process takes time to build a program, which you have to be careful about picking the right job. That is something I can address in a later Blog.
Summer is a period of time for coaches to eliminate clutter during the season. It’s impossible to do the items above plus coach your team during the season. It would be overload. I feel the many of items on my list provide clarity and direction for the season to come. You can learn about your players and how they respond to certain offense and defensive schemes. The regular season has not enough for trial and error and building your identity. 10 practices and your competing in your first game.
Finally, coaching isn’t a full-time job that pays the bills unless you make it to the big time. I currently still teach 5th grade and coach other sports as well. Without using summer, I believe no one could function during the regular season, unless your single and retired. Please email with questions regarding my blog at email@example.com.
This is one of many letters I received about the video and podcast I did concerning my son not playing AAU and summer basketball. I thought I would share
Appreciate your views on this and agree with much of it. However a few observations:
I train my son and his skill development has exploded in the last few years. But, as you know, there are tons of kids who can “kill a drill” but can’t perform when there’s 10 guys on the court. When you have defensive pressure and lots of decision-making in a game situation, those skills can all of a sudden look a lot different. You just can’t simulate that environment in the quiet of a gym while developing skills. I know every good trainer tries to develop an athlete’s skills while doing “game-like” drills. But it is just not the same. Actual “games” must be played and it’s becoming really hard to find them outside of the AAU tourney scene.
In AAU ball, my son has learned “toughness” that he never had before, and would have never developed, in a training session in any kind of drill. There’s a clock, there’s a scoreboard, there’s fans, there’s referees, and there’s personal “pride” at stake. When he was getting beat up in an AAU game, he either had to fight back or get crushed. He chose to fight back and it has served him so well. He hasn’t turned into an aggressive maniac, but acquired just the right amount of toughness and aggressive mentality that will enable him to play high school basketball. I guarantee he would not be in the same place at this moment without AAU basketball. (He’ll never be a college recruit, but he setting himself up to have a ton of fun playing HS basketball.)
It’s really difficult to supplement skills training with “games” without having a place to actually play games. You and I know there aren’t a lot of parks or gyms that young athletes use to play meaningful “pickup” games that aren’t tied to their schools. We’ve tried playing in the local clubs and the games are mostly garbage for development purposes. Please don’t take this personally, but being a father who is a head coach gives your son access to a gym and I’m only assuming a place where players can get together to play decent pickup games (if WIAA allows, which I believe it does) during the summer. Not everyone has that.
I do agree that AAU travel is ridiculous. I myself coach a boys AAU team and my HS daughter plays AAU and I see that the competition 1 hour away is not substantially different than competition 4+ hours away. I also agree it’s way more games in a weekend than necessary. But of course, the tournaments are making money and they aren’t going to set up tournaments where you only play 2-3 games — which in my opinion would be plenty to supplement skill development.
AAU is ridiculous for kids under 12 years of age (and maybe that’s too young). The most physically mature kids dominate and nothing real productive gets done an AAU format for those young kids. But parents are feeling good that their kid “played AAU”.
I assume the birth of AAU must have been to get the very best players exposure for college. And it probably then trickled down to younger and younger age groups.
Bottom line — I think there’s value in AAU but I think it’s overhyped. At the same time, in order to become a better basketball player, it takes more than reps in the gym. Those skills have to be tested in a game format. I played DI college baseball and there was plenty of guys who hit .300+ in “batting practice” but in a game, for some it was a completely different story. It’s all a “balance” (skills practice + games) which I know is what your message is all about.
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I want to become a head coach?
Over the next month or so I’m going to do discuss getting a basketball job and the interview process, kind of things like that. Things that I’ve collected over the years for that. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a head coach of a junior high team, head coach of a high school team or NBA head coach. I think there’s some key components that you as a coach need to be able to do before you do that….. So I’m just gonna go through these. First thing I think you have to ask yourself is especially if you’re an assistant coach and want to leave, which is great…. I only hire assistant coaches that want to be a head coaches..
If you want your first basketball coaching job, you have to ask yourself, where do I want to go, why do I want to go there? What can I bring to the table in that community, in that school, in that a specific basketball program? I think he had to start making a list. I’ll tell you a personal story of mine before I got my first head job. I made a list… I knew about the geographic area I wanted to be in. I looked at every possible boys head basketball program and probably decided on 10 or 15 schools that I thought had a chance to be successful in basketball. I actually ended up on one of the schools on that list and we have won 3 state championships. If you want to be a head basketball coach you have to take a chance…You can always change your location and look for better job. …You can always look for a more supportive community or more supportive administration, whatever it is, especially if you’re in the, in the high school ranks. There’s always people looking for good coaches. If you want to be a head coach make sure to make a list and ask yourself why, where, how, when…. Why are they looking for new coach? Was the coach fired? What is the salary?
Death ( End ) of a Basketball Season
This is a conversation between PGC founder Dena Evans and a High School Player. What a great conversation about between coach and player
“Dear Coach Dena,
I’m writing to share with you some feelings I’ve been having since my season came to an end. I am hoping that you will have some insights or thoughts to pass along to me.
First, let me just give you some facts about my season so you get a general overview. We finished 18-6 in the regular season. We won our first game and lost in the semi-finals to the team who won comfortably in the finals. Our game against them was a close game.
