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Home - The Basketball Coach as a Teacher

  The Basketball Coach as a Teacher

Developing as a teacher is instrumental in becoming a good coach. You must learn how to get your ideas across to your players, its not what you teach your players its what they absorb that’s important. A common error by inexperienced coaches is that they try to teach defensive and offensive systems that they don’t understand and get frustrated when their players don’t respond well in practice and in games. Make sure that you understand a defense and offense well enough to break it down into drills and be-able to teach with confidence.
As you grow and gain experience you will develop as a teacher as well as a coach. This skill as a teacher-coach is developed over years of trial and error and observation of other coaches. Developing as a teacher-coach is on going and there are always new things to learn in coaching. Most young coaches will teach what they know or defensive and offensive systems they played under as players.

Remember that basketball is a simple game that is often complicated by coaches’, fans’, media and players. Remember to teach the fundamentals and stick to the basics and things that work for you and your players. As you teach and coach remember that all players learn at differently. There are no true innovations in basket only recycled offenses and defenses so stick to the basics.
John Wooden who won ten NCAA championships said that to bring the most out of your team is 1. Get them in shape 2. Teach them proper fundamentals and how to execute quickly. 3. Make them play as a team. Great advice for a young teacher-coach.

Qualities of Successful Teacher-Coaches’

1. They give direction
2. Motivate/Communicate
3. Provide leadership
4. Understands Human Nature
5. Detail persons‘, no detail too small

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