Winning Hoops

March/April 2013

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March/April 2013 Coaching Advice To Help You Build A Winning Program Vol. 27, No. 4 Gearing Up For The New Season In 6 Easy Steps By Michael Joseph, Hazleton Area High School, Hazle Township, Penn. THE HIGH SCHOOL basketball season generally runs for more than 100 days. It starts with a great amount of excitement and energy and usually ends—with the exception of state champions—with a collective thud. No coach ever wants to say this could be their last practice or final game but it's inevitable. More than 100 days of practice planning, strategizing, scrimmages, games, wins, losses, team building, ups, downs, life lessons and struggles all come to an end. As a coach, you aren't really sure what to do the day after that seasonending game. You go home right after school because there is no practice. You eat dinner with your family because there is no game. You go to bed at a respectable hour because you don't have to watch game film. For the months leading up to tipoff and the four months of the season all your attention, thoughts and energy goes toward your team. Now that's over and you have to figure out what to do next. The most important thing for you to do as a coach is to step away from the game for a while and decompress. It's time for some rest and relaxation because the season is so physically and mentally draining. You need time away from the game. A few years ago I came up with a personal plan of my own on how to effectively close one season and begin to think about the next. 1 Rest and recover. Take one month off after your last game. It is important for your physical and mental well being to recover from the four-month grind of a basketball season. Reintroduce yourself to your family, and maybe take a short weekend trip with your spouse. Even help coach one of your child's youth sports teams, as long as it's baseball, soccer or softball. The purpose is to stay away from coaching basketball, only occasionally watching the game for enjoyment. 2 Season preparations. After a month has passed, gradually get back to your work as head of the basketball program. Make a booklet for your players of all the newspaper articles from your season. Get ready for your season-ending banquet. Make a highlight video to hand out to your players. Watch some film of games from the past season and see what your team did well and also what needs improvement. Go away with your staff to a coaching clinic to reinforce or create new ideas to implement into your program. It's also imperative you meet with your seniors to make sure they are ready to graduate and move on to college, even if they aren't going to be playing anymore. Meet with your athletic director and work on the Continued on page 6 Check out our website at PLAY OF THE DAY! Need a drill that tests your players at game speed? Check out page 14 and sharpen your team's 3-point shooting! —KEVIN HOFFMAN, Managing Editor

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