Three Ways Basketball Coaches Overcomplicate Stuff

Basketball coaches can overcomplicate things. They want to excel. They want the best for their teams. They want to create history with the teams they coach. They want to be first among equals. They want to coach players who will go on to play at the top level for years. They want to leave a legacy behind. They want to have as stellar a career as that of the legendary Phil Jackson or Greg Popovich or any of these coaches’ peers. However, in trying to do all that, they end up overcomplicating some of the simplest issues.

What do the coaches complicate tremendously?

Worrying about stuff that will not happen

Basketball coaches are paid to think things through. They build a reputation based on being able to tell what will happen in future. They think ahead. Practice sessions should focus on training or preparing for things that happen most times on the basketball court. Do not waste too much time on the stuff that happen the fewest times, if ever. Build the training sessions around the 80/20 rule. Some coaches build theirs on the 20/80 rule only to realize the things they prepared or trained for never happened; hence, leading to losses or a sack.

Focusing on impressing others

Most basketball coaches try to impress others. They focus on impressing their peers or players. They want to impress their fans. Some have a strong desire to impress players’ parents or agents. They want to prove to the whole world that their coaching abilities are unquestionable and unmatched. They want to show everybody that they can do the job. Instead of trying to impress the whole world and failing miserably at it, you should instead focus on doing the following:

  • Creating better leaders
  • Helping players to improve
  • Helping players to execute the team tactics
  • Winning more games

Overlooking your basketball knowledge and IQ

Basketball coaches should realize they know more than their players. Coaches are capable of grasping and processing detailed basketball concepts better than their players. However, the coach’s focus should be on passing this information on to the players. The result is the players will then be able to execute the tactics and plans better while out on the court. What you know isn’t as important as the knowledge you pass to the players, which they can then display on the court. Additionally, coaches should find ways of overcoming any hint of mental boredom.

The best coaches do not get carried away with wins or losses.

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