Round Table 23

Welcome to the 23rd edition of the Coach’s Corner Round Table on the Hoop Heads Podcast. Each episode of the Coach’s Corner Round Table will feature our All-Star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question.  A new Coach’s Corner Round Table will drop around the 15th of each month.

November’s Round Table question is:  What is something new that you have added (or will add this season) to your coaching repertoire and why?

Our Coaching Lineup this month:

  • Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School
  • Chris DeLisio – Olmsted Falls (OH) High School
  • Jeff Depelteau – The Berkshire School (MA)
  • Matt Grahn – University of Dallas
  • Tim Heuer – 180 Coaching
  • Scott Ruthsatz – Covington Catholic (KY) High School
  • Don Showalter – USA Basketball
  • John Shulman – University of Alabama Huntsville
  • Joe Stasyszyn – Unleashed Potential

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Welcome to the 23rd edition of the coach’s corner round table on the who peds podcast, each episode of the coach’s corner round table. We’ll feature our all-star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question, a new coaches corner round table will drop around the 15th of each month.

November’s round table question is what is something new that you’ve added or we’ll add this season to your coaching repertoire and why our coaching lineup this month includes Eric Bueller from Chatfield high school, Krista Lisieux from Olmstead falls, high school, Jeff Pelto from the Berkshire school.

Matt grind from the university of Dallas, Tim Hoyer from one 80 coaching Scott Roussanne from Covington Catholic high school. Don show Walter from [00:03:00] USA basketball. John Shullman from the university of Alabama, Huntsville. And Joe’s decision from unleashed potential. Please enjoy this round table episode of the who peds podcast.

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Now let’s hear from our coaches. Eric Bueller Chatfield senior [00:04:00] high school, Littleton, Colorado.

Erik Buehler: [00:04:04] How’s it going Hoop Heads? This is Eric Buehler at Chatfield senior high school in Colorado. And this month we were asked, what’s something new that we’re going to be adding to our coaching warp tour.  this upcoming season.

For me, it’s just being consistent with, um, dead balls. And during those dead balls in games,  adjusting something,  to attack our, the team we’re playing, whether it’s on offense, an ATO or an action in our offense, or switching up a defense to give them a different look, even if it’s just for,  for a couple plays or so,  I want to.

Take more opportunities to,  adjust on the fly and also give our kids a singular focus, leave at a time out. I know sometimes we leave timeouts or we call timeouts, um, to adjust [00:05:00] something that we’re doing poorly.  I would like to use those dead ball periods too. Um, give my kids something that they can attack with another way that they can take advantage of something that the other team isn’t doing well, or just make the other team think more. that’s all I got this month. Hope everyone out there is doing good. Talk to you guys later.

Mike Klinzing: [00:05:22] Chris DeLisio Olmsted falls, high school Olmstead falls, Ohio,

Chris Delisio: [00:05:30] I think one of the unique ones that we have that we really like is,  what we did with our shooting, because you can get caught up in so many shooting drills during the year,  that we’ve created for individual and for team shooting drills that we do all year. And we have a dry erase chart in our gym,  that we.

Keep track of our,  shooting records and we [00:06:00] compete shooting wise. So every time we do a shooting drill, whether it be team or individual, it’s a competition. So our guys really work hard to try to get their names up on the board or surpass somebody. Um, we even keep track of the records over the years, as far as who’s had the most, um, through all of our teams and, um, It’s a really nice competitive thing to do.

Cause shooting can be something that kids don’t always compete at or, um, really work at. And, um, with so many shooting drills out there, you can kind of get caught up in trying, you know, more and more and more when really I think the goal is just to get shots up,  that are game speed. And, um, this certainly helps do that because the kids are moving at a fast pace.

Try to get more shots up to beat the last score or to. Get to the top of the record board. So,  hopefully that helps

Mike Klinzing: [00:06:50 ]Jeff Depelteau, the Berkshire school in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Jeff Depelteau: [00:06:56] What’s up Hoop Heads is Jeff Depelteau at Berkshire school in Sheffield, [00:07:00] Massachusetts.  and this month’s prompt is what are you going to add to your coaching repertoire this year and why?

