Mentoring Program for Young and Experienced Coaches

(Compiled/Written by Steve Witty, IBCA Executive Director)    
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Program Organization  (Purple? Because it is Coach Witty’s favorite color!)


I. Introduction  (Complete Outline of Material)

II. Meet players, parents and become visible in the community. Identify power brokers, key faculty, administrators and community members.  If new to the community have a “meet the coach” night.

“ If you want to be successful and respected but not necessarily liked or loved as a coach”.

“The AD’s Dream Coach”

III. Hire Assistants

Hire Assistants

Hire the Best candidates

Choosing an assistant

Traits of a good assistant coach

Characteristic and qualities of assistant coaches

Expectations of varsity assistant

Reserve coach/C-Team coach

Assistant coach game responsibilities

IV. Promote and establish a basketball philosophy.  Develop a philosophy and document it.

Coaching Philosophy

“Six key characteristics of a championship program”

Mistakes Young Coaches make

“Things I wish an older experienced coach would have told me when I was young”

Six coaching sins and how to avoid them

“Playing the Game the Way it is Supposed to be Played”

“Coaching Witticisms”

“Head Coach”

Competition Lessons

V. Identify style of play

What are your teams known for?  What is the foundation of your basketball program?  Do you play up-tempo, controlled, press, half- court defense, zone or man to man, motion or set plays, many plays or a few, positionless spread offense etc.…?

When people hear your team’s name mentioned, what style of play do they think of?

“The birth of Giant Defense”

Defense Terminology

Defense Concepts

Triple Double 

VI. Yearly calendar-

“Basketball Program Organization”

VII. Preseason Staff Meeting

“Master plan”

VIII. Weight training

“Weight Training and the Practice Schedule”

IX. Fall conditioning

“ Fall Conditioning Schedule”

X. Team selection/team building

        “Gentling the cruelest cut of all”

        Three Kinds of Players

        “Players Coaches Love”

“Reasons Players Reach Their Potential”

Important Items to read and consider: Many Smiles in the information below!

        “Do You Want to Be Cool or a True Champion”

        “Basketball Terminology”

        “Core Values of a Quality Basketball Program”

        “Are You a Good Team Player?”

“Pretender or Contender?”

Intimidation Not Needed to Motivate Kids

“Considerations Involving Team Discipline”

“4 Methods to Improve Athlete/Coach Communication”

Senior leadership  

        Traits and qualities of a team leader

        “Team Performance Test” utilize in January to see if players and coaches are on the same page

XI. Basketball parents

General thoughts

Preseason Parents’s meeting outline

Dealing with the parent problem in the preseason

Handling Parents and Playing Time

“Do your parents work for you or against you?”

“A letter to a parent from a coach”

Work with Parents

Handling the parent problem. Tips to deal with parents

“Strategies to handle the Ball-istic parent

XII.  Individual and team goals

“Two Pre-requisites for Effective Goal Setting”

“Goal Setting with Direction and Commitment”

Goal setting,” Individual and Team goals”

XIII.  Player Ten Commitments.  In all successful programs there is discipline and attention to details.  Eliminate rules and replace them with expectations (sematics)

“Player Ten Commitments”

“Wooden/ “Pyramid of Success”

“It’s the Little Things That Make the Big Things Happen”

Mental Imagery


XIV. Organize your season schedule

“Dividing the Game Schedule into Thirds”

“Typical In-season Weekly Game Plan”

“Organizational Tips for Coaches”

XV. Coach/official relationship: 

Communicating with Officials

Coach-Official relationship: One officials perspective

Working with game officials- Part I and Part II

XVI.  Practice organization.  In all skills you teach, repetition is the key.  Teaching sequence requires:  instruction, demonstration, correction, repetition.  Teach to meet the three learning style of your players.  Some players learn better by what they hear, some by what they see, some by what they do.

Practice plan form

Practice organization

Practice principles to consider Organize your practice plan

Organize your practice time

Practice Tips – Krzyzewski

Practice observation/assessment

Building a Great Culture

XVII.  First game checklist

“First Game Check List-Ed Schilling

XVIII.  Game management considerations

“Game Management”

“momentum Getters/Momentum Killers”

XIX.  Anatomy of a time out

“Time out/What happens next?”

Communication during time-outs

What to say at half-time

“Bench Organization”

XX. Thoughts on leadership/Coaches legal duties

10 Qualities of a Leader

Five essentials for leadership in coaching

“Difference Between Managing and Leading”

“Nine Legal Duties of a Coach”

Facts vs myths regarding liability for sports injuries

Recruiting Process

XXI. Post season coaches evaluation and program evaluation.

Thoughts on Evaluation Process

Coaches self- evaluation check list

XXII.  Thoughts for the Day, a dose of positive each day

XXIII. Fun Cartoons

Cartoons/This is supposed to be Fun

One More Cartoon

XXIV. Testimonials

Successful program testimonials

Ben Davis won title with teamwork not stars

Best Hoops Team

Ben Davis at the Buzzer

XXV. Thoughts and conclusions

Final Thoughts and suggestions and Conclusions