Good Coaching Philosophy
Be yourself-Whatever your style, be agreeable, without compromising your principles.
Your teaching style-Coaching basketball is teaching… teaching not only fundamentals, how to play the game, and team skills, etc., but also life skills. Be well-prepared for practices and games.
Be organized-You are the leader and must be organized. A disorganized coach imparts this disorganization and a sub-standard approach to the entire program.
Be open, learn from others-All great coaches have learned what they know from other coaches and players. Don’t take the attitude that you have all the answers and are the greatest coach to ever walk the earth. Be humble and eager to learn from others.
Impact young people-You are not their parent, but you are in a position to be a real positive, important person in the lives of each of your players… never lose sight of this. Teach by your example and how you treat others.
Develop priorities… spiritual > family > school > basketball. The coach-player relationship is a vital cornerstone to successful coaching.
Communicate– with your players as a group and one-on-one, and maintain an “open door” policy. Before the season starts, meet with each player individually about goals, expectations, etc. Have occasional team meetings to discuss “issues”.
About yelling at players… you never want to embarrass a player during a game in front of his parents, friends, the fans, etc. Games are for players. In practice, behind closed doors, it is your classroom.
Set rules and maintain discipline-But don’t have too many rules that you will later regret. Kids will violate the rules…
Flexibility is key here. Some years, you may have race horses and you can use the running game. Other years, you may have mules and bulls and will find the slower paced, inside power game better.
Prepare your team-Preparing your team for a game is more important than any courtside game-coaching “wizardry”.
Foster a great work ethic-Once they lace up their shoes and walk onto the court, all of the day’s problems and issues are put aside, and each player must focus on the job at hand.
Team concept-The coach must instill the concept of “team”, rather than the individual
Belief in the system-You must get everyone onboard and believe in your system and your style of basketball. Players and assistants must be totally dedicated and believe in what they are doing. Instruct, explain, diagram what you are trying to do
Goals-Set goals for your team, your program, and your individual players. Having fun should be right at the top of the list.