What I’m basically feeling is a strong sense of disappointment and sadness.
Last year, I was upset that we had lost (in the first round of the playoffs), but I was able to look back on the season and I was happy about it. But this year it’s a different story. I’ve been left with that feeling of wanting more, thinking about what could have happened, or how it could have been different had we won that game.
Perhaps part of it is knowing that I’ll never get the chance to play competitive basketball with some of my teammates ever again. Perhaps part of it is just missing spending time with the guys in the locker room, or out at team dinner. Either way, it’s been a tough pill to swallow for me. This year it just felt as if the dream and the goal of winning the State Championship had kind of slipped through our hands, and it was really just two games away…and the fact that I think this was our best shot, is maybe irrational, but something that makes it harder.
It’s tough to really get it all out there on the page, but that’s about the best I can do as far as explaining my thoughts for now. Any words would be greatly appreciated.
First off, congrats on a GREAT season. I say “great” not because of your record or how far you got (or didn’t get) in the playoffs. The ‘congrats’ is because (based on your email and on what I know about who you are) you gave this basketball season, your team, your coaches, your school, and yourself the very best you had to give. I realize that may sound hollow to you in this moment, but one day, when your career is over, I promise you that this will be the one thing you will be most proud of, and it’s what will give you the most peace about your career, no matter how many championships you win or don’t win.
But for now, I can totally understand and relate to everything you have said. I’ve been there. More than once…
” My senior year of high school, we lost in the game to go to “State” (a big deal in Texas because only 4 teams go). My goal since 6th grade was to win a state championship. I was devastated.
” One of the main reasons I went to the University of Virginia was to win a national championship. My sophomore year of college, after being ranked #1 most of the season, we lost to Tennessee in overtime of the national championship game. Devastated again.
” My junior year, again after being ranked #1 all season, we lost in DOUBLE OT of the national semi-finals to Stanford. Once again…devastated.
” My senior year, after all the best players on our team had graduated and I had become the unquestioned team leader, we played as the underdog all year. We made it all the way to the Elite 8 and lost to Ohio State in the game to go back to the Final Four when my coach called time out just as I was releasing the game-winning 3-pointer. I hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded, but it was waived off because the ref said my coach called the time out with .7 seconds on the clock. That was the way my college career ended. Devastated times a thousand.
Unless you’re the team that wins the last game of the season, I have never been able to figure out how to feel anything *but* sadness and disappointment at the end of a season, at least for a while.
I think you just need to allow yourself time to grieve. The word “grieve” may sound crazy because I know it’s not like anybody died or there was any great “tragedy.” But you *have* suffered a profound loss. Your season (which you cared deeply about) is over; you will never play on this particular team (which you gave so much of yourself to for so many months) again; and you will never be high school teammates with some of those guys again (and those kinds of bonds are rare and special and hard to replicate in the “real world”).
People who have never experienced those kinds of losses can never understand just how much all of that hurts. You gave yourself completely to something, and it didn’t turn out like you wanted. And to make it even worse, now it’s gone. Over. Done. That’s hard and it hurts.
But (and this is the part you probably don’t want to hear, but it’s true so I’ll say it anyway…) that’s how life works. Everything passes. You’ll eventually lose everything-your parents, your friends, your health, your pets, your youth, and, inevitably, your life. It’s all gonna pass away, just like this season, and this team.
Which, to me, is all the more reason to give those things you love and care about everything you’ve got. It all goes by so fast, and the ONLY thing you’re guaranteed is that it WILL, in fact, go by.
This can all be pretty depressing UNLESS you just accept it as reality (because it is), and THEN you can be freed up to focus all your energy and attention on giving every single moment of the rest of your career the very best you’ve got….which brings me back to my very first point in this email.
As the seasons go by, and as you experience the feelings of sadness and disappointment that you’re experiencing now, and as you begin to get a clearer and clearer sense of the finite-ness (not sure if that’s a word) of your career, your sense of urgency will grow exponentially. That’s why seniors often play with such care and passion. It’s why aging superstars are willing to take less money and less playing time to get on a team that has a chance to win a championship. You begin to realize what matters and what doesn’t, and you begin to sense how precious an opportunity it is to get to be an athlete who’s playing for something that matters with people who matter to you.
So my point is…everything you’re feeling right now is appropriate and even good. Don’t resist it. Be sad. Be disappointed…Until you’re not anymore (and it will go away, I promise). And then, you will do what every great athlete and every great hero does…you will pick yourself up, dust yourself off, dream your next dream, and you’ll go at it again…even though you know the risk and how much it will hurt when it’s over. But really, that’s the only way to fly in my opinion. Way more fun, exciting, meaningful, and fulfilling than living a life where you play small and never put your heart on the line for anything that matters to you.
And one last thing…while winning a championship *would* feel really sweet and could be incredibly rewarding, the truth is that even THAT feeling will pass after a few weeks or even days. And then you would STILL have to feel the sadness and disappointment of not playing with some of your teammates again and of not ever having this particular team together again. So don’t fall into the trap of believing that winning a championship will make you not have to feel the pain of the ending of something you love. Granted, it would make it a lot easier and is the preferable way to end a season. But what’s *more* important is always that you gave your best in every moment, regardless of whether or not you were fortunate enough to be on the team that won the last game of the season.
