Category Archives: Issues in Coaching and Basketball

Issues related to the coaching profession in general and the sport of basketball in particular.

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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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 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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The Vanishing Post Player

TweetIn looking at notes from multiple recent games, I have noticed what I think is an alarming trend. Or at least one that someone could take a huge advantage of, the vanishing post player. With the advent of, and the … Continue reading

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Motivating Your Bench Players at Mid-Season – Make It Matter

TweetWith district and conference play looming and the tournament season essentially over, most teams have established their playing rotations. The average high school team will consistently play eight or nine players a game but no more. As coaches, we preach … Continue reading

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The Wooden Rule: Don’t Whine, Don’t Complain and Don’t Make Excuses – It Applies to Coaches as Well

TweetIf you have been a long time reader of this blog or get my newsletter, you would know I am a great admirer of Coach John Wooden. One of my favorite principles I have emphasized to my players is what … Continue reading

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Selecting the Right Defense: Man or Zone, Pack or Push or Something Else

TweetOffense. That more than anything else is what your selection of defense should be based on. It is not as crazy as it may sound. Bear with me and I’ll explain in a minute. First, some other factors to consider … Continue reading

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Tough Coaching Equals Confidence

TweetIt would appear the current crop of educational gurus have it all wrong. Old School tough coaches, decried by the current educational experts, are the ones who knew (know) how to build REAL confidence in their players and students. Researchers … Continue reading

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