Tag Archives: Team Culture

13 July 2018, Berlin, Germany: Kristaps Porzingis (C), power forward of the New York Knicks plays with youth players of the basketball team ALBA Berlin during a joint training session. The Latvian basketball player is currently on an advertising tour in Germany. (Credit Image: © Gregor Fischer/DPA via ZUMA Press)

Transition into Training: Tips to Engage Youth Basketball Players

Transition into Training: Tips to Engage Youth Basketball Players

Helping players make a smooth transition from their day into practice is extremely important, especially in youth basketball.  Coaches – can you spare five minutes prior to practice to engage the brain, and thus the athlete? Through no fault of our own, coaches have been conditioned to want to immediately “get after it” as quickly as possible in order to

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Program Spotlight: Leicester Wolverines

The Leicester Wolverines (MA) are having success under head coach Michael Lynch, who runs his program under three key pillars – and FastDraw. This spotlight was written by Michael Lynch for FastModel Sports. Coach Michael Lynch History teacher at Leicester High School in Leicester, MA past 14 years Varsity Boys Basketball Coach since 2009-2010 (9

March 22, 2017 - Florida, U.S. - LOREN ELLIOTT | Times .Kevin Knox jokes with Tampa Catholic teammate Ben Tlee in the locker room before an assembly honoring Knox as the Florida Dairy Farmers' ''Mr. Basketball,'' an award given to the stateÕs top player regardless of classification, at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Credit Image: © Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire)

The Locker Room: Creating a Culture of Success

Enforcing a standard of behavior and respect of the locker room is yet another area where coaches can create a culture of success. Recently I started a short series for “team sport” coaches on some of the important elements of team sport success. However, I focused on areas that many might not usually think of as the most important things. So much of

April 1, 2018 - Columbus, OH, U.S. - COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 01: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bench reacts in the National Championship game between the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 1, 2018 at Nationwide Arena. Notre Dame won 61-58. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Adam Lacy/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Why Bench Behavior Is More Important Than You Think

Teaching players how to properly behave in all situations of sport is just as important as coaching game strategy.  This is the first of a few posts on elements that lead to team success or failure which sometimes get overlooked as being of primary importance. I have also done a short video version of the post

March 4, 2018 - New York, New York, U.S - Michigan Head Coach JOHN BEILEIN and MORITZ WAGNER (13) celebrate at the end of the game held at Madison Square Gardens in New York, New York. (Credit Image: © Amy Sanderson via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 3: Humility

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 3: Humility “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis Being humble means you know exactly what you have to offer. As coaches, we will often

Dec 07 2017 Berkeley CA U.S.A. California head coach Lindsay Gottlie(C), guard Asha Thomas (L) and forward/center Kristine Anigwe (R) at the press conference celebrate her 200 career win after NCAA Women's Basketball game between San Diego Toreros and California Golden Bears 89-64 win at Hass Pavilion Berkeley Calif. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 2: Enthusiasm

The Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 2: Enthusiasm “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson I really love that quote by Emerson, because it’s so true! To truly appreciate what he is saying we need

January 28, 2018 - Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China - Guangzhou,CHINA-28th January 2018: Guangzhou Long Lions Basketball Team defeats Beijing Begcl Basketball Team 118-108 at CBA 2017/18 in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 1: Unity

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help teams come together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 1: Unity “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb The single, greatest joy in a team sport is losing yourself in the team.

December 5, 2017 - Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S. - Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Cassius Winston (5) during NCAA basketball action between the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 62-52. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing

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Better Coaches Mindset: Hedgehog Concept

This is Part 1 of a Better Coaches Mindset Series from Coach Doug Brotherton and our partners at HoopGrind Basketball. It was originally published here. Three years ago, I listened to the audio version of the book, “Good to Great,“ by Jim Collins. One of the concepts that has stuck with me is the Hedgehog Concept. This

December 19, 2017 - December 19, 2017 - Braydon HOBBS ( 15, FCB), FCBB - Coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC (FCB) und Reggie REDDING ( 15, FCB). Basketball, FC Bayern (FCB) - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (POD), Euro Cup, Gruppe B, 9.Runde, Saison 2017/2018, am 19.12.2017 in Muenchen / A U D I D O M E / Deutschland. *** Braydon HOBBS 15 FCB FCBB coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC FCB and Reggie REDDING 15 FCB basketball FC Bayern FCB Buducnost VOLI Podgorica POD Euro Cup Gruppe B-9 round season 2017 2018 on 19 12 2017 in Munich A U D I D O M E Germany x20171219_106x (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

4 Keys to Developing Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle); specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.”* The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have

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