Those are my quick thoughts. I’m really glad you decided to write me. You’re doing big things, even though you may be feeling like you came up short this season. These are important conversations and important life moments, and it’s an honor to get to share them with you.
Stay in touch,
This Podcast is a sneak look at teachhoops.com . How do you handle halftime? The post game speech? What is your off season practice look like? What type of shooting machine do you use?
From the fifth quarter studios in Madison, Wisconsin, you’re listening to coach unplugged. Here is your host, Steve Collins. Everybody welcome to. This episode is brought to you by the people over at HealthIQ/bcu, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like you, runners, basketball coaches, weightlifters, vegetarians, people that eat well, get lower rates on their life insurance over to healthiq/bcu. See if you qualify and help us support the show. And it’s a good, it’s a good thing for you. It’s a good thing for your family. And it’s a good thing for coach plug. So government check Mount Health Iq.com/. All right, so we’re gonna get started here a couple minutes early, but that’s OK. Um, so a couple questions and then if you’ve got questions, put them over in the chat over on the side and I will, uh, definitely get to them as fast as I can.
First question is from from Janice. She had put it in a little bit earlier, but her question was, and, and when I’m looking to the side over here, it’s because I’m, you know, I don’t have quite the right move it over a little bit. Um, I don’t have quite my, uh, set up the way it normally is. My daughter was in doing work in my office today, so I’ll never been quite set up the way I normally do. But anyway, so the first question was, what do you talk about at half-time and how do you break it? How do you break your halftime up? Um, so how do you, how do you tackle a specific halftime and um, you know, we have in where I coach, um, we have 10 minutes at half time, so, uh, the way it works is usually, you know, obviously the buzzer goes,I have an assistant coach who goes and checks the book to make sure that we’re, we’ve got files and everything situated correctly at that point.
And then I put the, I put the team into the locker room and let them have several minutes by themselves, um, before, before we come in and uh, um, have our discussions. What I do is I get the coaches together and we, um, we basically talk at that point, um, and kind of come up with some solutions or the first half. What are we doing well, what are we not doing well, what can our adjustments beef the second half. Um, so then, uh, yeah, so adjustments. What can we do? We talk about offensive adjustments, we talked about defensive adjustments. I apologize for talking in the background there. Um, and then, uh, so then I go in and we tend to do are we tend to do are a sets, we tend to talk about our offensive or defensive assets and I think it’s really important at halftime specifically that you need to, um, talk about probably those key two or three adjustments just before you leave the locker room.
Speaker 1: 03:15 Um, those are really important as far as heading out to the second half. And I usually try to leave two or three minutes to get them loose, get them moving again after half time. Um, I think teams come out of halftime a little flat sometimes, especially depending on the first half went. Um, so I like to leave a couple minutes. I like to, um, to do those specific things. Um, hi todd. How are you? Um, so you can, I guess I didn’t know him, facebook live, you could also leave comments, but anyway, so we were just talking about halftime, what we do kind of do with halftime. Um, you know, it’s not nuclear physics as far as how we handle half time. But again, we check files, we check any, anybody that’s going off, anybody that’s doing really well the first half we meet as a staff so we can talk about offense on events and stuff.
We we basically come up with a plan as a coaching staff before I go in and talk to them and a half time. I think that that’s really important either that I have less time in the, in the locker room at half time and be able to converse about things that we need. Then me just kind of going right in. Um, and then, uh, I usually start with a defensive parts to be honest with you. And then I talk about the offensive parts and then any motivational, anything we’re not doing, we’re not getting the floor, we’re not taking charges. And then just before we leave the lock room, you know, I hit him with a couple of things. Hey, remember we get back on defense, we got to know where [inaudible] is at all times.
I’m whatever. And then we after that, after that spurred me talking for four or five minutes because most of it they’re going to forget. Then I go into um, like make sure they get out so they have enough time to warm up. So it’s that too much after the game. So Janice also asked about what we do after the game, after the game. It really depends. Um, they don’t hear you as well. Do they hear you? It halftime? Um, but they definitely don’t hear you, first of all, after a tough loss, they don’t hear you after a big when they tend to hear you if it’s a game. Um, so if there’s something really important for me to say, I don’t tend to say it after the game, I will keep it short and there are exceptions to this and I’ve actually broken this exception this year.
Speaker 1: 05:44 Um, after some wins that I didn’t think we played well and I thought, hey, we got to adjust. And that was right and stumbled a couple times because of some of the things I said in those, but they don’t tend to hear it. You need to, if you need to get on kids, if you need to talk about what they did well or what they didn’t do well after the game doesn’t tend to be the time to talk to a group. I will grab a specific kid or a specific group of, hey, you did this. You were really rebounding well and you were doing this exceptionally well. I was so good. I was so proud of you. Um, but as it is an entire group, hey, nice when blah blah, blah blah, two or three minutes and then I try to get out of there and they will hear the words that you have to say better the next day at practice or in your film session or something like that than they will after a big win after a big loss there thinking 20 different things.
