10. Basketball Coaches must not accept excuses from themselves, their staff, or team members. By making excuses for player or team failures, one relinquishes control of their influence over the outcome.
11. Coaches should take pride in the design of their practices and players need to develop pride in the way they practice. Pride is an attitude that separates excellence from mediocrity. Mediocre practices produce mediocre results.
12. Plan your practice as if your career depends on it, because it does.
The remaining practice principles that we have identified as critical to success are: efficiency in executing practice, establishing habits, making practices competitive, team building, incorporating game planning, and covering everything with thoroughness. However, without the proper mindset, none of those principles alone will bring out the best in your team.
More information on the complete basketball practice e-book, “130 Great Ideas to Get a Lot More Accomplished in Practice,” is available at The Coaching Toolbox.