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Post Game Processing Sheet

Post Game Processing Sheet by Erick Blasing

Post game processing or the time period immediately following the game is an important window of opportunity for players to learn. Coach Erick Blasing shares a simple tool that he uses with his team to utilize this teaching time.

I mentioned in my last post that one of the best decisions I ever made as a coach in Sparta was to research “Train to Be Clutch” by Josh Metcalf and Jamie Gilbert. Their process is directing people to transformational leadership and increasing mental preparation for life. I am currently reading through their book, Burn Your Goals and it is fantastic. I highly recommend it. Please check out their site for more information on everything clutch as well as a lot of free resources:  http://t2bc.com/.

As a team we spent time pre-game as a team with no noise and used a simple visualization process to prepare for that night’s games.  While we used the pre-game routine every game we never rolled out the post game processing sheet. As I mentioned before, our pre-game went fantastic and made us a better team. The post-game form is very similar and something that I wish I would have utilized. I plan to implement this fully in the future.

I think a major piece that is often missing from teams is the ability to comprehend the ending of the game.

Often players will either internalize the responsibility for the game’s outcome or place blame on others around them to an extreme that is not proportional with reality.

Using the processing sheets, players can attempt to bring their emotions in check and understand what can be improved upon.

Game 2 of the Western Conference’s 2nd Round, San Antonio and Oklahoma City is a prime example of a game where post game processing could help the team improve. In a crazy ending that saw multiple missed calls against San Antonio, the Spurs still had a shot for the win in the end but did not prevail. While everyone is focusing on that high pressure ending with miscues and sloppy execution, processing sheets can help the players understand that in a 1 point loss, a turnover in the first half could have made the actual difference in the game. If you encounter a similar scenario, the processing sheet can help players look at the game with a clearer vision and understanding.

Coach Sherri Coale of the University of Oklahoma shared something very similar that they do every post game.

The post-game is a little more in-depth and would be very useful to have players complete immediately after the game or on the bus ride home.  These sheets would be a great help for the players during film study. I hope these help you and your team improve down the road!

Check out this link for your Post Game Processing Sheet

Enjoy the journey,

Erick

[Video] Golden State Warriors Keys to 73

How the Golden State Warriors Made History

Coach Michael Asiffo shares his take on the historic run by the Golden State Warriors and the keys to their success.

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The Golden State Warriors had a historic season of 73-9. The focus was centered on the magic of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the more the helpful editions of Klay Thompson as well as the revelation that is Draymond Green. This is true, however, there is much more than just three guys dominating the league on display here. Everyone one of the Warriors 73 wins have come due to team effort and just plain good basketball. Here are some reasons why the Warriors are so good:

1. They Shoot and Make Threes

The Warriors shoot threes and other NBA teams try to emulate that. The NBA is a copycat league and there is the growing philosophy that you need to shoot threes. Even if you make less than half, shoot threes because three is better than two and mathematically it makes sense.

[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal, confirm, warning, info, alert” title=”Title”]For example, player A takes 10 threes and makes 4, he scored 12 points on 40% shooting: 4/10= 0.4 (40%)
4×3=12
Player B takes 10 shots inside the three point line and makes 5, he has scored 10 points on 50% shooting
5/10= 0.5 (50%)
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Which means that with a lower percentage on the same amount of shots player A has scored more than player B. With that being said, I think a lot of believers of this philosophy lose the fact that you still need to make the threes to the tune of 40% because 45% from two is the magic number to break even with a team that shoots 30% from three. In the 2015-2016 season, every team in the NBA shot well over 45% from 2. Even the bad teams shot over 45%. In fact, only the Los Angeles Lakers are the only team to shoot under 46%, as they shot 45.4%. Also, just for fun, here is the most interesting part. 10 teams in the league shot 50% or higher. The Warriors obviously lead the league in attempts, but they were the only team that shot 40% from three. Meaning the Golden State Warriors shot a lot of threes, however, made enough threes to beat a team that shot 50% from two; if they were to go shot for shot.

2. Out of Bounds Play Execution

One thing that is not really focused on enough in mainstream basketball proper is defending out of bounds plays. Many times it is not how good or bad the defender is, but the position that person is in. Fortunately, NBA coaches and players are smart enough to defend out of bounds plays. However, the Warriors have a team that is different (obviously). Most players on the team can shoot the three, or have been shooting well from three this season. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes all shoot 38% from three or higher. Meaning that you as a coach have to instill in your team that you have to guard the three. The Warriors take advantage of this and will get a lot of easy layups on out of bounds plays, in particular the sidelines. They are ruthless in this aspect.

Coach Nic from BBall Breakdown touched on this advantage months ago:

Getting easy baskets is a staple in basketball and the warriors do that to perfection.