Who, how am I getting home, you know, it was my girlfriend man at me, Blah Blah Blah. I’m not kidding. It is. Um, it’s that kind of stuff that goes through their mind. So, um, if again, if you have any, any other questions, you know, put them in the comments down below or over on the side. Um, and I will definitely get to him. I’m just going through ones that I got people sent me before. Um, this [inaudible]. So we talked about half time. We talked about after the game, I’m a, someone sent me, how do you deal with a player who has a bad attitude but as, but as one of my better players. Um, that’s a tough one. I’m going to tell you, that’s it. That’s a difficult one. Um, you can’t teach without discipline. Kids want discipline is my, is my theory with that. Um, you know, if they’re not doing what you expect them to do, then there has to be a consequence.
so it doesn’t matter if it’s your best player, doesn’t matter if it’s number 15 on your bench, everything’s gotta be kind of consistent throughout. And if it’s not, you’re going to lose the control of the ship and bad things are gonna happen. So, um, it doesn’t matter. That doesn’t matter. They have a bad attitude because, you know, one bad apple can spoil a whole bunch, so you got to get that one on or you got to get rid of that one. Um, and then, uh, you can move forward, to be honest with you. I think that’s really a sport. Um, do you, here’s another question. Do you do film review, um, with the team after every game to watch it from start to finish? That’s a great question. So we use crossover. We don’t, we do, we use a lot of film. Um, we have a big game tomorrow, really big game tomorrow, one of the top teams in our state we play tomorrow, um, and I think we have nine or 10 names on them.
, uh, we do, we do different types of film sessions. So that’s a great question for all of the pro, the coaches out there. So the way film sessions worked for us is I’m normally the day after a game, especially if we didn’t play well, we will look at our film and it depends it, there’ll be times where we sit down and watch the entire film, um, and we’ll break it down and we’ll stop it, rewind it, you know, that takes good 45 minutes to an hour at least to do that. Uh, so do that after game. Sometimes we’ll just do clips after game, um, you know, will show us, we’ll show like the three minute mark to the seven minute mark or will show or we’re where our price was really good. So that’s the first thing with film. Um, it really depends on the opponent and really depends on what we’re doing and where we are in the season.
So I hope that helps. That. And then that’s the first thing. So, so the second thing is, um, we spent a lot of time looking at opponents because I think, I think coaching is a lot as much of how am I going to judge, how, how it’s player x going to adjust the player, why, um, how are we going to adjust to, to what they’re doing. I think, you know, especially with junior high, middle school, youth, high school, even the in the collegiate level, um, it’s really important, um, to be able to adjust. OK, so it is really about match ups and it’s really about how are we going to stop player 20 [inaudible], how are we going to stop him or her? Um, what are we gonna do to do that? Um, what adjustments can happen there. So I think those are really important.
Again guys, if you have you have comments over on the side, um, anything else you, uh, you want, um, please leave it over there. You know, we’ll, we’ll, uh, we can, uh, we can definitely ask questions, um, over the chats if you’re watching facebook live, if you’re listening to the podcast because it’s probably become one of my podcasts at some point because I think this is really good stuff. Um, or if you’re, you’re on our, you know, our, our live q and a right now, either any of the places, um, make sure that you go and leave a, leave a comment if you’ve got a question. I’m just going through questions that people have already sent me. Um, so if I go over here on the side, I can, uh, that’s why I’m looking at. I’m looking at the questions that people had free since me.
Speaker 1: 10:56 I’m finishing up with your question todd. Um, I think, uh, I think film is. Film doesn’t lie. I think I said that like four times today in practice. I’m somebody who wasn’t boxing out. Somebody wasn’t, I’m rotating correctly and uh, what did I do? You know, we showed him some film and uh, it doesn’t, you know, you, you weren’t getting there, you weren’t rotating the way you needed to rotate. Um, that’s a problem in the film, doesn’t the, you know, look at it, the film doesn’t lie, we talked about it, we talked about our practice, he didn’t the game we need to fix this problem. So, um, and then we, we, like I’ve told you, I don’t know if I told you todd, but we use crossover. So crossover. I’m a stat. Crossover is great for analytics, is great for breakdowns, you know, we can, we can show John’s everyone at John’s three pointers that we’re playing and then how does he deal with those?
Speaker 1: 11:50 And then here’s, um, here’s a specific thing. Um, do you film practice? I used to film practice. Um, there’s a reason I, you know, the problem is there’s only 168 hours in a week and I don’t have time. So a lot of that film initially when I, when I did it sat unwatched, um, and got washed in like June, which is not of any use to anybody. Um, so there will be times for members of the tubes. I have actually pro. I have actually taped my practice, isn’t shared it with them. Um, that’s something that I actually want to do. And for those of you up above, at or, or, or they’re listening to teachings that calm, um, is my membership site is great as a great todd can vouch. It’s a great community, a lot of resources, blah, blah blah. But anyway, so what I’ve thought about doing, and I talked to the dean about this to have the community that maybe we should get together and have each other’s practices and then that would be great if nothing else for the off season.
