20 Ways to Have an Impact on the Game During the Shutdown
- You can be victorious during this virus
- What exactly does this time provide to your players? What can they accomplish?
- IF YOU DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TIME, YOU’RE A LOSER
1. Enhance Your Mental and Emotional Game With
- Listen to pros talk on other platforms
- Youtube to see other players with similar obstacles/battles
2. Empower Your Players to do the Following
- Take notes
- Watch film – offensive/defensive etc.
- Get your coaches playbook
- Write down your coach’s philosophies to utilize through this pandemic
- Ask what are my roles, strengths and weaknesses as a player?
3. Encourage Physical Work
- Drills with ball
- Drills without a ball
- Drills with a hoop
- Stamina skills
- Drills should all include a time and a score
4. Hold Your Players Accountable
- Get players to film shooting/driving techniques to be able to give them feedback
- Get them to send these to you and yes, you do have time
- This allows you as a coach, to see that:
- They’re going hard
- They’re doing it right
- They’re doing it over (reps)
- Have them send you their exercise journal, spreadsheet of workouts etc.
5. Encourage Mental Work
- Help your players grow
- Ensure that players are being grateful
- Encourage your player’s aptitude
6. Assign Player Development Tasks
- Ie. Direct message 5-10 coaches, nba players, trainers that you love 10 times until they answer and if they don’t, who cares?
- 2 Questions Players Can Ask These Mentors
- What’s your skill self improvement before and after the virus? What do you do to work on your game and to get better?
- What are 2 things that I can do when I go back to practice with my teammates in the game in order to create a connection? How can this encourage trust and respect?
7. Players Can Start a Basketball Journal/Notebook
- What are you doing alone to get better?
- What are you doing with teammates to stay connected?
- What are you doing to better your life in general?
- Can you gain knowledge with these notes and apply them elsewhere?
8. Encourage Emotional Work
- Clear the air with your coach if there’s anything that’s been left undiscussed.
- What can I change during this time?
- What flaws can I improve upon or ask for help with in order to manage?
9. Encourage Spiritual Work
- Find devotional time in your life, however this may look for the specific individual.
- Make this time a priority every single day.
10. Coaches Can Implement Player Evaluations
- Player development reports for each individual
- One-on-one video calls
- SWAT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, attitude and threats
- Have empathy
- Use truth
- Use facts
- Be a listener
- Have an organized plan of action
11. Coaches Can Implement Team Evaluations
- Both video and written
- Long court/short court Transition
- Shot clock etc.
- Hold team video calls
- What will you change or implement when the virus is lifted?
12. Encourage The Culture
- Ask the community surrounding your players with a survey:
- What kind of team do we have?
- What do we like/dislike?
- What does the associated school like/dislike?
- How do we display privately/public/on the court/in the locker room?
- Analyze everything during this time to learn more about your team
13. If Players Are Being Too Silent and Not Talking, Fix it Now
- Be self aware as a coach and fix any behaviour (or lack thereof) right away, even right now.
- Make sure you are reflecting the behaviour you are asking for from players.
- You model passion
- Have external positive emotion
- You model creative talks
- Be creative, clear, correct, easy to follow, impactful and charismatic when you coach and/or teach
- Be good at being a good example. This takes practice (in the mirror, with a friend, with your own child etc.)
14. Continue to Manufacture Behaviour in Your Players
- How? Enforce these values – make them do it
- Organize and create the talks
- Punish them if they don’t do what you are enforcing
- Verbalize the behaviour you want to see
- Do this all the time and be consistent with it
- Call your teammates, your coach, other player’s parents, other mentors etc.
- Discuss each other’s workout videos, lives or whatever you want
- Let shy player be in charge of the discussion, support them, but make them do it
- Let everyone do a “Testimony Tuesday” or a no quit story
- Talk should still be player-player, coach-player, coach-coach, parent-player and coach-parent, even during this time
- It’s a team sport, so keep on being a team even at a physical distance
- If the coach is giving passion, players have to be passionate back
- If the game has been good to you, you have to be good to the game
17. Create “Non Stat” Rewards
- Most punctual on calls
- Teammate who celebrates the most
- Most consistent with their workouts
- Best videographer
- Most intense basketball journal/notebook
- Give out GOOD rewards too (Jordan’s, Outback $50 gift card etc.)
18. Ensure That The Reps Are Still Happening
- Preparation breeds confidence
- Repetition is the mother of success
- Get them to work out more so they believe in their skills
19. Film Edits and Feedback
- Past film evaluations during previous games
- Current film evaluations of at home workouts
- All right reads
- All wrong reads
- Film on role models
- Film on aggressive plays
- Film on non aggressive plays
- Feedback from coaches and teammates
20. Celebrate Your Players
- When they succeed, even during this virus, really go out of your way to encourage and celebrate every single one
I am holding a Masterclass this Thursday and will talk about "How to Be Successful While Staying At Home - Ways to Help Players and Coaches Get Better!"
I will cover:
- Practicing at home with limited equipment
- Motivating players to workout at home
- Getting players to commit and to be consistent
- Drills and fundamentals to do at home
- Keeping in touch with players during the shutdown and beyond in the off-season