Coaching Philosophy

Basketball Trophy

The Great Trophy Debate

My 7-year-old daughter’s basketball season wrapped up a few weeks ago and we didn’t hand out trophies (we went to a local place for milkshakes – that was their “reward” for putting in the time and effort during the season). The year prior, we did. At this age, I don’t mind either way and see […]

3 V's of communication as a leader

Dave Thorson’s 3 Vs

Dave Thorson recently led his De La Salle program (Minneapolis) to its sixth straight 3A state title in Minnesota. When he discusses buy-in from players, coaches should listen. Thorson spoke at a clinic I attended a while back, and shared his thoughts on the “3 V’s of Communication as a Leader” to the crowd on […]

Brian Baxter's tips for the mental game

Brian Baxter’s tips for the mental game

Brian Baxter is the director of Sports Psychology Institute Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and says: “Take time to reflect on the team’s mission statement, goals and performance, and to update the goals for the postseason. Make sure to celebrate improvements and successes together, but refocus attention and energy in the new goals. Clarify players’ roles […]

Pat Coons coaching philosophy

Pat Coons coaching philosophy

Our game continues to evolve outward. Three-pointers have taken over and, not surprisingly, Cleveland and the Houston Rockets led last NBA season in 3-pointers made. Your players see this, want to mimic it and spend their gym hours hoisting shots behind the line, how should this impact on your coaching philosophy. A while back I […]

How do you handle blowouts?

How do you handle blowouts?

It comes up every year – some team blows out another and it makes national news. So, I’m curious, how do you handle blowouts? I asked a few coaches this question a while back and three coaches agreed that once a game hits a 30-point difference, it’s time to take steps to keep things from […]

Westview's 6 areas of focus

Westview’s 6 areas of focus

I routinely go out and observed basketball practices. Last season, I went to Westview High (Beaverton, Oregon) to watch one of the top boys teams in the state. Upon entering the locker room, one of the first things you see if a game chart with many areas of focus on it, including six statistics at […]