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Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you practice skills or game situations?      As I continue to look at the practice plans of coaches, I notice that most coaches focus on practicing Game Situations. Their practices are the ones that jump from one situation to another situation. For basketball, they may go from a transition drill to a defensive rebounding [...]

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Practices Suck

Having experienced the thrill of coaching thousands of practices and watching others do the same, here are the top reasons why some practices fail while others are very successful. 1) No one told me about avoiding the 3 L’s Ask any veteran coach and this will be the first piece of advice they give rookies. [...]

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Top 4 Skills Needed for Lacrosse?

Top 4 Skills Needed for Lacrosse?

  In a recent post, I wrote about the importance of the 80/20 Rule. In a nutshell, the 80/20 Rule states that coaches should spend 80% of their time on the top 3-5 skills for their sport. In other words, focus on the most important skills and become GREAT at those skills. Do we really [...]

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Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

     By applying the same principles used to beat zone defenses in basketball, offenses in lacrosse can benefit and better attack the zone defense. Good basketball coaches, instead of running set plays against a zone defense, should be teaching the players HOW to beat a zone defense. Gap, Distort and Destroy are three very easy [...]

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Teaching Team Defense: The Ultimate Use of Whole-Parts-Whole

Teaching Team Defense: The Ultimate Use of Whole-Parts-Whole

Teaching team defense is the ultimate use of applying the Whole-Parts-Whole approach to coaching. Coaches should start by showing the players the overall concept of team defense. Perhaps a video or a quick walk through and show how this defense reflects everything they believe in. You show/demo what you want them to be great at [...]

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Coaching Quandary

Coaching Quandary

Should coaches focus on coaching to win or coaching to improve skill development? For example, should the 9-10 rec coach have his players stay in a zone defense, (maybe a box and 1 for basketball or Isolation in lacrosse) which might help them win games, or should they play man to man in order to [...]

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Football Pads are NOT Just for Football: Incorporating Toughness Drills into Basketball

Football Pads are NOT Just for Football: Incorporating Toughness Drills into Basketball

Playing through some level of contact is a big part of many sports. How often do we see players getting knocked off the ball because there was contact and that player lost their balance or wasn’t ready to absorb the hit? Helping players develop that toughness and ability to play through contact should be part [...]

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Coaching Both the Technical and Tactical Skills

Coaching Both the Technical and Tactical Skills

There are two types of skills that coaches should be teaching their players. Many coaches focus only on the Technical Skills, the fundamentals and mechanics needed to play that particular sport. The preferred method is doing lots and lots of drills to reinforce these skills. These may become boring to the players and cause them [...]

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