Here is a list of ten coaching concepts that I believe in from a tactical and theoretical perspective.
I'm sure that I am not the only one that felt completely burnt out by the end of the 2020-21 school year. I even felt burnt out with those things which I have traditionally found comfort in; clinic talks, writing, creating content, etc. Over the Summer months, I really tried to make it a priority to find ways to recharge myself. I designated time to read (non-coaching material), get caught up with household projects, work out, and just enjoy my free time with my wife and kids. As we are gearing up to head into the 2021-22 school year I'm hoping that those efforts have paid off.
Given those efforts I wanted my first post of the new school year to be one that was more philosophical than tactical in nature. I didn't really want to get into X & O's talk, but more into the philosophical things that I believe strongly in. Some of these concepts are ones that I have written extensively about, and some of them are just stream-of-consciousness ideas that make sense to me. I'd love to hear your feedback on these ideas out on Twitter or in the comments on the post.
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1. You have to implement Skill Development every day
My thought is that we only so much time with our players during the year and if we are not intentionally improving their skills then we are wasting the practice time that we have at our disposal.
Gear it towards your offensive system
Work on handling, shooting, finishing, passing, etc.
Improving Skills > Reciting a Set
I have written extensively on this subject, check out this post I wrote this Spring on Player Development.
2. Cut out any practice concept that doesn’t feed into your systems.
This is something that has become a key part of my philosophy as a coach. I am typically looking at this concept as a way in which to maximize every minute of our practice time. If we are going to conduct lay-up drills, shooting drills, or any isolated skill in general why not tweak it to fit the offensive system that we are employing.
Does it Reflect our System = Keep It
Does it Happen Rarely = Cut It