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Home - Developing a Coaching Philosophy

  Developing a Coaching Philosophy

The foundation of any coaching career is the development of a sound coaching philosophy. The type of coach you will become is determined by the philosophy you develop. Your philosophy will help you bring order to the chaos you will face throughout your coaching career. There are several areas of basketball you will have to investigate before you develop your coaching philosophy. They are as follows, 1. Defensive 2. Offensive  3. Organization 4. Motivation of players 5. Player Discipline  6. Providing Direction 7. Developing Management skills 8. Development as a teacher of basketball 9. Improvement of coaching skills 10. Teaching fundamentals.

In selecting a defensive philosophy you must decide what role defense will play in your program and your feelings toward defense. You must also look at what style of defense is best suited for your team. You must decide if you will play man defense, zone, or use full court pressure or combination of defenses. You must also consider the individual and team concepts of the defenses you select.
The development of an offensive philosophy requires you select the style of offense that bests suits your personnel. There are two styles of offense to consider up-tempo and control offense. There are also two types of coaches, one who uses the same style of offense yearly and the coach who changes to suit his players.

Coaching organization is key in your philosophy; a friend of mine once said “No detail is too small” Daily practice plans and coaching meetings are key in coaching organization. A season planning chart should be developed as well as a pre-season and post season planning chart.

Being able to motivate and discipline players is a skill that you develop as you progress in coaching. There are different ways of motivating and disciplining players, fear, benching, not playing them or by the use of kindness and reason.

Some coaches have said that the best way to motivate players is to sit them on bench. This is a skill you will learn as the season go by. Remember what motivates one player will not motivate another player.

Two other aspect of your coaching philosophy is the ability to provide direction and leadership to your players. Some of your players may not have had any direction at home or a father or mother figure in their lives or have never been told no or have always had their way in dealing with other coaches. Have goals and expectations for your team. Lead by example be on time, be early and stay late.
The final areas of developing your coaching philosophy is developing as a teacher of basketball, developing you’re coaching skills and developing your teaching of fundamentals. As a teacher you must be-able to get your ideas across to your players and make sure your players understand what you are teaching them. You develop your coaching skill through study, attending coaching courses, attending and observing games. You must also be-able to teach and break down fundamental drills for your team. If you cannot do any of the drills yourself be-able to teach them or have your assistant coaches demonstrate for the players.

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