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In an online shooting discussion, Zachary Boisvert made these excellent points:
"Try teaching shooting in word pictures. Sit with your staff and come up with12-15-20 terms pertaining to shooting and those are what your players should be hearing.
A couple of things about these word pictures:
1. Phrased in the positive, not negative ("hold your follow through" rather than "don't drop your hands")
2. Paint a picture (maybe it's saying "pose the follow through" instead of "hold your follow through"
3. Brevity is key (once the point about the importance of "posing" your follow through is made, simply saying "pose it" could be more effective than "pose the follow though". Why? It's quicker + you're not nagging, (you're not asking them to do it, you're reminding them of a standard theyre striving for).
The key is that these word pictures are consistent throughout your program. He's not hearing 1 thing from 1 coach, and hearing different things from the others. There are 10-15 phrases that you've settled on and that's what your guys are hearing."
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NORTH CAROLINA BACKDOOR PLAY
#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 "
LIFE'S SUCCESS FORMULA: Be the right person, in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing with the right people!
Expectations govern behaviors.
Everyday broaden your outlook...make better choices...think more strategically!
The language we use has a substantial effect on how we think and feel about an issue.
At the end of the day, the reality is that we are just tourists visiting mother Earth.
(Taken from George Raveling's basketball website: www.coachgeorgeraveling.com For more of his wisdom: GeorgeRaveling.htm
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.
One of the most difficult jobs a coach has is to teach players how to defend aggressively but without fouling. Players often misunderstand when the coach tells them to avoid fouling; however, if they maintain proper defensive POSITION they can easily learn not to carelessly foul. Most of the time the team that wins has the fewest fouls.
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