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How To Be A Proficient Coach In The Game Of Basketball

Jan 21, 2008
Being part of a basketball team or even leading the team requires certain tactics and strategies that must be put into play. The game of basketball is about a lot more than just shooting some hoops. It requires a lot of planning and preparation in making a strong team and helps the players to play their best.

Basketball is really a sport that requires someone who is a trained coach to lead a team. Coaches need to have the proper skills such as the knowledge about conditioning that is done on a daily basis so that players are limber and prepared for the game which also reduces any injuries caused from the stress of the game. Basketball is a game of high physical contact and it is intense physically therefore the team is required to be able to move around quickly and efficiently on the court. Part of the conditioning for basketball requires running practice, training and conditioning the team members to learn how to shoot the ball correctly, dribble, and utilize their offense and defense at all times.

It is also a job of the coach to ensure the safety of his players during conditioning as well as during the game. Basketball is a game where there is a high risk of injury because of the pushing, the running, and the nature of the speed involved. It is also very important that once a player sustains an injury regardless of the magnitude of it that the coach does not push the player and add further strain to the injury. It is essential that any injuries are taken care of in their entirety before the player returns to the game.

Both physical and mental preparation need to be addressed for each and every game. A player can be in top notch physical condition but if the player is not mentally right it is likely that he will not perform well in that game. Respect is a very large part of the game and players need to understand that during the game and also during practices. It is the coach's job to make sure that players walk away from a game feeling both physically and mentally good in the event of a win or a loss.

Coaching a game such as basketball requires diligence constantly and players need a continual understanding of the game and its basics. This has to be done consistently and with a firm but at the same time caring hand. Coaches are very special
people that can leave a lasting impression on players for years to come. Players will need continual reinforcement and believe it or not need to understand how to both win and lose effectively.

Having the right mindset is extremely important when it comes to playing any game at all and so is morale. Teams that have not unified and that have low morale will essentially have low numbers of wins as well. The responsibility of this lies largely in part of the coach as it is his job to make sure that no matter what morale stays high.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about basketball as well as sports gear at http://www.nsearch.com
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