July 21, 2014
WYC 010 Youth Basketball – Rob Jones – Good, Better, Best
Rob played for Coach Nolan Richardson at Arkansas, and is currently an assistant coach at Battle Ground Academy in Nashville Tennessee. He is married and has three children- ages 9-19, and works in pharmaceutical sales.
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- ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better is best.’
Coaching your own Kid
- Don’t over-coach your own kid or show any favoritism
HUGE IDEA #1: Take the time on the car ride home – Right when you get in the car – ‘Any thing else you want to tell coach?’ – and ‘Here is the last thing I am going to tell the player(if any)’ – After that just be Dad again
My ‘Cringe’ Moment
- ‘I was a poor winner – and all about winning.’
Coaching AH-HA Moment
- Changing the primary goal from winning to teaching the kids how to play the game and have fun
Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun
- You have to simplify everything and make it crystal clear
- Cool dribbling drill – Put change (quarters, nickels, dimes) at spots on the court – kids have to go pick it up, then go put the change back using the opposite hand
Best Stolen Idea
- Everything in his practices is broken into 4 quarters – and the energy level builds up throughout the practice
HUGE IDEA #2 – Great Resources!!
- Coachingtoolbox.net – Has playbooks, drills, quotes
- Pointguardcollege.com – Lots of drills
- The Men’s basketball Coaches’ Insider – See how the best college coaches do drills
- Book – ‘Think Like a Champion’ by Dick DeVenzio
- Discipline is almost always done as a team not individually
Reward, Recognition, and Teambuilding
- When coaching youth – Coach Rob came up with fun and unique rewards – not for the most points, but something like ‘the craziest socks’
- Rob shares a great story about a kid who was very talented but very hard on himself. Coach kept encouraging the young man to play for the enjoyment of the game- and finally his senior year the light bulb went off – and he thrived and led his team to win the state championship.
The One that Got Away
- Coach shared a story about coaching his oldest daughter in a 5th grade all-star game and losing his cool and getting a technical foul
- Quote: ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better is best.’
- Quote: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more – you’re a leader’ – John Quincy Adams
- Focus on the little things and set goals around the little things – don’t worry about the scoreboard. Make your priorities around teaching the kids and improving throughout the season.