Thoughts from Coach Wooden
Coaching Principles from Coach Wooden
1. Basketball is a game of habits and it takes time and patience to develop proper habits and to break bad ones. One of the greatest faults of most beginning coaches is likely to be a lack of patience.
2. The coaches and players must never become dissatisfied but must work constantly to improve. have perfection as the goal but it can never be attained.
3. Remember it is not so much what you do but how well you do it. Do not give them too much.
4. Do not tie the players down so rigidly that you take away their initiative, they must have some freedom of movement, but must react to the initiative of teammate in order to keep floor balance.
5. Do not overlook the little details, as it is the little things that may make the difference.
6. You must prepare to win to be a winner, and you cannot prepare others without being prepared yourself.
7. convince your players that conditioning is often the deciding factor when teams are evenly matched and properly prepared. However, if the better conditioned team is able to take advantage of their conditioning, they must keep the pressure on early in the game in order for it to pay off in the latter part.
8. Give public credit to your playmakers and defensive men at every opportunity.
9. The coach should do the criticizing and it should always be constructive. Permit no player to criticize, razz, or ridicule a teammate in any respect.
10. Insist that the scorer acknowledge the passer whose pass led to his score and that all acknowledge any teammate who makes a nice play.
11. Be constantly analyzing yourself as well as your players and be governed by the result of your analysis.