OK, so where do we begin the season? How do we make sure that we are teaching our players all that they need to know for a successful season? How do you stay on track?
You need to start. You need to create a master plan so that you have a reference point to look at. Really, to keep on track and stay on track. Sometimes we as coaches tend to focus on a few things and run out of time during the season and don't cover something and wish we had.
I learned how to get this done as I was a high school coach and visiting clinics and hearing NCAA coaches at UNC and UCLA talk about it, but how did they put it together? That was never shared? How much time did they spend on things? I asked them for information and dug deeper as I had a thirst for how to become the best coach that I could become.
Here is what I put together after gathering information from many coaches across the country.
Coach Saintignon Master Plan for Basketball
I used this especially during the season to make sure that I was staying on track. One thing you will have to keep in mind is that you will always have to modify, adjust and adapt. This is true in all things.
University of North Carolina Practice
Coach Bobby Knight Indiana University
*Please note that there are typos, this was a document sent to me, so I had no control over the spelling.
This gives you a little idea to help you during your season in your preparation phase. Should anyone want more, please email me at email@example.com and I would be happy to help in anyway that I can.
Strange how we think that we can just have what we want. We hear stories of how we can have anything that we want if we just belief and manifest that belief into thoughts, which lead to action, which will lead to your dream being met. That is exactly what happened to one of our players yesterday with OC Magic.
Andre, has a story. He wasn't ready when we first met him, he had to improve his skill set, his athleticism, but we didn't have to do anything with his drive or his vision. He had a set back with injuries, he had setbacks from not playing on his high school varsity team as senior. Yet, with his persistence and belief, he came to train with us, 3 times a week and continued to play and get better.
I have told our players for years, we are stone cutters, we will keep at it daily, one day that stone will break. We will be persistent and believe that rock will break. For Andre, he took that to heart and his dream came true as upon my return from Europe, I was back in the building and one of my NCAA coaching friends reached out to me saying that he had a need and if I had anyone that could help him.
Andre, was next to me, I made the call, put them on the phone together and now he's off to fulfill his dream of becoming a student athlete. 8 million students play high school sports in the U.S. and 480,000 of them get to compete at an NCAA institution. Wow.
Have a purpose of playing, be persistent each day and have passion. Congratulations to Andre and to the others in OC Magic who have moved onto their next dream. Everyone has a story of Persistence and Belief, what's yours? I would love to hear your story, please share.
If anyone wants to get my guide for how to get a college scholarship, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send to you.