It’s like, Ooh, look with Dean doesn’t practice or liquid harmony does in her practice in California, or look what todd does, you know, so it would be. Yeah. Um, it is an awesome community. I agree todd. But um, no, I, that’s something that I’ve thought about. The problem is it’s like, OK, so here’s the issue with, with taping practice, college coaches do it. They also have for assistance. They also have a video coordinator breaking it all down. They also have time to watch it. They don’t have other kids like you and I do side gigs or side hustles. I’m teaching math all day, I don’t have time to sit down and watch my practice. Um, so that’s the issue with taping practice I think. I think it’s a good thing to do. Um, but I think it’s easier said than done to be able to find time to be able to watch it.
Speaker 1: 13:41 So I’m todd, did you get that package I sent? I sent it it school mail, so I may want to make sure he gets it. I’m todd Scott has a special needs kid on his. Uh, yeah, he’s got down syndrome, I believe. Anyway. Um, I sent him a package and I want to make sure he gets it. So if he doesn’t get it, you let me know. It is. School mail went out through the school meal so it could be three weeks from now. Who knows? Um, do I have a shooting machine? Yes, I have a shooting machine. Um, we’re in the process of buying another shooting machine. I use Dr. Dish. Um, I liked Dr. dish better. I’m going, AH, they’re going to give it tomorrow and cnet. All right, so, so Brad, I’m going to get back to your question. Hold on one second.
Speaker 1: 14:31 So like I said, I sent this package, um, I found some stuff for um, you know, some tee shirt. Well, anyway, I’m so happy time that, I mean that’s what I love about the community. I love that. I love the coaches are talking anyway. So soup I want a picture of, of, I want a picture of him giving that um, so I can share it with the boys. I told team my team signed our poster and stuff. We’ll do a poster and stuff and they all signed it, wanted to make sure that he got it and stuff. So I definitely want a picture so I can share it with my guys. And let’s hope we play well tomorrow. I’m going back to you brad. Um, so, uh, we, I believe in the shooting, so I, first of all, there’s a, there’s a 15, almost 16 year old living in my house who has spent a lot of time.
Speaker 1: 15:17 I’m on the shooting machine. He has spent a lot of time. I’ve told them he’s a great shooter. He’s not a score yet. Shooting machine is great for repetition. There’s a couple guys in my team that just need more reps right now. So the shooting machine is good. Every second I can get them another shot. Um, so from that standpoint, I love the shooting machine. I think it’s a great way. We don’t have all the managers, we don’t have the people rebounding for kids. I’m like the opponent we play tomorrow, I think four or five shoe machines. So the haves versus the have-nots, to be honest with you. Um, but anyway, uh, there are great for getting shots up. You have to be creative, a doctor, dish in the gun and all them do really good things with drills and stuff. I know all my teachers community, I’ve got some um, some shooting drills with the machine.
Speaker 1: 16:03 I want to definitely do more with that. Um, just because how often do you get your feet square to get an open shop? I’ll on that. So the shooting machine is good for. I think it’s good for that and I also think it’s good for, uh, you asking questions too fast. I got to make sure I read them all. Um, and I also think, what was my train of thought? This is, I’m having a senior moment, although it’s great for arc to. It’s really good for art. Um, I liked it. It teaches art. Um, you can’t shoot a flat shot and, and, and, uh, and get on the shooting machine. Um, yeah, I would agree.
Speaker 1: 16:49 I would agree that, uh, that the doctor dishes the way to go. I don’t know, I think that gun is fine. I just think that Dr. Dish has more possibilities for you as far as trying to get shots up type of shots, um, locations, those kind of thing. So that’s why I like it. I’m Madelyn really bad. Glared in a, maybe it’s just because it’s the middle of February and I live in Wisconsin and um, uh, I can’t, uh, I can’t literally can’t. Um, can’t see. So everyone who is listening right now is going, what is he talking about? It’s like, well, I’m trying to do. I’m multitasking, which is I guess what a good coach does. He multitasks um, I’m trying to do facebook live. I’m trying to do zoom, I’m trying to tape it all at once and the facebook live literally looks like I’m like, I haven’t seen in a really long time.
Speaker 1: 17:52 But anyway, we’ll move on. Um, I don’t have, you know what, I wish brad asks if by having any coaching clinic setup, I don’t, you know, I’m, I’m, I’m working with Dean in our teach who’s community to try to help me get some of those. I mean, I’ve done them all over the country. I mean I’ve been on the east coast so I mean I’d like to go warm, but I’ve been all over. Um, I haven’t done any for a couple of reasons. First I started coaching volleyball because my sons are playing volleyball, so I started coaching bibles which took the fall away from me a little bit. Um, I’m going to try to do some united basketball clinics maybe this fall. Um, and then it’s like I gotta find time to kind of try to find the people say I’m available that had a um, so dean is going to maybe try to help me do that.
Speaker 1: 18:42 Um, but I don’t have any lined up right now and again, one of the reasons I started the tubes that comp because I want it to be able to give back and wanted to be able to answer questions, that kind of stuff. And I guess I can do that anywhere in the world. We have members from Australia and stuff. So, um, yeah. Um, oh, I love to come to Florida. I know. I love to come to Florida. We’re talking about spring break maybe. Um, and I forgot, todd, tell me where you are in the, in the area. But no, I just, you know, I’m going to be honest and this is going to. My wife’s getting killed. Most of the clinics I do. It’s basically costs, you know, um, my only gig is if I run one, you let me tape it. Um, and you know, you get me there and you get me home and you feed me and you know, I’m, I’m not, I’m not, I don’t do this to make a lot of money.
