This post is a continuation from yesterday’s Coaching Toolbox blog dealing with our basketball practice mindset. In our view, structuring what happens in practice is a huge part of basketball coaching.
2. Hard work is merely the price of admission into the competitive arena; it is no guarantee of success. If it is not present, then you can’t even think about competing. But, consistently doing the right things, in the right way, and in the right frame of mind—all while working very hard—over an extended period of time, can lead to success. Hard work is not a victory in and of itself; it must be accompanied by technique and toughness. It is possible to be a hard worker with poor technique and no toughness.
3. Players must see and believe that the coaching staff is eager and excited for practice every day. A coach’s enthusiasm for practice should be obvious to the players and assistant coaches. The coach’s enthusiasm should be contagious. For practice to be great everyone needs to be enthusiastically involved. As classroom teachers, it always amazes us when we see and hear athletes cheering in response to an announcement that their practice has been cancelled. That is not the type of response that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of high quality practices.
We have nine more ideas that we have defined as the Winning Way Mindset for basketball practice and will be posting them on this blog. You can see all twelve on our list by clicking here. You can see information about our entire list of 130 Great Ideas to Get a Lot More Accomplished in Practice here, along with hundreds of other resources and ideas for coaching basketball.