And one thing that I’ll be adding a lot, um, into the practices and a daily routine with my team this year is going to be a whole lot of empathy. And I think in previous years,  it was almost asked of players to leave. Whatever’s gone on.  and the rest of their day in the locker room. And I think, you know, with all that’s going on with,  social justice issues in the country with global pandemic, that’s still going strong in our country.

Um, it’s really important that we do take the pulse of our players.  to see what they’re bringing with them, what kind of baggage they’re bringing with them in the gym, acknowledge that and try and help them work through it. And that’s really a great way to make basketball and sports in general, be a release for kids today.

Um, because they’re going through a lot of things that none of us have ever had to go through and they have to deal through it as teenagers and young adults. And, and [00:08:00] that’s, that’s more than I think that has ever been asked of a generation at this age.

Mike Klinzing: [00:08:06] Matt Grahn, recruiting coordinator at the university of Dallas,

Matt Grahn: [00:08:12] Something new that I’m adding to my coaching repertoire this year would be, um, our, our terminology and trying to be,  more concise and sharper with not only.

 how we call plays,  what actions we’re going to run. Um, but even simple things,  that go along with our, our, our culture and our off the court,  lives. Um, you know, we’ve, we’ve changed up how we’re going to make play calls.  we’ve done kind of a, um, a football,  type play call where we call a set and we have certain actions that we run out of it.

Um, you know, I just think that football coaches are, are light years ahead of where we are on the [00:09:00] hardwood. And, and,  so it was just an idea that,  the head coach and I,  stole from football guys, and it’s actually kind of fun for our guys to,  to be able to rattle off all these things and know exactly what we’re doing and run some complex actions.

Um, not new this year for me, but more of a return, um, this year,  really put a focus on being more tactically minded with our guys. Um, and I think that’s just kind of out of necessity. We we’ve gone through, um, a graduate assistant change and, and the previous graduate assistant was very,  analytically minded and, um, That’s just kind of where I think I need my art focus to be, um, for us to be successful.

And then the end of the year valuation from last year, the players said,  you know, one thing that I bring to the table for our team is energy. And they felt like I really lacked that last year. And [00:10:00] so. Um, this year, you know, I, I’m just making sure that I bring, bring the juice as,  my good friend, Lawrence, Frank always says, you know, making sure that my energy levels are, are up and I’m doing everything to maintain a positive environment and shoot this year, coaches,  in the middle of this pandemic with nothing for certain,  I think it’s super important for us to stay positive with our kids and, and reassure them that.

 there, you know, what they’re doing is important for their health and wellbeing. Um, it’s a release and, um, and that’s at some point, this is going to be over and we are going to play again.

Mike Klinzing: [00:10:44] Tim Heuer from 180 coaching in Orange County, California.

Tim Heuer: [00:10:52] Tim Hoyer 180 coaching.  one of the recent changes I’ve made is focusing on how many we can make in a [00:11:00] row.  before we were, we’re focused on making a certain amount of shots in a given amount of time. And really all that did was Jack up the quantity of shots. I really wanted to focus on the quality and by seeing how many we can make in a row,  I feel that we start focusing on the quality.

Of each attempt. Um, also there’s a bit of a pressure aspect because as you get closer and closer to the number that you’re trying to hit in a row,  the pressure builds and it’s a great way for small groups to do shooting drills with an added benefit of practicing pressure field shots.

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Mike Klinzing: [00:12:23] Scott Ruthsatz Covington Catholic high school, Covington, Kentucky.

Scott Ruthsatz: [00:12:29] This is Scott Ruthsatz from Covington Catholic high school. This month’s round table question. What is something new that you have added, or we’ll add this season to your coaching repertoire and why we’ve added an element of more practice film, and analyzing that at least twice a week, um, to make sure that our guys are really seeing kind of the mistakes that are being made out there.

Um, with restrictions to how long we can practice. Um, [00:13:00] we are, we thought this was a good way that we are able to put it up on our huddle account and they can, they’re responsible for,  launching the film and doing some breakdown, um, and, and areas where they can improve. So that is an element that we’ve put in this year and we’ll probably continue on.

