ROUND TABLE 45 – WHAT DO YOUR PRACTICES LOOK LIKE THE DAY BEFORE A GAME? – EPISODE 689

Round Table 45

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TRANSCRIPT FOR ROUND TABLE 45 – WHAT DO YOUR PRACTICES LOOK LIKE THE DAY BEFORE A GAME? – EPISODE 689

[00:00:00] Narrator: The Hoop Heads Podcast is brought to you by Head Start Basketball.

[00:00:21] Mike Klinzing: Hello and welcome to the 45th 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.

September’s Round Table question is:  What do your practices look like the day before a game?

Our Coaching Lineup this month:

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Let’s hear from our panel about what their practices look like the day before a game.

Dominic Amorosa – Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, Texas.

[00:03:50] Dominic Amorosa: This is Dominic Amorosa at Strike Jesuit in Houston. Our practices on the day before a game are very similar to our other days, except a much more scale down version.

Won’t go near as many minutes. We’ll add in a few more situations and try to get a lot more shooting in than we might normally do on a regular day.

[00:04:10] Mike Klinzing: Eric Buehler, Chatfield Senior High School, Littleton, Colorado.

[00:04:16] Erik Buehler: Hey, what’s going on Hoop Heads! This is Eric Buehler from Chatfield Senior High and this month we were asked, what do our practices look like before games?

And I’m really excited to hear some of the other answers that coaches contribute this year. What we do. Is we try to make our practice as much like our other practices and as game-like as we possibly can without wearing our guys down, especially as we get into the season and we might have two or three games in a week, we don’t necessarily wanna beat anybody up, but we do wanna maintain some intensity, some focus.

I hate the word walk through. And scout and all that stuff. We do have Scouts. We do go through our plan of attack for each and every game, but we do have at least 20, 30 minutes of intense basketball in competition that we want to have the day before a game, just to maintain that focus and, and that competitive level that we wanna maintain going into the game the next night, that varies game to game and depending on injuries and things like that.

But we do our best to. Not beat anybody up, but also maintain that focus before games hope everyone else is doing good out there. And I’ll talk to you guys next month.

[00:05:30] Mike Klinzing: Liz Kay from Wahconah High School in Dalton, Massachusetts.

[00:05:37] Liz Kay: It’s Liz Kay from Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, Massachusetts. And I’m excited to answer this month’s round table on the way that we prepare for a game the day before in practice.

For us, I think the best way to, to teach and certainly to get kids to dial in is to make sure that we are showing our preparation in a visual way, in an auditory way, in a verbal way and in a tactile or kinesthetic way. So visually we generally start practice meeting in the film room. I put together clips of sort of the major highlights.

Of what we wanna focus on in the game. Usually those highlights are between five and eight minutes long. That to me, especially at the high school level is more than enough to provide sort of the basic knowledge that we need in our scouting to be able to prepare for a team. So we’ll do those clips for about five to eight minutes.

During that time, we’ll also hand out generally a one page scouting report either on major person. What we need to do what we need to stop. And then generally just sort of special situations that we might wanna be aware of. Additionally, then we’ll go into practice. We’ll do a walkthrough of exactly what we just saw on film, whether it be our out of bounds plays and what we want to do against their defense, whether it be sort of what we wanna run against their defense and the weaknesses that they have.

And how to exploit those and then how we want to attack them defensively as well. Even then we might have, you know, certain people acting out the, the tendencies of those players that we want to focus on. So that becomes more verbal as well as kinesthetic in terms of the walkthrough. And then we’ll try to do that.

And more of a live situation. We’re a big fan of short sided games leading into five on five repetitions. And then I would say just generally speaking, you know, situations that we might encounter during the game. So for example, end of quarter management game, clock management, and again, you know how we might change things in terms of our scouting report, change things or tweak things a little bit from what we might already do, but not reinventing the.

So, like I said, sort of, you know, video first walk through second short sided games, third, you know, more five on five work with with a focus fourth and then ending more with special situations and preparation. I would also say just sort of that we. We try not to make those practices overly long. I think as you get into January and February, especially practices are a little bit shorter than they are earlier in the season.

And hopefully at that point, we’re fine tuning things in terms of our preparation for other teams, hope this is helpful. Hope you’re all. Well, and thanks for having me on again,

[00:08:27] Mike Klinzing: Bob Krizancic, Mentor High School, Mentor, Ohio.

