How to Coach Basketball – Emphasize Fundamentals
“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.” Michael Jordan
Playing for Coach Roy Williams and his staff taught me how to do this the right way. Fundamentals are more than talk at North Carolina. We have some core principles based on fundamentals like boxing out for instance. Miss a box out during a drill or competition and see what happens! You just head to that baseline because it’s time to run!
You see everyday is another chance to improve those basic skills. Great coaches spend every chance they get reinforcing this point by drills in practice and by never losing sight of them amidst other game like scenarios. If you want to win consistently you have to work on fundamentals constantly.
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As a coach there are two things you must do to ensure your players are fundamentally sound. The first thing you must do is practice them daily. The second thing you must do is encourage players for executing them properly at every opportunity.
In order to practice the fundamentals you must find ways to routinely work on them in your practices. This means making time to explicitly work on a very small portion of the game everyday. There is no great player that became great without having the fundamentals as an integral part of their game. Fundamentals are also the thing that can help turn mediocre players into good players. They can also propel a good player into greatness. If you are not working on the fundamentals every single day then you are missing a huge opportunity to improve your team. Most coaches are doing something to improve their fundamentals daily. The best coaches are doing everything to improve the fundamentals of their team daily.
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