L starts with the players in a line. Your 5 is your inbounder. The 3 is the first player in line, followed by your point guard, shooter, and 4 man. The set starts with the first player stepping out and cutting in. The point guard stepping in, cutting out, and getting it on the wing. The 4 steps out and gets the reversal from the point guard. As the 4 catches the shooter pins down for the inbounder. The 3 fills corner as the inbounder curls.
A counter that coach threw out was to have the first player take a step out and the point take a step in. The point back screens the 3 to the basket and we run the same play.
- Choice in life.
- Give players choices in what drills you do (within reason).
- Even one or two choices per practice can be powerful.
- Players need to belong to something bigger than themselves and have a more powerful purpose.
- Keep your finger on the pulse
- Team building
- Being good at things.
- How can you put your players in positions to find success?
Greatest Teammate Exercise
-Have players close their eyes and imagine the greatest teammate they ever had.
-Call on players to share the characteristics of that teammate.
-Make a team list of the traits of great teammates.
-Turn it around on them - why can't EVERYONE on this team be a
-Make the list into a "commitment list" that everyone is going to
commit to (coaches included) and everyone will be held accountable
to for the year.
Rocking Chair Statement
-As a coach, write a statement about what you want players to remember about
you when you are old in a rocking chair on your front porch!
The Best At What They Know
-Everyone is the best at what they know.
-If you've got a problem player, they are likely exhibiting that behavior because
that's what they know.
Communication Must Haves
-Truth, Love, Transparency
+Name, Information, Tone, Eye Contact
+Simple but effective
Open Mic Monday
-Do this as a team
-Players can stand up and say ANYTHING that is on their mind, especially things
they are frustrated with.
-They can also ASK ANYTHING of teammates and coaches and will receive an
-You must speak it in love and not anger.
*This is a GREAT WAY to make sure that issues stay in house and don't ever
Lion vs. Sparrow
-Lion is content and confident. He doesn't worry about anything he can't control.
-The sparrow is always frantic.
-Lions play through bad calls, band bounces, etc without emotion.
-Sparrows constantly wine and complain
*Might change it to wolf and squirrel to fit Minnesota.
When the wing drives, the opposite guard can cut if open. This is an read action we're going to add this year.
3 on 4 Trap Ten Pass Drill
-I've always done 2 on 2 ten pass, but this ramps it up
a notch once we get 2 on 2 down.
Cutter on the Skip Rule
-One of the things I was never sure about was what to do with the
cutters on the skip pass.
-He has the player who was skipped cut to the basket.
-The one thing I would add is cut early or late. So you cut either
while the ball is in the air or after the receiver has it for a 2
count. I would add that rule because I don't want to clog up
the drive with the cut.
-He kept telling the players that the ball should "touch the four
corners" and I loved that visual. It's one I will use.
Post as Facilitator
-He did a lot more than I've normally seen with the post as
-It's hard to guard when you put the ball
inside and run purposeful cuts and screens.
-This may have been the most important thing he talked about.
-He writes a weekly newsletter in season that gets sent to players, parents,
alumni, school staff, and friends of the program. 1800 people in all!
-It was upcoming events, highlights the previous week, etc.
-Great way to communicate with people and keep everyone feeling
connected to the program.
-Each team gets a night to come in the locker room, get introduced, etc.
-Each player adopts a team and must visit them 2x a year.
-Eagle Hotshot Program
There you go! It was a great clinic and as always I am grateful to the MN Basketball Coaches Association for putting it on. I know a lot of work and effort goes into putting something like this on.
Lastly - it's almost that time of year! I know we start on Monday. I wanted to wish everyone that reads this (the brave few) good luck this season. Enjoy the ride because it goes fast. We've got a great opportunity to work with young people, let's not waste it!