3. Assists

The Golden State Warriors lead the lead in total assists for the season at 2373, which is 273 more than the Atlanta Hawks. While I have always been a firm believer in “assists do not tell the full story” for a number of reasons I will not get into now, it is an indication that teams move the ball. Yes the golden state warriors have offensive talent on their team and yes the warriors can shoot the lights out. With that being said, that offensive talent is accentuated so much more because they pass to each other when they are in good spots. How many times does Draymond Green bring the ball up in transition to find Steph Curry or Klay Thompson trailing for an open three? How many times are Steph Curry and Draymond Green run that strong side screen roll to merciless effect? How many off ball screens lead to that player who came off that screen get the ball, who then dumps it off the roll man on the screen? If you answered a lot then congrats, you watch Golden State Warriors basketball and realize that the Warriors pass the ball.

There are a lot of things that make the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors special. However, from a coaching perspective these three things are very teachable to your team. Running out of bounds plays, passing the ball and shooting shots that you can make are essential in basketball.

Culture – Step 1: Cast Your Vision

Culture – Step 1: Cast Your Vision

Create Culture with Vision

Culture. Ah, the buzz word for every high school, college, and professional team right now. Most people can recognize great cultures when they see them: the San Antonio Spurs, the Seattle Seahawks, the Michigan State Spartans.

One of the scariest things about culture is the fact that one exists whether you intend for it to or not. So, if you are not being intentional about the development, and advancement, of your culture; then the culture of your will reflect that.

There is always a culture to a team or program.

Angela Duckworth, notable grit and culture expert, recently had this to say in a Seattle Times article by Jayson Jenks:

“My sense is that great coaches are able to create, to forge, a team or identity that says, ‘This is the kind of person we want. This is what it means to be on this team.’ “

(Full article http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/pete-carrolls-creation-theyre-not-just-football-players-theyre-seahawks/)

There are four key pieces to culture: a vision for the program, the core values of the program, the standards in the program, and accountability within the program. Each is vital to a program reaching its full potential and must be consistently emphasized by the leader. If the leader isn’t capable or willing to sell the vision, to filter through the core values, and to uphold the standards set in the program with relentless accountability; no program will reach its potential. BUT … if the leader shares the vision with passion, lives by the core values, and refuses to waiver from the standards of the program; there is no limit to the impact a program can have on team members, fans, and the community.

We’ll focus on vision first. The vision should show team members what can be; it should stretch comfort zones and stir passion within the team. As Henry Ford said, “If I would have asked people what they wanted, they would’ve said faster horses.” Those following don’t know. The leader of the team or program must set the vision.

The vision must also clarify direction and purpose while setting a standard of excellence. Vision statements by big corporations often become too vague. And, as a result, are completely useless. Effective vision statements are easily understood by team members and provide a guide to where they are supposed to be going. If the program has no vision, or if no one in the program knows what that vision is, then team members have no idea of what they are working for or where they are trying to go. Great leaders will paint a picture that team members can see. It changes the daily work – making it meaningful, purposeful because the work is leading to something better than what currently exists.

CathedralBricks, Walls, or Cathedrals?

A man came upon a construction site where three people were working.  He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am laying bricks.” He asked the second, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am building a wall.” As he approached the third, he heard him humming a tune as he worked, and asked, “What are you doing?” The man stood, looked up at the sky, and smiled, “I am building a cathedral!” –unknown

All three men were doing the same thing, but the vision of what the ultimate goal looked like completely changes the attitude, drive, and quality of the work being done – all because it is now purposeful work in line with an appealing vision.

Here are some examples of simple, clear, and inspiring vision statements:

USA Swimming            To inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming and in life.

Ohio State Athletics            We foster a culture that provides the opportunity to develop our student-athletes through success in academics and competition to achieve excellence in life.

George Fox University            To be “the team to beat” in NCAA DIII sports with the most formative athletic experience in the country.

Under Armor            To empower athletes everywhere.

Centerville Basketball            Hunt – better our best every day.

In order for a leader to create the team or program that others dream about; that can change the lives of team members; the leader must craft a vision that presses the limits of what seems possible. If you haven’t taken the time to create a vision for your team or program, I urge you to do so. And, if you have a vision for your program, examine it regularly to be sure that you are pursuing it daily.

Up next: Determining the core values for your team and using them as the decision-making filter for everything in your program!

Coaching Basketball: Intentionally Creating Your Culture

Intentionally Create Your Culture

How do great teams create culture? Have you ever been part of a great team? What made it that way? Was there a special bond among teammates? Was it a place of high energy and strong trust?  Did you win a lot? For most of us who have been on some great teams in our lives, the answer to those questions is usually a resounding “Yes!” Often the next question is, “Why don’t all teams end up being great?” It can’t be only about winning because not all great teams win all the time.  Of all the questions listed above, the concept of winning a lot is not necessarily at the top of the list when it comes to memories of being on a great team. Many people will look back on some of the teams they considered as being great and realize that they didn’t win a championship or even win a lot of games.  Some of the greatest teams in the true concept of a “great team” were teams that did not win a lot of games.

