In your job as a basketball coach you have to deal with a lot of different people. Other coaches, players, officials, parents, … all these people require your attention from time to time. I like it, because being a coach there are different kind of interesting individuals you can meet day in and day out. Knowing how to deal with them is very important for your job. Coaching is all about managing and motivating people.
It is not always that players get to work with good coaches. Sometimes, they encounter coaches who are very much manipulative, authoritative, sarcastic, narrow-minded and many other negative things you can think about.
Imagine a player who commits even a single mistake. For example, the player tries to execute press defense against an opponent, but then he commits a foul. Usually, a bad coach would shout to his player at the top of his lungs. He does not care who is watching. What he cares about is for his player to play perfect basketball, and it does not stop there. You will see that he’ll pull out the faulty player and continue to shout at him, uttering words that can frustrate the player. At times, bad coaches throw a finger point in the face of a player and tell him how bad he screwed up.
Basketball can be very frustrating. You do not get to experience success all the time. The game wherein you are struggling to play in is the most annoying part, especially when you get calls. Believe it or not, I have gone through this one. I guess any player or coach who has undergone this situation can relate to this. You get so tired of getting your rhythm back in the game, and you feel that you are not doing anything right at all. When you try to exert the effort, you get a call. That is really upsetting for any player and coach. Situations like this can drive the player to be unkind to referees. They get mad at referees to the point of talking inappropriate words to them.
Passing is one of the most important basketball skills. A player can have a lot of credits by just passing alone. The basketball statistic called assist percentage is used to measure the effectiveness of a pass. It gives credit to shot points that comes from such passes.
The fundamentals of passing are not difficult to execute, but you have to be physically and mentally prepared well. Let’s have a look at the fundamentals of passing in order to improve yourself in this area.
Balance and Stance
Balance is the utmost foundation in playing the sport of basketball. Whether you run, shoot, defend, or pass the ball, you must be able to establish a proper sense of balance. In order to do this, always remember to split your feet apart at about shoulder width from each other. When you do this, you are creating a more solid support for your body weight and enables you to control your balance, thereby, preventing you from easily slipping down.
Sometimes, we ask ourselves if the things we do are really right for us. We even test ourselves just to know the answers to such questions. This is the same with basketball. Some players get to a point when they try to question themselves if basketball is the right sport for them and this is a bad sign of self doubt. I’ve created a lists on the questions you can ask yourself to solve this doubt.
1. Am I physically fit to play the game?
The number one demand of the sport for an aspiring player to have strong physical characteristics. The game is about running, shooting, dribbling and defending and it all requires a good physical condition. Just imagine playing for at least 40 or 48 minutes. Of course, you can rest during ball games, but the point is that you are going to play for a long period of time. You have to sustain a level of energy in order to keep up in the game and you cannot get weak because you might get left behind. Everything is transition in basketball and you cannot rest too much.