Speaker 1: 19:34 I just like talking to coaches. Some of the best times I’ve had a clinics to, this is no lie, um, and I’ve met some of, I met some of the best coaches in the world of law and the best one is actually not even at the clinic. It’s like, OK, the clinics over and then we go have dinner or the clinic or we have breakfast or something, and then you get like six, seven coaches. What I’d eventually like to do in, you know, I like to run, I’d like to run a meet and greet kind of thing. I’d like to run like a live event where, you know, I’ve always thought this was something for coaches where everybody, I hope you’re enjoying this show as much as I am. This was a great q and a that we had, um, just talking questions and giving me a little bit of pulling back the curtains from, uh, from coach on plug.
Speaker 1: 20:20 So go over and check it out. Um, and then, uh, this is brought to you by and I can’t talk today. This is brought to you by, um, health iq slash pcu. It’s a term life insurance company that helps health conscious people find good rates and um, go over and check them out, see if you qualify. Help us out over coach unplugged. It’s healthy slash bcu, um, to support the show in and to see if you qualify. Um, everybody should have life insurance. So let’s get back to the Qa something for coaches where it’s like a retreat. We get away for a weekend and you can, you know, we can only do so much here via, by audio. And you know, I, I, I, you know, people have questions I can definitely do that. I have, have, have the capabilities of showing you stuff too, especially for the people that are on zoom.
Speaker 1: 21:11 I don’t know about facebook live, but anyway, um, yeah, so that in my utopian world, um, OK. So Kate, where is that? South of Tampa. I again, I’m, I’m reading todd’s questions here. Um, if it is south of Tampa then you’re in warm, warm. I’m guessing you’re north of Tampa. Um, other questions? Does anybody have any in the chat? Um, or down below and let me know and, uh, we can definitely, we can definitely ask them. Um, there is one thing someone ask, let me just pull this up, especially for the people that are on people that are on the people that are on facebook live. We’re going to have to be patient, um, people that are on registered on a, the thing, um, someone asked about a low screens and how to get good kind of open movements. I think it’s really big, um, as far as getting over movements when you set the screens to get to this hash.
Speaker 1: 22:15 Um, so you really want to make sure that you’re posting up in your setting screens at that Hash. So not the block. You move yourself up. And I think this might have been Janice, again, I don’t know if this is Janice from Mike that asked this question, but anyway, um, when you set these screens, most people are down here at the, at the, at the block. You got to move up to the first hash, to the second hash and do all of your movements in that area. Um, you know, if you’ve got a really good team, you know, Wesley, he’s always told me that the hidden areas as area right down here behind the back worrying kind of get lost, um, depending on the kind of teams you have, but we, uh, we try to do a lot of our posts movements in this region right in here, which is again from the [inaudible] for those of you that are listening from the, from the block, from the first hash, the second half going toward the free throw line. Um, that’s where a lot of good things can happen as far as being able to score is about to be able to attack and giving your guards bigs, whoever’s doing it space. Um, I think that’s really important. They’ll have space bale to do that. Right? Any cool. Let me get out of this. Stop the share. Are there any other questions from people, um, that you want me to go over? Uh, you know, I can, I can basically do anything I’ve gone through all the pre given list here. Um, [inaudible] over here.
Speaker 1: 23:49 Can you give a story as to why you don’t use the whistle during practices? Yes. OK. So Brad ass, why don’t I use a whistle during practice because. All right, so this is a long. This is a long story. You know, every coach basically when they start coaching gets a whistle. That’s the first thing they get. Um, and I was, I was the, a stopwatch how to whistle when I started coaching. Um, and Ah, I quickly learned, um, I quickly learned that I wanted them to be able to. And if I, if I start moving, it’s because I’m reading and I’d in denial about having to have readers at this point. So I’m trying to read this and trying to read that. Anyway. So going back to the whistle thing, I believe that the, I want them to hear my voice. What does a whistle, what does a whistle mean?
Speaker 1: 24:42 And again with so means any game, something’s wrong. OK? So let me travel. Somebody followed somebody of that. OK? Which is fine. If that’s what you want to use. The [inaudible] I blow the whistle that they need to stop. Great. Use the whistle for that, but what I want is I want them to be able to hear my voice. They’re not going to always be able to do that, especially, um, especially in a pack gm, you know, tomorrow we’ve got a big game and places going to, I mean, they’re not going to hear someone two feet from. But if there is a voice I want them to hear, it’s my voice. So if I’m yelling something out or we don’t have any timeouts left or we need to be able to execute something, the only voice they need to hear me, um, and the other four guys on the court.
