Advice to New Coaches
Okay, you probably got roped into
this job because your son, daughter or a friend is involved.
Well, you are in for the most difficult job in basketball: coaching
inexperienced players and/or coaching without much experience
and/or coaching without a lot of practice time. I think your
job is even more difficult than a pro coaching job. However,
this can be a great experience for both you and the players if
you have sensible guidance.
First, I want to commend you for visiting our site, because this
means you are really interested in the kids, the players, the
real job of a coach. I'm going to list resources at the site,
especially for first time coaches.
We have a ton of articles to get your head in the right
place about coaching. You can read all the articles, but I recommend these first:
1. Seven Ideas That Will Make
Your Season More Successful
2. What To Do If You Have
Little Practice Time
3. Keys To Planning Practice
4. How "Winning"
Can Make You a Big Loser -The negative aspects associated
with a focus on winning games, instead of teaching basketball
5. Basketball Coaching
Myths and Reality - Widely held popular ideas that are opposite
to what you want to do as a coach or player.
6. A Coach's Biggest Mistake
and How To Correct It - Your biggest mistake prevents your
team from improving. Correct it and soar onward.
7. What You Want Out of An
Offense & How To Get It - Having offensive problems?
Here is the information you need to improve.
To see a list of all of our articles and tips click
Don't forget our Fundamental
Notes Section which covers fundamentals noted or lacking
in pro and college games.
What products to order?
1. The Basketball Coach's
Bible--A comprehensive and systemic
guide to coaching. Everything about coaching from individual
skills to planning to strategy. Only order the other books if
you want to share information with others. The players manual is valuable because the techniques are easier to follow since directions are given for only 1 or 2 players.
2. DVDs 1-4 -- The
Basic Set Or
DVDs 5,8,9,12 --The Starter Set
These first 4 videos show high
school and college players performing all the drills in the book.
The practice planning videos show the exact drills to run in
order in practice as well as a progression of drills for each
slot. The How To Get More Out Of Practice video, video 4, may
be the most worthwhile one because it explains how to streamline
practice, keep all players involved, and how to assign basketball
homework. The other videos in the series, Videos 6 to 15, go
into more detailed explanations of the material in videos 1-4. Coaches have told me that videos 1-4 are a bit overwhelming.
These videos show much greater detail than DVDs 1-4. So, you can probably teach each lesson shown without many problems. DVD 5 works on shooting technique, the first and most important step in shooting. DVD 8 works on dribbling a skill every player needs immediately. DVD 9 works on defensive movement, the first step in learning defense. DVD 12 works on offensive skills that will eventually allow your team to play together.
Your comments are welcome.
Sidney Goldstein, author of
The Basketball Coach's Bible and The Basketball Player's Bible,
has successfully coached both men's and women's teams over a
period of 15 years.