A Picture Says a 1,000 Words
When we look up the word “practice”, it is defined as a repeated exercise in or performance of activity or skill to acquire or maintain proficiency. That is one of the important aspects of playing sports no matter the level. As coaches, we preach practice just like you would play the game. That maximum effort must be applied always. It is human nature to have habits, but those bad traits can be broken by simply changing behavior. Our team had a grand opportunity with a summer workout and had a chance to participate in the Fall Ball league. However, we did not have a great turnout. This was a perfect opportunity for players to have a chance to bond and learn how to play together.
We added 8 players to our roster this season that varies in talent and basketball IQ. Therefore, we had 3 hours to teach players our offensive concepts and our defensive principles before our first game. This was a daunting task in deciding to teach the basics of the game or ensure the players are getting into shape. I had to balance both, but often frustrated when I did not quite have the time to reach objectives. We had six players that were unavailable for this game and that threw a wrench into the game plan.
I laid out three key objectives in winning this game. We must be patient on offense. That requires us to have three ball reversals before we take a deep shot. This gives us the opportunity to get into the flow of the game. We must prevent second-chance points by boxing out on the weak side, strong side, and middle. We must listen to my adjustments throughout the game. That will give us the advantage in catching a team by surprise.
We started out strong in the game with our defensive pressure but players started to get tried. The opposing coach realizes this and had his team push the tempo to beat us in transition. This in-game adjustment was successful for them to get back in the game. I encourage my players to eliminate the second chance points, provide more effort on the defensive end without fouling, and to be patient on offense at halftime. We got back into the game in the fourth quarter and ran out of gas. Nevertheless, there are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, and no reset buttons. The biggest risk is not failing; it is not trying. Every day we are writing a few more words to our story. We should show our fans, parents, guest, and school faculty that we do not quit. That we will provide maximum effort in the classroom and on the court. That the image of our players will be a distant memory.
Travis Ealy lead team with 19 points 7 rebounds 4 assists