The following notes were from a Coach K basketball coaching clinic some time ago. This is all great information you should think about as you plan your basketball practices.
Goals and Philosophy
- Work Hard
3 Systems when Planning a Practice
HEAR – You Forget
SEE – You Remember
DO – You Understand
Don’t Talk Too Much — What you know is important, but the most important thing is…… “How do your players respond under game conditions?”
Practice Planning Process
Have a practice plan…Ask yourself these questions yearly and most importantly, daily:
- Who am I coaching?
- How old are they?
- How much experience do they have?
- Not just playing, but in your system
- How many players do I have?
- What do I coach?
- How do I coach my system?
- How do I teach it?
- Develop physical habits that fit your system
- You need intelligent, intensive, persistent work
- Drills should be intelligent
- Drills should make sense
- “I am going to teach this…we are going to get it done” (Persistent)
- How much time do I have?
- Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
- What resources do I have to help me teach? Facilities?
- How many baskets
- How many coaches
- Use of managers is the key to the program
- Some of the smartest kids who can help your program are right in your school and they do not play basketball
- When do we practice?
- Use time effectively
- Make weekly practice schedule and adapt beginning and ending times accordingly based on events-personal or school
- Do a weekly practice plan, but make a daily practice plan each day!!
- Keep yourself current based on your teams needs on a daily basis
- Be flexible within the practice sessions
- Be organized, but…”Do Not Be A Slave to Your Practice Plan”
Pre-Practice and Post Practice Work
- Pre-Practice Meeting with Coaching Staff
- Practice plan is already written; Discuss who will do what
- Pre & Post practice Work
- Have organized pre-practice work
- Ex. Practice might be at 3:00, but you have the facility from 2:30 to 5:00; You would have from 2:30 to 3:00 for pre-practice work
- Pre & Post Practice work on individual or small group work that individuals might need to work on
- Can get lots of shooting in
- Can review a drill a player didn’t understand
- Have an organized stretching routine
- Have organized pre-practice work
- Should be no longer than 2hrs (Not counting Pre & Post Practice)
- Eliminate as much standing time as possible
- Allocate all of your resources to get players as many reps as possible (Especially on individual drills Ex. 1 on 1 Denial Drill)
- Good physical habits are not developed without reps
- Match-up players for drills so they don’t end up going with the same person every time
- Throughout practice, let players sub for each other…If you want a definite group…then call for them
- Make drills and practice situations Game-Like (including instructions)
- Don’t walk and talk players through drill instructions (Not Gamelike)
- Have a 10 minute period where you have a “Sprint Practice”
- Change things a bunch
- Continually alter what you are doing on the run (Like in a game)
- Practice Game Situations
- End of quarter, End of Game, All Game Situations
- Simulate Halftime
- Vary the places and times you talk to your team (limited attention span)
- Videotape everything that is 4 on 4 and 5 on 5
- You might focus on an individual player or specific drill
- Free Throws
- Do Pressure Free Throw Drills
Post Practice Meeting with Staff
- Critique Practice
- “We did a good job with this”
- “I think we need more work with this”
- “Lets come back tomorrow with this”
- “I was going to come back tomorrow with this, but I think it is better that we do this”
- DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO THE PRACTICE PLAN
- Preparation for the next game starts directly at the end of your last game
- First, watch the tape of your last game
- Make sure of what you think you saw during the game
- Scouting report of your upcoming opponent with stats
- First part of next practice is a team meeting
- Have to have closure from previous game
- Then, leave that location “Shutting the Door”
- Switch to a different area and start talking about next game…”Opening the Door”
- Give a real quick summary of the next opponent, then start practice
- Offense and Defense can revolve around a few things the next opponent will do
- You can also work on areas in which you struggled in previous game
- It is not all getting ready for the next team. It is getting us ready
- “I want to take care of us before getting into elaborate game plans”
- “Your kids don’t know your plays…How the hell are they gonna know their plays?????” … They should know tendencies
- Respect your opponent; Whether it is the lowest team in your conference or the #1 team in your conference
- “We PLAY in every game”
- “I want our team to be GREAT every time we play
- Practices prepare you for competition
- The better you plan and conduct your practices, the better you will be on game day