[00:08:34] Bob Krizancic: The day before a game our practice is about an hour and 45 minutes, which is about 15 minutes, less than we usually do.

15, 20 minutes, definitely in the film room instead of full court to open up practice, we go our pre-game 10 to 12 minute warmup, just so we’re ready to go game night. All offensive half court press breakers. Usually a dummy situation, no defense, but always game speed, defensively. More or less walkthrough going through the opponents press breakers, half court sets, all shooting drills and ball handling drills.

Definitely game speed. All business like. No screwing around. Just absolutely getting ready mentally for the game.

[00:09:25] Mike Klinzing: Nick Logalbo, Lane Tech High School, Chicago, Illinois.

[00:09:32] Nick Logalbo: Hi, this is Nick LoGalbo with Lane Tech Basketball in Chicago, Illinois. This month’s Hoop Heads question is what do your practices look like the day before a game for us?

The practice the day before a game is a lot of reps. Lot of shots and obviously a lot of prep for our opponent the next day. We typically have warm up, we get a lot of shooting in, out of our actions and things we’ll be doing in the ways we’re trying to attack our opponent the next game. We talk obviously a lot of scout.

We kind of use our shell to break down what we’re gonna do defensively in our coverages. Make sure that it’s light. We make sure that when we debrief at the end of practice, in our communication circle, the guys understand the expectations for either travel or home, what we’re wearing, any other logistical things that the guys might need, and try to end on a high note, getting ready for our game.

So hope that helps interested to hear what everybody else has to say. Thanks and take care.

[00:10:33] Mike Klinzing: David McGreal from Penn State Altoona.

[00:10:39] David McGreal: Hello everybody. This is coach Dave McGreal, Penn State Altoona Basketball,  round table question, what do we do the day before a game in practice? Basically we, we go for about an hour and a half.

Have it broken down into three 30 minute segments, basically. The first one being mainly just fundamental warmup, some full court drills, which we do every day work on our system, which includes our full court break, which as we said, work on every day, no matter what then shoot some free throws. We break down and we’ll take 30 minutes to work on, you know, our offense and how we’re going to attack the team.

We’re playing the next day’s defense. What we’re gonna look for? We will finish that segment with, you know, one, four minute game where we’ll play live and, and, you know, just to get the guys moving in that idea. And then the last 30 minutes usually is, is our defensive segment where we really focus on the team we’re playings offense and what they’re doing and how we’re gonna stop it and what we’re gonna do defensively to try and you know, try and the win, you know, and then we’ll finish that segment as well with a quick four minute game, you know, again, working on our defensive concepts against their.

So basically pretty simple, don’t go too long or too hard, but get enough out of it. I think to, to where it’s just not a wasted night to, to walk these stuff, you got shoot arounds to, to do your last walkthrough. So I think the night before you gotta at least get and get the blood flow, so to say, but, but in a you know, constructive man,

[00:12:09] Mike Klinzing: Matt Monroe, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois.

[00:12:17] Matt Monroe: There are many different ways to plan and structure practice the day before games to ensure that your team is successful in competition at sand Ignatius college prep in Chicago. Our day before game practice include a bunch of different aspects to best prepare our players to compete every single day before a game practice starts with the long skill development series where our players are able to work on their core fundamentals, getting up game shots at game speed and working on different things that they might see individually throughout the course of the game that we’re preparing for.

After we’re done with our skill development series, we as a team do breakdowns of special actions we need on offense and coverages. We need on defense. Some examples might include if we’re regarding a good post player, we work on our post defensive coverages. If we’re playing against a team that high hedges ball screens we’ll work on different attacks for that, after we’re done with our breakdowns of special actions and coverages, we then split our.

We put our nine or 10 rotation players on one side of the floor. And they work on our core, our motion, offense, and our defensive positioning within our man to man the next nine or 10 players on our team work on the opponent scout. They run through the opponents actions, some of the stuff that they might do defensively as well as other tendencies that that team might have after that segment is done.

We come together and we do our five on five jump series where we go full speed, but we don’t go live. And we really work on our scout coverage. Depending on what point of the season it is. We will transition into our five on five play. And usually that looks like converting down and back, basically three possessions where we go live and we work on different things that our players might see in the game.

When we’re done with our five on five live convert series, we then finish with a shooting segment and we always are intentional about ending practice on a positive note so that we have a good feeling as a team collectively going into the next day’s games.