I think it’s a great way to really teach the kids. Um, How to be better, especially on the defensive end, um, and to make sure that they see their mistakes and then we can correct them from ther.

Mike Klinzing: [00:13:34] Don Showalter USA basketball.

Don Showalter: [00:13:41] Hi, Don show over here with USA basketball. The question for today is what is something new that you would have added, or we’ll add this season to your coaching repertoire. I always thought it was beneficial to add,  try and get one or two or three new drills,  [00:14:00] to emphasize the skills that we really wanted to work on.

Maybe some, something a little bit different,  that we want to try out this year.  also I thought just to keep me sharp as a coach, I always try to tweak something offensively or defensively, but I thought would really fit our Personnel might be in our press and might be something that we would tweak a little bit in our press.

Maybe show a little different at the front or the back of the press or our offense. I had a few different things to our offense. With the ball screen, a wind ball screen offense to it. what this does too. I think it keeps a coaches sharp, but also it really makes you evaluate what is good for your personnel because your personnel will change every year.

Even if the kids stays the same, sometimes your skill level gets, gets better or, or,  is added to. So, , those are some of the things that I would recommend.

[00:15:00] Mike Klinzing: [00:15:00] John Shulman, University of Alabama, Huntsville and the 720 sports group.

John Shulman: [00:15:09] This is John Shulman head coach at The university of Alabama in Huntsville question is what is something new that I’m going to add to my repertoire, or we’re going to add this year, um, to our basketball team or program.

Um, a couple things about this. I think that you, you always, you know, I’ve said this before many times as coaches, we get upset because our kids don’t work on their games. You gotta get in the gym, you gotta work on your game.  you got to expand your game and we’re always crushing our kids because they got to get the gym.

You gotta work on our games,  as a coach, do you work on your game?  are you getting in your gym, which is the film room. Are you working on your game, watching film, [00:16:00] watching your opponents, trying to learn and trying to better yourself? So that’s what I would challenge us coaches to do is work on your game.

You always have to add stuff. Um, the stuff that worked last year, you can’t be content and think it’s going to work again. This year, because I would say your opponents got sick and tired of you with an a with that action last year, she, you better add a counter. You better add a counter or under OB you better add a counter, um, to your favorite set.

Um, I think you got to stay with the basics, but you better be adding new things as you go along something new defensively, something new or offensively we’re adding all the time. Um, I don’t think, I, I think if you just stay the same, you, you become stale as a head coach. You become still as a coach who comes down as a player, you become still as a team.

And so I think,  I think this is a great question. I think you got to add,  what we’re adding. I mean, we’re going to add different [00:17:00] things under Obie offensively. We’re gonna add some counters to what we do offensively, um, verse man and zone. Um, we’re going to tweak a little bit,  things in our zones, but you, you, you better take a that’s what the summer’s for you better take a long look at your program and your long look at your film and with a I that you better critique yourself.

Um, let somebody else watch your tape, let somebody else and be open to the fact that you’re not perfect. And. Um, you can improve and S why you better be adding new things to you. And so, I mean, we’re adding a talk at, after one of our practices each week, we call it recover with Robert. Um, we drink some muscle milk and some protein shakes, and we do a little, not like a, like a devotional, but we do something.

And yesterday we talked about commitment and being all in as the season gets ready to start. So we’re adding that this year. [00:18:00] I just think you gotta add things. Um, you gotta really take a long look at your program and, um, don’t become stale and as a coach always work on your game. Um, and that’s, that’s something that we all need to be doing, not just putting it on the players.

Hopefully this helped

Mike Klinzing: [00:18:20]Joe Stasyszyn,  Unleashed Potential Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Joe Stasyszyn: [00:18:26] Joe Stasyszyn, unleashed potential. This month’s question is what is something that you’re going to add to your coaching repertoire, the season,  something to, to really focus on and work on the thing that I would like to add or do more of this year, um, in my training and my coaching and player development is shooting stamina.

In working w w with shooting and all different aspects. One of the things that I really noticed is that a lot of players don’t have a great shooting stamina. And by that I’m talking about [00:19:00] being able to constantly make violent cuts. Throughout the game and constantly be able to uphold the proper shooting technique when they’re tired, especially late in the game.