Speaker 1: 25:27 So that’s why, you know, and it gets them tune into my voice. My, you don’t have a deep voice. Excuse me. It’s a little deeper than normal because I have a cold. Um, but I want them tuned into my voice knowing what I’m doing. Um, that’s important to me. Uh, that’s why I don’t use the whistle. A, the whistle was fine. Like I said, you know, I don’t, I hate to compare him to dogs, but a dog whistle does watts, you know, it trains the dog to do specific things. Same thing with a whistle, tells him to stop, play, blah, blah blah. So if you’re using the whistle to stop, play or move, OK. Um, I have better ways to transition from drill to drill than necessarily a whistle. So what I want to do is I want to, you know, I want them to be tuned into my voice and Brad, that’s the reason I don’t use a whistle as probably the reason when I’m 75, I won’t have a voice, but I have found it to be very successful now using the whistle. So I had a heart. Here’s another question. Oops. From Whitney as I’m losing my mic. All right, hold on one second. Do you can tell this is a live video
Speaker 1: 26:48 I’m going to hold. This will make it easier. I’m trying to fix something when you’re doing a live video or audio is hard, so I’m just going to hold it, will make it do and then I will fix this later. So again, not mapped out. That’s what I love about this. Anyway. Um, I have a hard time getting my players to transition from their long day at school to getting ready to work hard and practice. What drills do you use the energy flow early at? All right. So Whitney, that’s a great question. Um, so I’ve changed on this, you know, I used to come in and um, spent a lot of time early trying to get them moving. So what I do is I give them a 10, 15 minutes of individual workout time at the beginning of practice. Um, I have found that to be good.
Speaker 1: 27:37 Like I had my bigs working with an assistant coach. I have the guys that need to get on the machine doing that. I have someone so it lets them kind of get dressed, get out of the locker room, get into what they need to get into. And then um, we transitioned. So then I then I cue them back, going back to what Brad said, don’t, don’t put any more questions though because I’m not reading fast enough. So then I transitioned back. So then they have there. So what happens is they get to see their girlfriend, they get a little snack, they get changed, they come in the gym and so they get a little bit of downtime before school, after school, which we only downtime. I mean shoot, I take it at lunch and watch parks and rec or something I don’t know. I need downtime to.
Speaker 1: 28:21 So give them a little downtime and then in that 15 minutes will not make the difference between winning and losing the next game. Trust me. And then you cue them back. So the night what I do is I gather them back together and say, all right, here’s what we’re going to do a practice. And I cue it up by saying, hey, we’re going to work on getting trapped. We’re going to work on our transition time to get to work. We’re going to keep this short and sweet in and Whitney. That really helps a lot. It does, um, it took me 20 years to figure that out, you know, why aren’t they, why aren’t they ready to pride? So I’m writing, I got my practice by and Blah, blah blah. Yes, you are, you’re the adults. And sometimes I’m not. Sometimes I need a snickers bar or soda or something to get going, but they need to be able to delete a bill which is different, you know, it is a classroom, but it is different to go to.
Speaker 1: 29:10 All right, now we’re a team, Phil, you know, I think that’s really important, but that’s a great question with me. Um, uh, who do you have lined up for future podcast or would you like to line up as who or who would you like to line up? Uh, you know, you saw who was at Lance? That’s a great question, Lance. Um, I am, you know, the future podcasts, you know, I tend to do my interviewing once the season’s over and then I cue them up for the rest of the year. If you’ve got any ideas, send me an email. I’m always open. I’m looking for people that have, that are motivational, that love basketball, that are coaches that or whatever. So, um, it’s Steve [inaudible], Steve@thewebs.com. So that’s a great question, lance, if, if there’s anybody that you would like me to try and go get, I would. I’m open. I’m, the podcast is really kind of taken off, which is excited me. I love doing it is basically talking hoops. That’s why I decided to do this three days ago. It’s like, ah, let’s do, let’s do a q and a. I got a big game tomorrow. Otherwise I’m gonna be sitting in the living room thinking about what I should have done. A practice where rather than what I did do a practice. Um, we got the. OK, so seniors, I’m reading here, so hold on.
Speaker 1: 30:38 So, but OK, so I added something about, you know, building, so moving on to next season. So Tom, those are all great questions. Um, so how do you build trust? Well here’s, this is the issue and I’m, I’m thoroughly convinced about this. You don’t build trust with your team from November to March. You build trust with your team from March to November. OK? It’s the whole winter basketball players may blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Because I gotta I gotTa be dad during the season. I got to be the hard guy. I gotta be the one that’s saying demanding that they get their time. I’m the one that’s got to say, why are you blocking out? OK, in the off-season it’s a totally different ballgame and I can, you know, I can be more, um, I can be more, you know, that and that same friend, but I can be more conducive to the discussions I can find out about their lives.
Speaker 1: 31:35 I can, I don’t have to be on. There’s a couple of things I don’t have. I literally don’t have time during the season. And then [inaudible], you know, I’m worried about the next opponent, you know, where we’re doing here, blah, blah blah. So that’s the first thing in. The second thing is, um, that’s when relationships are built there. They’re going to trust me, they’re going to run through a wall for me because they know I love them, but they’re going to find that out more in the off season and during the season. I’m todd. We can in our community or our faith in our facebook group itself. We can definitely talk about that and put that up. I’d love to put that up in our private facebook group and I’d love to see what the other coaches in our community say. I would love to see that. Um, my bags have trouble finishing through contact.
