Postulates of Coaching Basketball Part 2

By Creighton Burns. This is the second part of Coach Burns’ postulates of Coaching Basketball. You can see numbers 1-34 by clicking this link: Postulates of Coaching Basketball

35) Make sure you are friends with the custodians, the secretaries, and if you are in a high school situation, make sure you are good friends with the lunch room staff. Being close to these people can pay real dividends.

36) Shout praise and whisper criticism!

37) Offense is Spacing and Spacing is Offense.

38) What you teach in basketball is not as important as how you teach it.

39) All drills should culminate in full-court action.

40) The great coaches are able to encourage and lift others!

41) Defense should delay, disrupt and deflect.

42) Coaches must spend time with individual skill development — yes, even during the season.

43) You must stress the following areas in practice:
a. The purpose of each drill.
b. The “why” of each and every drill.
c. The building of good habits.
d. Teach the players “how” to play the game.

44) Offense is shot selection, ball handling, movement and the team concept.

45) When teaching motion (passing game) offense keep in mind that the more rules you install — the more your offense becomes like a structured and patterned offense.

46) Reaching in and fouling is a sign of false hustle.

47) The six great teachers are WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW!

48) Do not attempt things in a game that you have not practiced!

49) Players either improve every day or they go regress — no one ever stays the same.

50) To win, the team must be aggressive and exhibit physical and mental toughness.

51) The coach cannot ever have a bad practice and he must be consistent in his actions each and every day!

52) Regardless of the type of defense played there must be pressure on the ball!

53) Post players need to have three post moves.
a. jump hook.
b. drop step and power move.
c. Sikma move.

54) The good players will stay and work on shooting after practice.

55) The mental is as important as the physical in coaching the game of basketball.

56) Coaching is about relationships and three very important aspects of relationships are trust, respect and communication.

57) The coach must be a teacher, learner, facilitator, role model and friend.

58) Keep a notebook (journal) and write everything down.

59) Never fight with the media.

60) To beat a zone you must have some catch-and-shoot players on the perimeter.

61) The coach must care about his players — the coach must ask himself, “Do I care?” Do I care about the person? Not just the player but the person?

62) Believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing. Coach your personality.

63) The most important thing a coach does is planning what you do in practice.

64) Do not try to do too many things. Be very good at the things you do! “More is less!”

65) Be tougher on your team when you win, rather than after a loss.

66) To be a good defender, the defender must stay in a stance. “No stance — no chance!”

67) Make your drills as game-like as possible.

68) The coach must learn to accept and respect criticism.

69) The coach’s job is to eliminate human error!

70) Execution and preparation are the difference between winning and losing.

71) To have fun while coaching, get your team to play hard, play together, play smart and play with heart!

72) Find out what your players are capable of doing and get them to do those things consistently.

73) The coach must dictate what players can and cannot do.

74) When playing against zone defenses, play even-front against odd-fronts defenses and odd-front against even-front defenses — then get where they ain’t and attack!

75) When teaching the motion offense, (passing game) teach players to screen from the inside out!If coaches can do the things that I have talked about in both parts of these two articles they are going to have success as a coach.

In closing I would like to mention that the most important person a coach has to please is himself. The coach who tries to please everyone is in trouble. The coach has to be himself, live with himself and coach within his philosophy. Every night when the coach looks in the mirror he has to say, “I did it my way and I feel good about what I have done!”

This is the second part of Coach Burns’ postulates of Coaching Basketball. You can see numbers 1-34 by clicking this link: Postulates of Coaching Basketball

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