So, if winning a lot of contests is not the only pre-requisite for a team being great, why don’t “great teams” happen more often? I believe everything starts with the leadership.  In sports, that person is the coach. That may seem like a lot of pressure to put on one person, especially given the fact that when we are talking about youth/school teams, we are talking about the skill levels, mental capacities, behaviors, mood swings, etc. of children and teenagers. How can we put all the blame/praise on the coach when there are so many variables in any given team situation?

It all starts with the coach because if the coach is intentional about trying to create a great team culture and experience for the kids, the chances are much greater that it will end up that way. Coaches who are intentional about what they want to see happen have more success at seeing their goals come true. That does not mean that it is a guarantee, but they certainly create a situation that is much more apt to come true if they are intentional about it.

Unfortunately, most teams in the world happen by accident. The culture and the experience is left to chance.  There is no vision, no plan, no roadmap for getting to wherever they are seeking to get.  They wander through the season hoping that it will be a good experience. They let the ups and downs and the ebb and flow of the season dictate whether or not the experience is a positive one. Oh sure, many coaches (and team leaders and team members) will talk about wanting to win whatever championship is the ultimate for their team and set that as their goal. However, goals like that create a focus on a result – a result that has many variables that could create that result or keep it from happening. Focusing only on results creates a lot more pressure. While it is at least giving them a direction to go, focusing on a result means that there is only one way to succeed – achieve that one result.

The better method is to focus on creating the culture that you would like to have in your program. Focus on your team’s standards, your guiding principles. Bruce Brown of Proactive Coaching calls these a team’s “Core Covenants.” In his booklet and presentation, “First Steps to Successful Teams”www.proactivecoaching.info – Coach Brown says a covenant is “a binding agreement where action is physically visible. This takes the agreement beyond words to an actual vision of performance. It says, ‘This is what we believe, so therefore, this is what you will see.’”  The best covenants are focused on behavioral characteristics. When a team sets up covenants for behavior within the program, they are creating the culture that they seek. By focusing on behavioral characteristics, these teams are zeroing in on things they have control over – not results and outcomes that have all kinds of variables that influence them. For example, if a team establishes “Team-First Attitude” as a covenant, everyone on that team can make the choice to be committed to being a great teammate.  There is no pre-requisite skill, training, education, physical attribute, etc. necessary to be able to display a team-first attitude. Every single person in the program can have a team-first attitude. The same goes for work ethic, teachable spirit, discipline, mental toughness, integrity, and any other behavioral characteristic one can think of. Every player in a program can commit and live every single one of those kinds of characteristics with nothing more than acting and behaving in the proper way.

If a coach is intentional about establishing covenants, s/he creates a much more favorable chance of having them be lived in her or his program. But it takes work. Developing covenants with the leadership of the team, explaining them to the entire team, taking time to discuss them and work on them throughout the year, and doing all that they can to live the covenants must be intentionally and purposefully developed by the coach. It is a process, and the process takes time and effort. But if a great team is the goal, there is no clearer, better, more consistent and predictable way to achieve it than to work through this process with determination and purpose.  Coaches who do this in an intentional fashion create a team environment of success and excellence.

One major by-product of intentionally focusing on creating this type of culture is that these teams also have a much better chance of creating scoreboard success, too. And they are on their way to intentionally creating the “great team” experience that everyone wants to be a part of. For an in-depth look at creating an outstanding team culture, check out Proactive Coaching’s DVD Captains & Coaches’ Workshop, or better yet, have one of us out to do a Captains & Coaches’ Workshop for your teams. For more information go to www.proactivecoaching.info.

Do you intentionally create a culture in your program? If so, I would love to hear the kinds of things you do?  You can contact me through my website – www.coachwithcharacter.com or by email at [email protected]. Scott is also on Twitter @scottrosberg

About the Author of this Article

Scott Rosberg has been a coach (basketball, soccer, & football) at the high school level for 30 years, an English teacher for 18 years, and an athletic director for 12 years. He has published seven booklets on coaching and youth/school athletics, two books of inspirational messages and quotes for graduates, and a newsletter for athletic directors and coaches. He also speaks to schools, teams, and businesses on a variety of team-building, leadership, and coaching topics. Scott has a blog and a variety of other materials about coaching and athletic topics on his website – www.coachwithcharacter.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

Scott is also a member of the Proactive Coaching speaking team. Proactive Coaching is dedicated to helping organizations create character and education-based team cultures, while providing a blueprint for team leadership. They help develop confident, tough-minded, fearless competitors and train coaches and leaders for excellence and significance. Proactive Coaching can be found on the web at www.proactivecoaching.info. Also, you can join the 200,000+ people who have “Liked” Proactive Coaching’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/proactivecoach. Scott can also be reached through Proactive Coaching at [email protected].

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