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Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Servant/Basketball Coach


"A while back, I mentioned that it would be interesting if more coaches looked at their position as 'working FOR' their players instead of the players playing for them. Let`s discuss that a little this week. The term Servant-Leadership was first coined in a 1970 essay by Robert K. Greenleaf entitled, The Servant as Leader. Greenleaf concluded that the great leader is first experienced as a servant to others and that this simple fact is central to his or her greatness. True leadership emerges from those whose primary motivation is a deep desire to serve others. That is the goal at Baketball4all. Here are two essential dimensions to leadership according to Greenleaf: one is the desire to serve others(players); the other is the desire to serve something beyond ourselves-a higher purpose(team, school, community, etc). I think that that these are absolutely necessary to be a truly successful coach. ...Read the rest at Basketball-tips.com"

Friday, October 29, 2004

Developing Confidence in Basketball Players

Personal Pressbreak Program:

Basketball-tips.com I get questions all the time from players who lack confidence. We all have seen players that are really good "until you pull out the bleachers!" Or those that perform well in practice or warm ups and then struggle in games. Even players who we know have the ability but just never seem to be able to put it together. One of the main reasons that players don´t perform well in games is nervousness, and the main cause of nervousness is lack of self confidence. Players have to have to believe that they can play with the people on the court and not get intimidated. They have to faith that they will perform to the best of their ability every time out. Some games they may be a little "off," but you should stress to them to bring the same effort EVERY time.

Basketball4all's Personal Pressbreak Program:

"Have you ever heard of the home court advantage? How often do you think a team wins on its home court? It turns out that a team wins at home a lot more than when they are away. One reason for this is the emotional support of the fans. It tends to lift our emotions and make us play better.

We want to be able to play our best all of the time. To play our best we have to keep our 'Emotional Tanks' full. What is an emotional tank? Well, it is like a gas tank in a car. When it is full, we run well, but when it is empty, we can't go very far.

Why is it important that we keep each other's tanks full? If our emotional tank is empty, we become negative, and we give up easier. If our tanks are full, however, we are optimistic and are able to handle difficult situations. The coach, needs to do his best to help fill your emotional tanks. ...
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Confidence comes with REPEATED SUCCESS! That success begins in practice. When you have worked in practice enough, and done all that you can, you will KNOW that you have prepared enough to play. The important thing then, is for players to go out in games and do the things that they are good at. Have a good attitude. Believe in yourself. And then practice the things that are deficient, so more "weapons are added to the arsenal" all the time. If you want to be a good basketball player, be prepared to work when others are unwilling to. Many find excuses not to work, but you need to find ways to work on your game even when you are by yourself. Strive to improve everyday... both physically and mentally. Play against players that are better than you... that´s how you get better. Learn from TV and watch instructional videos to learn even more. Never stop learning! You will know that you have given your all, to be all that you can be. Then you will have CONFIDENCE for sure!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Basketball Player/Coach Relationships

Basketball.LifeTips.com :

"An interesting way of looking at the player/coach relationship, is that players don't play FOR us, but rather we work FOR our players to assist them in developing into the players and people that they are capable of becoming. Naturally, we need to do this within the team concept and keeping in mind what is also best for the group. Finding that balance is truly the one of the most important tasks that the basketball coach has.

The days of the dictator coach are behind us. Coaches involved at
Basketball4all try to find other methods of teaching and relating to players that are more meaningful than "My way or the highway."...."

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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Welcome to Basketball for All !

Welcome to Basketball4all. I sincerely hope that we can use this site to your advantage and ask (or answer) some of the questions or concerns that we all have as basketball coaches and players. The constant quest for a "better way" is what makes our profession as coaches, and this game of basketball, an ever changing adventure. As long as we continue to grow and learn, the future of our sport is in good hands. Here, and on Basketball-tips.com you can get tips on Ball Handling , How to Be Better NOW! , Big Men , Books,Videos,etc ,Coaching, College Selection, Conditioning , Defense, Dribbling ,Fast Break , Footwork, Guard Play , History & Trivia , Individual Training , Injuries , Mental game ,Offense ,Passing, Players to Watch , Pressbreak , Pyramid of Success ,Rebounding , Rules , Shooting , Sportsmanship , Terminology, Vertical Jump , and more.
Spread the word about this site and you and our fellow coaches, or players, can voice our concerns, solve our problems, and share ideas in a place where we strive to be the best "teachers of the game " that we can be! Hope to hear from you often.

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