Youth coaches have a responsibility to help young players learn how to play the game. One way to do this is through teaching and emphasising the FUNDAMENTALS. However, it is difficult to teach players the fundamentals when most coaches haven’t defined what a FUNDAMENTAL really is. Most youth coaches think of fundamentals as the following.... Continue Reading →
Number 4: Using Regressions to Enhance Development
Inevitably, there are times in practice that an athlete will struggle to grasp a concept or the mechanics of a technical skill. Our job as coaches is to facilitate that athletes development, hence we need to adapt the environment. Coach MacKay’s progressions of drills provides a nice way of being able to do this. Whilst... Continue Reading →
imPACTT coaching – When less means more!
Is coaching less more effective in the long run? We've all seen coaches who have a presence on the court. A certain aura as they move around demanding, controlling, roaring instructions, giving feedback, constantly correcting skills and directing players from drill to drill. On the outset, it looks amazing. The coach seems to be in constant... 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 →
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 →