As a younger player, Skill Trainers were non-existent. A workout consisted of yourself and a teammate rebounding different shots and playing pick-up games. I spent hours each day working on ball-handling drills in the racquetball courts of the Downtown Tacoma YMCA. I was fortunate to play for legendary Coach Dennis Buchholz (Stadium HS). He built my IQ of the game by giving me a “WHY” for EVERY drill or situation he broke down. This carried over to my individual workouts I put myself through as a player. Every drill had to emulate a game situation, at game speed. Coach Buchholz would always quote “Game shots at Game Speed“.
I recently (via Twitter) got an overwhelming response from Coaches to write about workouts. I have decided to write about the progression in teaching skills. A lot of coaches/trainers fail to teach the ‘WHY’ – Assume your players know nothing! As Coaches, it is our job to teach players how to workout/play. EVERY drill must have a purpose! EVERY breakdown must be precise! Your teaching points must resonate in your players heads! I take great pride in building instinctive, skilled and savvy players. Teaching skills require three concepts:
It’s important to note – During LIVE drills, this is your time to coach. Players will make mistakes and wrong reads, CORRECT them – Praise good decisions!
You don’t want to teach more than 1-2 skills per session. Allow players to spend time learning, reppin’ and playing!
GET AFTER IT !
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