[00:14:08] Mike Klinzing: Matthew Raidbard, author of Lead like a Pro

[00:14:15] Matthew Raidbard: Hey Hoop Heads Nation. This is coach Matt Raidbard here for another Hoop Heads round table. Excited to be with you this month, talking about what practices look like the day before a game. You know, a really great mentor of mine was a, a big advocate of a short practice where he worked very hard, you know, didn’t, he never wanted us to lose our edge.

Never wanted us to kind of relax a little the day before, but didn’t wanna text our legs too much. Didn’t wanna put too much pressure on our, our student athletes. So, you know, typically we’d go 45 minutes, maybe an hour at the most. Just real hard simulating game action so that our guys were ready. They were ready to go for the next day.

And they felt like they were playing that game already in their minds because we had worked so hard at practice, but we didn’t go too hard. You know, once you get past that hour, mark, you start putting a lot on the body potential risk of injury. So we always backed it off. After about 45, 50 minutes, maybe an hour at the.

Got some shots up, did some, some stretching made sure our guys mentally were still there, but that we weren’t putting that extra toll on their body.

[00:15:25] Mike Klinzing: Don Showalter,  USA basketball.

[00:15:31] Don Showalter: Hi, Don Showalter here with USA basketball. The question is, what are your practices look like the day before game? I. For the most part our practices are pretty much the same as they are during the rest of the week. You know, because each, each day in practice, we spend a piece of the time in practice.

Preparing for the teams that we meet. So it’s not just a one time deal where all we’re gonna, we’re gonna work against defending the flex or defending a motion game or defending ball screens. We work on these every day in practice. So it’s not really specific to one team or the other. We just have that in our repertoire.

So the day before our practice, we, we will, we will certainly review. The defensive pieces that we put put in that are applicable to the team that we play the next night. We we’ll cut practices down a bit. We’ll still go really hard. It’s not something that we, I don’t, I don’t believe in taking a, a practice easy because the kids kind of get used to the fact that you know, that day before game, if it’s an easy practice, sometimes it doesn’t mean as much.

To them. So we keep practice pretty intense. We may cut down the time a little bit, instead of going two hours, it might be 90 minutes or 60 minutes of, of practice, but we still keep it very, very intense as we want our players to have that aspect of, of playing hard all the time. Thank you,

[00:16:58] Mike Klinzing: John Shulman, University of Alabama, Huntsville and the 720 Sports Group.

[00:17:05] John Shulman: Yes, this is John Shulman, head basketball coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, UAH. And the question is, what do your practices look like the day before game? I’m an old coach, so here’s my belief. My belief is, I don’t know. I think they’ll change. What does your team need?

What does your team not need? Where are you in the season? Are you late in the season? Are you early in the season? You all your team needs, your team needs confidence for the next night. So do you need to go through 30 minutes of shell? Do you need to walk through, do you, are you a scout coach? Are you not a scout coach?

Are you an offensive coach? Do you? I don’t think you bust them for two hours and expect them to play great the next night. I don’t think you go and do nothing that day. But it’s kind of, you know, I think coaching is a very inexact science and I think it’s a field thing and I think you better have a feel for your team and what your team needs does your team need to be busted?

Does your team need a day where they can shoot a bunch and run through their stuff? And it’s just a confidence factor. How does your team feel about the game the next day? So, I don’t think you can put something on it and say, this is what we do all the time. And this is what we, we don’t do. I think they definitely need to shoot.

And I think you, you need to go through some offensive stuff and some defense stuff, but like I said, are you a scout guy? Do you? I, I am not a scout guy. I’m not gonna run through their stuff and spend all day. Clogging up their brains. Some people can. I can’t, once again, it’s a field thing and I think you have to be the coach that you are and not be, try to be somebody else.

Just have your team ready. Mentally and physically, we do watch an awful lot of film the day before. So we’ll watch film on us and watch film on them. So we’ll spend, you know, 45 minutes in the film room and probably an hour on the court. And this is talking February. We’ll spend a little bit longer on the court, probably in January in December and November.

But once again don’t, don’t win or lose the game in practice. I’ve seen plenty of teams that have this unbelievable practice the day before and spend everything the day before and don’t have anything for the game. Just be ready, have those kids confident, have those sit ready and have those kids thinking that they have a great shot at winning the next day.

Hope this helps. Thanks.

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