And I know on the, on the pro level, do they spend a lot of time on shooting stamina because you should be able to shoot the ball with the same technique at the end of the game, proper technique that you do at the beginning of the game, you know, I’ve always been a big proponent of footwork, spend a tremendous amount of time and player development on foot work.

Probably one of the more. Primary focuses my player development. And I’ve always, um, spent a lot of time on working on getting open for your shots. And I’ve always said that the best shooters are in the best shape. So what I’ve really started to do now in my training is make a player. I say, make a player, earn the opportunity to shoot the basketball by that I have that make multiple.

Cuts multiple movements before I will pass them the ball into the [00:20:00] shot, as well as having them with the ball,  make, make different various moves,  going slow to fast, fastest, slow, stop, and go into their, pull up jump shots. So in doing that, I use a lot of different footwork. We use a lot of sprinting through an area.

Backpedaling and then coming forward and spreading,  we do footwork agility movements into a shot. So in, in a sense, like I said, or making them earn the right to shoot the basketball and doing that, they’re using violent cuts, um, making violent cuts, every cut has to be a violent cut though.  times we will also change the pace of the cut.

Like I said, going from slow to fast. Or fastest, slow, and being able to catch the ball and ready to be able to shoot the ball. So also with the,  with your post players, you could [00:21:00] even do the same thing. So I’ve had posts, men make, have to make multiple,  speed and agility cuts, you know, before they get the ball into the post to make a move.

I just think it’s very, very important,  for shooters today to create a shooting stamina. To have multiple movements in before they get the basketball. So that’s an area that I’m really going to work on,  more of my players. Um, like I said, I always do that, but I’m even going to emphasize that even more in our workouts because I truly believe that players are in the best shape or have been able to have great footwork and be able to make multiple movements are going to be your best shooters, because the better shooter that you are.

The more you’re going to be played very, very tough. And you’re going to have to work to get open, not, you know, make multiple efforts to get open. And, and one thing I like to say is, you know, I’ve seen JJ Reddick’s and she goes down to Duke with all my time, spending down to Duke and I’ve studied him.

I’ve been to pre practices when he’s with the [00:22:00] Sixers. And it’s just amazing the amount of work. That he does before he even gets his hands on the ball to be able to shoot the ball. So he, I always say you have to do you have to do your work before the shot. You have to do the hard work before the shot.

And he spends a lot of time on that. I’ve watched him practice for an hour. Before practice, regular practice with the Sixers, just working as routine, working on his footwork, working on his violin, cutting,  spots and routines. So I just, um, I really believe that that’s only going to help players at all levels that I, that I work with in terms of their, of their shooting.

And then, and then once they are done moving, you can have them catching you from a spot,  from various spots after making all the movements. Just as, just as a way for them to still be able to be able to catch and shoot when they’re extremely tired. One drill in particular that I, that I got from Jay or watching JJ Redick through the years that I know he does is a [00:23:00] drill where it’s a competitive drill, where he starts on the baseline.

Sprints to half court must sprint two to three and shoot a three. Then he goes to the back to the baseline, sprints to half court and must. Sprint to the wing to shoot it too. And then he does the same routine, goes to the baseline sprints. The half court must sprint back in for a layup for a pass and catch layup in each, in each shot.

Threes, count to two’s counters. Or three is kind of threes, twos kind of twos. And the layup counts is one and he has to continue the drill too. He gets 21 or more points. So that’s just a competitive thing that you can help, that you can use a drill that you can use to teach shooting stamina. I like to use that drill at the end of the workout.

Actually give them the hardest part of this, of the shooting workout at the very end, when they’re tired. So again, my goal is to build shooting stamina. Um, also have a,  a pre-practice shooting, a workout that Ray Allen used to [00:24:00] do when he’s with the Boston Celtics.  Kevin Eastman used to put him through a pre-practice shooting routine that helped to create shooting stamina for him.

He got over 300 shots,  making violent cuts through every shot, various parts of the floor, picking rolls, you know, getting fouled after the shot,  all kinds of various movements into the shot. So there were many, many multiple things that you can do to help create shooting stamina. Thank you.

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