Speaker 1: 32:21 Do you have any drills? So, so Robert asked that question. Robert d you use, um, the football dummy things. So they’re big pads, um, that basically they used during football. Um, do you use those? If you don’t, you should. Every day. That’s what we, we do a lot of drill our bigs using those football dumping things and I, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I can definitely, um, I can definitely find one, but it does show you at some point. Um, but that’s what we do there. The big, they’re like square there, you know, how they, um, they tend to be on those slides but they have individual ones that you hold and I thought, I’m sure you can buy them at like [inaudible] and stuff like that. I’ve just gotten a couple of former football staff and they’re just powering things and I, and I’m old, you know, I’m 50 plus and I’ll get in there and bang with him because I know I got that pad and unless I break a hip or something I’m going to be able to be OK.
Speaker 1: 33:17 Um, but anyway, so, uh, Amazon has those pads, branches set. Amazon is as pens. Yeah. Amazon to be better than tends to be expensive. My personal opinion anyway, I don’t know Dick Stock so I don’t really care. But uh, so yes, they’re really good. And Brad, I don’t know if you use them, but I’m a big fan. I’m all right. Other questions if you can honestly believe so. It’s almost nine isn’t nine something I’ve even eaten dinner yet so I practice it or my kids around blah blah blah. Um, so I, I know we have people on facebook live, we have people on our, our um, I’m going to try to send the people that missed it. I’m this, but, uh, if you have, now I’m going to tell you something in, in todd who’s over here can tell you the teacher whose communities great or growing, um, I’m getting to the point where I’m going to have to hire some help because it’s growing so fast and I can’t respond and get to people. I want to be able to like help todd when he sends me an email or, or bob or harmony. Well, whoever, whoever sends me an email, I want to be able to respond very quickly so I have to give her some room to some of the other stuff. So prices are going to be going up. It’s great. I can’t, I mean, it’s a great community. Um, it, it’s, the prices are going to be going up substantially. Um, what’s your ideal tech technique for catching and shooting?
Speaker 1: 34:55 Yeah, I like that he’s asking. I’ve been doing the attack. The pass. Yeah, I like that. You know, there’s w, W we, w we’d have to do that in another one bread because there’s a whole different, there’s whole step shooter. Are you hop shooter, you know, in which progression do you go? Um, I think it’s super important to be able to have the hands up and to be able to be, to be able to catch in that manner. Um, that would be a great idea for podcasts. Maybe we’ll put that for a lesson. Um, but anyway, so I’m going to the facebook live. People can watch here, just listen for a second. Especially the people that are, are listening here. Um, I’m going to show one thing. I got pull it up.
Speaker 1: 35:41 That’s what I want. This is what I want. Um, so what I was saying before, you know, I don’t remember whose I pulled up, I think I pulled up deans teach hoops.com thing, but there is so much stuff in this. Um, like I said, we’re probably going to be increasing. We’re in 19.99 a month. It’s like 12 or 14 bucks for a month. If you go for a year, I’m telling you right now, you will not find a better deal. It’s not only, it’s not only the stuff like the, the amount of videos we’ve got on here, you know, I’m doing a bunch of stuff on reading react because a bunch of our members have been asking about it. So I’ve been doing a lot with reading react. Um, we have office hours every month, so I put all the old office hours. You can see all the old office hours are loaded in their plays and drills, your practice plans, there’s pratts plans upon practice plans.
Speaker 1: 36:33 Um, you cannot like all, my goodness, look at all these practice plans in here. If you’re watching this, it’s just a great thing. And then the video library alone, it’s worth it. You know, you’re going to spend 29, 39 bucks just for one DVD. There’s hundreds of hours of video on defensive lessons, rebounding, offensive lessons. I can’t imagine how long it would take to get through everything. So, um, and then we have, like I was telling, talking with todd about, we have this private facebook group where, you know, the discussions, then that’s why I told him, come back over and put your stuff in here because this is where we talk, you know, this is where you can kind of see that we can advocate or bouncing ideas off each other. It’s a great community. So go over and check it out. It’s a 14 day free trial.
I think it’s a great deal. It’s, you know, it’s the way I was trying to reach out to more people. Um, I think at the end of this month, prices are going to increase substantially. I’m 25 to 50 percent for a couple reasons. I want to make sure people are really dedicated. They’re in it. Um, people that are already in our grandfather like Tottenham [inaudible] worry about is price going up. Um, so if you’re thinking about it, I would recommend it. Do it now, before, later. I’m in, you know, it’s a great gig. All right. Um, all right, any other questions from any of the other coaches? I’m todd. We’re going to have an office hour next Sunday isn’t my guess. I’m maybe this Sunday. Um, so if you’re listening, um, and again, if you’re thinking of joining the bits that come, I, I think you’ll love it, but again, I’m biased.
Speaker 1: 38:20 So, um, all right everybody have a great admin and uh, thanks for joining me. I’m going to try to send a replay for the people that signed up. I didn’t get everybody’s email address but I’m definitely going to try to sign, send to send a link so you can watch some of this stuff and todd can say we do a lot of x’s and o’s stuff in our, in our, um, in our office hours more than this. So I’m, have a great evening everybody and hopefully stay warm. Talk soon. Bye. Bye everybody. I hope you enjoyed that. Please go over and check out the www.teachhoops.com for coaches who want to get better. I’m, like I said, the prices are going to be increasing. I think it will be a great thing for you and your staff. like I said we are going to be increasing prices so I can, I can hire some people to help me.teachhoops.com is growing, it’s growing that’s a great thing because a lot of coaches out there helping other coaches. have a great week.
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