Basketball, Coaching, Sports

Tips for New Basketball Coaches

New basketball coaches need to learn much about themselves to start an effective and successful career. Here are a few essential tips that will help them get started.

There are a variety of practical techniques that can help coaches develop their coaching skills and improve the performance of their players. Some of the most effective strategies that new coaches can use are: preparing for their first practice, learning on the court under a mentor, having an assistant coach, and being on time. They can also take part in a variety of professional development programs.

These tips can help new basketball coaches develop more confidence and fill in the gaps in their knowledge about the job.

Get a Mentor and Assistant Coach

New basketball coaches should consider getting a mentor. During their first few days on the job, they can feel confident enough to practice with a mentor. This type of individual can help you learn how to manage a large group of players.

You should also find yourself as an assistant coach. This will allow you to manage a larger group of players and lessen your burden.

Create a List of Drills

A drill bank can be made using various sources. You can find a lot of resources online, such as searching for basketball-related websites. YouTube also has a selection of clips that are related to the sport. Having a drill bank can be very beneficial for new basketball coaches.

Plan Practice in Advance

Before new basketball coaches begin their first practice, they should plan various sessions. This will allow them to organize their activities and ensure they are doing the right things. One of the most common reasons new coaches find it difficult to handle a large group of players is their lack of knowledge about the sport. Having a well-defined plan can help make the training sessions more efficient.

Ask for Help

During the early stages of their career, new basketball coaches can find many individuals willing to help them with their coaching issues. These individuals can be found at various schools, clubs, and associations. You can also ask them questions through online forums.




Originally published at

Coaching, Sports

How to Become a Sports Coach

Being a sports coach is a gratifying and challenging role involving developing and challenging individuals at all levels. If you plan on becoming a sports coach, you must understand the various responsibilities and requirements of the job. This article will discuss the training and qualifications needed to become a successful coach.

Explaining the Career

Sports coaches are individuals who lead or train a group of individuals or teams in a particular sport. They can be in various roles depending on the setting they are in. For instance, they can be involved in running a local children’s team or working with a professional sports organization.

As a sports coach, you can help individuals improve their skills and participate in their chosen sport. In addition to planning and delivering training sessions, you must ensure that the equipment and facilities are in place.

There are a wide variety of sports that you can consider when it comes to becoming a sports coach. Usually, people who have previously been involved in a particular sport will typically coach it to pass on their skills and experience to others. However, this is not always the case. In some instances, people not involved in the sport will also be interested in becoming a coach.

Possible Qualifications

The governing bodies of different sports and the individuals involved in running them have a responsibility to ensure that coaches have the necessary training and qualifications. This will depend on the setting they are in and the level of expertise they have.

Levels of Coaching

Level 1 is usually the first step people can take when becoming a sports coach. It allows them to help other individuals and take part in coaching younger kids.

Level 2 is typically the minimum requirement that a coach must meet to start leading training sessions. This level allows individuals to work with adults and children, regardless of their other qualifications. It is common for sports organizations to require Level 2 coaches irrespective of their other qualifications.

Level 3 and above are usually for individuals looking to improve their skills and reach a higher level. These courses are generally taken over a more extended time. They also feature various elements, such as video analysis and strength and conditioning.

Sports Apprenticeships

An apprentice route is also commonly used in the fitness industry. It allows individuals to work in various settings, such as schools and gyms. Many individuals then go on to become certified personal trainers.

To be fully qualified as a personal trainer, an individual must complete a Level 3 qualification. This level requires that they have the necessary insurance and training. Setting up a sports coaching business can also be a bit challenging.

Sports apprenticeships are also commonly used by schools. These allow individuals to work in various settings, such as the PE department. They usually involve coaching the school’s sports teams.

Coaching Degrees

Various degree programs are designed to help people become sports coaches. Some of these also feature online courses that can help individuals improve their skills.

Most people interested in studying for a sports coaching degree have already completed a specific qualification, such as a college or 6th form. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. If you are planning on studying for a sports coaching degree as a mature student, you should contact the providers directly to find out their requirements.

When choosing a sports coaching degree program for mature students, providers usually consider the applicant’s experience and knowledge. Even if you have already completed a certain level, your chosen sport will still require you to complete Level 2 training.




Originally published at


How Participating in Sports Develops Leadership Skills

Through playing sports, participants can develop their leadership skills and improve their communication abilities. It also helps them develop their team building and manage their time more effectively. These activities help participants develop their skills to treat others with respect and develop winning strategies. Playing sports can also help people develop their confidence and make quick decisions. It can additionally help them improve their communication skills and manage their time more effectively. Below are some of the key areas in which playing sports can develop leadership skills.

Working as a Team

Although it may be obvious, playing sports can teach participants the importance of teamwork. This is a skill that can help them motivate themselves and reach their goals. It involves delegating tasks to others with consideration of teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, which is exactly what great leaders do every day. Developing team-building skills can help boost the motivation and performance of employees in the workplace.

Read the full blog at

Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

Which NBA Rookies Have the Highest Ceilings?

With NBA Summer League action in full swing, we’ve seen flashes of greatness from this year’s rookie class, disappointments, and everything in between. Those who were expected to dominate may have been underwhelming in their first few games, while players who weren’t given a second look in the draft have proved their worth thus far. The following rookies are, arguably, those who have stood out the most so far, and those who could have the biggest long-term impacts on their respective teams.

DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

Given the fact that Ayton was the number 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, it should come as no surprise that his collegiate skills have, thus far, translated well to the NBA. In his first few Summer League games, Ayton posted two double-doubles, then went on to have fairly quiet showings. Of course, the Summer League is not always an accurate portrayal of one’s potential, but it can showcase certain skills.

Ayton’s defense has been under the most scrutiny since entering the draft. Many suggest that his defensive prowess will not translate well to the NBA, but if he is able to utilize his size for scoring, he should see success. Paired alongside Devin Booker, who is likely to garner the attention of most defenses, Ayton should have no problem getting to the basket with his combination of size and finesse.

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Young seems to be standing out for mostly the wrong reasons in this year’s Summer League. His shooting has been subpar following an impressive, almost Steph Curry-like range during his time at the University of Oklahoma. However, he has since improved since his first few games, scoring 24 points against the Bulls recently, and going 7-for-13 beyond the three-point line.

Young’s consistency will be the center of attention in his time with the Hawks, as he is fully capable of making some pretty miraculous shots while not having the most athletic build. Only time will tell if Young proves to be a boom or bust.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies

Coming out of Michigan State University, some analysts had Jackson as a possible first overall draft pick ahead of DeAndre Ayton. His size and capabilities have all the makings of an NBA star, so his development in Memphis will be crucial to his success.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jackson has shown his skills in his first few games as a Grizzly, but failed to generate much flash on offense. Memphis still has veteran players in Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. This may make it difficult for Jackson to see a decent amount of playing time, which could stunt his development. However, utilizing his abilities in the times that he does play should remind Memphis why they drafted this collegiate star in the first place.

Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls

A player that was once overshadowed by Marvin Bagley III at Duke University, Wendell Carter Jr. has come into his own during his short time with the Bulls in this year’s Summer League. Carter posted 23 points, 6 rebounds, two blocks, and two assists in his last game despite Chicago falling to the Atlanta Hawks 101-93, showing that he is more than capable of scoring on all three levels.

The Bulls have struggled in recent seasons without much leadership at the helm, but if both Carter and Zach LaVine can prove themselves as future Chicago stars, the team may be on an upward trend sooner than later.

Kevin Knox, New York Knicks

Drafting Knox with the ninth overall pick seemed like a head-scratcher to some Knicks fans, but few would argue against the Kentucky star after his Summer League performance. Knox put up 29 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in his final summer game in which he went 5-for-7 beyond the three-point line. He averaged 23.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, and is looking like a promising addition to New York’s struggling offense.

Assuming the Knicks are able to retain Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and some of their other core players, Knox could be a shining light in a somewhat dismal locker room.

Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

3 Early Shockers in this Year’s NBA Season

Now that we are just over two weeks into this year’s NBA season, there are a few growing trends that many did not predict to see prior to this month. It’s easy to claim that the super teams of last year will have success again early on, but it does not always pan out that way.

For example, the Los Angeles Lakers, who recently acquired a legend in LeBron James and were expected to improve substantially because of it, are currently 2-5 and in 11th place in the Western Conference. Similarly, the Houston Rockets are struggling to win games as of late, with a record of 1-4 despite boasting reigning MVP James Harden, and now both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Sports are highly unpredictable. That is nothing new. With that said, however, the following are just a few of the many surprising trends we have seen lately around the NBA this season.

Sacramento Showing Signs of Life

The Kings looked as though they were on a long, downward slope after the departure of Demarcus Cousins in 2017. Their bench was failing to support their starters, but they were seeing promise in their younger players (see Willie Cauley-Stein, drafted from the University of Kentucky in 2015). Early into this season, it appears as though somewhat of a solution has been found.

Sacramento has taken advantage of their luck in the NBA Draft these past few years, taking NCAA stars De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III, while also acquiring Buddy Hield from the New Orleans Pelicans. Combined, the Kings roster has posted a respectable 4-3 record, sitting above the Timberwolves, Rockets, Lakers, and Thunder. Fox himself has seen a huge improvement since his rookie season last year, and Hield has been shooting three-pointers like a seasoned veteran. While they have a ways to go, Sacramento could potentially be a playoff team in the near future with their young talent.

Steph Curry’s Immense Success

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Steph Curry is having yet another impressive season. What is surprising, however, is the numbers he has already put up through just 8 games this season. Curry has now made at least 5 three-pointers in 3 of their 8 games, which is an NBA record. He is also hitting 51.7% of his shots, with the highest attempt average at 12.7%; something truly remarkable.

Lakers Woes

As mentioned in the intro to this blog, the Lakers haven’t really found a rhythm this season despite having a fairly impressive roster. However, it is far too early to hit the panic button just yet. We are just 8 games in. While most NBA fans failed to predict Los Angeles and the King sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, there is hope.

James is, arguably, the best to ever play the game, and is leading a young Lakers team that shows a lot of promise in their rookie stars. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma have all proven their abilities (some more than others) between this year and last. Paired with a number of other competent veterans in Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Lance Stephenson, they should be able to train and learn enough to make themselves playoff contenders once more, even if it does take another season or two.