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Congratulations to BOB HOFFMAN of MERCER on defeating DUKE in the NCAA Tournament
Coaching thought of the week:
Most coaches hope to get a big-time college job someday.
Few will do so.
This does not mean that you cannot make your job "big time" in your own special way. You may be handicapped by facilities, an athletic director, or a low budget.
Your job must to be as 'creative' as you can be. You must do the very best you can do even under difficult circumstances.
Your locker room is dull and lacking in paint. Buy a couple of gallons of paint in your school colors and paint the locker room yourself and use your players to help. You will be surprised at how good you can make the locker room look.
You do not have good janitorial service to clean your playing floor. Get a mop and clean it yourself, again using your players. Put your players in pairs and have a different pair sweep the floor before each practice.
Any area of your program that is holding you back requires you to let your creative mind work and improve that area as much as possible.
Complaining about what you do not have will not help you at all. Doing the best your can to make your program "big time" is much better.
DOING YOUR JOB TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY WILL OFTEN LEAD TO A "BIG TIME" JOB ON ANOTHER LEVEL.
PRESENTING OUR EBOOK ON BASKETBALL'S MOST DIFFICULT OFFENSE TO GUARD:
#1 brings ball down left side. Trailer #5 sets screen for #3 who cuts out to get the ball.
When the defender overplayed in an effort to prevent him from receiving, #3 backcuts for a pass from #1 and a lay-up. Very important for #2 and #4 to keep wide to "take away help."
SAINT MARY'S DRIVE PLAY FOR POST:
01 dribbles left as 05 sets screen on 04s defender. 01 passes to 04 who has drive opportunity. The footwork on this drive must be taught and practiced or traveling may result. However, it is worth the practice because scoring drives can result.
From "INSIDE GEORGE RAVELING'S HEAD "
In order to grow we must be open to new ideas… new ways of doing things… new ways of thinking
One of the most important tasks of a servant leader is to remove uncertainty
Sometimes in your darkest hour you discover your greatest strength
You are what you are willing to settle for
One of the most valuable commodities a person has is time…
(Taken from George Raveling's basketball website: www.coachgeorgeraveling.com For more of his wisdom: GeorgeRaveling.htm
ALWAYS BLOCK OUT? The majority of players will do a better job rebounding when they use blockout techniques. However, many of the quicker and better jumpers will not rebound as well when they concentrate on block out. hey tend to fail to jump for the ball. For these select players, it is better to move in front of their offensive opponent, then "go get the ball." This was John Wooden's philosophy on his way to 10 national championships.
WHEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE A THREE
Ball begins in #2s hands. # 4 sets ball screen for #2 who fakes left, then drives right. On the drive, #4 turns
and sets screen for #1 to shoot 3. Keep this in mind....very few teams have a play after a baseline drive. Here, #2 drives the baseline, but it is a deliberate play.
* "Every coach must ask himself this fundamental question: Are my players getting better. Ask it about each individual player."
BASKETBALLSBESTCONGRATULATESROLLIE MASSIMINO (formerly of VILLANOVA), GENE KEADY (PURDUE), and GEORGE RAVELING (IOWA, USC) ON THEIR SELECTION TO THE NCCA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME.
FIVE KEYS ON OFFENSE AND FIVE KEYS ON DEFENSE FOR BOTH THE COACH AND THE PLAYER
OFFENSE: * Push the Pace
* Take care of the basketball
* Attack inside/out
* Move ball unselfishly
* Help your teammates
* Get back on defense
* Protect the paint
* Closeout hard and contest shot
* Play aggressively without fouling
* Blockout and rebound
*One thing is very clear in the latter stages of a game when you are ahead: DON'T FOUL! This does not mean in the obvious situation--when you are ahead by three with seven seconds left for example when you might want to send your opponent to the line to prevent a 3 point attempt. Generally, late in the game, DON'T FOUL!
Above play was used by PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
To tie a game with 3 seconds left on clock
INSIDE FEED FROM THE FLEX OFFENSE
1 advances ball to flex entry position. 4 cuts as if to receive the pass from 1 to initiate pass. Instead, he cuts away as shown and 1 skip passes to 3 who passes to 5 in the low post area. Of course, this option could be run from either side of the floor. If 4 was defended by a player in foul trouble for exampe, 1 would dribble to left entry position and after 5 cut up and back down, 1 would skip pass to 2 to feed to 4.
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN (IN NCAA TOURNAMENT) #1 dribbles across midcourt and makes a pass to #3. #4 clears to left side as #5 steps toward the ball so his screen will not look obvious.#1 moves as if to set a ball-screen for #3, then changes direction
and cuts off #5 for pass from #3.
Notice that Wisconsin cleared everyone to the same side of the floor, which gave a great opening for #1s cut.
MICHIGAN STATE SPECIAL FOR 4 MAN #1 passes to #5 and makes curved cut for screen for #4 who sets his man up
by taking a step out then cuts hard off *1s screen for pass from #5.
"You get what you tolerate!" -- John Brady
"I discovered as a kid that the way to win was not to have a bunch of guys who could shoot 20-foot jump shots. What we'd do is get five average guys who could shoot lay-ups. Then we'd pass and win."....Magic Johnson