Updated: Feb 14, 2022
If you're reading this email, you're probably familiar with the old basketball adage: "Players are made in the offseason." I have one thought on that:
Players aren't made in the offseason. They're made year-round!
Unfortunately, most teams spend a majority of their practice time focused on team concepts and team ideas. Yet when those things don't work in games, coaches often complain that it's because their players aren't skilled enough!
Great teams spend time every practice working on their skills. Take the Villanova men's basketball team for example. They spend every single practice working on offensive and defensive fundamentals. Rim finishes. Closeouts. Game-like 3's. Help defense. Pivoting under pressure. Rebounding. The list goes on.
Want to win more games this season? Spend more time working on the fundamentals in game-like situations that your team needs to be more successful the rest of this season.
Great coaches like Jay Wright understand that plays don't win games, players do. If you want your players to have the necessary skills to be successful in crunch time this season, you must spend intentional time in practice getting better at the things that happen most often in your games.
If you're looking for a good place to start, here's a great finishing series from Villanova that is a staple of what they work on in their practices.