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Surviving Your Second Year as a Basketball Coach
Chapter 8 - Good Ole Common Horse Senseby Ed Riley
Ever had an idea tug at you, but you can't quite put your finger on it? I always feel that if I don't deal with these ideas right away, I am going to lose something important. It's kind of like when you are shutting your car door, and your know you have forgotten something. You can go ahead and close and lock the door to your car, and then find out that you left your car keys in the car, or you can stop everything you are doing and try to remember what it is that's nagging at you.
That's where I am at the moment, so bear with me while I try to verbalize this current idea. Because I myself am so simple, I like to boil things down to their simplest form. I believe that this one chapter, if I do it right, can help you and me more than anything else I have ever written. Of course, I also invented the laser, penicillin, and coached the winning team in the NCAA tourney for the last 10 years in a row, ar, ar!!!!!
Ever heard of good ole common horse sense? How about common sense? Well, I am going to talk about basketball sense, and lack there of. The biggest problem I see with today's teams is lack of good ole fashioned basketball sense. Let's not restrict this just to the teams, let's include most of the youth coaches in this group as well. So what is basketball sense?
I can't resist, I have to tell you a short story related to #9. My point guard is only about 4'10. It is not totally unheard of for her to end up guarding another team's forward for a few moments, due to switching of players because of screens.
In a game, my PG - point guard, was screened by a 6'3" center. Our other player yelled switch, so now 4'10" PG had to guard 6'3" Giant . Off course, the other team just had to pass it to Giant, who was about 12' from the basket.
It was obvious that Giant didn't feel comfortable dribbling or shooting from that distance, so she just held the ball above her head.
All PG could see was the ball, so she jumped up trying to knock the ball out of Giant's hands. With the height difference, PG couldn't jump any higher than Giant's shoulders. Now PG never would admit she was short, and because of this - she played tall. At 4'10", she was still my best 3 point shooter on the team.
Anyway, here Giant is holding the ball above her head and PG is just jumping and jumping, trying to get high enough to get the ball. It was so absurd a sight, that everyone started chuckling.
Finally, PG stopped jumping, stared at Giant, and hauled off and kicked the Giant in the shin as hard as she could. The ref immediately blew his whistle for the foul. PG raised her hand in the air admitting guilt. Then she turned to the ref and said, "If you'd called a 5 second call like you should of, I wouldn't have kicked her." With that, she stormed back to the bench.
No, I don't condone this behavior, but it was kinda funny. All right, let's get back to work.
Have you ever watched the other team rebound under your basket and throw a long baseball pass down the court on a fast break? All the time, right? Well, how about when your defensive player is right behind the intended receiver, and never looks at anything except their player. Then WHAM, the baseball pass hits your player in the back of the head.
Or, even worse, your player can tell the pass is coming, so they stop and cover their head with both hands. In the meantime, the other player catches the pass and goes for a lay-up before your player uncovers their head. If you have never seen this, wait a while, you will!
In an effort to make these chapters short enough for easy reading, (and because my daughter is calling), I'll end this chapter here. Remember there are more chapters to come, so keep check this site for the next installment.
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