By: Colin Robbie, PSB Charlotte GM
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, PSB coaches and managers had the privilege to attend a coaches clinic hosted by members of the Davidson College Men’s Basketball Staff. This was an exclusive event for PSB coaches.
The event focused on how we dive into our coaching techniques and how we can still grow through the coaching development program. It was an awesome time to be able to hear from some great coaches. They gave great tips that we can take back to our practices.
Here is a recap of the 6 main things we learned and some great insights from the clinic:
1. Constantly Work on Culture and Leadership
Spend time getting to know your players. Build a strong relationship of trust and culture by investing in your players as human beings and not just basketball players.
Get to know them on a personal level. This will allow you to be able to push them harder during practices because they trust you.
2. Begin Practice with Toughness Drill or Tough with the Ball Drill
In this drill, one player starts on the wing with the ball. The defender has to pressure and be all over the offensive player. The offensive player cannot dribble and can only pivot, but cannot turn his back to the basketball. Time each turn with 5/10 seconds, then ask the players to switch. This drill allows you to have multiple groups going at the same time.
The Toughness Drill can help set the tone for practice. It can also set expectations that it is going to be physical and aggressive. This drill helps the players to focus and practice real good and hard.
3. Shot Fake on Offensive Rebounds!
Something you can always teach your players is to shot fake when they get an offensive rebound. You can set up a drill so that you toss the ball off the backboard to a player and he or she goes up and get the rebound, lane on balance, shot fake, and finish.
Start the practice with this drill to get some rebounding reps and reps on shot faking. This strategy is a good idea because when players give up an offensive rebound, they tend to want to “make up for it” by blocking a shot. A shot fake can draw a foul on that.
PSD Stands for Pistol Swivel Down. This is very helpful when teaching your players defensive stance and principals.
Here is how they should execute PSD:
- Pistol – Hold your hands out while pointing to a player and the ball.
- Swivel – Keeping your head on a swivel means that you should not just stare at the ball the whole time, but also keep an eye on your players. Keep your head moving so that you can see all things, especially on the defensive end.
- Down – Make sure that your players stay in a low and down stance at all times.
5. Make Practices Competitive
As you create your practice plans, make sure to make it competitive. Have winners and losers in drills and have a “punishment” for losers. Punishments may include pushups, squats, wall sits, sprints, and other physical activities.
This strategy brings a higher level of focus because there is something on the line. It may also train them and hone them into being more competitive and not “just be there just to be there.”
6. Drills that can Help You Train Your Players
Here are some drills that are useful in training basketball players:
- Toughness drill
- 3v3 Triangle Trap drill
- 3 Closeout drill
- Snake drill/Shell drill
- Pivot series
- Body Down drill
These are just 6 of the many ideas that we learned from the coaches clinic. PSB is committed to developing our coaches so that we can further develop our players.
Our managers, directors, and coaches are constantly trying to better themselves through the tenacious pursuit of self-improvement, not just as coaches, but as human beings. We want to produce the best coaches possible and events like the Coaches Clinic help lead to our success.