Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Having a Basketball Philosophy

Coaches recognize the importance of having a basketball philosophy that embodies the team's style of play.

This philosophy provides the basis for how the team will move forward and eventually be that "thing" they become known for.

Maybe you've got a speedy squad on your hands that likes to push the ball up the floor as quickly as possible?

Or are they a slower systematic kind of team that flourishes in the half court set?

Perhaps, your team's calling card is their defensive grind it out style of play?

How do you decide which way to go?

A great starting point would be to conduct an evaluation of the team's skills and abilities. Having a good understanding of what their strengths are can help determine the style most suitable for them.

Conversely you'll also have an opportunity to determine the areas of improvement.

For example, if your team is made up of athletic players who can run the floor then perhaps playing at a quicker pace is the more logical choice.

Arriving on a style of play that makes sense for the team now allows a coach an opportunity to design strategies, organize practices and select other players that fit within this framework.

When it comes to evaluating your team as a leader, the same principles apply. This becomes increasingly important for cross functioning groups with a variety of skill sets.

Ideally, leaders want a productive, high functioning and efficient team to work with. The best way to achieve this is to put its individual members in situations where their skills can be fully maximized.


Determining your team philosophy can't happen without knowing who they are first.

"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."

— Jonathan Swift

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