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The best basketball programs, (like the best basketball coaching sites) are able to be consistently outstanding in three areas, season after season, year after year.
Those three areas are:
1) Mental and physical toughness
2) Players with basketball skills & offensive and defensive schemes to take advantage of those skills
3) A culture and identity of your program.
The diagram below shows visually how the intersection of those three areas intersect for elite programs.
Your basketball program does not have to win a state or national championship to be a great program.
Coaches at small schools or travel teams that receive very little attention outside of the families and friends of the players in the program can make their program elite by working to maximize each of those three areas for their program.
The best basketball programs have a defined “way” for their program that is both a system of playing basketball and a means of teaching intrinsic life lessons that are valuable to your basketball players both on and off the court. Successful basketball programs have trademarks that are linked to their way of playing basketball and to the intangibles that their players personify while representing their teams.
For Coaches to develop a complete basketball program, there must be a culture that is developed and nurtured over times that is evident from the outside and that everyone in the program (coaches, players, managers, statisticians, trainers, parents, administrators) take pride in honoring, upholding, and perpetuating.
This “Way of Your Program” is your blueprint and your mode of operation. It must go much deeper than the on-court play and the ways of the great programs do. If a basketball team is only about playing the game, then it is really not a program. Being a part of a basketball team should be rewarding, special, and educational for all team members.
I hope you will find that the Coaching Toolbox will be one of the basketball coaching sites that you can reference frequently to help you work toward that goal for your team. Whether you are looking for out of bounds plays, intense basketball drills, team building ideas, motivational basketball articles, defensive drills, or anything else related to coaching basketball, I know you can find what you are looking for at the links above.