Coaching Tips and Wisdom from Austria Men’s Head Coach Raoul Korner (featured on The Basketball Podcast with Chris Oliver)

“development happens outside your comfort zone“ If you want to develop as a player or a coach, you have to be willing to get outside of your comfort zone. This means being willing to leave a good situation for an unknown situation. “you have to outperform where ever you coach“ Regardless of what situation you… Continue Reading →

Number 3: Practice Methodology to Create Transfer

Somehow against all odds, in the year 2021, there is still an unhealthy amount of reliance on blocked and constant practice within the practice environment. Research has continuously provided evidence that randomised, variable practice is more beneficial for the learning process than constant or blocked practice. Learning may have various definitions depending on who you… Continue Reading →

LIVE YOUR VALUES

We’ve just wrapped up our third Rend Sports Summer Camp, and following a tough week behind the scenes that can only be described as a frustratingly, challengingly rewarding experience. In what has now become the most looked forward to event of our coaching team every summer, this year was different. All our plans, ideas and… Continue Reading →

PREPARING FOR TOMORROW

We all want to achieve a certain objective. We want to bring to life a certain vision that we may have for ourselves of for others.As a player, you may want to be ready to attack practices with tenacity as soon as the pandemic is over. As a coach, you may want to be ready… Continue Reading →

Measure to Improve

Something that I personally have been struggling with lately is the concept of becoming a better person, a better coach, and a better leader. I’ve consistently been reflecting and actively trying to get rid of what I consider negative habits whilst adding positive habits into my lifestyle. This has been challenging for me as I… Continue Reading →

Making an imPACTT!

WHY DO I COACH BASKETBALL? I coach basketball for a living and have dedicated the last number of years of my life to the sport and all that it brings. Late nights, early mornings, long weekends, emotional players, demanding administrations, over involved parents and uneven working hours. Oh, and did I mention low wages? Of course, I’m… Continue Reading →

Elusive Confidence

When it comes to sporting success, confidence has been shown to account for the differences between successful and unsuccessful performances. Sports psychologists and elite athletes have consistently stated that confidence is a crucial currency in their performances and success. But, what is confidence? Are there different types of confidence? How do we develop confidence? What impacts… Continue Reading →

Pt. 3 – Let me Play!

3. Let Me Play Coach There are times that players perform really well in a game and are executing the coach’s plan perfectly. They share the ball, communicate on defense and shoot the ball well. Then, before they know it, they find themselves back on the bench and they don’t know why? “Coach, I was doing well. Just… Continue Reading →

My Coach Sucks!!

Coaches differ from one another in various ways. Their coaching styles, their behaviours, their philosophies, systems and even their personalities. Combining these styles with that of their athletes results in some great working relationships and at other times, confusion from the athletes’ part as they struggle to understand their coach and fit in with the… Continue Reading →

Predicting Success through Testing

Tim Grover is so on the money in the below article in more ways than one… http://attackathletics.com/why-draft-combines-are-a-poor-predictor-of-success/ Let’s start with athletics and he is right. Can you imagine if Damian Lillard, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were judged by their ability to bench press and that was a determinant of how successful they would eventually… Continue Reading →

Creating Team Cultures

With the basketball season just around the corner, coaches need to start planning and making several decisions. Although most of these decisions will be in relation to the team, its playing style and their goals for the coming year, one of the most important decisions will be the conscious decision to foster a team culture…. Continue Reading →

Strength Training and Kids

There exists a concept which states that strength training in kids is wrong and harmful. There exists a concept which states that strength training for kids will stunt their growth. A lot of people firmly believe this, and prevent their kids from engaging in strength training activities. So, is there any truth to this? Or are… Continue Reading →

Batteries Recharged

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. I’ve been finding it hard to formulate my thoughts into words and put them out there, but enough is enough, I’ll just get on with it. Let me start with the most recent occurrence and from there, I will do my best to post a blog every… Continue Reading →

The Station

Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent. We’re travelling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside,… Continue Reading →

9 Ways to become a tougher player

by Coach Joe Wootten Play in the moment:  Great shooters have no fear of the future and have the shortest memory…..they play in the moment….most adults are better players as they get older because the did not worry anymore….they play in the moment……do not wait until you are older, do it now!   Play for… Continue Reading →

Basketball and Life

“Whatever works in basketball works in life!” – Morgan Wootten Coach Wootten is arguably the most successful high school coach in basketballs history with over 1’200 wins in his career. The above statement is his core philosophy in basketball and I must admit that I completely agree with it. In order to be a good… Continue Reading →

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right!

A couple of days ago, a female african american actress was “hand-cuffed and detained” by police officers in LA. The incident occured after the actress was seen making out in a car with her white boyfriend. The actress reports that the police thought that she was a “prostitute” and as such was mistreated. Is this… Continue Reading →

Successful People Interact

Successful people don’t wait for opportunities; rather they go out of their way to seek opportunities Technology, the internet and mobile phones have certainly changed our lives. Everybody these days has a smartphone and two seconds with the internet drives people crazy. But, is this a good thing or a bad thing? It is quite… Continue Reading →

Getting around in VA

So, after a week of being in Virginia and trying to figure out the transportation system to allow me to get to and back from work, I think I may have finally figured out my commuting schedule for now. I am currently staying in Stafford, courtesy of some very nice folks. However, Stafford is slightly out… Continue Reading →

Living it up

I’ve been fortunate to have spent the last fourteen years of my life in Ireland, getting to meet a tonne of really cool people and developing great relationships with so many in the Emerald Isle. One of my passions is coaching and over the last eight years, I have been privileged to have been involved with several… Continue Reading →

Back to School Again

I honestly believe that everything that we do is a conscious choice…. and once we’ve made that choice, our attitudes towards it determine how successful we become at it, and how much of an impact it has on those around us. This is an interesting time of the year, as we have now approached the… Continue Reading →

Breaking Down Game Film

Failure to Prepare is Preparing to Fail  The FIBA European Championships was going to be a test of  mental toughness and preparation for all teams involved. With 17 teams competing in the Championships, and each team playing a minimum of 7 games in 10 days, it was imperative that every team do anything they could… Continue Reading →

FIBA Europeans 2014

FIBA 2014 European Championships It’s the journey and not the destination that leaves the most lasting memories; it’s how we overcome adversity, obstacles and challenges that define us and our lives. After spending more than two years working closely with an exceptional group of people, the journey is now over, but the memories will forever… Continue Reading →


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