Author Archives: Coach Sivils

Blocker/Mover Motion Offense – Part II

TweetMotion Offense and the reasons to use a motion offense are a bit beyond this short article. A quick summary of the reasons would include adaptability to attack any defense, working on fundamentals is working on motion offense, it’s hard … Continue reading

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Improving Constructive Criticism – Making Our Communication More Effective as Coaches

TweetCommunicating with our players is perhaps the most important skill we as coaches can develop. It is a skill we can never stop working to improve on. Part of our communication with our players, must by the very nature of … Continue reading

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Basics of Blocker-Mover Offense – Part One

TweetIf you have enjoyed watching U. of Virgina’s run in the NCAA tournament you will have noticed they run a very effective version of Motion Offense called Blocker-Mover Offense. Coach Tony Bennett played in this system under it’s creator, his … Continue reading

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The Business-like Coach – Coaching Personalities Part V

TweetIn this fifth, and final installment of looking at coaching personalities as defined by sport psychologists Tutko and Richards, the focus is on the fifth and final identified coaching personality type, the “business-like coach.” This personality type is becoming more … Continue reading

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Coaching Personalities Part IV: The Easy Going Coach

TweetThe Easy Going Coach is an exact opposite of the Intense Driven Coach (Described in Part III of this series). The Easy Going Coach views the game as just that, an interesting game that he/she likes to win, but not … Continue reading

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Coaching Personalities – Part III

TweetWhile very similar to the authoritarian coach, there are several marked differences between the intense, or driven, coach and the hard-nosed authoritarian coach. These include: -less punitive -more emotional -may lack composure at times Characteristics of the intense or driven … Continue reading

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Coaching Personality Part II – The “Nice Guy” Coaching Personality

TweetIn a previous post, I blogged about the first of five coaching personalities identified by Thomas A. Tutko and Jack W. Richards and discussed in their book The Psychology of Coaching. In that post, I presented the information, or a … Continue reading

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What Kind of Coach are YOU? How Your Coaching Personality Impacts Your Team

TweetThomas Tutko and Jack Richards authored one of the earliest popular works in the field of sport psychology, Psychology of Coaching, first published in 1971. While the field of sport psychology has grown considerably since then, I have always found … Continue reading

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Confidence or Success: Which Comes First?

TweetAs I sit and write this post, I am watching my youngest daughter, who is a competitive gymnast, working with her vault coach. Basketball coaches can learn a lot from gymnastics coaches. Coach Tracy as she is called by my … Continue reading

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What Can a Strength & Conditioning Program Do For Your Team?

TweetAs a coach and player I have seen big changes in the attitude towards, and approach to, strength and conditioning in the game of basketball during my lifetime. As a high school player in the 1970′s, my varsity coach informed … Continue reading

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