Does Switching Man-To-Man Defense Work?
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by Coach's Climb
3M ago
Any defense works if it leads to a stop and rebound, right? Maybe the headline should’ve been more specific: Does Switching Man-to-Man Defense Work for an Entire Game? First, and foremost personnel is paramount. Let’s start with a hypothetical team profile and what it would take to successfully operate with an entirely switching defense. Communication If the personnel doesn’t show an inclination to actively communicate, the truth is every option of defense could lead to giving up points. Think about outside of a basic “Shell” drill where coaches mandate the robotic gap or help chatter while th ..read more
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Final 5 Minutes: Spurs vs. Suns
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
4M ago
Start With Score & Situation Spurs just pulled with 7 after Devin Vassell converted a free-throw after an And-1 drive. There are 5 minutes remaining which means plenty of time, particularly in the NBA for either team to come away with the win. Coaching With The Lead Focus on ball control and conversions: offensive execution and defensive rebounding. Coaching With A Deficit Again, the NBA 7-point lead is not quite the same as high school or college given the shot clock and professional ability to shoot from the perimeter, also notwithstanding the luxury of advancing the ball during time-ou ..read more
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Last 90 Seconds Of WNBA Finals
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by Coach's Climb
4M ago
Last night, the Las Vegas Aces held off a late rally by the New York Liberty to win back-to-back WNBA titles for the first time in over 20 years. This game felt set up to be a classic regardless of which team won, and it didn’t disappoint as far as coming down to the final possession. Late-game situations are the best of times, and the worst of times for coaches. Everything can be done right while still falling on the wrong end of the scoreboard. So, when watching the final 90 seconds of the WNBA Finals two things came to mind, and I’d be curious what you either thought of the game or how you ..read more
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The Trig Approach: Zone “Flo” Offense & Form Shooting
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by Coach's Climb
5M ago
This portion of the book starts off with a great question that many coaches should consider when structuring their zone offense: “Why are they zoning us?” It might not even be a strategic move from the opposition to use a zone defense. Regardless why, it’s helpful to reflect where zone defenses find success and some vulnerabilities to it. Take a look at the list of pros/cons that Coach Dodd identified while considering the “Flo” zone offensive concepts: Why Zone Defense Works Exposes Poor Offensive Fundamentals Provides More Opportunities To Trap Masks Defensive Personnel Deficiencies Easi ..read more
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Basketball Playbook: Built On Series & Sequencing
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by Coach's Climb
5M ago
One of my favorite things to conceptualize from a schematic coaching standpoint is building a playbook through a series of actions that could be used for sequencing possessions together. First, let’s start by defining my interpretation of series and sequencing in basketball. Series: Is a collection of actions/plays/sets under the same shape or structure Sequence: Executing consecutive possessions imitating similar action with a slight variation from previous play(s) There is no hiding anymore from a scouting perspective. One way to keep the defense guessing during a string of possessions com ..read more
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The Trig Approach: “Collinear” Offense Vs. Man-To-Man Defense
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
5M ago
After detailing Principles & Designs in our 1st discussion on The Trig Approach it’s time to flow into the “Collinear” halfcourt offense versus traditional man-to-man defense. Offensive Flowchart: Strike (In 2-3 Seconds) Win (Your Lane) Stretch (1-4 Finish) At the end of the break, you crack or hook: Crack (Attack Shell of Defense) Hook (No Advantage – Lift To Build 1st Triangle) *Co = M2M Offense; Flo = Zone* The break finishes into a 1/4 low until the first triangle is built. After one player hooks to the wing, the rest of the possession looks to establish a 4-out/1-in with an o ..read more
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Is Your Network, Not Working?
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
6M ago
In the coaching profession, there are always games within the game, and networking is one of those extracurricular activities that can change the course of a career path. The “not what you know, but who you know,” line is so overused in the industry that it would seem that the number of contacts in your phone is a direct correlation to the likelihood of being considered for job opportunities. What happens when all those texts or emails are left on read with no response? Despite all those phone numbers or e-mail addresses, are you actually networking? Let’s get one thing straight right away: co ..read more
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Are We Witnessing The Decline Of A True Point Guard?
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
6M ago
Combo Guards, Point Forwards, and Stretch Bigs – “Oh my.” Who knew positionless basketball just meant a hybrid reclassification? It’s the Coach Oprah Winfrey approach to bringing the ball up the floor – you can bring it up. And, you can bring it up! Does the Oprah Winfrey reference make sense now? Wait, not you; you need to outlet the ball real quick! There’s always the one big the coaching staff eliminates right away from having too much fun. So, does the point guard even exist anymore? The answer is yes, and I’d argue that their value has never been higher. Coming from a former floor gener ..read more
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The Entrepreneur Mind: Motivation
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
7M ago
This final chapter on “Motivation” finishes up our #BookClub on The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson. Coaches aren’t entrepreneurs by definition, but there’s a lot of shared experiences starting with the competitive spirit, strategizing for success, and retaining then responding to feedback for improvement. Both paths will challenge sustainable motivation, and everyone is different in what drives daily productive that ultimately leads to lifelong pride in profession. “But motivation comes in several different forms, many of which are subtle and even subconscious. As an entrepreneur, you ..read more
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My Top Ten Coaching Concepts & Coaches To Follow For Each Strategy
Coach’s Climb
by Coach's Climb
7M ago
It’s one thing to accumulate quick-hitters to add to the playbook; it’s another to have systematic core concepts to win games. Let’s break down a list of coaching concepts that during my tenure have shown to generate competitive advantages. Attached to each concept are videos highlighting some of the best coaches to follow to learn more about each strategy. OFFENSE Fly It Up Early or Cross The Middle 3rd In Transition Whether it is on a half-court or full-court the objective offensively is to create advantages. Transition offense is one of the best opportunities to expose a disconnected defens ..read more
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