"It's All About The Game"
DMV Coaching Clinic Delivers as Designed
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Second Annual DMV Clinic provides hands on instruction
September 20, 2009 – Yesterday’s 2nd Annual
DMV Coaching Clinic, achieved its goal, one expressed by the event’s
organizer, Keith Stevens as “to have quality college coaches come
into the community and teach the game”. Held again at DeMatha Catholic
High School, Stevens, also the Director of Team Takeover (AAU) opined
after the gym had cleared “I thought it was a step up from last
year”. (For a review of that event, click
Jaime Dixon got hands-on in demonstrating.
Via drills and demonstration, Dixon stressed the necessity of spacing offensively, as well as continuity.
“Spacing, it’s simple” said Dixon of what he wanted to impart to the greater than 60 coaches – guys ranging from youth team leaders to those who direct college programs. “But you have to be consistent every time”.
Dixon on DeMatha and its area: “I think it’s great. You are talking about a legendary school (DeMatha)…This place, DC-Baltimore is just putting players out at an unbelievable rate”.
Tony Bennett (right) was aided by one of
his assistant coaches, Jason Wiliford.
Bennett, in his first year at Virginia noted the focus of many coaches is to secure drills and strategy when attending coaching clinics. His teaching approach included that, but concentrated on much more. “I talked a little bit about intangibles” he said.
What specifically? “Our program has five pillars your players have to buy into it” Bennett shared. They are “Unity, Passion, Humility, Servanthood, and Thankfulness”.
Team Takeover's Co-Director, Kenny Johnson
(left), poses with Jay Wright.
“When you practice shooting, you have to realize you are creating good or bad habits” summed Wright afterward. “Everything matters”.
In his opinion, something like shooting is interrelated to other aspects of the game, as good or bad practices in getting up shots reveals themselves in learning the entire game; shirk in one part of the game, you will let yourself down in another. Basically Wright’s approach is holistic in terms of development.
Bobby Huggins actually taught some of his strategy to coaches.
Bobby Huggins: Get the Rock
Huggins’ teams are known for strapping up defensively and rebounding, both effort driven facets of the game. When asked to summarize his talk, Huggins, who discussed the defefensive concepts of defining a box/denying said “Don’t let the offense do what it wants…Take them out of what they want to do”.
Vance Walberg (front), along with UMass
colleague, Antwon Jackson and young players, physically demonstrated the
school's four-around-one dribble peneration-centric offense.
Walberg, know nationally as a mastermind of drive and kick offenses,
relayed an interesting story, one that drove his understanding of dribble
penetration. “I was always the guy who took it to the rack”
reminisced the coach of his offensive proclivity as a player. “One
time we had two big guys, and I couldn’t get there”.
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